Select Stone quarries sandstone at several places in Montana. We also source stone from quarries around the world.
Stone we quarry in Montana:
Select Stone has quarried Frontier Sandstone near Harlowton and Ryegate, Montana for nearly 20 years. From this one stone we make everything from oversize wall stone to stair treads to beautiful sawn rectangular flooring stone.
Flatwillow Moss Rock
Flatwillow Moss Rock comes from a specific 4″- to 10″-thick sandstone layer that is exposed at the surface on the ranches where we quarry this stone. Because it is exposed at the surface, it is weathered and partly covered with lichens. Flatwillow is quarried as natural shape moss rock, as larger mantles and hearths, and as landscape boulders. We also chop Flatwillow slabs into a variety of other products.
Starting in the late 1800’s, homesteaders in this part of central Montana have cleared stone from their fields. They often used this same sandstone to build their houses, barns, and root cellars, but most of the stone ended up in piles around the edges of their fields and pastures. These piles are where we get Homestead Fieldstone.
Buffalo Jump Moss Rock
Buffalo Jump Moss Rock is collected from the same sandstone layer and few miles from the First Peoples Buffalo Jump State Park near Great Falls, Montana. The stone has a lot of straight edges and a deep weathered color and a lot of lichens.
Visiting quarries is one of our favorite parts of the job.
Marble Quarries near Cararra, Italy
The city of Cararra, Italy has been a marble quarrying and carving center for millenia. The marbles quarried in the Apuan Alps near Cararra were used for Michaelagelo’s David as well as countless other statues and structures during Roman times. These marbles are still quarried and shipped around the world. The images show active and ancient quarries that can be visited today.
Granites, along with related crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks, are quarried throughout the world, particularly in China and India. Granites are typically quarried in large blocks which are then sawn down into everything from countertops to building stones.
Basalt is a rock formed when a lava flow hardens on the surface of the earth. When the basalt cools and solidifies it often forms the polygonal columns shown in these images. Basalts are quarried in many parts of the world, including the western U.S.
Limestone and the related rocks dolomite and travertine are quarried throughout the world. Limestone quarries typically extract large quarry blocks which are then sawn and/or broken down into a great variety of products.