Friday, December 29, 2006

New Year Wishes

The Holiday crew at Stoneyard.com would like to wish all of you a Happy New Year. Front row from left to right - Doug, Pedro, David Croteau, Manuel, back row - John Croteau, Genaro, Elias, Nancy, Dave and Tahlia.

Here is a picture of the last job that we completed in 2006. It is a Bluestone cap for a stonewall. It was delivered this morning, and should be sitting proudly on top of a beautiful stonewall by the end of the day.

Here is our computerized bridge saw working on some New England Fieldstone. We are making corners to stone veneer a fireplace and chimney. This will be the first job that we complete in 2007.

Check out our design center at http://photos.stoneyard.com/ for galleries of beautiful pictures. It has been our pleasure providing you with the opportunity to indulge yourself in these pictures. We hope you have enjoyed viewing them as much as we have putting the center together. Keep watching for more pictures and galleries.

Have fun reliving the memories of the past year, and ushering in the promises of the new year. My Dad always told me that "armed with new courage; nothing is impossible." Remember that the new year brings with it the chance for a better life and a better future. We wish everyone a new year full of health, happiness and prosperity, where all your dreams come true.

We want to thank all of our customers, suppliers, vendors, and associates for a great 2006. All of us at Stoneyard.com are lucky to have had the chance to work with you this past year.

Friday, December 22, 2006

A View from Home

My brother David who works with me at Stoneyard.com just got back from a visit with one of our favorite contractors, Fred Anderson. They were reviewing some of the work that Fred did this year at a private residence in MA. While they were there David snapped a few pictures. As we checked out the pictures we came across this one, which captivated our imagination.


What caught my eye was the old carriage path that meanders through the backyard. It made me stop and think about all the history that rolled down that path over the last 200 years. Being in New England, I can just imagine Thoreau or Alcott riding down this path pondering an idea for their next novel.
Not to mention that Fred did some great stonework at this site. You can check it out at our design center http://photos.stoneyard.com/gallery/2262321
If you have ideas like this, make sure you talk to Fred. He will help make your dreams become a reality.
If you're like me those dreams will include a horse drawn carriage drifting slowly down that overgrown path. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to have one in your backyard.
Enjoy the images.
Don't forget to pray for our troops over the holidays. They're putting themselves in harm's way so that we can enjoy our freedom.
Happy Holidays.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Thin Veneer PA Fieldstone Square and Rectangular


For those of you that don't recognize this picture, this is Stoneyard.com. We help make your natural stone ideas become a reality.
Our thin veneer products are great to use when you are looking for a natural stone look in a lightweight stone product. All of our thin veneers weigh less than 16 pounds per square foot, which means the bonding agent is strong enough to hold the stone in place without a footing.
This is great news if you have a project that wants the look of stone, but doesn't have the footings necessary for a building veneer.

Today's feature product is the PA Fieldstone, cut into Square and Rectangular pieces. As you can see from the picture, the natural look of the stone is maintained with the added feature of having the pieces roughly square and rectangular.
This look gives your project more of a formal finished look. It can be used on any applications to include fireplaces, interior and exterior walls, chimneys, or designed into your own special stone feature.
Check out our website at http://photos.stoneyard.com/Design%20Center for some great pictures of stone products and finished projects. Once you decide on what stone is right for you give one of our knowledgeable sales reps a call @ 800-231-2200. They will be able to assist you to determine what your stone requirements are for your project.
Good luck with your project and have a safe and happy holiday season.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Gardening for Good and Mexican Beach Pebbles - 2007 Providence RI Flower Show

I met with an artist yesterday (Deb Aldo) from Pietre Dure out of Sterling, CT. She specializes in mosaic work done in the style of her company name. Pietre Dure (Italian for "strong stone") will be a topic of discussion for another time.
Anyway, Deb along with Kurt Van Dexter of Stony Lane Studios, are designing an exhibit for a very worthwhile non-profit organization called "Gardening for Good". "The organization is dedicated to enhancing wellness and quality of life by promoting the therapeutic benefits of a connection with gardening and nature."
They will be exhibiting at the 2007 Providence, RI Flower Show. We will be donating the buff mexican beach pebbles that will be used in the therapeutic garden. A conceptual sketch for the garden is pictured above. Deb is attempting to create a labyrinth type pathway with a glass capstone located in the center of the exhibit. Because the show will have over 30,000 attendees, the labyrinth needs to be simple and easy to navigate. However, as you can see from the sketch, the path has the curves used to create the tranquility that a labyrinth provides.
Our mexican beach pebbles will be on display at the beginning of the path, and visitors can write their names on the pebbles and include them in the garden so that "caregivers will create small personal gardens...to reclaim a bit of themselves even as they give themselves to others."
Wow, this sounds great. Tranquility and peace for those who give so much of their time and talents. If this isn't a worthwhile cause, I don't know what is.

Mark these dates in your calendar, February 22-25, 2007 at the RI Convention Center in Providence, RI. Stop by and see Mary Beth Miller, the director of Gardening for Good and see "The Caregiver's Garden: Planting a Pathway to Well Being" at the 2007 Providence, RI Flower Show.

Check out our Mexican Beach Pebbles at http://shop.stoneyard.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&&Store_Code=S&Category_Code=PBM

Enjoy the Holidays and the weekend.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Architect's Drawings and Custom Fabrication


We have been so immersed in this project for the last 2 months that I have forgotten to share it with you. I told my shop foreman (Jim) not to let me forget again. he said he would do his best.

Anyway, this is a picture of the architect's drawing for a new home in Maryland. We have color coded the drawing for the different types of stone that they are using on the project. The pink is custom cut bluestone for banding, steps and wall caps. The green is green granite tiles for interior flooring. The yellow is black granite pavers for the exterior patios. The blue is for black granite for the fireplaces.

We used this drawing and templates provided by the general contractor to fabricate the stone. The final delivery for the exterior stone was made yesterday. We beat mother nature on this one!

This is going to be a beautiful stone retreat. All work is in progress so pictures should be available next spring. If you can't wait to see this beautiful stone work, visit our design center at http://photos.stoneyard.com/ , we have many completed projects there that will wet your appetite and give you ideas to make your dreams become a reality.

Enjoy the rest of the week and the holiday season.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Pictures, Pictures and More Pictures

You guys seemed to have liked the pictures that I posted on Friday, so I thought I would post a few more. This one is a stonewall that is part of an ongoing project in Southern California. Notice the way the stone is used to maintain the different levels on a sloping surface. I'm sure once the landscaping is completed this picture will be worth framing.

Here is a picture of a stonewall along the edge of a driveway. I love the way the wall defines the edge of the landscape from the driveway. I think it's a nice way of accenting the beauty of Mother Nature.


This one is from the 2005 Flower Show in Boston, MA. Here the stonewall is supporting the wooded landscape of someone's backyard. I think I can see a baby deer nibbling on the greens in the back of the picture.

I hope you liked these selections. If you want to see more check out our design center at http://photos.stoneyard.com/

After you're done looking at these pictures go outside and enjoy some of the beauty in your backyard.


Friday, December 08, 2006

Before and After

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After



As I was going through some pictures that we are posting on our website I thought I would share a "before" and "after" picture. These pieces were custom fabricated from standard pieces of yellow brown sandstone. Sometimes we can take a plain duck and turn it into a swan.

I hope you agree.

Visit our design center at http://photos.stoneyard.com/ to view more pictures like these.

Enjoy your weekend.

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Teach Your Children Well

Have your kids ever come home from school and asked how come they have to learn this stupid stuff at school? I know mine used to all the time. Well here is a good story to share with them regarding math and the stoneyard.

One of our customers called today and wanted to know how much fieldstone flagging he needed for a 36 ft diameter circle. He was going to square off the circle and use 36' x 36' or 1,296 sq ft. I told him that would work, but he had a lot of waste in the corners of the square that are not included in the circle. We then referred to an easy formula that we all learned in high school which gives you the area of a circle. If you take Pi (approx 3.14) x the radius squared (18' x 18') this will give you the area of the circle. This gives you 1,017 sf, which is 279 sf less than the area of the square. My customer was very appreciative, because this allowed him to bid the job more accurately, and allowed him the opportunity to price the job competitively.

So remember that even Fred Flintstone can benefit from a little high school geometry.

Check out our website at http://shop.stoneyard.com/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=S&Category_Code=FLAGG for some of our flagging products.

If you look at the bottom you will find our sf calculator. It doesn't have the calculation for the area of a circle, so make sure you refer to this Blog if you forget.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Stoneyard.com's New England Fieldstone

Sometimes when you deal with things on a daily basis you overlook the obvious. Today I had a customer ask me if the Stoneyard.com's New England Fieldstone was from our own quarries or are we the "middle man".

Here is the story about our New England Fieldstone.

We currently are cultivating stone from three different properties that are located throughout New England. The stone is trucked from the farmers' walls to our location in Littleton, MA. From here we sort and grade all of the stone to come up with the different types of fieldstone. We have round and flat wallstone, veneer stone, flagging, steppers, thin wallstone and select wallstone. This stone is stored in bins ready for bulk delivery, or palletized by our employees and shipped throughout the United States.

That's about it. Sounds simple but because of the weight of fieldstone (approx. 180 lbs per cubic foot) it requires a lot of equipment and manpower to prepare it for use in your home or on your property.

Take a closer look at our fieldstone at http://photos.stoneyard.com/gallery/1917084

Enjoy the pictures and don't forget to watch David Croteau's video on How to Build a Stonewall http://info.stoneyard.com/video.html

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

FREE SAMPLES New England Pebbles

I just finished meeting with a contractor who does a lot of work in the Cape (Cape Cod Massachusetts). He specializes in creating authentic stone water features which enhance the beauty of the landscape. I showed him our New England Pebbles, and he was blown away by the look of the stone. He left with samples of the pebbles, but that got me thinking...

If he loves these pebbles, I'm sure plenty of other people will love these pebbles. Therefore, I am offering free samples to any stone professional that gives us a call at 800.231.2200. Just talk to one of my sales representatives and they will get your information and send you the samples.

In case you haven't seen them check them out on my website at
http://photos.stoneyard.com







They come in four sizes and are ready to ship anywhere in the U.S.

Call now for your free sample of New England Pebbles.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The transformation of a Mexican Beach Pebble

One of our most popular pebbles is the Black Mexican Beach Pebble. This pebble come from the beaches of Mexico, where collecting and sorting them has become quite a cottage industry for the local families.

A well known artist in the New York City art community hired us to produce some pebbles that he is using to create a rock and cable sculpture. We completed the project and shipped the pebbles this week. Our customer just e-mailed us:

"Just wanted to let you know that we got the stone order; haven't gone through it too carefully yet, but tentatively everything looks OK!
Thanks a lot!
Also, these rock cables are going to descend into a trough that would be filled with pebbles."


So there you have it...the transformation of a common beach pebble from Mexico into a proud sculpted stone creation prominently displayed in an art gallery in New York City. Talk about a rags to riches story. Pictures to follow!

Let us know how we can help you with your next stone project. It may not be as much of a transformation, but all of our products are important to us and will surely satisfy your expectations.

Visit www.stoneyard.com for more ideas regarding natural stone products.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Our customer's finest bluestone

We just got off the phone with one of our customers in Houston, Texas. He was looking for bluestone to use as coping and pavers for around his pool. His only concern was that the stone did not have any brown iron deposits in it, because he was not fond of getting rust stains in his pool. We assured him that we could provide him with coping that did not have brown iron deposits and he placed the order. The stone arrived in Houston today and after unloading it and inspecting it he called us to let us know that

"this is the finest bluestone I have seen in my entire life"

Not that we are bragging, but we would have been surprised if he would have told us anything else.

Visit our website at www.stoneyard.com or call one of our qualified sales reps and let us help you construct your own natural stone retreat.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

New England Fieldstone



Click on the photo for more pictures.

We have some fantastic Flat New England Fieldstone, and are selling it in truckload quantities at $88/ton. I just spoke to one of our favorite customers who is looking for 100 ton of this material. He inspected the pile, and took a few samples for his customer to approve. He loves the stone, so it looks like a small dent will be made in the pile.

I know it is easier to see the stone than try to read what I tell you about it.

Visit our website at www.stoneyard.com and take a look at the design center for some ideas of projects using New England Fieldstone.

Happy building.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Stoneyard.com Fabrication

Natural Stone fabrication in process




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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Stonewall Video

I just watched the video and had to write and tell you how much I enjoyed that! It was really great. The video was a little blurry in spots - most likely my computer here at the store, but overall it was so nice to watch. The only suggestion I have is to maybe tell the viewer the estimated cost to build that wall and how long it was. I am building my own home, if we ever get there, and I will be needing retaining walls so the video was really exciting and helpful to see but didn't give me one any idea on estimating my costs.

Great job, thank you for including me in the email. I will most likely be calling you to get some pricing for my own home.
Best Regards,
Karen

Video on Building a Stone Wall

If you haven't seen it, David Croteau of Stoneyard.com gives his tips on building a stone wall in this five minute video. He shows how to build small stone walls that match an existing stone wall at a private home in southern New Hampshire. The materials used are Stoneyard.com's New England Fieldstone, wallstone and thin wallstone.

You guys rock.

This is awesome!!! You guys rock. Ooo sorry for the pun :-)

I’m going to write an article on your email program for my blog www.chrisbaggott.com

Bluestone as a flooring surface

Project Description:
Master bath remodel - interested in the use of Bluestone as a flooring surface for bath and shower.
Question or Comment:
I am interested in the bluestone (various square and rectangular cuts for the floor of a master bath remodel. I also would like to know their suitability for a shower floor. What, if anything, is required to seal the bath and shower, and how does this stone hold up to daily traffic? Would it be possible to get a sample of this product? Thank you, Phil M.

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Bluestone flooring comes in square and rectangular pieces with both a thermal and natural cleft finish. Both of these products will be suitable for a shower floor application, as both have a non-skid surface. Sealing of the stone both before and after installation is recommended. Seal the stone once before it is installed, and then seal the floor again after installation. Make sure to check with the manufacturer for recommendations on sealing after installation. If you seal too soon the floor may not be completely dried. This could lead to liquid being trapped which may lead to efflorescence in the stone.

Try GranQuartz at www.granquartz.com for cleaning and sealing products.

Order stone flooring samples online 24/7/365 Stoneyard.com

Beautiful Bluestone Flooring

We have just received over 3000 sf of beautiful bluestone flooring. The flooring is a natural cleft surface, and the colors are mixed on a earthy green background. We get stone like this rarely, so if you have some flooring projects now is the time to stop by and check out this product. The sizes are 12 x 12 to 24 x 36.

We are looking forward to working with you on your next stone project. Let us help you build your own natural stone retreat.

Call our sales representatives to order a sample of this bluestone flooring.

Facing stone for retaining wall

Subject: Facing stone for retaining wall

I need to find a stone to face ~4,000 sf of retaining wall (see attached pictures)



This project is scheduled to start next week. Please provide quote, delivered to Richboro, PA. Call with any questions.
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Please check out our products at Stoneyard.com Wallstone I think that the PA Fieldstone Flat Wallstone is the closest match to what you are looking for. The pictures that you sent looked like a sandstone based product, which is what the PA Fieldstone is.

Let me know if this will work for you, and I will get some pricing out to you.