Friday, December 29, 2006

New Year Wishes

The Holiday crew at 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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

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 , 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

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



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 to view more pictures like these.

Enjoy your weekend.