Friday, May 11, 2007

Fieldstone is Fieldstone??

A customer stopped by the other day to find a contractor to assist him in constructing a fieldstone wall along the front of his property. I spoke to him about our Buyer’s Guide, which could assist him in finding many qualified professionals. He had not visited our website so he was unfamiliar with the Buyer’s Guide. I showed him how it worked. He was impressed and will be using it to locate some professional help for his stonewall project.

Once locating a contractor was resolved, we moved to the next phase - sourcing the stone. He had stopped by other stoneyards, but didn’t see anything that he liked. He told me that when he drove into he knew he had found his source for New England Fieldstone. We were sitting in my office discussing fieldstone when he asked me the following questions. “So John, fieldstone is fieldstone, right?” I thanked him for the opening and started to explain fieldstone to him.

The definition of fieldstone is “a stone occurring naturally in fields, often used as a building material.” This is a pretty generic definition. It describes stone that our forefathers unearthed as they attempted to make a living in their new land.

They saw it as a burden that prevented them from their industry. I look at it as a gift to help develop my industry. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I have created a complete New England Fieldstone product line. Here is a list of the different products:


Flat Wallstone
Round Wallstone
Thin Wallstone
Select Flat Wallstone
Select Round Wallstone

Building Veneer:

Flat Mosaic Veneer (Broken Ice)
Round Veneer
Roughly Square and Rectangular
Natural Seam Faced Veneer


Roughly Square and Rectangular

Thin Veneer:

Roughly Square and Rectangular

These products all originate from the rustic rambling stonewalls scattered throughout the landscape of New England. The difference is in the process.

I sort and process all of this stone to create the different products. Some require just sorting. Some require sorting and splitting with my 150-ton splitter. Some require sorting, splitting and cutting. Whatever sorting and processing they require they all maintain the quality that makes them New England Fieldstone.

Fieldstone is fieldstone??

Not necessarily. Let’s take a look at New England Fieldstone. This stone is a conglomerate stone consisting mainly of dense quartzitic stone, which has been subjected to heat and pressure creating an incredibly hard and dense material.

Here is a brief summary of the tests and results of the New England Fieldstone.

Water absorption: .54%

Density: 153 lbs/cf

Specific Gravity: 2.46

Compressive Strength: 18,583 psi (average)

Modulus of Rupture: 2,273 psi (average)

Alone these results may not mean much, but when compared to other building stone here are the comparisons. New England fieldstone is as strong as similar granite products that weigh 15-20% more. This means it is easier to work without compromising the integrity of the job.

This stone will hold up better compared to a sandstone which is a sedimentary rock formed by the consolidation and compaction of sand and held together by a natural cement, such as silica. A hard product, but not as hard or dense as the New England quartzitic fieldstone. Masons like it because it stays together when being shaped and trimmed.

Based on the above test results and comparisons I have determined that New England Fieldstone is the superior building stone product for all of your stone projects.

The next time someone tells you that fieldstone is fieldstone, tell them they are correct as long as it comes from New England and

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