This week our FRESH OFF THE TRUCK arrival was focused on the stones you use primarily for edging and accentuating – edging your flower beds, walkways, patios, driveways and practically all other landscaping and stone projects. Here is what you see in each of the 3 following pictures, all of which arrived on our lot just a couple of days ago:
Picture #1: Crab Orchard Brown Bricks & Rubble Strips
Picture #2: 18” x 18” Patio Stones (both in Brown and Blue-Gray) and Brown Cobblestones
Picture #3: Blue-Gray and Brown Cobblestones
There are several features you may notice as you look at these pictures. If you look closely in the 2nd and 3rd pictures, for example, you will see that the Cobblestones have rounded edges. You may be saying “Yes, but I already expected these stones to have rounded edges, since that is one of the defining features of a cobble stone.” And you would be correct.
But do you know how cobblestones get their rounded edges today versus in the past? It used to be that stone masons would actually “sculpt” the rounded edges by hand. That is not how it is done any longer, of course. Today, the quarries that produce cobblestones take care of rounding the edges themselves, often right on-site.
But how? They actually use the back end of a cement mixer (the mixer drum) as a “tumbler”. They throw the stones into the drum, along with some sand. They then turn it on, and not long after, Viola!… they have produced cobble stones like the ones you see in these pictures. It’s pretty amazing to think that not too long ago there were stone masons so adept at rounding the edges of the stones that they created thousands upon thousands of miles of roads and walkways using hand-sculpted cobblestones.
In fact, the Roman stone masons created over 50,000 miles of cobblestone roads in building their amazing network of roads which linked every part of their vast empire together – with all of them leading back to Rome!
Today, people enjoy using Cobblestones and Rubble Strips to beautifully edge their walkways, flower beds, patios and water features. And the right stones can really make your landscape or stone project stand out in an eye-catching way.
Come on in today, pick out some cobblestones or rubble strips, use them to edge and accentuate the features in your yard and see what a difference they can make in the overall look and feel of your landscaping! Our knowledgeable owner and staff are happy to help you, including answering all of your questions and leading you to the right materials (and contractors, if you are looking for one) to make your project a successful and long-lasting one. Your vision combined with our knowledge, experience and service. That is a winning combination you can trust.
Contact us at (678) 354-0566 or by visiting us online at https://www.stonedist.com or on our Stone Distributors Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stonedist/. We are open Monday (including this coming holiday Monday) through Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and today, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed on Sundays.