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Gavin Johnston

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The Many Varied Uses Of Reclaimed Granite Curbing

March 25, 2014
BY Gavin Johnston

At Stone Farm one of the materials we harvest most frequently is our reclaimed granite curbing. Granite curbing has been in use around New England since at least the 1860's. The New England granite industry flourished from those early days up to the 1920's when there were literally hundreds of granite quarries throughout New England. After the 1920's granite as a building material lost momentum and the industry was virtually lost. One of the few products still made in real quantity in New England is granite curbing.

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones

Cobblestone Driveway or Cobblestone Apron?

August 14, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

I was in the beautiful and classic port town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and remembered that Stone Farm had supplied our Big Dig medium and Big Dig Jumbo reclaimed cobblestone pavers for a small residential project last year. Not sure what to expect, I headed over to historical Pray Street to take a look.

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School House Rock! And Our Love for Reclaimed Stone

March 15, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

If you are in your 40's or 50's you are almost certainly familiar with the ABC Animated program called School House Rock. I loved that show.

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Why Natural Stone Pavers Last Forever and Concrete Does Not

March 07, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

There is no doubt that concrete pavers are a very popular paving material. They are made to look like natural stone pavers (not very convincingly I would admit) and are one of the cheapest products to purchase and install. However, they are not always the cheapest over time, because they are a temporary product compared to natural stone pavers.

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones, Landscape Stones

Driveway Stones as Manly Aprons

January 10, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

When is an Apron considered Manly? when it is made of reclaimed paving, specifically reclaimed slabs of granite! A stone driveway apron is a great visual device to seperate the street from your property. One of the more traditional materials used are paving cobbles, specifically old cobblestones. Depending on the shape size and color of the cobblestones a variety of looks can be achieved.

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Farm Fresh! Pile of Old Cobblestones

January 10, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

Stone Farm recently acquired a new pile of old cobblestones. They are a beautiful charcoal color and were originally a paving cobblestone. The great thing about old cobblestones is the patina from all of the wear and tear of having been Paving Cobbles. These really are Black Beauties!

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones

Antique European Cobblestones - Bluestone

January 09, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

Deep blues with veins of white striations in repeat- ing squares make this cobble a great fit with some of New England’s more traditional styles. A strong and frost resistant limestone this material has held up to Northern Europe’s harsh winters. This same material can be found in a variety of curbing options as well.

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones

Stone Driveway from Reclaimed Granite Curbstones

January 09, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

This stone driveway is right around the corner from my house and I drive by it on a regular basis...what a beautiful stone driveway! This one is made from reclaimed granite slope curb which Stone Farm harvests on a regular basis. If you are thinking about materials for your stone driveway or motor court, give us a call. We love stone driveways!

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones

Farm Fresh...Antique Reclaimed Bluestone Sidewalk

January 02, 2013
BY Gavin Johnston

Before there was concrete...there was stone. In this case we are talking about antique bluestone sidewalks. Stone Farm has recently acquired about 3,000 feet of this beautiful material. As of the writing of this post (end of December 2012) the material is not out of the ground yet and is unclaimed. Give us a shout and make this material part of your next project...

Tagged with: Reclaimed Stones

New England Fieldstone sitting wall

December 29, 2012
BY Gavin Johnston

A low doubled sided stone wall can make the perfect spot to grab a quick seat, even on a cold winter day. The New England fieldstone in this wall was harvested in Maine and was sorted to provide mostly round and organic shapes.

Tagged with: Landscape Stones

 

"Rock Candy"

  • Reclaimed Thin Brick
  • Belgian Porphyry Cobblestones
  • Ginormous Patio Stone
  • Big Dig Cobblestones
  • Outdoor Fireplace-48
  • Reclaimed Thin Brick Veneer
  • Reclaimed Granite Planks
  • Reclaimed Granite Block Wall
  • Reclaimed Modern Paver