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Preserving Patina: The Importance Of Color In Reclaimed Stone

June 04, 2014
BY KCharles

One word we love here at Stone Farm is "Patina"!

Wikipedia describes patina as " a discolored film or thin outer layer produced either on or within the surface of a rock or other material by either the development of a weathering rind within the surface of a rock, the formation of desert varnish on the surface of a rock, or combination of both."

Although the official definition is somewhat technical--we simply feel it is the cool, and mostly naturally occurring elements, that give our reclaimed stone products that unique edge and coloring.

When referring to our reclaimed stone products, we strive to preserve patina by essentially taking pieces of reclaimed stone that had an original application as traditional curbing, and then sawing or splitting it so it can then be used in a newer, fresher application, such as curbing as paving--this process gives the old patina a new life. This is something that cannot be faked, and can only be obtained after years of use and wear.

We see the patina in our reclaimed stone products deriving from the following two categories:

Woodland Elements:

  • Organic compounds found in leaf litter seaping into the top layer of granite
  • Moss and lichen
  • Natures naturally occurring tanins and organic compounds
Man Made Elements:
  • Snowplows-- create rust tones on curbing
  • Fire
  • Lime on reclaimed thin brick that is derived from mortar
  • Traffic--years of vehicle
All of these occurrences create that unique, uneven look found in natural stone. Here are an example of a few of our products and how the patina is highlighted in each.

Reclaimed Thin Brick Veneer--Color Variations The patina found on our Reclaimed Thin Brick Veneer product comes from both fire and smoke damage as well as lime, which gives the white appearance.

Cobblespray1 The patina seen on our Big Dig cobblestones comes mainly from the elements found nature.

NE fieldstone rounds wet2 Fieldstone rounds with the look we love! Moss, lichen and a smattering of natural toning and shading.

junoir curb paver:rust Rust markings on reclaimed curbing

We would love to hear from you when you are contemplating your a reclaimed stone project and are happy to discuss everything from patina to planning!

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