A friend of mine and I were talking about the different materials we were using for our projects the other day, and we thought it would be a good topic for our blogs to talk about those materials in depth, as well as look at the results. I chose to talk about our most common choice of material by our customers- Montana Slate
|Hand sorted before delivery, sorted again, then walling....|
|Dry stone retaining wall after completion. 4' tall by 170'|
I can't think exactly how much of this material we used in the last 5 years, but 300 plus tons seems a fair number. We have built stairs, dry stone fences & dry stone retaining walls, flat work for beautiful patios, and even thin veneer. It is not a tremendous amount of material by any stretch, but it is enough to have learned a few things about the material that I can share.
One of my favorite things about this material is the color range. It looks great wet and dry.
|The Montana Slate we used to build these stairs was extremely hard, even layers, and we were able to use feathers and wedges to split it nicely.|
|Most have a heavy iron content that will 'bleed' out over time and stain themselves and the surrounding stones.|
|This quarry produces a nice consistent 2-3" flatish material.|
|Same quarry in a dry stone fence I built for a display 4 years ago. The fine detail work looks nice, but takes longer to build! All the edges I shaped are nicely oxidizing now.|
|For the curious....|