The Earth-Moving Story of Stone

By heba

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Recently, Artistic Tile hosted their second annual tour of the Danby marble quarry located inside the Dorset Mountain in Vermont. Danby, the largest underground marble quarry in the world, has been actively mined for over one hundred years!  On the four-hour ride to the quarry, Artistic Tile President, Joshua Levinson, conducted a CEU course about the journey of stone from the quarry to the finished product. Attendees including designers and architects from firms such as Robert A. M. Stern, Richard Massa Architect, IDFNY, and Village West Design were able to receive credit for the course and for the factory tour from the AIA, IIDA, and ASID. After hearing from Levinson, the group witnessed first-hand the various methods of quarrying and stone fabrication during the tour inside the mountain. Right before everyone’s eyes, excavators brought down 140-ton walls and 20-ton blocks of stone were moved from the earth! In addition, architects and designers had the opportunity  to learn about the various options available to them and their clients as they saw the operation of modern quarrying equipment and watched as the enormous blocks were cut into slabs and beautifully finished. Marble from Danby qualifies for one LEED point and is also Greenguard certified, making it a healthy and environmentally friendly choice for kitchen countertops and green building projects. As Nancy Epstein, Founder and CEO of Artistic Tile put it, “visiting the quarry is truly a unique experience, and seeing the stone in its original birthplace brings a new appreciation to this magnificent material…bringing stone to life is our goal and we are proud to have successfully fulfilled our mission.”

~by Heba Nady

 

 

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