FARMERS CLEARING FIELDS HAVE BUILT 200,000 MILES OF STONEWALLS ACROSS NEW ENGLAND
FROST HEAVES COERCE A FRESH CROP OF FIELDSTONES FROM THE SOIL EACH YEAR
American Stonecraft transforms this crop into works of art for your table
WE HARVEST FRESHLY TILLED FIELDSTONES IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OVER 70 WORKING FARMS
EACH GOOD PAYS TRIBUTE TO ITS FARM OF ORIGIN, THE HERITAGE OF STONEWALLS AND FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP
By 1875, a time before the railroad opened up the west, farmers were feeding massive East Coast cities. Ox drawn plows would strike rocks, lodged in the topsoil in the last ice age. Stones were moved aside to the edges of fields. The next year, more rocks rose, and the walls bordering fields grew taller. Again and again stones grew.
Farmers felt cursed, but instead, a difference in density between the rocks and the soil and the freezing action of the winter causes the stones to become buoyant, even today.
Hundreds of thousands of miles of these stonewalls were eventually constructed in New England. They were left behind as family farms moved westward. Now, these archaeological ruins still line the countryside, often amidst trees that have sprouted up around fallow farmland.
American Stonecraft is a Benefit Corporation based in Lowell and Boston Massachusetts that employs diamonds, water, and electricity to grind through rocks to make really cool art. We make products like Food and Cook Slabs, Coasters, Trivets, Bowlders, and Furniture, even offer our lineup of products from customer sourced boulders.
American Stonecraft partners with 72 working farms across New England to bring them value-added goods at no additional cost. We personally train and support each farmer to source exotic specimens worth hundreds of dollars each.
Goods are finished in Lowell, MA and the workshop is open for tours M-F. Or visit us at our store inside the Boston Public Market 7 days a week.
No two are alike, each a work of art and a slice of nature. Live edges, organic shapes; just as the glaciers left them. Our team of artisans (guys and girls alike) use custom-made diamond hand tools to slice, sculpt, hone and polish our farm gathered fieldstones, revealing more of their natural beauty. Slabs and Bowlders are food-safe. Coasters are absorbent. Trivets are stain resistant. Local stones, hand gathered and handcrafted in small batches; even paying tribute to its farmer.
B O W L D E R S
On your kitchen table or your dressing table, a piece to treasure for generations.
C O A S T E R S
Subtle, honed, absorbent finish.
Take a peek underneath to learn about the stone’s provenance.
Community is integral to our mission. We have special programs available for Farmers, Dealers, and Restaurants interested in becoming a part of the American Stonecraft community.
American Stonecraft maintains membership in MA Farm Bureau, NH Institute of Art, and Cambridge Artists Coop. MA Farm Bureau reminds you to Get Fresh with a Local Farmer.
American Stonecraft was founded in 2012 by Gerald Croteau III, a Washington DC economist who later moved to the United Arab Emirates to sell condos to real estate investors. On a trip to the states he saw a fieldstone cut open and knew his New England history and recognized a cool story. He spent years perfecting his craft, designing tools and techniques, and still supervises the workshop today. As an economist, he is passionate about using business as a source for positive social change. To preserve the studio’s mission permanently, the company filed as a Benefit Corporation in 2016.
All goods are crafted at our Workshop in Lowell, MA. You are welcome to shop there M-F or at 7 Days a week at our Boston Store located inside the Boston Public Market. We also welcome you to Shop Locally with one of the hundreds of Mom and Pop retailers nationwide stocking our work in your community. You can also Shop Online, where we offer UPS shipping for a flat rate of $10 dollars for an unlimited number of items.