Our Coasters most often begin as freshly “grown” fieldstones that American Stonecraft sustainably hand-harvests at working farms. However, for our Notable Places series, we gathered a stone or two from a special place to show what can be found there and share this with the public. Each rock is unique in shape and color, comprised of metamorphic granite. Artisans craft each Coaster from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom tools. The stone is transformed from a dull rock into a piece of art with gorgeously subtle color. This color is not the result of an outside product or lacquer, but of skilled grinding and honing to a low grit, maintaining the stone’s natural absorbency. Our Coasters also retain the natural “live” edge from the stone’s glacial tumbling. The stone’s provenance is labeled on the underside of each Coaster, along with cork feet to protect tabletops. Each stone arrives packaged in an American Stonecraft gift box with your personalized gift note, if applicable.
For scale, please consult the photo with a ruler shown next to the stone.
Fieldstones being natural, have minor, non-structural fissures, pocks, scratches, chips, and other superficial flaws that we affectionately call beauty marks.
EVERY PLACE TELLS A STORY
Long ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. Farmers in New York and New England built 215,000 miles of stonewalls by hand in the course of removing these stones from their fields, a distance greater than from the earth to the moon! These stonewalls became the folklore of poets like Robert Frost, but the labor of moving stones by hand pushed farmers westward. A fresh crop of rocks grows each spring because winter’s freeze-thaw cycles gradually force buried stones upward. Because of the science of growing rocks, clearing rocks is never complete.
The founder of American Stonecraft, Gerald Croteau, fell in love with these archaeological stone ruins as a youth. He became an economist and founded American Stonecraft in his late 20s after seeing the inside of a fieldstone for the first time. He was amazed at what he had overlooked for so long. Diamond tools (being a relatively modern invention) revealed amazing colors, patterns, and geologies in the humble New England farm-gathered fieldstone that he wanted to share!
As a professional economist, Croteau recognized an opportunity to focus on adding value to the hidden gems of fieldstone. He started the studio to transform sustainably harvested rocks from working farms into treasured heirlooms that can be functional design elements in the home for the first time. Not only does this endeavor share geology that has never been seen before, but it helps support working farms, in turn preserving open space and protecting the stonewalls that are so iconic to this region.
Our Notable Places collection is intended to highlight the stories that these places conjure in our lives. American Stonecraft also makes Food Slabs that are custom sourced from your own special place.