Cook Slabs begin as freshly “grown” fieldstones that American Stonecraft hand-harvests at working farms. Each rock is unique in shape and color, comprised of stone commonly called granite. Artisans craft each Cook Slab from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom built tools. The stone is transformed from a dull rock into a functional tool for your kitchen 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. Both sides of each Cook Slab are prepared for cooking.
Read our Cook Slab Guidelines for detailed information about cooking on stone.
Cook Slabs will absorb some oils and juices from your food. They can be cleaned with a wire brush and re-used. Please note, if your stone absorbs a lot of oil with initial use it may smoke upon heating for subsequent uses.
A free Wooden Block to use as a stand is included with the purchase of every Cook Slab!
SIZING & COLOR
Our Cook Slabs vary in shape and color. Based on the size you choose, we will select a beautiful Cook Slab from our current stock at the time of your order. We’ve shown the full range of colors and shapes in the product images to show you the possibilities available at any one time.
Small – Approx. 8-9″ in diameter
Medium – Approx. 9-10″ in diameter
Large – Approx. 10-11″ in diameter
X-Large – Approx. 11-12″ in diameter
XX-Large – Approx. 12″+ in diameter
Variations in color tone should be expected. Fieldstones, being natural, also have minor, non-structural fissures, pocks, scratches, chips, and other superficial flaws that we affectionately call beauty marks.
THE FARM–TO–TABLE STORY
Long ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. New England farmers built 215,000 miles of stonewalls by hand through removing these stones from their fields, a distance greater than from the earth and 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. 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 desperately 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-grown and freshly-harvested rocks from working farms into treasured heirlooms that can be brought indoors and used in the home for the fist 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 our region.