The Science & Art of Stone
Post on 09-Mar-2016
DESCRIPTIONCold Spring Granite Finishes
T H E S C I E N C E & A R T O F S TO N EC O L D S P R I N G G R A N I T E F I N I S H E S
As an architect, your skills range from a knowledge
of engineering, materials science and economics
to the environment, history and human behavior.
Too much art and your design is impractical, too
little vision and it risks feeling static and dull.
Balancing science and art requires a combination
of practicality and imagination, skill and vision.
At Cold Spring Granite, were known for working
with architects and doing whatever it takes to ensure
that the final impression serves the design.
In short: if you can design it, we can create it.
First, choose from our broad palette of stone colors
and then select from among our suite of standard
and proprietary finishes. Regardless of what your
design requiresfrom intricate patterns, ornate
shapes and lavish detailing to monumental scale,
historic accuracy and traditional appropriateness
our blend of handcraftsmanship and automation
will shape and finish the stone and bring your
vision to life.
The architects vision and the stone artisans craft:
more than science and art, its what we share and
where our disciplines meet.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Nation
commissioned Corky Clairmont to design a tribute
to the men and women who currently serve, have
served or have lost their lives in service to the
United States. Located in Pablo, Montana, the war
memorial would tell their story while honoring tribal
history and culture.
Corkys sketches, rife with symbolic imagery, were
intricate in detail. No line was without meaning and
each impression on the finished stone required an
exact rendering or risk misrepresenting the story.
Corky selected Mesabi Black for its color and texture.
Working with his drawings, we began a sampling
process to transfer them onto the stone. By fabricating
a series of shadowing and colors we were able to
faithfully render his sketches onto the stone.
Throughout the fabricating process, Corky set up
shop at our headquarters. Working hand in glove with
our graphic designers, production team and project
managers, the artistwith our artisanscompleted
the ambitious project in record time.
D E S I G N I N G A WA R M E M O R I A L N A R R AT I N G A P E O P L E S H I S TO RY
S C I E N C E & A RT A R C H I T E C T U R E & S TO N E
Corwin Corky Clairmont
Celebrated contemporary artist
Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Member
The integrity, professionalism and friendliness of the people at
Cold Spring Granite was the perfect combination of highly skilled
stone artisans who performed their vital tasks with enthusiasm
and a spirit that came from the heart.
The memorial consists of 21 Mesabi Black stone panels
Each panel varies in height, from 3'6" to 10'0"
Finishes included Polish and Hone
Graphical elements included hand carving, sculpting, sand- blasting and etching
HONEDIAMOND 8 SAWNMACHINE SMOOTH
PACIFIC DIAMOND 10 TEXTURED BUSH-HAMMER DIAMOND 300
POLISH VELVET DIAMOND GROUND
THERMAL DIAMOND 100
ROCK PITCH ROCKFACESPLITRUB & SAND DIAMOND 200DIAMOND SMOOTH
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Cold Spring Granite offers a full line of graphical elements that not only defines
your design in stone, but distinguishes it in gorgeous detail. From carving, etching and
sandblasting to lettering and leafing to inlays of bronze, metal and stone, our master
artisans work with you to apply a breadth of graphical elementsor create custom
applicationsto meet the specifics of your design. Together, well fashion works of
art that will stand the test of time.
G R A P H I C A L E L E M E N T S
A highly reflective, smooth finish that magnifies
the stones natural appearance by illuminating the
This hone finish dramatically highlights the stones
crystal structure while deepening its background hues.
Available only on limestone, this non-reflective,
smooth finish draws out the stones natural colors
A relatively smooth surface, this finish exhibits muted
swirls and deep tones that accentuate its soft textures.
This finish highlights the stones vibrant colors
and crystals through a smooth surface textured
in soft waves.
This limestone finish is non-reflective and mutes
the stones natural traits to create subtle contrasts
A coarse surface that is slightly rough to the touch,
this finish mutes the appearance of the stones natural
color and grain structures.
Accentuated with light swirls, the natural traits of
the stone are masked by this process to understate
its customary characteristics.
The process of sawing leaves slight grooves, swirl
marks and lines on the stones surface, softening its
RUB & SAND
Semi-smooth and light in appearance, this finish
creates a subtle contrast between the stones color
This finish richly highlights the stones reflective
crystals, enhancing and contrasting with the depth
of the darker colors.
Rough to the touch, this finish showcases the stones
sparkling crystals against a lightened background.
Both rough yet soft to the touch, this finish
contrasts the vibrant crystals with the stones deep
A semi-rough surface, this finish is textured to reveal
vibrant colors in a deep, rich background.
A consistent, coarse-textured surface that exposes the
natural beauty of the stones crystals on a pronounced
Crystals are uniformly fashioned to create a light-on-
dark stippled effect across this finishs coarse surface.
A heavy water pressure treatment reveals the
radiant crystals within the stones surface through
a dramatically coarse texture.
A natural, jagged cleft-face design permeates this
finish, with untrimmed edges that create a rugged
Uniform ends contrast with this finishs dramatically
rugged, crystal-laden surface.
A plugged and feathered process achieves the initial
break, creating a natural cleft and concave surface that
promotes an abundance of reflective crystals.
Were on the cutting edge of natural stone finishes. Literally. Because for decades,
Cold Spring Granite has developed and fine-tuned a variety of standard and
proprietary finishes. Our comprehensive suite of standard finishesfrom the glossy,
highly reflective Polish to the rough-hewn textures of our Diamond series to the
smooth surface that Hone generates on limestoneis where youll discover a
finish that perfectly conveys the inspiration behind your design.
S TA N D A R D F I N I S H E S
Cold Spring Granite
17482 Granite West Road
Cold Spring, MN 56320-4578
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