jim sergovic stone
A YOUNG MAN WENT WEST. He found the work scene different from back east. Not so many taverns and restaurants, his typical clients. But Mariam was opening Savoury’s, on Main Street in Mariposa, California. Mariam wanted something different for her hostess station. Her ears perked right up at the mention of custom stone work. And she knew a local secret.
Mariposa Flagstone Co/Yosemite Slate Quarry. They had the goods. And just the right piece, a monster leaning against a tree, waiting for the right pockets to come along and buy it. The rest is history. Dragged it home in the Ford, made a template, dry-cut the stone with a diamond wheel on a Craftsman grinder, and dressed the edging.
Savory’s moved down the block a few years later. The stone was repurposed, as has happened since time immemorial.
ARIZONA! THE LAND OF milk and honey! Grapefruit big as bowling balls right off the backyard tree in mid-winter! The perfect time to visit friends & in-laws. Doing a few jobs will make one more even more welcome. And get you an invite back!
My friends, on a recent visit, told of a desire for a paved path to the back gate. Sure, paver “stepping stones” are easy. The home centers have shelves full of cast concrete fake stones. But if I was to be involved, the job had to have a certain artistic flair. Only real stone would work.
A few phone calls later landed me the address of the premier Arizona supplier of pavers. They own their own quarries and snap the stone on a secret proprietary press of which pictures are forbidden! I ordered a dozen pieces 16″ x 24″ x 2″. We chose buff/buckskin for the color. A few days later, Anasazi dropped a pallet in my GMC Sierra.
This was a fun job. Thirsty work, sure. Two grapefruit per hour, I figure. The stones weighed about 70 pounds (32 kg) each. Raked the gravel down to desert floor, spaced the stones, leveled them around roots, avoided irrigation lines. Put the gravel back. Jiggled and jostled them a bit more the next day, trying to achieve a natural feng shui to the project.
Flagstone is a sedimentary rock that is split into layers along bedding planes. Flagstone is usually a form of a sandstone composed of feldspar and quartz and is arenaceous in grain size (0.16mm – 2mm in diameter). The material that binds flagstone is usually composed of silica, calcite, or iron oxide. The rock color usually comes from these cementing materials. Typical flagstone colors are red, blue, and buff, though exotic colors exist.
Flagstone is quarried in places with bedded sedimentary rocks with fissile bedding planes. Examples include Arizona flagstone and Pennsylvania Bluestone. – Anasazi Stone