An experienced fabricator explains the process from the templating to the final setting of the slabs.
Synopsis: Granite has emerged as an expensive but extremely popular material for kitchen countertops. In this article, a stone fabricator describes the process of making templates, cutting, and installing slab granite.
For most of the past 20 years, my company has been taking the rockbound coast of Maine and bringing it into the homes we work on. Our specialty is granite, both rough and refined. We transform thin slabs of the material into beautiful, functional kitchen countertops.
Our shop is located in Orland, an area that once thrived on the granite industry. We’re surrounded by such historic quarrying towns as Frankfort, Blue Hill, Franklin, Jonesboro, Mount Desert and Deer Isle, source of one of the most structurally sound granites available. Granite from Deer Isle was used in the memorial to Robert Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery.
I started working in the masonry division at Freshwater Stone & Brickwork in 1987…