Stone Finishes

There are many techniques for finishing the surface of a granite memorial.  This is often determined by the type and color of granite as well as the memorial design.

Finish PolishPolished Finish - Abrasives are rubbed on the surface of the stone with high-speed polishing wheels to create a polished surface

Finish SteeledSawed, Steeled, Frosted - This matte finish is created by sawing the surface.  It may also be accomplished by sandblasting the surface with steel shot, or by frosting it with sandblast sand.

Finish Polish MarginPolished Margin - The surface is polished and a panel area is frosted, making a place for lettering.

Finish Shell RockShell Rock - This is a hewn surface with hewn sides.  This also referred to as Rock Pitch when seen on the sides of a monument.

Types of Carving

There are many techniques for carving stone or etching images into a stone surface.  Here are four of the most popular processes.

Carving Bas Relief Bas Relief - The entire surface of the monument is cut away, leaving the flowers in bas relief on top of the other surface.

Carving EtchingEtching - Typically used on black granite, this technique cracks the surface of the granite using a diamond-tipped tool or a laser.  When the granite's polished surface is etched it creates a high contrast image on the stone.  This is popular for photos and portraits.

Carving FatFlat Carving or Line Carving - This process involves sandblasting an image (of a flower, for example) on the stone.  There is no dimensioning or relief given to the carving.

Shaped Carving - This is a time-consuming technique that requires years of training with sandblast tools.  This process involves shaping the petals and leaves of flowers with a special sandblast nozzle.  Shaped carving gives depth and a sense of reality to the carvings on a monument.

Bronze

Farmer Memorial Company offers bronze markers in a variety of sizes.  Markers may be purchased with granite bases, and we also offer optional flower vases.  Please contact us for more information.

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