Artistic Tile visits the Danby Marble Quarry in Vermont

In late September, Artistic Tile hosted a group of designers and architects on a tour of the Danby marble quarry, located within the Dorset Mountain in Vermont. The daylong trip started in New York and finished back in the city after a full day of activities. 

While visiting the quarry, attendees had the opportunity to see an excavator topple a 100-ton wall of marble several feet in front of them, and 20-ton blocks of stone being moved from its natural position. They also learned about the cutting and finishing process, and met with quarry employees. In addition, guests were given the chance to hike through the mountain and step inside “rooms” consisting of floor-to-ceiling marble that was being removed block by block. While surrounded by stone in its natural setting, they viewed the operation of modern quarrying equipment, including both a diamond wire saw and chain saw. After viewing the block removal process, they watched the massive blocks be cut into slabs, and observed how the different finishes are achieved.

“This is the first time Artistic Tile has hosted a trip like this for designers and architects,” said Joshua Levinson, President of Wholesale for Artistic Tile. “Visiting the quarry is truly a unique experience, and seeing the stone in its original birthplace brings a new appreciation to its beauty and possibilities. We wanted to share this opportunity with designers and architects, as well as provide them with more information about the beautiful Danby marble options available to them and their clients.” 

The Danby quarry is the largest underground marble quarry in the world, and sits within 500 miles of many major U.S. population centers, including New York City. Under the LEED point qualifications, the use of local materials qualifies Danby for one LEED point when used within 500 miles of the quarry. Danby marble is also Greenguard certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute, which establishes building standards to protect the health of a building’s occupants. Danby marble is a versatile material with a low absorption rate, making it a leading white marble used for kitchen countertops, reports the company. It is also ideal for green-building projects.

During the ride to Vermont, Levinson conducted a CEU course for attendees called “Journey from the Center of the Earth,” which explored the stone’s journey from the quarry to the finished product. Attendees received two credits for the CEU course from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Attendees also received an additional two CEU credits from AIA for the tour of the quarry. 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Stone World 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Cevisama product gallery 2015

The 2015 edition of Cevisama was a showcase of the latest trends in tile design, including textured surfaces, colorful mosaics and worn concrete aesthetics

Stone World Magazine

Stone World April 2015 cover

2015 April

This issue of Stone World contains our annual “Report from Brazil.” In addition to articles on Granito Zucchi and Antolini’s operations, there are several other features on Brazilian stone producers as well as a review of the show, including a Stone Gallery of the many stones that were displayed on the exhibition floor.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Spring 2015 cover

2015 Spring

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we bring you our annual focus on Kitchen & Bath Design. From a beach-inspired bathroom design to a kitchen backsplash made of circular mosaic tile, the following are filled with illustrations of innovative and unique uses of stone and tile.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Are you aware of the new stone standard – ANSI/NSC 373 Sustainability Assessment for Natural Dimension Stone?
View Results Poll Archive

The Stone World Store

How to Polish & Restore Marble Flooring

This video will show you step-by-step how to resurface and polish marble flooring from grinding and removing lippage and scratches to achieving a highly reflective polish.

More Products

Stone Industry Education

Stone Industry Education

From marketing and much more!  We provide natural stone professionals with stone knowledge and education they can count on, as well as great networking opportunities. Click here to go to Stone Industry Education.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+

Stone Guide 2014

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

The directory for Stone, Equipment and Supplies - the single information resource readers turn to.