Stone Column

Learning from your peers

November 18, 2006
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Earlier this year, Stone World began conducting and publishing Online Forums with veteran stone fabricators at Our topics have ranged from templating to countertop and sink installation, and our latest forum on sawing techniques can be found on page 100 of this issue. We have been getting responses from stone experts around the country - from smaller shops with basic equipment to larger facilities with the latest stoneworking technology, and it seems that every response we get has a different, useful perspective on the matter.

In going through these forums, I was surprised at how forthright and open the people in this industry have been in explaining the trials and tribulations of stone fabrication. They have been very detailed and specific in explaining what methods and techniques have worked in the shop, and more importantly, what hasn't worked.

Of course, the sharing of information on the Internet isn't limited to the Stone World forums, and it isn't even limited to There are many sites on the Internet where fabricators can post a topic and receive solid, thorough advice from industry veterans, who are sharing their experiences in the shop and in the field.

In actuality, I shouldn't be surprised at the open exchange of information among stone fabricators, because it has been this way for some time now. Compared to other trades, members of the stone industry often seem to have a camaraderie with one another that includes the sharing of experiences and knowledge. Maybe it's because these fabricators are spread throughout the country and don't feel “competitive,” or maybe it's because there is enough stone fabrication work to go around, but whatever the reason, it's good to know that this sort of shared information is out there.

Of course, there are plenty of opportunities for exchanging information without using a computer. When asked, many fabricators are willing to open their doors to their fellow industry members so they can get a look at their facilities. Looking at a new bridge saw or CNC machine? Ask the manufacturer for references where you can see the equipment in action. Odds are they will have a place - or several places - for you to visit.

Trade shows and seminars are another arena where stone industry members can learn from their peers. Very often, some of the best information comes not only from the speakers or presenters, but from the voices in the crowd. This is true of the sessions at trade shows such as StonExpo and Coverings, and also at the Stone World Fabrication Workshops. While the presenters are the ones at the head of the class, some valuable insight also comes from those in attendance.

So if you're looking to learn more about a stoneworking method, machine or product, ask questions - on the Internet and in person. Chances are there is someone out there willing to provide an answer for you.

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

The Stone Fashion Show at Marmomacc in Verona

As usual, stone suppliers from Italy and around the world relied on the Marmomacc fair to showcase some of the latest stone materials to the international marketplace. The following is a look at just some of the stone materials on display in Verona.

Stone World Magazine

Stone World September 2014 cover

2014 September

In this issue of Stone World, we have a Report from Europe, which includes a series of articles about the quarries and stone processing operations that SW editor Jennifer Adams visited as part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Contemporary Stone & Tile Design Magazine

CSTD Fall 2014 cover

2014 Fall

In this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design, we take a look at the latest developments in TPT, with a feature article and you can read more comments from Waldrep on this subject as well as other industry professionals.

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 Guide

2014 Stone World Stone Guide

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

Stone Industry Education

stone industry educationStone Industry Education is sponsored by Stone World Magazine and Marble Institute of America. The SIE events will help you: strengthen your skills, build your business, and  increase profit in your shop.  Check out to register for upcoming fabricator and installer seminars.


facebook logo Twitter  YouTubeGoogle+