WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH 2020, dealing with COVID-19, lockdowns, rioting and political insanity. Just waiting on the swarms of locusts to usher in the official End of Days. There’s not a fabricator among us that wouldn’t welcome a “do over” at this point.
Stone World’s “Industry Perspective” column has revolving articles by the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA), The Natural Stone Institute (NSI), and the Rockhead Group offering insight into the workings of each organization, and their place within the industry.
A vandal singled out a 100-year-old Italian bas-relief carving of the Last Supper, making the historic work of marble his personal piñata. After shaking my head, and wondering just what is wrong with people, I told my wife, “I should go down there and see if I can help fix the damage.”
As an online forum, the SFA provides day-to-day information crucial to the nuts and bolts of the fabrication business, on demand and nearly in real time. When this power’s leveraged, you find a variety of answers to almost any concern you may have, often by others who have already encountered the same issue and can offer a solution, or at least some candid insight.
Two students from the Istituto Paolo Brenzoni Arte del Marmo, a technical school for the Italian stone trade in Sant’Ambrogio di Valpolicella, Italy, spent three weeks experiencing several stone fabrication shops in the U.S., as well as American culture
The program comprised two students from the school visiting three various SFA host companies — each visit lasting a full week, consisting of various time spent in and around the fabrication shop and city.
Everyone knows when you buy that shiny new saw — or the CNC with all the bells and whistles — in order for those machines to function properly with a long lifespan, they need regular on-going maintenance.
For this issue of Stone World magazine we talk to industry veteran Ron Hannah about a product called Black Mamba that adheres a sink to a countertop in 10 seconds. This issue also takes a look at the quartz industry, one of the articles features Quantra and how it continues to invest and strategize to produce high-quality quartz. We also take a look at the top quartz products offering in our quartz roundup.
For this issue of Contemporary Stone & Tile Design decorative porcelain and marble tile modernize an outdated living space in New York. We also see how Italian Porcelain tile contributes to a multi-purpose residential building. Finally we feature our Mosaic and decorative tile roundup.