This year, the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) hosted its annual trip to Italy, which invites 18 members to explore various regions of the country to learn more about all aspects of the stone industry
In 2011, the Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) began taking a delegation of its members to various regions of Italy to learn more about all aspects of stone production. The annual trip, which welcomed 18 fabricators from all over the U.S. and Canada (and myself) this year, took place from May 3 to 11.
The day fabricators could use just one saw blade or one core bit is mostly over. Because of the expansion of new and different materials to the market, CNC tooling companies and suppliers have to continuously update their tools.
If you’ve been in this industry for any length of time, chances are you’ve been to more than a few trade shows and seminars. Looking back at all that invested time, what do you really remember? How much of that information have you used to improve your business?
As I write this, I’m sitting at Newark International Airport in New Jersey waiting for my flight to Indianapolis to board. My final destination is Bloomington, where my friends from the Indiana Limestone Institute will take me on a tour of several quarries in the area.
While working for another company primarily doing tilework, Kurt Bartzsch was given the challenge to start the company’s fabrication shop. Bartzsch primarily learned on a trial-and-error basis before going out on his own.
As a way to give back to his high school, as well as promote the stone fabrication profession, Buddy Ontra of Ontra Stone Concepts taught a week-long class on how to work with stone to students of the Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA
The Berkshire School is a co-ed boarding and day college preparatory school for students in grades nine to 12 and post-graduates. The 400-acre campus is tucked away at the heart of the Berkshire Hills —stationed at the base of Mount Everett in Sheffield, MA.
In this issue, you will see that we address the subject of shop safety, which I think everyone agrees is an important topic. In a matter of seconds, one wrong move or misjudgment can lead to an accident, or even more tragic to think about – a fatality.
The Stone Fabricators Alliance (SFA) is over 10 years old. It started with a few fabricators meeting at a trade show in Atlanta and they started sharing information and knowledge. Over the years, the SFA has grown into the largest fabricator organization in the world, with members from across the globe.
For the past eight years, the Stone Fabricator’s Alliance (SFA) takes a group of fabricators from North America, many of which have never traveled once outside the country, and brings them to Italy to learn about machinery, tooling and different types of stone.
Slabworks of Montana will host a two-day learning workshop for fabricators at its facility in Bozeman, MT. According to Dave Scott, owner of Slabworks of Montana and Stone World’s 2017 Fabricator of the Year, they will be having fabricator learning modules discussing different topics presented by SFA members.
In this issue of Stone World Magazine, read about the latest innovations in CNC tooling, hear about our tour of "The Stone Belt", see September's Stone of the Month and Technology Update, and much more!