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Last updated 29 April 2004
New additions since April 2004 marked with [NEW]

British Stone
From the site: "British Stone is the new marketing alliance set up by the indigenous dimensional stone industry to promote the excellence of British natural stone. All types of indigenous stone are represented including: limestones, sandstones, slates and granites. Indigenous stone produced by British companies, extracting and processing a wide range of dimensional natural stones from their own quarries and mines. The members of British Stone operate more than 40 major quarries and mines with reserves in excess of 100 million tonnes. Currently production capacity is estimated to be in the region of 250,000 cubic metres annually of finished stone. All companies meet the high standards required for membership and affiliation to the Stone Federation Great Britain."

Realstone group
From the site: "Founded 45 years ago as a small sandstone quarry the group is now one of the largest stone companies in the UK. It is still a family run company employing around 100 people."

Natural Stone
From the site: "natural-stone.com welcomes all members and guests to explore, discover, and participate in learning a little bit more about the people who make up the stone industry. Our goals -
To provide information about the Natural Stone industry through a comprehensive directory with direct links to industry member websites.
To provide a resource for purchasing stone materials, stone products and publications for architects, builders, designers and stone industry members.
To provide an open forum for members within our industry to exchange information.
To offer our services of product promotion through the Internet, Electronic Catalogs and CD ROM advertising to stone companies wishing to increase their exposure and increase sales."

World Stonex [NEW]
From the site: "Portal for the natural stone industry. Find marble, granite, sandstone, limestone, slate and other natural stones. View catalogs of stone monuments & artifacts, and stone related machines, diamond tools and spares. Request free quotes and proposals. Read stone industry news, research & technical information."

Fyfe Glenrock [NEW]
From the site: "Fyfe, The Granite Masters, have more than earned their title. The company has supplied, since 1846, most of the beautiful granites that adorn Aberdeen's magnificent buildings and given the city it's international name: "The Granite City". In 1996, a dynamic new stone masonry company, Fyfe Natural Stone was formed to spearhead the United Kingdom granite marketing activities of John Fyfe. Fyfe have built what is probably the most modern granite production units of their kind in Europe. Situated at Westhill, Aberdeen, on a 12 acre site, this facility is intended to satisfy a large demand for natural granites throughout the United Kingdom and beyond."

Stancliffe Group [NEW]
From the site: "The Stancliffe Group are one of the largest producers and suppliers of dimensional sandstone and limestone in the British Isles. From our quarries in Derbyshire,Cumbria and Dumfries, Scotland we supply contracts ranging from a domestic garden patio to a modern office complex. We combine time-honoured stonemasons skills with the latest in modern production techniques to provide quality and choice to our customers."

Dunhouse Natural Stone [NEW]
From the site: "Dunhouse Quarries have 75 years experience in the quarrying and supply of dimensional building stone. We pride ourselves on being one of the UK's leading suppliers and offer a portfolio of natural stones for the construction industry. We are also domestic suppliers of stone flooring, stone fireplaces, walling, paving and landscaping for the home."

Blockstone Ltd [NEW]
From the site: "Block Stone Ltd is one of the UK's largest quarrying companies - producing dimensional stone block for use in the Construction Industry, across the UK and Abroad."

Galloway Granite [NEW]
From the site: "Architectural & monumental masonry of quality from UK and imported granites. Granite cladding and building facings, kerbing, steps, street furniture and turned balustrades manufactured. All types of architectural work untertaken. Memorials and Headstones from the simple to the ornate."

Johnsons Wellfield Quarries Limited [NEW]
From the site: "Quarried from the heart of Yorkshire, the inherent beauty and durability of Johnsons stone ensures continued specification in a wide range of applications. From traditional masonry to corporate headquarters, explore the character and versatility of natural stone and experience the quality and prestige it brings to any project."

Piedra.com: Natural Stone Web Site
From the site: "Welcome to Piedra.com; here you can see the companies that build the stone industry and their products, made of stones like marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, etc. Kitchen tops, bath tops, tables, stairs, fašades, tombstone, slabs, memorial stones, and any other thing related with stone."

Portland Stone
This site describes the method of extraction and some of the buildings on which Portland Stone has been used.

Learning Stone
From the site: "Sculpture, carving, workshops, quarries, geology, landscape, ... Learning Stone is about mutual interests, understanding and contacts amongst people who work with stone. Learning Stone is managed by the Portland Sculpture Trust, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation of the traditional skills and understanding of Portland masons and quarry workers."
[and an extensive page of stone-related resource links at: http://www.learningstone.net/stonehoo/]

Natural Stone Specialist
From the site:"The monthly magazine for all specialists in natural stone, both suppliers and users - committed to the stone industry since 1882."

Stone Roofing Association
From the site: "This web site is an introduction to sandstone and limestone roofs. [It provides] information on the history, geology and use of stone slates or tilestones. It will help you to identify the type of stone you are interested in and how to find a supply if it is still available. If what you want isn't here there is bibliography of sources of more detailed information."

The Roofs of England: Stone Slates (English Heritage)
From the site: "Stone slate roofs are a fundamental part of the distinctive local character of vernacular buildings in many parts of the country. Their solid beauty achieves a visual harmony with the stone buildings and the drystone walls of the fields which makes areas such as the Cotswolds and the Pennines unique. Stone slates are known in different parts of the country as grey slates, flags, flagstones, thackstones, slats, flatstones, stone tiles and tilestones. Geologists prefer the term tilestone as these sandstone and limestone products are not geologically slates. That is, they are sedimentary rather than metamorphic and consequently split along a bedding rather than a cleavage plane. Stone slate however, is historically the most widely and understood term."

Building Stone in Nova Scotia by G. B. Dickie
From the site: "Nova Scotia stone has been used for the construction of buildings and monuments since the times of earliest European settlement. Over 250 quarries have been documented. Carboniferous age sandstones ..... account for much of the total building stone production..... Rocks of granitic composition have also been quarried in Nova Scotia..... Although some granite dimension stone was used in building construction, the majority of granite production was used in the monument and grave marker trade. Stone buildings require maintenance and, in some cases, complete restoration. Replacement stone matching the original is often required. This study has identified and inventoried 51 quarries and quarry prospects."

Reigate Stone Recording and Research Project
From the site: "The research project was instigated by Historic Royal Palaces in 1996 to survey and record the extent and condition of the surviving Reigate stone in the Palaces, and to further our understanding of the nature of the stone and of conservation techniques."

Greek Marble Internet Directory
From the site: "From ancient times Greek sculptors and architects achieved to create marble masterpieces that stand through the centuries. Nowadays Greece produces a variety of unique marble. Greek Marble is considered as top level architectural material and has been used by constructors throughout the world. This interactive presentation introduces the Greek companies of marble quarrying and elaboration and their products."

Scottish Lime Centre Trust [NEW]
From the site: "The Scottish Lime Centre provides specialist advice and training in the use of lime-based materials for the conservation and repair of Scotland's traditional buildings. Through the TRADITIONAL BUILDINGS CONSULTANCY SERVICE, a specialist on-site consultancy and a materials analysis service, the Scottish Lime Centre investigates and advises on problems and repairs for traditional masonry buildings. Charlestown Workshops also acts as distributor for a range of environmentally conscious building, finishing and decorating materials."

Lime on line
From the site: "Internet multimedia magazine dedicated to the world of lime"

The Building Limes Forum
From the site: "The Building Limes Forum was established in 1992 to encourage expertise and commercial ties."

Hydraulic Lias Limes Limited
From the site: "Four years ago at the behest of several architects and English Heritage we were asked to reintroduce to the British market hydraulic lime produced from Britain's Blue Lias stones. These architects' primary concern was its availability for restoration and conservation but soon after its reintroduction several far-sighted engineers began to realise application for new builds."

The Earth Architecture Center International
From the site: "Earth building can solve many of the world's housing problems and energy shortages, in both developing countries and industrial nations. The Center is a source of earth building technical information for architects, builders and planners."

The Cob Cottage Company
From the site: "Earth is probably still the world's commonest building material. The word cob comes from an old English root meaning a lump or rounded mass. Cob building uses hands and feet to form lumps of earth mixed with sand and straw, a sensory and aesthetic experience similar to sculpting with clay. Cob is easy to learn and inexpensive to build. Because there are no forms, ramming, cement or rectilinear bricks, cob lends itself to organic shapes: curved walls, arches and niches. Earth homes are cool in summer, warm in winter. Cob's resistance to rain and cold makes it ideally suited to cold climates like the Pacific Northwest, and to desert conditions."

Friends of Terra Cotta
From the site: "The Friends of Terra Cotta, Inc., a national, non-profit organization, was founded to promote education and research in the preservation of architectural terra cotta and related ceramic materials. The organization seeks to educate the general public and construction industry professionals about architectural terra cotta's value and history as a building material."

Repair of reinforced concrete
From the site: "Recent developments in the repair of reinforced concrete include modern electrochemical techniques that can minimise the interference with the structure, an important factor in building restoration."

Concrete Timeline
From the site: "This site is maintained by the Building Science Department at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. It has been created to make use of the many resources available, both on the internet and in the classroom, relating to reinforced concrete."

International Wood Committee
From the site: "The ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites) International Wood Committee (IIWC) is one of the 16 international specialized expert committees of ICOMOS. The object of IIWC is to promote international cooperation in the field of preservation of wood in buildings and structures and to advise on the development of ICOMOS programs in this field."

Dry Rot Research Group
At the University of Abertay, Dundee. From the site: "Dry rot is one of the most serious fungal 'diseases' of timber in the built environment. Though methods of treating dry rot are well established these often rely on the removal of large amounts of timber, which may or may not be infected by the causative organism Serpula lacrymans, together with the use of fungitoxic chemicals. The main objective of the Dry Rot Research Group is, by improving basic understanding of the biology of Serpula lacrymans, to develop more sophisticated control methods for the control of the organism."

Timber-framed houses in England and Wales
From the site: "These pages are meant to be a starting point for students and anyone else interested in old houses. They describe the history of timber-framed houses in England and Wales, their method of construction and the people who lived in them, starting with the 13 th Century and ending with the 19 th."

Vitraux / Stained glass
From the site: "The purpose of this presentation is to show the restoration of a work of art using photography as the medium, taken before, during and after restoration, whilst carrying out a simultaneous procedure of authentification of the pieces of glass and the methods of work."

Historical Metallurgy Society
From the site: "The Society provides opportunities for regular meetings between those who share an interest in our metallurgical heritage. Through research and in particular the study of former metallurgical sites, relics and records, it aims to increase our knowledge and improve our understanding of earlier industrial developments, with particular emphasis on the technical aspects."

Tyler Davidson Fountain
From the site: "The web page for the restoration of Cincinnati's monumental bronze and stone Tyler Davidson Fountain"


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