At Old World Stoneworks, we spend most of our design time obsessing over how to create the most beautiful cast stone mantels and range hoods we can bring to our clients. But we are now turning a little of our time and attention towards fabulous accessories to accompany your fireplace mantel. Starting soon, we’ll be adding five hand-picked collections, including coordinating fireplace screens, mantels, tool sets and log racks.
This is just a sneak peek at what’s coming up.
You can use this baroque screen to dress up the simple lines of our Fairmount mantel, or go all-out glam with our Calais.
Our Milan screen looks perfect in Arts & Crafts style homes, as well as newer construction. If you prefer a more masculine look, and love the Lone Star as much as we do, the Milan is your screen.
These are just two of our new accessories. Stayed tuned for more!
Cast Stone vs. Natural Stone
Our customers often ask us, what’s the difference between our cast stone and naturally occurring stone? This month we’ll briefly answer that question. At Old World Stoneworks, we make our beautiful mantels and range hoods from manmade stone modeled after Indiana limestone. Also known as Bedford limestone, this type of natural stone is the highest quality quarried limestone in America.
Most people can’t tell the difference. In fact, some scientists are just now realizing that the Egyptian pyramids were made of a primitive concrete, rather than solid blocks of limestone. Scientists analyzing the pyramids found that they had a higher water content and other traits more consistent with cast stone than naturally occurring stone. They’ve identified limestone, lime, clay and water as the probable recipe. At Old World Stoneworks, we say if cast stone was good enough for the ancient Egyptians – whose work has lasted 4,500 years – it’s good enough for our range hoods and mantels.
What is limestone?
Limestone is found all over the world. It’s a type of sedimentary rock. That is, rock that’s formed when mud, sand and pebbles get cemented into layers, often in bodies of water. Limestone contains the minerals aragonite and calcite, and is composed of bony fragments of marine organisms. Its relatively uniform structure, texture and composition make it a good building material.
What is cast stone?
Cast stone is an imitation stone made of Portland cement, chemical admixtures and aggregates such as quartz, limestone, sand or granite.
Look at the beauty and smooth detail we get from our cast stone.
We’re the first to admit that humans can’t improve on the beauty of natural stone. However, there are times when natural stone is best for the job, and times when cast stone works better.
First, let’s look at natural stone. Each stone is unique. Colors, patterns and veining vary from stone to stone. It’s durable and low maintenance, but natural stone requires more skilled labor for shaping and installing pieces, and the cost can be high.
Each natural stone’s uniqueness is both a pro and con. With cast stone, the designer can control factors such as which aggregates to use and which pigments to add to determine the color. This versatility is a big plus. Cast stone is easier to install than natural stone and usually costs significantly less.
Our cast stone production
We use a vibratory tamping method and make our cast stone by mixing a dry mixture of finely grated aggregates and silica sand with a bonding and hardening agent. In a mulling machine, we add this mixture to water. The result? A beautiful cast stone that’s as dense and durable as natural limestone.
So now you know about the merits and affordability of cast stone, maybe you’re considering your future mantel options. If so, give us a call today. We love to help our customers beautify their homes.