the stone of choice
are many colors of American granite to choose from (as
you can see here and
at right). The prices of the granite do vary by the
color of the granite. This does not say anything about
the quality of the granite. It is more for the demand
and supply. Some of the granite is closer to the surface
and is easier to quarry and there is not as much waste
when it is quarried, therefore it is less expensive
than other colors.
colors of granite that we use now come from all over.
We get some from Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Oklahoma,
Georgia, Vermont, Minnesota, Missouri and India. Our
granite comes to us by semi-truck. It used to be that
all granite came in on rail cars. That is why monument
shops were by the railroads.
are several different kinds of monuments. There are
4" thick grassers, 6" tall bevels or markers,
triangle shaped wedges that set on the concrete foundation
or else on a granite base and upright monuments that
set on a granite base.
designs that are put on monuments are very personalized
anymore. We try and tell something about that person.
The personalizations that have been used vary. We have
put on chickens, cows, cats, dogs, horses, fish, pheasants,
every flower has been used at one time or another. We
have put tractors, combines, hay balers, trucks, cars,
wheat, the list can go on and on.
of the newest ways of personalizing a monument is with
stone posts. We buy our stone' posts from farmers. Some
of them have even have the barb wire still in them.
I am still waiting for one for my yard. We do like to
remind people that when they put a lettered stone post
in their yard, they should put water sealer on it at
least once a year. This will keep it from flaking off.
produce a lot of posts for Christmas gifts. They would
also make nice Mother and Father's day gifts, but we
do not advertise them at these times because it is so
close to Memorial day and we are so busy with monuments.