At the factory, the unassuming blocks begin their process of transformation. The factory is an intermittently noisy and dusty place. All staff wear protective equipment, and our visit was no different – on went the dust mask.
Transforming rock is an expensive business, so each rock is cut in such a way to maximise its shape and minimise wastage.
Programmed into the cutting machine are the exact dimensions required, this sets the distance between the cutting blades. It might be a standard Marshall’s size suitable for domestic or commercial situations, or a customer-specific order which requires greater depth. Either way, the surface area of the stone will be maximised, often resulting in a mixed range of lengths with a standard depth and width.
In the UK, health and safety, working conditions and living wages are fairly standard issues which are already in place and closely monitored
...but what about when the stone comes from abroad?