We here at Bluestem are of
the mind that stone work should be thick and heavy. This is reflected in
our materials. We promote and encourage real stone work. We produce full
size building stone, architectural details and our veneers are seldom
smaller than four inches. We recommend using gutted corners with the four
inch veneer in order to maintain the look and feel of full size building
blocks. The definition of full size being eight inches and larger like the
buildings constructed here at the turn of the century. In Kansas at that
time stone work was done to create a livable, stout and sturdy structure.
Even the livestock lived in full size stone structures.
We understand that these
days it is not practical to build walls completely of stone but it is
still possible to recreate a look and style that emulates the old
craftsmanship and does honor to the medium with which we work. We can
accomplish this through the combination of construction techniques. A
hybrid of old and new. These modern techniques combined with the beautiful
details we recreate modeled on the work of the old master craftsmen create
a look and feel that is timeless and elegant. These styles can not be
reproduced with thin veneers or cultured stone and are of a quality that
is quickly disappearing in the modern landscape of construction. This is
the style which we strive to preserve and recreate.
We have only a few
products. We specialize in native limestone. Our quarry is in the area of
“Green horn Limestone” deposited during the Permian era twenty five
million years ago.
The region we quarry is
commonly referred to as the “Post Rock area”. These products are cut and
quarried on our site in north central Kansas. For a catalog of our
products please click on the Quarried Stone category below.
In our spare time we
study what remains of the old masters work by visiting historic sites in
the area and do our very best to do justice to them and honor what they
teach us. We are fortunate to have these sites and do what we can to help
preserve them for future generations. Unfortunately, they are still being
demolished at an astounding rate.
If you are interested in
preservation or reclamation please visit our alter ego at
http://www.stonecottagefarm.com or click on the Reclaimed Stone
For a catalog of styles
based on these very structures please continue to our catalogs of quarried
stone products and historic design.
“When we build let us think that
we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor present use alone.
Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us
think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones
will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will
say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, “See! This
our father did for us.” ~ John Ruskin