Basic Monument Styles
Grass or Flush Markers
A grass or flush marker is a stone that sits flush with the ground. These markers are generally 24” x 12”, but may be larger or smaller.
Bevel or Hickey Markers
Bevel markers have a beveled or slanted face where the back of the stone is a few inches higher than the front. They are generally 8” high and have an 1 ½” drop back to the front.
Slant markers are cut with a slanted face and are taller than the bevel marker. They may have one or two names and are generally 1 foot 2 inches high (or higher in increments of 2”) and 10” or 12” wide.
Upright monuments consist of the die and base. The die is the top part of the monument that sits on the base. The tops are usually serpentine, oval or straight, however other styles and custom shapes are also available at an additional cost. The base is the lower part of the monument and generally has a polished top, sawn bottom and rock sides.
Benches are an ideal choice in areas where people pass or gather. They are an excellent option in areas such as parks and other public places where typical monuments may not be suitable.
Carving Types & Techniques
Shape carving is a technique that is generally used for flowers. The outline of the design is carved and the interior is shaped to look three dimensional.
Flat carving is a technique where the design is carved into the face of the monument.
Etching is a method of applying a carving to the surface of our black granites. All etchings are hand done by our artist. The artist cuts through the polished granite surface using a diamond-tipped instrument. We are capable of creating most anything from large scenes to portraits and floral designs.
Except when using script forms, the lettering of memorials is usually done in capitals. Space considerations should be taken into account when deciding on a style. Lettering Styles available from Vermont Wholesale Granite.
Many families want to include inscriptions in the language of their religious tradition or country of ancestral origin. We can carve inscriptions in Greek, Russian or Hebrew. From supplied text, we can also inscribe Japanese or Chinese characters.
Granite is the most popular choice for memorials and monuments because it is extremely hard, resistant to scratching and very durable. It is available in a wide variety of both domestic and imported colors. Granite Colors available from Vermont Wholesale Granite.