The beauty of country stone fireplaces is undeniable. Some of the most outstanding examples are those crafted from a combination of stone types and textures, such as smoothly rounded river rock and rugged split-faced fieldstone.
Design above by Eckerman Studios
By varying the sizes, shapes and colors
of the stones and arranging them in a random, but balanced manner, a skilled stone mason can create a veritable
work of art. The examples at right and directly below are the work of Lew
French -- a master craftsman!
stone types used to build country stone hearths include granite,
sandstone, fieldstone, quartzite and river rock. The following two examples
are crafted from
The fireplace below (left) is made from fieldstone, while the one on the right is made from quartzite.
The two fireplaces below with smooth round stones are crafted from river rock.
Another popular "stone type," due to its lighter weight and lower cost, is manufactured stone. Commonly called cultured stone, an actual brand name, it is very realistic in appearance and comparable to that of natural stone. The photos below show a variety of manufactured stone types and looks.
For a European country look . . . more specifically, Country French . . . the following examples are hard to beat for ambiance and period charm. Craft-
ed from limestone and crowned with overmantels, one of which is brick, they lend a great deal of authenticity to their settings.
Following is a sampling of images showing a variety of looks that can be achieved with stone. Please click on the links that follow to view a wide and varied range of exciting looks that are possible with stone -- both natural and manufactured.
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