We remove blocks from the ground by sawing, drilling, blasting and the use of heavy equipment and hand tools. We operate multiple ‘benches’ in several quarries and quarry for specific production requirements, not for inventory. This allows us to select block sizes and color ranges on a custom basis from certain beds in our quarries. And since our rock splits much better when fresh out of the earth, we waste less material. Our slate actually “freezes” and “dries out”, making splitting extremely difficult if not impossible. So, prior to splitting, we heat our blocks in the winter and keep them cool and damp in the summer.