Schist stone was a primary source of building material in Central Otago from the 1800's onwards. Schist Stone was readily available and easily quarried from natural schist out crops scattered throughout the region. Most pioneers in the Gold rush didn't care for the aesthetic attributes of schist as a building material.
In 1880, Andrew Mitchell built Mitchells Cottage using local Fruitlands Stone. Mitchell also built many other miner's cottages and paddock dividing walls that remain in use across Fruitlands today. Mitchells Cottage is an exceptional example of craftsmanship. Andrew learnt his stone masonry skills from his father at home in the Shetland Islands.
The high quality of stone used in Mitchell's cottage, led Alexandra Stone to our Fruitlands Quarry within sight of Mitchell’s Cottage. The stone that allowed Andrew Mitchell to successfully build his buildings and walls is now available for your building projects.
Our guillotine cut's stone down to 180mm wide maximum however width between 150 - 250 is also achievable.
Using diamond saws, the stone is typically cut between 30 - 50mm producing a lightweight veneer that can be glued onto approved backing board of concrete.
Sills and Capping
Custom straight edged paving that is cut to a thicker depth is ideal for sills and capping.
Lightweight Veneer Corner
Advantages of this lightweight veneer include reduced weight, lower transport cost, faster installation and lower structural requirements for the building.
Paving is split to approximately 30 - 50mm slabs, ideal for pathways, patio's and courtyards. Can also be used for facing when laid vertical.
Guillotine cut corners normally cut to a thickness of 180mm or less.
Selected pieces ideal for landscaping