An Overview of Slate Wall Clocks

Slate is a natural material which is born in the belly of towering mountain ranges. Raw, and unprocessed, the colors and features which will eventually make up the stones surface, are formed due to the mingling of various chemicals which are present during the stones creation.

When slate is pulled from a mountain, it is sliced off, in giant slabs of pure stone which are literally pried off the face of the earth. These slabs are raw and enormous, with their colors dulled, but their features already present.

The giant pieces of stone are then cut down, worked, and processed, to make them into the beautiful finished pieces, that are then used in our line of slate wall clocks.

What you have to understand is that each piece of stone we use had to undergo a million year journey. As the world turned, and all of human history played out, this stone slept, slowly changing with the rhythm of the earth, slowly becoming the piece that would one day adorn your wall.

The result of this journey is that the slate face of every clock has a distinct personality. You can almost see life, when you look past the unique colors and patterns, you can almost feel the whisper of the earths spirit in the stone.

The clocks that we offer are available generally in 12” X 12” pieces of the stone, although it is quite possible for us to chop up larger or smaller squares, and even to do elaborate geometric shapes for custom jobs.

We also hand select only the finest pieces of slate, the ones with the most color, and the prettiest patterns. This ensures that you only get the truly special pieces, when you order a clock.

One of the things that people are often impressed by when ordering a slate clock is the fact that no two clocks are ever exactly alike. That natural birthing process which the stone undergoes ensures that the features found in its surface are unique, and exotic, making that timepiece an absolute one of a kind.

There are basically two types of slate that can be used for making clocks. You can either have a solid colored slate, such as the mountain black, or you can get a multicolored piece of slate, such as in the case of the African multi.

Another option to consider is the texture of the slate. In its natural form this stone is often craggy, and dimensional, with a lot of character. However it is also possible to have a slate which is honed smooth, with a grinder. This can sometimes dull the colors in the stone, but it does have the effect of making it a little more perfect, and refined.

This article written by Joey Pebble

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