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Finishes

Updated:2007-11-19 11:19:39
1 Sedimentary stones:

    (1) Smooth (machine finished by saw, grinder, or planer).
    (2) Machine tooled (uniform grooves).
    (3) Chat Sawn (non-uniform, shallow saw marks).
    (4) Shot sawn (irregular and uneven markings).
    (5) Split face (concave - convex).
    (6) Rock face (convex).
    (7) Natural cleft.

2 Metamorphic stones:

    (1) Sanded
    (2) Honed (medium to high honed)
    (3) Polished
    (4) Wheel abraded
    (5) Bush-hammered
    (6) Split Face
    (7) Rock Face
    (8) Natural cleft

Note: Slate and quartzite cannot be polished and may be sanded, honed or natural cleft. Gneiss will take all the finishes of marble and may also be flame finished.

3 Igneous Stones

    (1) Sawn
    (2) Honed
    (3) Polished
    (4) Machine tooled (4-cut, 6-cut, chiseled, axed, pointed, etc.)
    (5) Flamed
    (6) Sandblasted
    (7) Split Face
    (8) Rock face

Note: Diorite will not take a good uniform, flamed finish.



source: Building Stone Institute
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