Nothing lasts forever but the Earth and Sky.-Kansas
I’m often asked why Buechel Stone decided to start a location in Kansas. The answer is easy: it’s always been in the cards. Long before we were approached to acquire Pray Stone, Kansas was an area I felt was a solid location for growth if we could swing it. The stone is unique to other stones in the United States, and the stone fits a need we had.
Stone use through Kansas’s history shows the durability of the stone. Due to the lack of trees in Kansas, early stone was quarried and fabricated to create strong, durable fence posts giving the area the nickname “The Land of the Rock Post.”
When I visited Kansas I was impressed with the level of stone craftsmanship in early buildings, and that they’ve held up well. That’s not the case for all stone used in masonry around the country.
Many buildings have had touch-up maintenance over the years, with new tuckpointing replacing the old lime mortar and giving the building a longer life. Some of the buildings were given a quick overgrout, while some are done with traditional struck joints, and even some with a beaded joint, a style common at the time which requires more skill to install.
Limestone in Kansas has not had the notoriety of similar limestones quarried in Indiana, but are capable of use in many of the same applications. The most popular stone historically from Kansas is Silverdale. This stone is quarried in block form and sawn into slabs (my next blog article will go through the quarrying and fabrication process of Kansas Limestone). While admiring the historic and architecturally impressive projects in Kansas’s small towns like Winfield and Ark City, you will see dimensional stone heavily used, along with the flexibility of the stone cut for arches, pillars, surrounds, and countless other details like the ornate capitals shown below.
This long history of stonework is just a small part of why Buechel Stone’s journey into Kansas came to reality. In our quest to be a full-service stone supplier, having our own stone for cutstone projects was a must at some point. Silverdale was one of the first stones we promoted for cut stone, so we had a pretty good history knowing the stone’s properties. Not long before our purchase in Kansas, we also started promoting another limestone from the area called Aged Parchment. This stone is a little more unique, having color and texture movement, as well as hard and soft spots. It is a little more difficult for use in cut stone, but it’s unique look makes it worth it.
These are just two of our more popular stones from Kansas. We also have another cut stone option called White Marigold. This stone is similar to another popular stone in Kansas called Cottonwood, but is slightly different in color. The stone is lighter than Silverdale with some occasional streaks of yellow to gold.
Buechel Stone is launching several new veneers from Kansas in 2022. Some of these veneers are old staples for products from Kansas, some are very unique to us. Be watching in February for more details on these new veneers!