Memorializing a loved one is important and helps too with the mourning process. Monuments, headstones
We sympathize with anyone who feels the heart ache and mental stress caused by the loss of a family member. To help you through this difficult process, we offer you a
*Upright Monuments: available as either individual or companion memorials.
*Flat Marker or Flush Marker: designed to lie flat at lawn level. Usually 4" thick and may be used for an individual or as a double width for a companion.
*Bevel Marker: also called a Hickey Marker has a slight bevel from back to front. May be used for individual or companion.
*Slant Marker: Upright slant shaped marker – base optional. Tops can be Serpentine, Oval or Flat. May be used as an individual or companion marker.
*Bench: Can be used as a cemetery memorial or in a non-traditional garden or another place special to a loved one. Can be easily engraved for either an individual or
*Cross: Many types of crosses are used as cemetery monuments. Crosses come in many forms - each having its own historic and symbolic meaning. The four crosses most commonly seen as cemetery monuments are:
*Latin Cross: a standard flat cross most common in Roman Catholic cemeteries.
*Calvary Cross: a Latin Cross with a
*Celtic Cross: dates back to the 5th century Celtic cultures of England. Very elaborate in decoration with a circular design at the crossbar representing eternity.
*Orthodox Cross: very popular in the early 20th century.
Polish: a smooth surface which has a high gloss, mirror-like shine. Leaves the stone with a darker than natural color which provides excellent lettering and carving contrast. Letters do not show up well on a polished surface – they are placed inside a panel or area that has had the polish removed.
Steeled: the smooth surface which does not have the high gloss shine. Stone appears lighter.
Rock Pitched: rough surface made with
Lettering techniques vary with different stone finishes and methods of carving.
Frosted Sunk Letter: a sandblasted letter which is deeply cut creating either a U-shaped cut.
Polished Square Raised Letters: Can be round or square relief.
Frosted Outline: double outlined letters used on a polish surface.
Sandblast Sunk Letter in Frosted Panel: a sandblasted letter which is deeply cut creating either a U-shaped cut in a frosted area.
Sandblast Carving: the surface of the die is covered with a rubber stencil of the design. Cutouts are removed exposing the stone which is then blown using sand and pressure to incise both letters and design.
Hand Carving is done by hand using pneumatic tools and chisels and requires years of experience as an artist or stone sculptor.
The design is outlined only, without shape or dimension.
The design is sandblasted deeper, has dimension and texture.
3-dimensional design using pneumatic hand tools. (human, animal, botanical, aquatic)
Impact Etching is accomplished using a computerized Impact etching machine. Photos are scanned into the machine which then laser etches an exact duplicate into the polish.
Black granite provides the best contrast for etchings.