Ashfield Stone is a mica garnet Schist. Schist is a naturally layered stone having been folded up from ancient seabed and metamorphosed in the slow crush of continents some 400 million years ago. The Crowsfoot Schist was originally the molten core of ancient volcanos metamorphosed. The layers that comprise this schist are thin and fine like filo pastry.
This wonderful and versatile stone has been used traditionally for centuries in it’s chisel split or cleft form. All of the oldest gravestones, doorsteps, walls, walkways, patios, doorsteps and hearths in this region have been fashioned from this stone. We are still splitting this schist for today’s builders and homeowners.