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Find out what goes into reducing a 1200 pound block of Carrara marble into an elegant, modern sculpture weighing less than 80 pounds.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG  "I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don't need."  -Auguste Rodin  My latest sculpture, titled "Aura", began as a small metal ribbon… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/creating-aura/

Dirty Angel

The process of restoring a Carrara marble sculpture.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   “I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free…”  -Michelangelo On the Gonzaga campus, there sits a lonely angel, offering holy… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/dirty-angel/

Scuola del Marmo

A visit to an Italian marble trade school.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG These days, young people entering the workforce generally seem to gravitate towards technology driven jobs, as opposed to careers in the trades. … http://www.marioandson.com/blog/scuola-del-marmo/

The Amy Winehouse project

Creating a portrait of Amy Winehouse out of granite.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   Spring is almost upon us and we’ve begun designing our exhibit for the various local home improvement shows we’re attending this year. In addition… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/amy-winehouse-project/

Petrified

Re-polishing a slab of petrified wood.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG We had a customer bring in a large piece of petrified wood to be re-finished. It was in bad shape, not very flat and full of voids and fissures,… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/petrified/

How to be a better customer

A few simple tips for making your granite countertop project a success.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   A better customer? Sounds like a harsh statement, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t it up to the company to try to be better for you? Well yes, but why… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/how-be-better-customer/

Turning flat things into round things

Fabricating a radius edged travertine countertop.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   Making radius countertops for most stone fabricators is simple enough, but things get a little more labor intensive when forming mitered, bowed front… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/making-flat-things-round-things/

A special Christmas ornament

Creating an intricate Christmas ornament out of stone.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   With the Christmas season upon us, I'd like to share something a little unusual. So, let's make something... The way we cut stone is either… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/special-christmas-ornament/

Welcome to the jungle

A visit to the Brazilian granite region.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   "You know where you are? You're in the jungle, baby! You're gonna die..."  -W. Axl Rose I'll admit, based on the online community's chatter… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/welcome-jungle/

Visiting the artists of Italy

A brief tour of Italy's finest artists of stone and glass.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   In route to the Marmomacc stone fair, we once again planned a few "extra" adventures before conducting our business in northern Italy. Starting in… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/visiting-artists-italy/

Designer of Altars and the occaisonal Zombie

Fabricating a Carrara marble altar, designed by Vincent DeFelice.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   I had the pleasure of recently collaborating with an old childhood acquaintance and artist extraordinaire Vincent DeFelice.   Vince is well known… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/designer-altars-and-zombies/

The rocks, roads and Jedi of the Emerald Isle

Visiting some of the historic rocks of Ireland, meeting a few sheep, puffins and Jedi along the way.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG You don't need to see his identification. These aren't the sheep you're looking for. Move along, move along...  Ireland doesn't reveal it's stone… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/ireland/

For the wine enthusiast who has everything...

A custom Carrara marble wine stopper by Joey Marcella of Mario & Son, Spokane Washington.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   Recently, I have been preoccupied with the design of my new major sculpture, one that I figure will take about a year to complete.  In doing so, I… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/wine-enthusiast-who-has-everything/

The incredibly difficult job of sealing granite countertops

Homeowners concerns regarding sealing granite countertops.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   One of consumers main concerns regarding granite countertops is that they must be sealed. Competing solid surface products enjoy pointing this fact… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/incredibly-difficult-job-sealing-granite-countertops/

A Passage to Bangkok, part 3

Polishing stone sculptures in Myanmar.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   Stupas, monks and dogs… The first thing you notice when visiting Myanmar, besides hearing the delightful “Mingalaba” out of everyones mouth,… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/passage-bangkok-part-3/

A Passage to Bangkok, part 2

Visiting granite shops around the world.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   Our introduction to Cambodia is by way of a tuk tuk, the regions preferred method of transport.  The heat is almost unbearable, even though this is… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/passage-bangkok-part-2/

A Passage to Bangkok

Visiting Asia to see the ancient stone of Angkor Wat.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG “Our first stop is in Bogotá…”  Actually, our first stop isn’t Bogotá at all, and we won’t be “checking” any Colombian fields either (as suggested by… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/passage-bangkok/

Holiday Rocks

New shipments of beautiful granite slabs from Italy.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG Just in time for the holidays, the stone I purchased in Italy this September is beginning to trickle in. Our staff waits in curious anticipation, as the… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/holiday-rocks/

Sidelined

Providing the best granite countertops is a tough business!
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   If I ignore it long enough, maybe it’ll go away… I’m referring to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which has been afflicting my right hand for decades, a… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/sidelined/

There and back again, part 6: Finito!

Completing another trip to Italy, purchasing beautiful stone for our customers.
BLOG   BACK TO BLOG   All good things must come to an end… Four days at a trade show is quite enough. The fact that you must always be “on” takes its toll both… http://www.marioandson.com/blog/there-and-back-again-part-6-recap/

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