I took a client to a stone yard last week to look at slabs of marble. We went to Custom Marble Works in Tampa. I'd post a link to their website but they don't seem to have one. That's OK though, I love their work so much that it doesn't matter. If you find yourself in Tampa's Ybor City and you're looking for the best place to have marble counters, tables, fireplaces, columns, or what have you made, get thee to 1905 N. 43rd Street. Their number is 813-620-0475.
Custom Marble prides itself on its amazing work and the discerning eye of Rick, who collects some of the most unusual stone slabs I've ever seen. Despite the company name, they don't limit themselves to working in marble. They're equally happy working with granite, quartzite, onyx, serpentine, etc.
My client fell in love with a slab of quartzite and I can't blame her for doing so. But as I explained to her that what we were looking at was neither granite nor marble, but a whole other kind of stone, she seemed a little lost. So I launched into one of my geology lessons and about a half-hour later she knew more about the formation of the earth than she probably wanted to.
I can't help myself sometimes. I'm cursed with a lifelong need to know what things are. So for the next couple of days, I'm going to break my Geology for Homeowners lesson into smaller parts and go through some of the kinds of stone that end up in peoples' homes.