Forest of Dean Firms Stone produce four types of stone:
Sawn and dressed pitched faced building stone
Sawn and dressed pitched faced building stone combines the beauty of natural stone with easy laying and consistent joint widths. Produced in 65, 140 and 215mm module thicknesses with a nominal 100mm depth. The face of the stone is hand dressed to provide the well known surface finish to be seen on many buildings in South Wales, Bristol,.Bath and Somerset.
Sawn and split building stone
Sawn and split building stone is sawn in thicknesses to suit customers requirements with a nominal 100mm depth. After sawing it is cropped to provide a split face for easy laying and regular joint widths.
Random rectangular building stone
Random rectangular building stone is produced from shallow bedded block stone which is split and cropped into a random rectangular building stone. This has proved very popular with building contractors. Split faced Building stone is delivered in 1 tonned bags (approximately 4 sq/m of stone per bag).
The definition of an Ashlar is a module that is sawn on all six faces and normally cut to a thickness of 100 75mm. Course heights of up to 450mm are available to order and once laid in the traditional way with fine 6mm joints the flat Ashlar finish adorns many of our prestigious monuments such as Cardiff Castle and Tintern Abbey.
Apart from random rectangular building stone, which is normally built against a backing block, all other finishes have sawn back, bed and perp joints, and can be built to provide a traditional cavity construction.
The Forest Pennant works has state of the art profiling saws and employs skilled banker masons. In addition to high quality ashlar and cladding a wide range of bespoke architectural stonemasonry is produced including quoins, copings, corbels, steps, arches, window dressings, door surrounds and individual fireplaces.