You will need to decide what specifications (if any) you need for the stones in your order. The least expensive order is a random order. A “RANDOM” order is one where the only requirement that you specify is the total weight of the shipment. We choose good solid stones to make up the total weight of your order. “RANDOM” just means you do not have a choice in the individual weight, color or shape of the pieces of stone in your order.
The minimum weight of pieces in a “RANDOM” order is about 15 pounds while the maximum weight is about 200 pounds. The maximum weight of the pieces we ship will vary with the overall weight of the shipment.
The “RANDOM” category order is the most economical, but many of our customers have needs that require them to specify the weight, the color, or the shape of the stones that we send.
Random Shapes, Weights & Color
1 – 145 lbs…. $1.50 lb. (UPS / FedEx orders)
146 – 499 lbs……. $. 60 lb.
500 – 1999 lbs….. $ .50 lb.
2000 – 4999 lbs….. $ .45 lb.
5000 lbs. & over…. $ .40 lb.
The “SPECIFIED” category lets the customer be sure to get the size, color, or shape stone that they need and not end up with stones that are too big, too small, the wrong color or the wrong shape for a particular use. The most common “SPECIFIED” order is where the customer needs to limit the weight range of the pieces. For example, they may be teaching a class and order all of the pieces to be between 30 and 60 pounds each. If you specify weight, we add $.10 per pound to the “RANDOM” price of the stone.
Another “SPECIFIED” category is color. Sometimes the customer would like to get stones in each of the 3 colors, or perhaps need only one color for a specific use. If you specify color, we add $.10 per pound to the price of the stone. If you specify both weight and color, then both 10cent per pound additional charges apply, for a total additional charge of 20 cents per pound.
Specified Weight – min. & max…………… add .10 lb.
Pieces Under 15 lbs. Each…………….add .25 lb.
*All weights may vary 20%
Specified Color – pink, white or gray……. add .10 lb.
*All Colors vary in intensity.
For Specified Shape …….add minimum .10 lb.*
*Please call for quote.
When the customer needs a specific shape, their needs often vary a great deal. Because all shapes are not as common or easy to find, the additional price per pound varies with the shape specified. Shapes that must be sawed, such as tall or very thin shapes, are more expensive than bulky shapes. Blocks sawed to exact dimensions are the most expensive shapes. You can approximate the weight of a sawed block, in pounds, by multipling the number of cubic inches in the block by .0868. Because of these differences, you should call or email me about any special shapes that you need.
Our alabaster is available in sizes from small fist size up to pieces that weigh several thousand pounds each. Alabaster weighs 150 lbs. per cubic foot. Because of faults that occur naturally in the stone, very large pieces that are free of major faults and are suitable for sculpture, are more rare than small pieces. If the piece you need is more than 500 pounds, call or email me to see about availability and price.
When the stone comes out of the quarry, it must be prepared before it is ready to be sculpted. Sawing, splitting and chiseling the stones produces many pieces that fall below the 15 pound limit for random orders. When they are too small, they are set aside for “SCRAP”. The pieces reserved for “SCRAP”, may be perfectly sound, but just on the small side or they may need to be re-split into smaller pieces to make them solid enough to carve. The weight range for “SCRAP” pieces is 1 to 15 pounds, perfect for school projects. The “SCRAP” category is excellent for customers who need a large amount of small pieces. The price for “SCRAP” is $.25 per pound. The minimum “SCRAP” order is 500 pounds and there is no sorting for size, shape or color.
Unsorted 1 – 15 lb. pieces….. $ .25 lb.
(500 lb. min. for scrap orders only)