This stone card holder was handcrafted from a fieldstone that we gathered at a farm in New England.
Each rock is unique in shape and color, comprised of metamorphic granite. Artisans craft each Card Holder from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom tools.
* Cards pictured for scale, not included in purchase. *
This stone Card Holder is approximately 3.5″ wide, 2.75″ deep, and 1.75″ tall. For scale, please consult the photo showing a business card in the card holder.
Fieldstones being natural, have minor, non-structural fissures, pocks, scratches, chips, and other superficial flaws that we affectionately call beauty marks.
THE FARM–TO–TABLE STORY
Long ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. Farmers in New York and New England built 215,000 miles of stonewalls by hand in the course of removing these stones from their fields, a distance greater than from the earth to the moon! These stonewalls became the folklore of poets like Robert Frost, but the labor of moving stones by hand pushed farmers westward. A fresh crop of rocks grows each spring because winter’s freeze-thaw cycles gradually force buried stones upward. Because of the science of growing rocks, clearing rocks is never complete.
The founder of American Stonecraft, Gerald Croteau, fell in love with these archaeological stone ruins as a youth. He became an economist and founded American Stonecraft in his late 20s after seeing the inside of a fieldstone for the first time. He was amazed at what he had overlooked for so long. Diamond tools (being a relatively modern invention) revealed amazing colors, patterns, and geologies in the humble New England farm-gathered fieldstone that he wanted to share!
Croteau founded the studio to transform sustainably harvested rocks from working farms into treasured heirlooms and functional design elements for the home. Not only does this endeavor share geology that has never been seen before, but it helps support working farms, in turn preserving open space and protecting the stonewalls that are so iconic to this region.