This Trivet Stack began as a single freshly “grown” fieldstone that American Stonecraft ® sustainably hand-harvested at a working farm. Each is unique in shape and color, comprised of metamorphic granite. An artisan crafts each Trivet in the set from scratch in our Massachusetts studio using custom tools so it can stack back together as the stone was originally harvested.
The stone is transformed through a repeated process of skilled grinding and honing by hand to a smooth finish. Our small team of artisans creates a matte, subtle top surface; the same smoothness as our coasters but with a food-safe (EU testing) stain-resistant seal. However, Trivets are not as recommended for direct, prolonged food contact as the Food Slab due to the polishing and treatment of the later.
Trivets also retain the natural “live” edge from the stone’s glacial tumbling. Provenance and your artisan is permanently labeled on the underside of each Trivet and cork feet have been added to protect tabletops. Each stone arrives packaged in an American Stonecraft ® gift box with your personalized gift note, if applicable.
This sizing and weight are listed in the Sizing Tab. For scale, each wooden slat is 3" wide.
All product photos of a particular product type (ie Food Slab or Coaster) are photographed from the same distance with the same lens. Therefore, you are welcome to compare size and shape from listing to listing as they are a representative scale.
- Hand wash your Trivets with warm water and dish soap
- Use as a tray for plants, a protective trivet for candles, or bucolic accent inside your home
- Safe (and recommended for!) chilling in fridge or freezer
- Safe for hot pots and pans
Fieldstones being natural, have minor, non-structural fissures, pocks, scratches, chips, and other superficial flaws that we affectionately call beauty marks. Food Slabs and Bowlders include food-safe resin to fill these voids, but they remain natural in Coasters, Trivets, and Cooking Stones.
THE FARM–TO–TABLE STORY
About 8,000 years ago, icy glaciers pushed boulders into the soil of America’s Northeast. As a result, a fresh crop of rocks ‘grow’ each spring when the winter’s freeze-thaw cycles force buried stones upward, a process called granular convection.
In the 1890s, before the railroads opened up rock-free farmlands in other parts of the United States, farmers removing stones from their fields piled them into what eventually became 215,000 miles of stonewalls, a distance greater than from the earth to the moon!
These stonewalls became the folklore of poets like Robert Frost, and the landscape of the Northeast United States. Because clearing rocks is never complete, American Stonecraft ® partners with working farms to sustainably harvest their fresh rocks and transform them into functional heirlooms. Not only does this endeavor share geology that has never been seen before, but it helps support working farms, preserving open space and protecting the stonewalls that are so iconic to this region.
Like many of us, the founder of American Stonecraft ®, Gerald Croteau, fell in love with these archaeological stone ruins as a youth. However, 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, and realized that there was a sustainable supply of these rocks that farmers could share at their farmstands. 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 help share with others!
Gerald rolled up his sleeves, spent several years as an independent craftsman touring at local arts and crafts shows, and taught himself how to make a number of fascinating products. We are now a small team, and each piece is signed by its maker, and produced under Gerald’s direct supervision.