Copyright 2000-2018 Buffalo Trail Artworks
All our design work and fabrication are done completely by the two of us in our studio and workshop. For our mosaics we use tile saws and bandsaws with diamond blades to cut each piece individually from stone, slates, and tiles. We don't use water jet systems or laser cutting, it's all hand done. All the different shades of color in the natural stones and slates give character to the piece making each one unique. Most of the brown colored stones and light colored quartzite we use are native Montana stones. Our mosaics are done in a 'pietra dura' style, which means it's a type of 'hard stone or hard rocks inlay'.
The photos from custom orders in our mosaics galleries contain artwork that were used as architectural art pieces in a variety of ways, such as flooring designs, inlays for table tops, indoor as well as outdoor wall decorations, shower stalls, hearth accents, fireplaces, back-splashes, signs and a host of other applications. Where ever you can place tile, slate or stone become possible locations to highlight with our mosaics.
After the inlaid pieces have thoroughly dried, we grout the joints as you would tile flooring. The final step is a protective sealer on the stone mosaic.
In the recessed table top, we then adhere the mosaic pieces in place with a special 'thinset' leveling and spacing properly as we go.
We hand cut the stone mosaic pieces individually on tile saws and bandsaws, lay them out on the pattern we've made, making sure everything fits.
A base is prepared with special backer board making sure it's recessed the right depth to allow for the thickness of the stone.
HOW WE DO IT...
We are sorry to say that we have removed the larger 4ft x 4ft elk, bears, mountains, etc. that you might see in some of these images. We've also removed them from our price list as we are temporarily unable to make them. Our source for the larger slabs of our native Montana stone (the brown colored stone) hasn't been quarried lately in the thinner layers that we use. If things should change, we will update the web site and start up again on the larger pieces of artwork. Ask what's 'shippable' or if it requires pickup only.