2019 UPDATE – buy my Portland Stone Wine Racks at Contemporary Slate and Stone website
I’m slowly working my way through drilling out lumps I recently collected from Portland. There’s a real mix and I’m starting to get a much better feel for working with this particular stone as it’s so different to slate. It’s a much softer Limestone so the diamonds on the core drill quickly sink their way through this stone even on a slow gearing.
I initially focused on the more uniform rectangular pieces as I personally prefer the modern, sleek, contemporary look and feel to these pieces. Marking these out takes very little time and I choose not to squeeze too many holes in as I think this deters from the look of the stone, as even though these need to be functional, oddly, I still like to keep as much of the stone as possible. Some pieces are more soulful than others and have rippling shell streaks through it reflecting the Jurassic era.
To ensure I have a good selction of pieces available on the website, I’ve recently moved onto more natural, rough looking pieces and I’ve already finished drilling a few of these. The bobbled, rough look is in stark contrast to the clean sawn faces but they also provide as much, if not more character to the stone.
After a gentle sanding once dry, this smoothes the surface and the colour of the stone reverts back to it’s silky white colour.
I’ve attached two examples, sawn and rough, illustrating some key differences between these wine racks from stunning world famous Portland Stone.