And the winner is…

And the winner is…

***Disclaimer*** This is a totally self-congratulating, apparently I did something good so indulge me kind of story, and may contain an expletive or two. Continue at your own risk. I struggled whether or not I would write about this, but eventually came to the conclusion that this blog is about my life’s journey in the…

Incredible India

Incredible India

“Under the gaze of the angels, a spectacle like he’s never seen. Spinning lights and faces, demon music and gypsy queens.” -N. Peart, from “Carnies” “Life will be so boring when I get home” I thought to myself after spending nearly a month immersed in the craziness of India, an experience that is the polar opposite…

Dirty Angel

Dirty Angel

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free…”  -Michelangelo On the Gonzaga campus, there sits a lonely angel, offering holy water at the entrance of St. Aloysius cathedral. A hundred years of dipping fingers in the water, leaving behind dirt, oil, hand lotions and the like, contaminating the old,…

Scuola del Marmo

Scuola del Marmo

These days, young people entering the workforce generally seem to gravitate towards technology driven jobs, as opposed to careers in the trades. Although this seems to be the case abroad as well, I am happy to report that teaching traditional craftsmanship is alive and well at the Brenzoni Scuola del Marmo (school of marble) among…

How to be a better customer

How to be a better customer

A better customer? Sounds like a harsh statement, doesn’t it? After all, isn’t it up to the company to try to be better for you? Well yes, but why not give yourself some advantages that will ensure the most success with your natural stone project. On websites and on the internet in general, you’ll find many lists…

Visiting the artists of Italy

Visiting the artists of Italy

In route to the Marmomacc stone fair, we once again planned a few “extra” adventures before conducting our business in northern Italy. Starting in Bari, we made our way off the beaten path to the ancient city of Matera, one of the longest continually inhabited cities on the planet. The oldest parts of this Basilicata…

A Passage to Bangkok, part 2

A Passage to Bangkok, part 2

Our introduction to Cambodia is by way of a tuk tuk, the regions preferred method of transport.  The heat is almost unbearable, even though this is the cool season in Southeast Asia.  I can’t begin to imagine what the hot season is like. The poverty of the country reveals itself immediately as we drive through the dusty…

BACK TO BASICS, PART I

BACK TO BASICS, PART I

In the beginning, it was never about the money. Matter of fact, we had no aspirations of starting a stone fabrication business at all. We got into the stone industry by polishing edges of marble tiles to complete our tile installations. After all, we were humble tile setters, nothing more. Those were the days of…