Basket Range Sandstone
Colour and Shape
Basket Range sandstone tends to be rounded and not jagged. The boulders tend to be rounder and less massive. Colours vary between whites and yellows to light oranges and even greys and browns. The natural face tends to give richer darker tones of reds, yellows, browns and blacks.
Basket Range sandstone is a softer stone with few to no bedding planes, making it an easier stone to shape, but near impossible to split. For this reason, we recommend Random Wallers are mortared to reduce the amount of work required before laying the stone. This is also the reason we created Sawn Wallers, these are cut top and bottom at specific heights to make dry-stack installation with Basket Range sandstone a lot easier.
Basket Range sandstone has trace amounts of copper, manganese, felspar and muscovite throughout. Each of these leading to one of the many colours of our natural face, along with the occasional big chunk of quartz.
Carey Gully Sandstone
Colour and Shape
Carey Gully sandstone tends to be a flatter stone due to bedding planes being apparent throughout the quarry. Bedding planes are a joint between natural sedimentation layers (not unlike the layers of an onion), laid down over millennia and compressed together by heat and pressure. These bedding planes give Carey Gully sandstone the ability to be dry stacked with some splitting. Colours tend to range between a light to dark grey to a red to lighter brown.
Carey Gully sandstone is generally a harder, denser almost quartzite version of sandstone. Due to the bedding planes, this stone can be split to create a flatter face for a vertically mortared wall.
The telltale shiny flecks in Carey Gully sandstone are a mixture of Mica and Pyrite. Pyrite is more commonly known as Fool’s Gold. This Pyrite, in turn may explain why the face of the sandstone has a red/ brown rusty colour. Pyrite itself is a type of iron sulphide which breaks down to an iron oxide when exposed to air and water.
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