The schist stone of the Ida Valley comes in several colours. The pallet covers greys, blue and the rust colours so iconically associated with the Central Otago region. We blend these tones together to create a natural looking stone wall, with subtle patterns and textures that can not be replicated.
The image of the Schist of Otago’s history has a very distinctive structure. The texture is determined by the laying down of sediments millions of years ago that has undergone a complicated process of partial melting and uplift. The stone is extracted from the site with heavy machinery then guillotined, resulting in a naturally textured face that is both honed and natural.
It is also possible to cut with a diamond blade to given the same colour banding but with a smooth contemporary look. Additional processes are also possible, including sand blasting to rusticate the cut faces.