Why water jets are mightier than the saw when creating intricate bespoke stone surfaces

What’s so enduring about stone is its sense of permanence, natural beauty and inherent strength. When you’ve made something from marble you know it will stand the test of time and delight for centuries to come. Creating intricate, bespoke stone designs is often far from easy. It takes precision technology and tremendous skill and experience. 

Making straight cuts to shape stone flags or tiles takes time and expertise but it can be relatively easily achieved using a diamond saw. Where curves or intricate shapes are involved, it’s simply not possible – you need specialist techniques.

Waterjet cutting makes virtually anything possible, because it’s a cold cutting process, there’s no heat involved that can have an adverse effect on the stone. It is also so incredibly precise, that it allows the craftsman to produce an impressive variety of shapes and designs.

A perfect example of what waterjet cutting technology can achieve in the hands of experts is the Marble Butterfly Table created as part of a design collaboration between Lapicida and Red House Originals. 100 butterflies of different sizes were cut out of 20mm exotic marble and set perfectly into a contrasting marble table top. The attention to detail required in cutting these millimeter perfect shapes was paramount to the overall design of the table. The result was an outstanding piece that was inlaid by hand and mounted on a polished brass frame.

Bespoke centerpieces are also made possible using the waterjet cut process. To achieve the perfect circles and curves of the Robert Adam inspired centerpiece or the incredibly intricate Fine Art Floor both shown here, waterjet cutting is essential.

In most cases our clients work hand in hand with our sales and in house graphics teams from the earliest stage of the project. This is not only to agree on the types of stones that can be used but also to develop a design. The technology makes virtually anything possible.

If you have a design that you thought was unachievable in stone, or if you would like some advice on how to make the most of this technique, please contact a member of our team.

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