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The Versatility of Slate…for those with an artist’s imagination and heart for beautiful handcrafted artwork

Throughout history true artisans have hand-crafted beautiful sculptures and works of art using slate, a "soft” stone with a uniform composition and unique markings that appeal to distinguishing eyes.   Here at Harpswell House we recognize the versatility of this workable stone. As a leading manufacturer of custom slate pieces for over 60 years, we pride ourselves on imagination, creativity and craftsmanship, providing stunning slate pieces to our customers. Here are some examples of the impressive versatility slate has lent itself to in the past: From life size sculptures like Stephen Kettle's depiction of Alan Turing,   to garden art like James Parker's giant Apple, or lawn art like Richard Long's Midsummer Circles, slate can be worked to bring peoples' imagination...

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Inspired and Admired Wedding Gifts for Years to Come

Someone special in your world is getting married and you're invited.  The date is approaching and the gifts on their registry are ho hum.  You want to get them something unique, something they'll really love, that isn't the same as everyone else. The trouble is, where do you go to find such a gift? We can help!  Harpswell House offers a fantastic array of wonderful gifts crafted from natural slate that anyone will love and cherish for years to come. Here are some examples for inspiration:   Trivets and Trays We have a large selection of trivets and trays that any couple would be proud to have gracing their table when they put on a party or invite the 'rents'...

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Planning a Wedding? Let us help.

                                  Love is in the air and wedding bells will be ringing!                                                Make your wedding day extra special by choosing timeless pieces offered by Harpswell House to help you celebrate! We have many beautiful offerings to help make your special day uniquely personal and memorable for you and your guests.                                      A bridal shower will be at the top of your planning list. Consider the following items to enhance the celebratory vibe in the room.      Table center pieces such as:  Personalized Vases, Napkin Holders, Candle Sconces, Inscribed Coasters, Trivets etc.         ...

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The Early History of our Company

Did you ever wonder how Harpswell House got started? Well, we did a bit of research….. It all began in 1959-60 when Winthrop L. Brown moved his family to Topsham, Maine. They bought the old Rackley place in Topsham – “a lovely brick building built in 1858 by the same brick-mason who built the old buildings of Bowdoin College, just across the river in Brunswick.”  The house needed modernizing as it had no electricity or plumbing; and was missing lots of window panes – 93 according to the news article! But it did have living space for a family and an attached shed. With years of experience in designing and developing new products for major companies, Win Brown knew he...

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5 Uses of Slate Over the Course of History

There are many reasons why slate has been a commonly used product over the course of history. For one thing, slate is surprisingly hard. It's been measured at somewhere between a 2.5 and a 4 on the Mohs hardness scale. This means that slate is as hard as marble and limestone, though not as hard as quartz or granite. This makes it a stone that can be used to serve many different purposes, and it has been quite functional over the years. While not all of these purposes are still common today, it's important to recognize how useful slate truly is. So, what are some of those historical usages for slate? Whetstones You may have seen a whetstone at some...

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