There is a long process involved in manufacturing a headstone, which spans from cutting the raw material needed for the headstone, to the final package getting shipped to the funeral director or customer. Below is a brief, partial, and accelerated description of the process:

Headstones need to be fashioned into an appropriate shape. This can be done with a diamond saw or with a hammer and chisel. Next, the surface of the stone is polished until the edges are smooth. In the case of an intricate headstone request, the stone is manipulated by a diamond wire saw. The operator diligently works through the process, which is aided by computer software. Finely-intricate details can be improved by handwork.

Next, the headstone is ready for the finishing phase. ‘Rock pitching’ involves chiseling the outer edges and corners of the stone by hand. This makes the headstone look more defined and presents a unique look in comparison to other stones.

Sandblasting is most commonly used for engraving purposes. To start, glue is applied to the headstone; a stencil is applied and then covered with a layout of the design; and, the layout transfers the design prepared by the craftsman. The worker then cuts the designs and letters, which are desired for the headstone; this exposed them to the sandblasting.

Lastly, the headstone is sprayed with steam in a high pressure fashion. Once again, the headstone is polished and inspected. Respect for quality is heavily associated to the manufacturing process. The headstone is closely examined for flaws after each step; the headstone would be discarded if a chip or inaccuracy occurred during any point in the process.

Create Your Loved One’s Customized Headstone

At Legacy Headstones it is our goal to provide you with the tools you need in order to create the perfect headstones for graves that honor your loved one. Legacy Headstones has been a family run business for almost 100 years so we understand the importance of a legacy. Creation and design of headstones may have changed over the years but one thing has not, our family tradition. We are proud to have our two sons Shane and Dustyn to carry on the craft of providing people with quality headstones at affordable prices.

We understand that it is always hard to lose a loved one, and we hope that Legacy Headstones can make choosing the right memorial as easy as possible. Our free memorial designer is easy to use and helps to ensure they you are able to create the perfect headstone for the departed. It really is simple, just choose the style of headstone you wish to customize, then use the designer to add anything you wish such as a family name, favorite quote, or even an image. Our designer gives you the opportunity to continue your loved one’s legacy and pass it on to future generations!


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