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Which Way Veins?


The white pearl quartzite slabs I chose have a lot of movement and I'm really agonizing over the dilemma of which direction to run the veins in my kitchen.

I included my kitchen layout pic. On it, the entrance to the kitchen is the reddish line at the bottom. There's also an overhang on the island bringing the 25" side to approx. 38". We've been thinking we would run the movement on all surfaces from left-to-right in the room (top to bottom on the pic), but I had someone say he thought it might look weird for the lines on the island to run that direction. (Maybe because the veins would run the length of the shorter rather than the longer side?).

If we were to turn the movement, however, it would mean that there would be three seams on the sink-side counter run, because the slabs are only 69" high and the counter is 161" long. Aside from that I also wonder what it would look like to walk into the kitchen and the first thing you see is a rather long counter where the lines are all perpendicular to the length of the counter.

I do now have a fabricator but he's out of town so I don't have his opinion yet. Plus, I also like to get opinions from many sources before making big decisions, so any input would be much appreciated.


SFA Member

Unless you are cutting the stone, STOP, get a good fabricator, this is really their job. I'd pick one that runs Slabsmith; then they can show you the layout before they cut it.

Dave Scott

Slabworks of Montana

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Thomas Granite

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Get a fabricator with Slabsmith. They'll show you how it'll look when cut certain ways.

Thomas Sullivan

Granite Tops,

Slane, Co. Meath




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Alex DiPietro

SFA Member

Beware of that material. It’s a quartzite, but absorbs liquid unlike any other material I've seen. We made one kitchen from that material and ended up remaking it from another material (white macaubas) before we installed it...

As for the veins; seam at a 45° in the corner, and run linear veining. That will look the best.

Alex DiPietro

Andy Ross

SFA Member

X2 45° seam in the corner


Rock Solid Surfaces

Kalamazoo, Mich.


I'm not a long miter fan. French it and forget it.


Alex DiPietro wrote:

Beware of that material. Its a quartzite, but absorbs liquid unlike any other material I've seen.

What do you mean by absorbing liquid? Is there a sealant that would prevent that? Is there a way to test these particular slabs to see if they are susceptible?


SFA Member

Alex DiPietro wrote:

As for the veins. Seam at a 45° in the corner, and run linear veining. That will look the best.

What direction would you run the island? Since at that point the veins would be running in 2 different directions.

Matt Todd

Laurel, Del.


Alex DiPietro

SFA Member

Mtodd62406 wrote:
What direction would you run the island? Since at that point the veins would be running in 2 different directions.

unning parallel to the longer side.

Alex DiPietro


SFA Member

If you were running the grain left-to-right across your drawing your seams would be less visible. However unless you plan on seaming at the sink you may be adding a seam. I’m from Chicago and mostly believe in not seaming at the sink. Also, I tend to favor aligning the longest line of the material with the longest line in the layout. (Like Alex said)

I also like what Kowboy said about French it and forget it. You don’t have to apologize about crashing grain when it’s done with some style.

The island can do whatever you feel like. It’s a satellite piece. It would not be offensive to run perpendicular at all.


SFA Member

I agree with you -- only thing I would run island the same way as the sink decks. You will need Slabsmith to bring this together. MAKE SURE YOU GET CLIENT APPROVAL BEFORE YOU CUT ANYTHING.

Michael Cheaney


SFA Sponsor – Guardian

I'll buck the trend.

Veining up-and-down on the layout. 1 seam in sink and island parallel to range top.

If you run the other direction ... even with two slabs to work with, getting two deck seams to line up on the sink side is going to be challenging. (Those with Slabsmith are probably more-confident.)

Bookmatch one seam and 45° in the corner is not a bad plan either.

***On another note- I would very carefully check for a shark bit on those slabs ... that's an ALG75 clamp and the only reason they would be using that clamp is to pick two slabs at one time!***

Caleb Breer

Crowne Kitchen and Bath

Moore, Okla.

Caleb @ CrowneKB.Com (remove spaces)



Tim the Artisan

SFA Member

Or go for a farm-style/apron-front sink and have 2 short seams behind the sink and save roughly 30” of stone to get your island running the same direction as the sink run.

Just a thought. (Editor's note: Sample layout below.)

Timothy Connolly

Artisan Stone Surfaces

Prescott, Ariz.

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