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  • 4/19/2017 6:00 AM

From Quarry To Countertop : Il Capo And The Apuan Alps

From afar, the Apuan Alps in Northwest Italy might look like they are covered in snowcaps, but that’s not snow you are looking at. The specks of white you see atop of the mountains is actually Carrara marble that has been quarried from the face of these mountains. Quarrying this beautiful marble has been going on for centuries and is the source of many famous sculptures throughout history.

This particular video is a snippet of a year long documentary filmed by italian filmmaker and artist, Yuri Ancarani. Ancarani has a knack for exploring regions that we don’t see on a daily basis such as the quarrying of this elegant white marble. So, he set out to get live footage of the extraction process of the carrara marble and the backdrop for his film was nothing shy of beautiful.

While filming, he met a man they called “Il Capo” or the chief, who the documentary would be named after. Il Capo runs the entire extraction process with just simple hand gestures and a clenched fist here and there to his crane operators that are in control of more than 20 tons of marble.

This beautiful white Carrara marble is a natural stone and can be used for kitchens, bathrooms, and around the fireplace. More and more people are going the natural stone route because of the timeless look it gives your home and how extremely cost efficient it is compared to other marbles or granites. Check out this article on why natural stone is the new trend for the interior of your home.

If you are interested in seeing more videos like this one in our Quarry to Countertop series, check out “White Spiders, Part 1" and “White Spiders, Part 2."

Looking to put some natural stone in or around your home? Contact us for more information.

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