Wednesday, 28 July 2010

traditional slate with handy uses & gift ideas

Touches is introducing some traditional slate with both classic and modern uses to our new ranges.

Traditionally one of the uses of slate has been to convey messages by writing with chalk or charcoal in Victorian schools. It is both highly durable, easily cleaned, re usable and aesthetically beautiful with its rustic individual markings and range of dark tones.
This makes it the perfect chalk memo board to convey messages to members of the family & make 'to do' notes to yourself.
Or maybe a heart slate photo frame or couple of heavy slate tea light holders as an unusual and interesting gift or to frame a loved one?

A Brief Bit of Slate History..........
This story starts more than 500 million years ago, when the slate deposits of north-west Wales were created by volcanic action and huge geological upheavals.

In Wales that is more than a simple geological statement, because this is a country where geology is a social science; a country whose history is intimately bound up with the shape and the composition of the rocks from which it is formed.

It's partly the contours. The mountainous terrain of Wales proved a barrier to Saxon
invaders, then to Normans, and it protected the development of a Celtic society on the fringes of what was the world's most powerful nation-state in its day.

And it's also the content. During the Industrial Revolution, those mountains provided the mineral wealth which built the modern nation of Wales and which heavily influenced the social structure, the population distribution, and the physical appearance that the country has inherited today.

Around those workings, grew the communities that provided the workforce - places like Blaenau Ffestiniog, Talysarn, and Bethesda.

To read a little more form this extract why not have a look at the BBC website:
Or why not visit the Llechwedd Slate Caverns in North Wales ............not far from Touches

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