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Cheap Cobblestones

Postby thailazer » Wed Jul 09, 2014 3:21 pm

Following the Tour de France, I ran into this video and it got me to wondering what those cobblestones in France and in the UK are made of. Are they quarried? What are they made of? Wondering what could be used here in Thailand for a cheap hard surface.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrCT_-6SGNc
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Re: Cheap Cobblestones

Postby edvrijmoet » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:01 pm

The cobblestones you see in the video are made of granite, they are quarried and then hand carved in to this block form.
they where used for streets in Belgium, Holland, France and England.
in the latest decades they where rapidly replaced by brick concrete and asphalt and on most places are only still surviving because of historical meaning.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sett_%28paving%29
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Re: Cheap Cobblestones

Postby Sometimewoodworker » Wed Jul 09, 2014 6:13 pm

thailazer wrote:Following the Tour de France, I ran into this video and it got me to wondering what those cobblestones in France and in the UK are made of. Are they quarried? What are they made of? Wondering what could be used here in Thailand for a cheap hard surface.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TrCT_-6SGNc

Having recently watched a "this old house" series where they used cobblestones. They sourced them from India
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Re: Cheap Cobblestones

Postby thailazer » Wed Jul 09, 2014 7:00 pm

Well, if they came from India, those sound like they were quarried. Can't be that cheap. I see the use of a lot of concrete pavers here in Thailand which seem to work well, but they lack the cobblestone look. The Walking street in Chiang Mai is laid down brick if I recall. Not sure if that is right as I would not expect Thai bricks to hold up to any traffic.
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