Stone is polished by hours of work by a skilled craftsman. There is no "coating" that is applied. The beautiful, nearly permanent shine on memorials is created by a series of diamond impregnated pads, water, and a skilled craftsman. If the polishing process is done incorrectly, the stone can overheat causing the stone surface to prematurely crumble.
One of the most iconic tools of a stone mason is the square-tipped chisel used to break stone in a straight line. This video shows the centuries-old process of rock pitching.
A memorial can tell a person's life story in many ways: through the words carved into it, through its location, and through the form it takes. Custom carved memorials are beautiful and unique. They help to capture the story of a lifetime. This video shows brief snippets from the process of carving a custom monument.
Retailer – A company whose primary business Is the sales of memorials to the public.
Branch – A branch location of an MBNA member.
Manufacturer & Wholesaler Division – Any business which quarries and manufactures granite or marble for monumental purposes, and/or sells predominately North American granite at wholesale.
Supplier/Bronze Division – Any business which manufactures, jobs, and/or brokers supplies, goods and/ or services and bronze products for monumental purposes, and sells predominately at wholesale.
Associate – Any employee or person associated with any Regular member (Retailer, Manufacturer & Wholesaler or Supplier/Bronze), and/or any person providing service to or having an interest in common with the monument industry but who is, nevertheless, not otherwise eligible for Regular Membership.
Affiliate – Any non-profit organization, government agency, or academic or technical training institution which has an interest in the monument and memorialization industries and in the furtherance of the mission and purpose of this association.