Has anyone bought slate or soapstone counter long-distance?
The prices that the local stoneyards are asking for both are too much for me, but it seems that I could get good value by ordering directly from a few suppliers (Texeira, for example) even with the cost of shipping.
Has anyone done this? Any words of wisdom for me?
I would especially like to hear experiences with slate as a countertop.
OH, and what is the practical difference between the slates of Vermont, Virginia, and Brazil? The Brazilian product is so much less expensive!