Slate is natural stone. Natural stone, like slate, is found in the earth in a few select places. The slate is drilled, blasted and/or sawed from the ground. The slate is removed in huge slabs that are extracted from the quarry to produce varying slate products. These large slabs are then sawed down to size and split into thick blocks. The blocks are then split by hand down to chips. These chips are then trimmed to a specific size and punched leaving a nice beveled edge around all four sides of each slate. The slate product is then crated in pallets and shipped to markets around the world.