need ideas round grinding stones

fuglawhita(z4 ontario)April 27, 2005

At work I have a source of round grinding stones, these all have a hole in the middle, are about 2 inches thick and are either 26" or 12" in diameter. They have channels cut in the surface. Once they are too worn at work, they are garbage. I am thinking patio, but how do you fit all round stones together ? A search hasn't turned up much other than the obvious, stepping stone path. Anybody done a patio with just round? Any other ideas?

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krensgarden(z4 WI)

I realize that your grinding stones are not millstones, but there is a website which shows round millstones and their uses in landscaping & patios, etc. Hope this helps give you some ideas.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2005 at 10:09AM
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shellyp(z6 ky)

you could use whooly thyme or some other type of groudcover for foot traffic. I think it would look great.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2005 at 9:10AM
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chuckr30(z5, GR-MI)

Irish moss is also a thick, round topped moss which would also look great between stones.

    Bookmark   May 24, 2005 at 2:01PM
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rheene(Mt. Z4)

a mosaic would be cool too

    Bookmark   September 26, 2005 at 10:32PM
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karinl(BC Z8)

Those pictures where the millstones are combined with brick are to die for. They change the mindset from thinking about a patio of all round stones, to instead a patio of other pavers with the round stones set in it. Cutting the brick or other paving stones to fit is not all that difficult with a good guillotine cutter, which you can rent. I think a pattern using both sizes in such a brick background could be fabulous.

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 12:38AM
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fuglawhita(z4 ontario)

I like the idea of the stone combined with brick as well, but now I need a free source of Brick! I think I am going to set them flush to the ground and just surround them with pea gravel and moss. Funny getting new replies on this now, they have been sitting on a pallet forgotten about, but now my mind is at work again....

    Bookmark   September 28, 2005 at 10:30AM
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Wish I was so lucky to have them!! Did you go look at the link above? I just did, and I really like the blue concrete around the millstones. Wow, would that be a great patio. Or the one with the millstone front entrance with grey flagstone cut to fit around the stone!! Good luck with your project!!

    Bookmark   September 29, 2005 at 1:02PM
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rain1950(W. WA z8)

A friend of mind did the same thing but went to a local thrift store and found large metal buttons that would press into the center holes. Simply used pea gravel as a filler between the wheels.

    Bookmark   September 30, 2005 at 8:11AM
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