Add Elegance to Your Garden With Granite and Slate Products

Ordering Granite and Slate Garden Products

About Granite and Slate

  • Choosing Carved Granite and Slate
  • Choosing a Size
  • Compare our Quality and Service
  • Is All Granite and Slate the Same?
  • Examples of Poor Quality Granite
  • Granite vs Lava Stone or Cement

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Frequently Asked Questions

Shipping Information

  • Receive a Shipping Quote
  • Residential Delivery with a Lift Gate
  • Commercial Delivery

Customer Feedback

  • Testimonials

About Granite and Slate

Choosing Carved Granite and Slate

Carved granite lanterns, basins, and sculptures are the most recognized and visually stimulating elements in a Japanese garden. Granite and slate are very dense, durable, and hard natural stones. All-natural stone will vary in color. All pictures are, for example purposes only. Items carved from granite and slate will last a lifetime and many times passed on for many generations to come; thus, when choosing granite and slate, select only high-quality stone carved with high-quality workmanship.

Choosing A Size

Choose a size that is appropriate to your garden. Visualize the item's size (height and width) and the appearance in its intended garden placement. A small garden with an oversized lantern will feel overbearing, and a large garden with a lantern that is too small will feel un-proportional. If you are not sure, use objects around the home or garden as props to get a better feel for the size.

Compare our Quality and Service

We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality carved granite products and take pride in providing outstanding service.

  • Compare our quality, fine craftsmanship, and detailed carvings by clicking any picture on our website.
  • Exact freight costs are shown on our site, so there are no surprise shipping costs involved when your granite or slate is delivered. Freight companies are well known for tacking on extra fees and costs.
  • Pre-Drilled For Electrical - Most lanterns, including our Yukimi lanterns we carry, are pre-drilled with the hole, so you may install electrical if you decide to in the future. Lanterns that are pre-drilled are stated on the product page, and we do not charge extra for this feature.
  • Service after the Sale - Should you ever break or lose a granite section of your granite lantern purchased from us, we will gladly order the replacement piece at replacement cost.
  • Consistent Quality as we never purchase low-grade granite stone, low-grade carved pieces, manufacturer defects, or close-out mismatched pieces. We feel that it is essential to offer only the highest quality since granite sculptures are an enduring and essential garden element.

Is all Granite and Slate the Same?

No, not all granite stone and granite carvings are the same. No, not all granite stone and granite carvings are the same.

We are dedicated to providing only the highest quality carved granite products and take pride in providing outstanding service. Compare our quality, fine craftsmanship, and detailed carvings by clicking any picture on our website. We hope you choose to make us your source for exquisitely carved granite lanterns, basins, and sculptures.

Granite sculptures should be a lifelong joy and a joy that can be passed on for generations to come!

Examples of Poor Quality Granite

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Inferior quality due to:
The Oribe is one of Japan's oldest designed lanterns made specifically for the garden by warlord Furuta Oribe during the Momoyama period. The lantern on the left does not do justice to the Oribe lantern for many poor quality aspects.

1. The missionary carving is missing on the lantern base and the kanji Oribe carving is not detailed.

2. The lantern should not be on a base. Oribe lanterns are ikekomi-gata style lanterns thus should be "planted" in the ground and never sitting on a base.

3. The lantern pedestal is not carved level thus does not stand straight.

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Inferior quality due to:
The base hole is carved incorrectly; thus, the lantern will not stand on its own.

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Inferior quality due to:
The lantern is not in proportion; the lightbox is carved much too small.

Granite vs Lava Stone or Cement

Lava stone is very porous and inexpensive. If priced cheaply, they make affordable garden ornaments; however, many are not. Know your stone types. Cement and other artificial materials cannot withstand the elements that nature brings and will begin to fall apart quickly. For lifelong garden decor, always choose granite or slate.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our granite products are carved from the traditional white/gray (salt & pepper) granite stone with black pigments unless noted (i.e., beige granite).

Most granite lanterns can be lifted with two or more people or placed on a dolly and moved. Most lanterns are usually made up of 3-6 separate pieces (base, pedestal, shaft, housing support, lamp housing, roof & cap), so although a lantern may weigh 200 lbs, the individual pieces may only weigh 10-60 lbs. each.

Granite lanterns that state they are "pre-drilled with a hole for electrical" mean that the lantern is drilled with approximately a 3/4" hole up through the inside of the granite lantern up to the lightbox. This is a wonderful feature for it allows you to install low voltage electrical wiring if you should decide to enlighten in your garden! Electrical wiring is not included but can be found at all hardware stores in the outside landscape lighting section.

Yes, we do pre-drill our Yukimi lanterns, for we feel it is a nice option if you should want to install electrical lighting, and we do not charge extra for this feature.

Each lantern or basin is shipped in a wooden crate. Customers can lift most granite lanterns with two or more people, or the crate can be placed on a dolly and moved. Most lanterns are usually made up of 3-6 separate pieces (base, pedestal, shaft, housing support, lamp housing, roof & cap), so although a lantern may weigh 200 lbs. total, the individual pieces of a 200 lb lantern may only weigh 10-80 lbs. each.

Yes, all our granite is hand carved from natural granite stone using both hand and modern tools.

Yes, if you purchased the lantern from our company, we can order a replacement granite part. If you ever break or lose a section of your granite lantern that you purchased from us, we will gladly order the replacement piece at replacement cost to the best of our ability. Occasionally lantern styles are discontinued, and parts may be unavailable.

Sorry, we cannot order wooden windows since each window pane hand-made to the individually carved lantern lightbox hole. We also suggest applying a wood preservative to the wooden window pane to preserve it.

Please see our Basin Set-Up Information page for diagrams on setting up a traditional Japanese basin.

Shipping

Receiving a Shipping Quote

JapaneseStyle.com is set up to give you your exact shipping quote right online. Just add the items to your cart, enter your delivery information, and then scroll down to view your shipping quote. Save money by shipping to a commercial address.

Residential Delivery with a Lift Gate

All quotes given are for residential curbside deliver with a hydraulic lift-gate provided at no additional cost. A hydraulic lift-gate will lower the crate from the back of the semi to the ground. Once the crate is on the ground you can use a dolly to move the crate to your garage or backyard. Someone must be there at the time of delivery to sign for the shipment. The freight company will call you to schedule a delivery time.

Commercial Delivery

Save money by shipping your granite or slate to a commercial address. The commercial address must be located on a commercial zoned street. All freight deliveries are made M-F 8 am-5 pm only. We will need business days and hours of operation for someone to sign for the shipment. The freight company will not call to schedule a delivery time but will automatically deliver on the days of operations between the hours you tell us. If you wish to receive a commercial freight quote, please call us toll-free at (877) 441-3722.

*Please note that granite garden products and slate garden products are shipped by freight. Shipping time varies by delivery location.