Volcanic stone is one of the most used materials in Mexico. The rocky texture and color offered by the so-called enclosure gives rise to endless possibilities in handicrafts and industrial design. Since we see or touch the volcanic rock, this immediately leads us to imagine the pre-Hispanic age from where it comes, the volcanoes that see it born or the hands of artisans who dedicate their days to making pieces without equal.
Volcanic stone. comes from the center of the earth, as it can originally be found as magma or lava inside a volcano. The moment these two substances touch the cold surface, they quickly turn to stone. The black color and porous texture can be observed when the rock cools completely, a process that is relatively fast.
The use of volcanic stone in Mexico is very important because one of the most important objects in our country is the molcajete. We can also find other similar utensils like the metate and the stone dishes to be able to heat the food without using the oil.
The artisans are dedicated to extracting the volcanic stone in the so-called “Quarry of stone”, quarries where you can find large and functional pieces to create impressive objects. The difference between a stone that can work well for craftsmanship or design and another that is not the amount of granillo that it contains. Granillo refers to the holes that can be seen in the material, the more holes it has, the more difficult it is to manipulate it to carve or cut it. The most prestigious quarries contain stones with fewer holes, making them ideal for the subsequent processes to which they will be subjected. Stones can also be easily found on the slopes of volcanoes such as the Popocatépetl, where artisans can choose rocks and work them in their workshop.