Downtown London and throughout old cobbled Europe, these clay bricks were
hand-crafted and fired under extreme temperatures to achieve their sturdy
nature. Soon as the clay hardened they were sent to the local ports for their
Trans-Atlantic voyage. Used in the cargo ‘hold’ of ships for ballast (stability), the bricks
quickly became known as ‘ballast bricks’.
After arriving at their destination
in the New England ports of Providence and Boston, the ballast bricks were
unloaded and replaced with fine goods for the return trip to England. Some of
the bricks were used for the original construction of Colonial homes on the
Eastern seaboard, while others were simply discarded into the harbors - never
to be seen again.
Until now. Ballast Bricks have been reclaimed from historical
building sites and excavated from the same harbors where they originally
arrived. Specialty markets are a significant niche for ballast bricks as awareness grows.
Though these Colonial bricks may be hundreds of years old, they are versatile
enough to be used in both traditional and contemporary applications. With their
natural aged look, irregular surfaces and dense nature, ballast bricks are
ideal for fireplaces, chimneys, surrounds, paver areas, and restoration projects.
Today re-purposing ballast bricks takes recycling to its fullest degree, don't you think?! If interested, let's talk: 800-679-8718.