Why, you can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl...
Or you could wipe the slate clean....
Or take them all to a "friend's" house today and do something
'interesting' for April Fool's Day
Garden border (stuck vertically in the ground or stacked)
Pond/waterfall edge decoration
Write 'wise' or 'funny' or 'homey' sayings on them and sell on eBay
Throw in the air as shotgun 'pigeons'
There are people that paint on them (slate takes paint beautifully) and
hang them like pictures. Whether you want a couple hundred slate
pictures hanging around is another story!
You might want to ask at a roofing supply house. Around here they buy
and sell used slate. Obviously it has to be in good condition and
there's probably a minimum amount they will buy.
I have a bunch of used roof slates. They are not going up on a roof again.
If they have a sheen on one side, otherwise known as slaty cleavage, you can
make a nice mudroom or entryway floor veneer, using cement or backerboard
underlay, then thinset cement to adhere them to the base. Also can be used
to clad stepping stones in garden, to give a classier look than plain
concrete stepping stones.
Painted roof-slates sell on ebay for around $7.00 each.
Alternatively, if they're in half-decent shape,
might buy them, although not for very much,
I recall reading in the slate roof bible that the smart thing to do is to
dig a hole by the house, put them in, and bury them, then go up into your
attick and write the location of the burial in a few different locations.
After a storm or careless repairman ruins a few slates and you're
desperately looking for matching slate, you'll be exstatic that you had
the foresight to do this.
Otherwise, call around for a few slate roofers and ask if they want 'em.
I understand that they're usually willing to gather them up for homes
where the previous owner didn't have the above foresight.
Failing that: e-bay baby.
Remove the dead poet to e-mail, tho CC\'d posts are unwelcome.
Mean People Suck - It takes two devitations to get cool.
That's about how much I paid for one in New Orleans. It has a
postcard scene of the old Cafe du Monde pasted to the slate, two small
holes drilled in the top and a thin leather thong passed through and
knotted for hanging. It says its a roofing slate 175 yr old from the
I have a slate roof so it's kind of cute in my house.
Lead me not into temptation... I can find it myself!
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