The History of Stone Cutter's Guild

Owners

The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. is owned and operated by Chuck and Tina Martin. Tina is a talented and creative designer and businesswoman. She manages the day to day business, but her primary focus is ensuring that our clients have a pleasant experience throughout the countertop purchasing process.

Chuck has Bachelor of Science degrees in Petroleum Engineering and Economics from the University of Missouri – Rolla. He spent 13 years in the oil field working for Schlumberger Oilfield Services. His geology background makes him very familiar with stone characteristics and how they perform as countertops in your home. Chuck measures for every job that goes through the Stonecutter’s shop, supervises the fabrication, and installations. It is this hands-on approach that Chuck and Tina believe in and will continue to provide to every customer.

Our History

In the fall of 1999, The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. opened for business in Huntsville, Alabama. It was only the second such granite fabrication shop to open in the city of Huntsville. Our primary goal was to supply a professional service to residential homebuilders and homeowners by providing natural stone countertops for their kitchens and bathroom vanities. The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. is a family owned and operated business. Tina’s brother, Mike Knox, had been working in the stone business in Huntsville for 7 years and was ready to take his Master Craftsman skills to the next level. The merging of a craftsman, a businessman, and a designer was a perfect combination and The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. was born. Mike left the company after 7 years to explore his other artistic talents.

Before we opened for business, we designed and built our fabrication shop to maximize our efficiencies. Our entire slab inventory is kept indoors so that our clients may view their slab comfortably. Our shop remains clean, as we encourage our clients to view the fabrication and feel the completed products so that they can see and understand that there are differences in our quality in the market. This education is one of our cornerstones.

Throughout the first 7 years, the new home market was booming. New construction made up +80% of our business with some remodeling. Home builders were our primary customers and our processes were geared to helping designers and new homeowners select stone for installation into newly constructed houses. Today, as the new construction market has scaled back, our market has now reversed. 80% of our business is directly with the homeowner aiding to remodel their existing home.

Remodeling is a completely different business and the homeowners have a completely different set of needs. Not to mention that remodeling can be overwhelming for some people. Trying to find good subcontractors can also be very difficult and intimidating. Identifying this need, The Stonecutter’s Guild put together a group of subcontractors that we are comfortable in referring (i.e. cabinetry, cabinet refinishing, tile setter, plumber, electrician, plumbing supply, and appliances). We do not take on the roll of a general contractor, but we do help walk our clients through the process and without hesitation make recommendations on who can help them. The Stonecutter’s Guild, Inc. will continue to identify the needs of our customers and work diligently to satisfy those needs now and in the future.