Random Tumbled Building Stone – Blue Sandstone

This classic blue-grey Welsh sandstone has a naturally riven surface and is a popular random tumbled building stone for houses, garden walls and dry stone walling. Some pieces have natural bronze-coloured faces, creating a striking contrast against the blue stone. The sandstone is tumbled after cropping, for a softer, antique look.


Quarried in South Wales and delivered to us as large blocks, this blue sandstone is then cropped to order by our skilled stone masons at our premises in Pontrilas. We split it along its natural beds to create random building and walling stone of the high quality you expect from Black Mountain Quarries.

We then put it through a tumbling process to soften its faces, edges and corners. This achieves an aged / weathered effect, which is useful in giving an antique feel to a new wall. Our tumbled random building stone is identical to the Blue Sandstone random cropped stone, other than for the tumbling process.

One bulk bag of random building stone cropped to the standard 100-150mm (4-6 inch) bed width will provide enough material for 3 to 3.5 square metres of facing stone. A wastage allowance of 10% should always be calculated into your figures when ordering.


What is random tumbled building stone?

Random tumbled building stone is cropped to a 100-150mm (4-6 inch) bed width as standard, providing at least one usable face per piece. (‘Bed width’ is the width of your footing). Heights and lengths are naturally random, hence its name – although you might also hear it called facing stone, random cropped building stone or random rubble in the trade.

After the stone has been cropped to size it is then put through a tumbling process which softens the edges and faces. Using tumbled building stone helps to create a classic time worn effect.

One bulk bag of random building stone cropped to the standard 100-150mm (4-6 inch) bed width will provide enough material for 3 to 3.5 square metres of facing stone. A wastage allowance of 10% should always be calculated into your figures when ordering.

please note that the bulk bags are not weighed but are approximately 900kgs



The natural variation in the shape and colour of real stone means that every piece of sandstone is unique. As such, working with random building stone usually requires the skills of a stone mason or appropriately experienced builder. It’s a technique suitable for house construction and commercial / public buildings, restoration and renovation projects, boundary or retaining walls, dry stone walling, garden features and any kind of building project that involves the use of natural stone.

What if I need my stone cut differently?

If you need a non-standard bed width, our in-house stone cutting service can crop the stone accordingly. A custom bed width of 225mm (9 inch), for instance, will provide you with a larger stone in all dimensions. Whatever bed width you specify, the heights and lengths of each piece will remain random.

We can also provide corner stones as required. These are made by cropping the random tumbled building stone as normal, then turning each piece of stone at right angles and cropping once more to make a right angled corner. They will have random heights and lengths and are ideal for chimneys, reveals, pillars etc.

If you need less than a bulk bag of random tumbled building stone, a different bed width or have a delivery address with tricky or limited access, please do give us a call – we’ll be happy to help.

Building and walling materials to match

For the building and walling stone that we lift from our own quarries (BMQ grey-green sandstone, Callow red sandstone, De Lank silver-grey granite) we offer matching ranges of flagstones, cobbles and paving, lintels and cills, steps and edging, wall coping and pier caps. All of these are available in standard sizes, or can be bespoke cut to your spec.

To offer the widest choice of colours, finishes and prices we also source stone from other UK quarries or from responsible suppliers around the world.

Many of these can be closely matched to other stone products, or can be successfully combined with complementary ranges – for example, using lighter coloured stone for cills and coping stones. If you would like advice, examples or ideas about combining stone ranges, do give us a call – or even better, pop in to our showroom.

For natural landscaping we provide boulders and rockery stones from all of our own UK quarries, with a choice of BMQ grey-green sandstone, Callow red sandstone, and Cornish silver-grey granite. These are available in various sizes from small rockery stones to 12 tonne boulders.

Different uses for random tumbled building stone

Here are a few applications for random tumbled building and walling stone:

  • Facing stone for new builds
  • Building restoration and renovation
  • Garden walls
  • Dwarf walls
  • Dry stone walling
  • Fireplaces
  • Chimneys
  • Gabion Baskets
  • Pillars
  • Wishing Wells
  • Feature walls
  • Retaining walls
An important note about natural stone

Whilst we have done our utmost to ensure the stone and colours displayed on our website are accurate, they are to be used as a guide only. Because stone is a natural product, texture and colour will vary from piece to piece. As we work through the quarry, seams will yield slightly different coloured and shaped stones.

The building technique, quantity, colour and type of mortar used will all impact on the the look of the finished product. Please bear this in mind when ordering stone products. For larger projects or any projects where a specific look is required, we recommend that test panels are built.

We’ve provided a few tips on how to build a stone wall, and if you need any advice, give us a call.

Price per bulk bag
£230.00 ex VAT
£276.00 inc VAT


Random Building Stone – Blue Sandstone

Price per bulk bag
From £180.00 ex VAT
From £216.00 inc VAT

Flagstones – Black Tumbled Sandstone

Price per pack
From £440.00 ex VAT
From £528.00 inc VAT

Quoins – Dove Grey Sandstone

£13.50 ex VAT
£16.20 inc VAT