For any billiard table of fine quality, an essential component is
Slate, more specifically, Italian Slate. Unearthed in Italy, Slate is a
bluish-gray rock, cut by a diamond bladed gangsaw, into slabs that form
the playing surface of quality billiard tables. Italy, the birthplace of
the world’s quality Slate is likewise home to the most technologically
advanced and experienced Slate manufacturers. Italian Slate provides the
optimum playing surface and is by far, the greatest value for your money.
In Northern Italy, particularly the Ligurian region, the finest deposits
of slate in the world are found. The Slate quarried in the Ligurian
Mountains has two notable characteristics. First, it can be cut into
large blocks so any size table may be produced. Second, the moisture
found in this particular Slate gives it tremendous elasticity, making
installation into whatever size table almost effortless.
When a single sheet of Italian Slate is cut, ground, and polished to
perfect flatness; the truest roll and smoothest playing surface is then
created. A table designed with a single sheet of slate requires no
shimming, adjusting or readjusting, but provides a smooth, perfectly flat
surface with the truest roll.
The playing surface is the most important aspect of the table. With a
single sheet of Italian slate, no separation will occur and additional
costs to the customer will never take place. With a sturdy frame, and a
single sheet of slate for a smooth playing surface, the customer is
always guaranteed years of enjoyment without additional costs due to
separation of 3 slabs found in lower quality tables.