hello fellow leatherworkers,
I'd like to show off my find from this past weekend. I stopped by a shop that does kitchen counter tops, bathroom, and flooring remodeling; just to see what they had. the owner gave me a tour of the display room and the shop. In the shop I saw that they were cutting the pieces to size. I asked what happens to the piece that doesn't get used, and he said that they get scraped and sometimes they are sold for smaller items.
well, this piece that I got measures 18 inches x 36 inches, and its 1.25 inches thick. I got it for $80 tax included!
So, if you have the time and desire to get a piece of granite slab for your tooling, do some research in your city for shops like the one I described (by the way, it was a father and son shop). Not a big chain or anything of the like.