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Splitting and cutting stone
This is a really neat video. A master stone cutter shows not only how huge slabs of marble are cut, but also how to use different stone cutting tools depending on the kind of cut they want.
Michelle, that is beautiful. Actually I did know quite a bit of this from art history (the Renaissance sculptors couldn't have worked without the also very skilled stonecutters in Carrara), but it is great to see it up close.
I can't download video, but I've been up close and personal to all kinds of stone cutting in my life.
Yeah, wasn't it neat? I was so impressed. I didn't know how it was done before! Maybe I'm the only one. :) Anyhow, glad you enjoyed it. Sorry you couldn't watch it, Boom Boom - the guy was great. But that's cool that you've been around stone cutting - did you do it yourself at all, or apprentice?
I did a bit of stone cutting myself with a machine with water jets in a place that cut different kinds of stone for graveyard headstones. And I knew another guy who cut stone - including marble - for statues.
I was an art student, but the only stone sculpture I did was a bit of soapstone, which can practically be carved like wood. We did have to at least look at all these techniques. I did more wood carving other slightly less challenging sculpture.
Sculpture wasn't my speciality at all; we just had to learn different art techniques. And of course study their history.
Boom Boom, I hope you'll be able to view this. I wonder if someone could send it via "sneakerware", that is copying it onto a device. Or if you are going to a city for medical care, remember to view it when you have access to high speed. I love seeing how skilled work is done.
I lived for awhile a few miles from the Tyndall quarry. limestone blocks were as common as bricks in many of the yards in our neighbourhood.
I suppose having the stone warm makes a difference too. It sure does with glass and tile.
I didn't know that temperature would make a difference with cutting, but now that I think of it, sure it would. I didn't notice in the video that this guy mentioned temperature when it came to the huge slab he was cutting, though.
I'm curious as to the amount of work it must have taken, in an era anthropology has long identified as having been the time of hunter-gatherer societies, well before agriculture, the wheel, and the domestication of animals is said to have begun, when the only other tools available were made of stone. One of the earliest examples is in a place called Gobleki Tepe in southern Turkey. It is even more of a curious thing when you consider that a larger time span exists between the construction of Gobleki Tepe and the later Sumerian time period, than the Sumerian era and our own.