What tools does a Stone Carver need ? There are a variety of essential tools and items that any Stone Carver will need in order to take them through the process of carving stone. These will include the following:
Stone Punches and Points: These tools help you mark a piece out and are used to cut and remove most of the stone.
Claws and Chisels: These tools are used to refine the shape and add detail using a rasp or riffler which can be smoothed with a rubbing block before polishing.
Hardened Steel Chisel: This type of chisel is used for soft or medium stone such as Alabaster and Limestone.
Carbide Tipped Tool: The carbide is used for tough stone such as marble.
Lettering Chisels: These chisels are used for more delicate work such as lettering.
Diamond Whetstone: The whetstone is used to sharpen the chisels using water or oil. Preferable use water. It is essential to keep the chisels sharp otherwise it will be very difficult to carve the stone.
Bench Grinder: The bench grinder is used to sharpen chisels.
Mallets and Hammers: These mallets and hammers are used with the chisels. A dummy mallet can be either made from metal or wood and weighs about 700gms.
Pencil: Sharp 6h lead pencil for limestone and marble, and a water soluble white pencil for slate.
Sharpener or Knife: It is essential to have a sharp pencil so use a sharpener or preferable a knife which will give you a good point. You can then sand it to sharpener it further.
Ruler: The ruler is used to draw the top and bottom lines for any letter carving work.
Rubber: When you draw the letters or inscription onto the stone, you will find you will need a good quality rubber to make adjustments.
Safety Glasses: It is essential to wear to safety glasses when working with stone to protect your eyes. It is also a good idea to wear protective gloves.
Simon Burns-Cox is a a professional Sculptor and Letter Carver based at The Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop in Scotland. He supplies Stone, Marble and Stone and Marble Carving Tools and equipment from Italy and the UK at competitive prices which include the following:
Basic Stone Carving Tool Set: This set has nine items which includes a hammer (middle 700 gm), one pointer, one claw, three hardened steel chisels (6, 13 and 19 cm), one rasp, one diamond sharpener and a tool roll at £150
Letter Carving Set: This set has four items which includes a hammer (light 400 gms), one euro carbide chisel (6mm), one diamond sharpener and one tool roll at £75
Basic Stone and Marble Carving Tool Set: This set includes a hammer (middle 700 gm), one pointer, one claw, three hardened steel chisels (6, 13 and 19 cm), one rasp, one diamond sharpener and a tool roll plus marble tools which include two carbide chisels (6 and 10mm) and one carbide pointer at £200
Basic Stone and Letter Carving Tool Set: This set includes a hammer (middle 700 gm), one pointer, one claw, three hardend steel chisels (6, 13 and 19 cm), one rasp, one diamond sharpener and a tool roll plus Letter Carving tools which includes a hammer (light 400 gms), one carbide euro chisel (6mm), one diamond sharpener and one tool roll at £200
If you would like to purchase stone, marble or stone or marble carving tools or discuss your requirements, please contact Simon at www.simonburnscox.co.uk or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to help.