Selecting the right size and type hand tool will save you time and money and
give you better results. The right size tool will feel comfortable in your hand
and allow complete contact of blade to stone; using the right type of tool will
help prevent breakage and make your work more efficient. Remember, whatever
chisel you use, make sure your first hit is a light hit. This will help "set"
the tool and put the blade fully in contact with the stone. Three commonly used
hand tools are illustrated here.
- A hand tracer is used to split stone. Move your tracer back and forth along
the split line, striking it until the stone splits. Hold it vertical to the stone.
- Trim and square your stone by tipping your hand set slightly back onto its edge
and striking along your line. When your blade becomes dull, turn and use the other
Use a hand point to remove high spots by striking at different angles around
the area to be removed. For granite or other hard stone, hold the hand point vertically
for the first strike. This tool is used for roughing out. Remember to trim the striking
head and sharpen the blade regularly for safe and efficient use.