[OC] I’m a stone carver! Here’s an L in marble, carved wholly with hammer and chisel.

[OC] I’m a stone carver! Here’s an L in marble, carved entirely with hammer and chisel.

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47 replies on “[OC] I’m a stone carver! Here’s an L in marble, carved wholly with hammer and chisel.”

In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it.

do you have a youtube channel or tiktok? Would be interested in seeing how it’s done.

also r/stonemasons

Who holds back the electric car?
Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?

Oh wait, that’s the stone cutters not the stone carvers.

Although this is really excellent job, the only thing I’m thinking about is… in the shape of an L on her forehead.

This is quite the skill, I’m into woodcarving and it’s alot more forgiving, I feel like the slightest mistake here could ruin it

Looks amazing. What kind of surface do you place the marble on while chiseling? I keep thinking that if it’s too hard, the marble world break more easily, but I don’t know the real logic behind that assumption.

How much does this type of stone (what is it?) lend itself to this kind of work? Like is it softer or does it chip out in an easier or more predictable way?

Someday I’m hoping to do something as cool as this

Maybe I’ll make stuff outta metal

Thanks everybody for the crazy amount of support! It’s really appreciated!

To answer some of the more common questions, I’ve been carving for about five years, pretty seriously for the last two. I specialize in lettering and have not dabbled in sculpture or otherwise yet. This particular piece took about two hours, which is a bit slow for a single letter in stone, but I think well worth it. I use carbide-tipped chisels, which are built specifically for stone carving. Happy to try and answer any other questions you might have!

Who controls the British crown?

Who keeps the metric system down?

We do, we do

Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?

Who keeps the Martians under wraps?

We do, we do

Did you bevel the outer edge too? Your skill is so astounding to me. I’d look at it, put the chisel on the marble, and it would shatter or something. Awesome stuff!

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