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Stonemason's chisel (10)

Description:

Chisel used by stonemason.  It has a long flat rectangular blade that tapers to a point at one side.  It has a rounded shaft with worn ridges around the circumference.  The end of the chisel shows signs of frequent use with the edge well worn and curved over.

 

Stone was worked using a range of tools including saws and chisels.  Stone mason's tools have changed very little over the centuries.  Finer shaping and detail was worked by striking chisels like this with a large wooden mallet.

 

Materials/Media:
metal & iron alloy
Dimensions:
length (whole) 290mm, width (blade) 18mm, width (shaft) 13mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.49
Digital Number:
DMTL009n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council