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Stonemason's chisel (5)

Description:

Chisel used by stonemason.  It has a small blade that tapers unevenly  toward a squared shaft with chamferred corners.  The end of the chisel is rounded to withstand impact when struck with a mallet.  Mason's name is on the side. 

 

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) 195mm, width (blade) 30mm, width (top) 22mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.44
Digital Number:
DMTL004n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council