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Stonemason's chisel (7)

Description:

Chisel or spike iron used by stonemason.  It has a small blade that tapers out to a squared shaft, with two dimpled and serrated edges.  Corners are chamferred.  The end of the chisel is rounded to withstand impact when struck with a mallet.  The 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 and iron alloy
Dimensions:
length (whole) 185mm, width (blade) 6mm, width (shaft) 20mm
Source:
Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura
Accession number:
DUMFM:0206.46
Digital Number:
DMTL006n
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council