Since we can't invite everyone into our carving studio, we welcome you inside through our Youtube channel. Ryan Watson shows how a rectangular piece of limestone becomes the leg of a stone fireplace.
Here he is using a pneumatic hammer as opposed to a mallet. The pneumatic hammer dates back to 1880 and helps to speed up the process. The chisels used are the same, but the difference is that in the same amount of the time it takes the pneumatic hammer to produce 100 small strokes, the hand mallet produces around 10 strokes. Watson continues to use hand mallets when working on the more intricate areas of his carvings.
Stay tuned for another session where Watson will move onto the rosette detail at the top of each fireplace leg.
Nicolene Watson - Director of Media