Brian Post shares additional tricks and techniques when working with feathers and wedges (aka wedges and shims) to split stone. This detailed video is a great supplement to the Detailed Guide to Using Feathers and Wedges video. It provides additional information about the hole sizes when using feathers and wedges, what to do if your feathers and wedges get stuck in the stone, and much more. Watch as we work large blocks from an abandoned quarry into great pieces for wall ends and throughs, each about 1/16 of the original block. Trow and Holden feathers and wedges were used throughout this video along with the Trow and Holden Hand Hammer. The Trow and Holden 4lb Stone Busters make a few appearances as well.
As of May 7, 2020, The Stone Trust has these tools in stock, as they were intended for sale at spring workshops. Feathers and Wedges are some of our top-selling products. We are still actively shipping tools, so place your order and enjoy shaping some stone, while also helping the Stone Trust manage its tight cash flow at this time of COVID-19.
As detailed as this video is, there are many more techniques and tricks to using feathers and wedges for improving speed and accuracy, and getting yourself (or the wedges) out of a stuck situation. You can try out these feathers and wedges in our next 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop offered on July 18th. Brian Post will be one of the instructors. You can also get an introduction to feathers and wedges in our 1.20 Two-Day Intro to Dry Stone Walling course. Watch a video and check out the dates here.
Thanks to former dry stone walling workshop participant Laurie Sullivan, who invited us to work some the stone left from an abandoned quarry on her property. Thank you Laurie!