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Tool Guide: The Use of a Hand Set

It has always been said, use the right tool for the job. And from time to time we are pleased to be able to do exactly that, offer our drystone walling community a new tool that should find a home in the waller toolbox. We’ve just added a rugged new Hand Set that will earn its keep when fabricating features, copes, or just trying to wall tightly.

The Hand Set is a fundamental tool for trimming stones to shape and size along the edges.  A Hand Set is a rugged tool that will earn its keep when fabricating features, copes, or just trying to wall tightly.  This chisel features two usable blades for rock-facing, squaring and pitching stone.

These hand sets have been specially made and inscribed for the Stone Trust.

Our Stone Shaping workshops provide an opportunity to get a good working  knowledge of how to use these hand sets and other stone shaping tools and techniques.  For a complete listing of  these workshops and registration link,  you can look here 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping workshops.

Registration for our complete upcoming 2023 Workshop season or perhaps working on those skills you learned from attending workshops in the next couple of months of 2022.

2.50 Introduction to Stone Shaping Workshop Overview

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used.

The stone shaping will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. Typical types of stone will likely include, granite, slate, local quarried schist, a mix ‘field stone,’ ‘glacial till,’ and more. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.

While lots of stone and other materials will be handled as part of this workshop, this workshop will not focus on building a wall. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.