Having the right flagging tools is an important step to building the patio or walkway you may have been imagining. Here are a few we have included in our curated store collection:
Trow & Holden Rock Pick – 24 oz is ideal for trimming and splitting thinner or softer stones. When working with Goshen stone or other stone that averages less than 3” thick, this hammer is amazingly versatile. Trim, split and shape small stones with ease. The carbide keeps its edge amazingly well. Great for shaping irregular flagging. Replacing handle with a 16” one will give you more singing power. (Not for digging or prying).
Rebit 1.5″ Pitching Tool is ideal for rock facing and trimming flagging. Manufactured by Rebit in Sweden, this specialized tool for trimming granite and similar stones. Ideal for removing saw cuts or trimming already squared stones. Also great for precisely shaping irregular flagging. Square carbide drives crack deep and limits spalling. A surprisingly useful tool, comparable to the Masons Chipper.
Another option to consider for beginning flagging is the Kraft 24oz Bricklayer’s Hammer .
Ideal for trimming and splitting thinner or softer stones andworking with Goshen stone or other stone that averages less than 3” thick, this hammer is amazingly versatile. Trim, split and shape small stones with ease. Great for shaping irregular flagging. Replacing the handle with a 16” one will give you more swinging power. Makes a great digging tool for setting foundation stones. Use the square front end for most trimming and the blade for splitting stone along its grain.
This is a great beginner’s stone hammer. Equivalent to the 24oz Rock Pick but without the carbide. If you use the blade end for general trimming or on hard stones it will wear down quickly, and need frequent sharpening.
Do not strike chisels or other tools with this hammer. Not to be struck with other tools hammers.
A good way to get familiarized in learning the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment is the 3.20 Fundamentals of Flagging workshop.
While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades. Several different flagging stone types will be introduced, along with methods of patterning and shaping to achieve an attractive layout. For much of the afternoon participants will work with natural random flagging, such as goshen stone. Participants will learn how to shape the pieces for a tight fit and how to level and pack them for a smooth even finish.
There a few more opportunities in to participate in flagging workshops in 2022 at the Stone Trust sites in Mont Vernon, New Hampshire and Nashville, Tennessee. These starts with the basics of site layout and foundation preparation. A variety of different materials will be shown and discussed. Participants will then finish preparing the foundation on the chosen site. Specialized tools such as laser levels and grade rakes will also be introduced, as well as ways to do a great job with common place tools.
TO READ MORE ABOUT FLAGGING AND TO REGISTER FOR UPCOMING WORKSHOPS : 3.20 Fundamentals of Flagging Workshop Overview