Chisels are one of the most essential tool for any waller. To help understand how to choose and decide which chisels to use, we got the input of Brian Post – Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA)- certified Master Craftsman and past Executive Director of The Stone Trust. He shared insights based on his extensive knowledge by putting together a guide in the form of a chart. The chart indicates the various uses and types of stone involved, making it easier to purchase a chisel that’s exactly what you need.
The Stone Trust offers a wide variety of different chisels to this end in its online store. You may find the chart helps you understand how to best select a chisel that will work best for the task at hand! Wallers new to dry stone walling may find it especially handy!
Trow & Holden Mason’s Chipper – 1 1/2″$122.00 Add to cart
Trow & Holden Carbide Hand Set – 2″ Carbide Hand Set$138.00 Add to cart
Trow & Holden 1.5″ Carbide Hand Tracer$118.00 Add to cart
Trow & Holden 1-inch Carbide Bull Point Chisel$110.00 Add to cart
Rebit Carbide Tip Point – Small$75.00 Add to cart
Rebit Carbide Tip Point$80.00 Add to cart
Rebit 1″ Tracer Chisel$71.00 Add to cart
Rebit 1.5″ Tracer Chisel$124.00 Add to cart
Rebit 1.5″ Pitching Tool$124.00 Add to cart
How well a chisel performs in a given instance depends on a multitude of factors, including the type of stone, the angle the chisel is being held, how hard you strike the chisel etc. Use this table as a general guide and expect many exceptions depending on the specific project you are working on.
- Points and tools that have a narrower blade work best on hard stone, as the force is concentrated to a smaller area.
- Tools like tracer chisels that have a finer (sharper) angle work best for splitting with the grain. You can damage them if you use them in other ways, especially on hard stone.
- Tools with a blunt or square end (Chipper & Pitching) work best for trimming against the grain in level-bedded stone, as well as trimming stone with no
- Shaping done with chisels gives more precise control than working with just hammers. However, hammers tend to be more powerful and faster.
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