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Old 09-26-2017, 07:51 PM   #1
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Old 09-27-2017, 04:56 PM   #2
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Makes my fireplaces seem like a hobby lol

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Thanks Fred. I missed some of it first time round, although I saw all of the thatching one.
My wife told me to make something like that for the garden as I call myself a mason.
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I'm going to hijack my own thread. Here is one video in a series of videos showcasing the replication of George Washington's family home. They follow craftsmen in most of the trades,however,I thought I'd kick it off with the stone foundation one.


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I'd be interested to think what some of the stone masons on here think about the use of power tools compared to the hand tools used in the video.
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Stuart, I would imagine that after these apprentices pass their program, they would have access to tools like air chisels and possibly big circular saws.

I know that in most fabrication shops, they use the most efficient tool they can afford, to include cnc machines. There is always some handwork that the machines can't do.

My take from that video was that that particular process was both traditional and meant to be an efficient way of teaching concepts. Even machines can produce out of square, out of plane, etc. They are surely learning about tolerance as well.
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The stoneworks near me use power tools, but a friend of mine works at a cathedral and its mainly hand tools there. I remember at college spending ages cutting bricks for an axed arch with chisels and a scutch hammer when a table saw would have done the job in minutes.
Even with rubbed brickwork there are firms that use power tools for the arches.
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Maybe it's the difference between having to make money or not?
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That's the key point. Some of these places seem to have endless supplies of $.
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It's nice to have the old techniques preserved though. I can see making apprentices do things old school.
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I'd be interested to think what some of the stone masons on here think about the use of power tools compared to the hand tools used in the video.


It's like the question posed to a stone sculptor by a visitor to his shop.

" What kind of tools do you use "? Answer "The same ones Leonardo DaVinci would use today if he was alive.......power tools.
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I'm all for knowing the how and why of working with hand tool. Also,I'm all for power tools. In all my years of work,I feel one of the tools that has simplified work and improved quality is the 4" grinder with a diamond blade. I remember back in the day,packing flues solid with sand and cutting holes,angles and lengths with a brick hammer. Now,we can zip thru them in a few short minutes + the cuts are way smoother and precise.

Carpenters are another example,the modern sliding compound miter saw can take off a whisker,could not do that with an old time miter box. One would have to rasp,plane,or sand .


We would not think of mixing mud for a school by hand,lifting loads with a donkey and rope. Why not avail ourselves to tools that improve quality,reduce mundane motions and are safer.
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If you want to get a feel for a particular material, hand tools are pretty good. If you want to put out some work product, the more power tools, the better.

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