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Stone Quarrying - List of Topics

 

Overview

Stone quarrying is the process of splitting stones into usable shapes and sizes for building purposes. Quarried stone has been found used in every type of historic stone structure from farm house foundations to government offices. A working knowledge of the basic methods and tool marks left behind by stone splitting is therefore essential for researching historic stone structures.

The discussion of stone quarrying is organized into a series of subject specific topics (see list on right side of screen). These topical sections contain some information from the book The Art of Splitting Stone (2nd Edition) along with new information and images not in the current edition of the book. For references and citations for the source of the information on these webpages please consult the book.

We continue to actively research the history of stone quarrying and stone splitting methods. New information has come to light which changes the dating of two important methods: (1) Commercial plug & feather method (2) Flat wedge method. Details can be found on the Revised Dating Webpage. (7/2/2015)

STONE QUARRYING

Types of Stone Quarries

Stone Quarry Tools

Quarry Tool Gallery

Stone Splitting Methods

Hoisting Stone

Transporting Stone

Sawing Stone

Star Holes

Osgood Graphite Mine

Historic Articles on Quarrying

Book Review

Types of Quarries

Hoisting Stone

Historic Articles

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1800 Flat Wedge Holes
Unitarian Church Newburyport MA

Quarry Tools

Transportation of Stone

Quarry Pentagonal & Star Hole

Star Holes

Quarry Tool Gallery

Sawing Stone

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Circa 1805 Barn:
Flat Wedge Holes & Blast Holes Report

Stone Splitting Methods

Osgood Graphite Mine

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Amherst NH
Patch Hill Quarries

 

 

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