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.