The Art of Splitting Stone: Early Rock Quarrying Methods in Pre-industrial New England, 1630-1825
The Art of Splitting Stone is a detailed study of the history, tools, and methods used to split, hoist, and transport quarried stone in pre-industrial New England (1630-1825). It is an invaluable resource for historians, archaeologists, and stone masons interested in identifying, dating, or experimenting with early stone splitting and quarrying methods. The amateur researcher and avid outdoors person will find the book useful as a field guide to identifying split boulders and stone quarries abandoned in the woods.
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STONE QUARRIES IN NEW ENGLAND 1630 1825
SANDSTONE QUARRYING METHOD 1600 S
CHANNELING AND WEDGING METHODS
FLAT WEDGE HOLE METHODS
HAMMER DRILLING OR TRIANGULAR HOLE METHOD
THEIR USE IN STONE QUARRYING
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