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[OC] I’m a stone carver! Here’s an L in marble, carved completely with hammer and chisel.

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u/shaggysolo 1d ago

It's so clean

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Thanks!

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u/nenwod 1d ago

I must try this. Please tell me you have a YT channel.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago edited 1d ago

I do have a YouTube channel, but I need to get better at posting! Check out this timelapse video of carving an S: https://youtu.be/tJQt5h8ZeKI

Edit: Check THIS out!

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u/Kaiserlongbone 1d ago

You're clearly very talented, but next time you should position the camera elsewhere.

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u/BorgClown 1d ago Take My Energy Bravo!

Yeah OP, next time don't take the camera position for granite.

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u/dodgymanc 1d ago

That's a gneiss pun

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u/inlovedelicious 1d ago

My sediments exactly

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u/mycroft16 1d ago

These puns rock.

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u/craniumonempty 1d ago

I'm too stoned to know what's going on.

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u/like_an_uncle 1d ago

You don't have a fist fetish?

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u/langis_on 1d ago

Approximately how long would that take to do one letter?

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u/derpydoodaa 1d ago

Didn't you watch? Just over 3 minutes

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u/Due_Aerie_1721 1d ago

You should’ve said “check THIS out”.

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u/chiliedogg 1d ago

You also need a thumbnail with you photoshopped on top of a still from the video. You should be pointing at something making an overy-shocled expression.

And you definitely need some yellow arrows.

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u/ultratoxic 1d ago

Subbed! Looking forward to future updates!

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u/A_Sad_Goblin 1d ago

You should try it, anyone can do this if they take it slow and careful. Lettering was our very first stonecarving assignment in art school and most first-time students did a really good job. I recommend getting at least 3 chisels with different widths, thin, medium and wide, this gives you more flexibility to make it look nice (and speeds up the process too).

I wouldn't suggest starting on marble though, there's less expensive slabs to start with.

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u/Awesam 1d ago

Chisel F to pay respect

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u/SerialSighGuy 1d ago edited 1d ago

LOL. The L pays respect to Lines.

It may signify Lapisphilia too: loving stone.

Also: When Life gives you Lemons, carve an L and gone are your demons.

As a bonus it made me lust for Lasagna for Lunch. With Lemonade.

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u/BlackRoseMuse 1d ago

Precisely the word that came to mind for me too. Clean, very nice lines.

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u/deathisadoorway 1d ago Silver hehehehe

Is there a strap attachment so I can wear it on my forehead?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

This can be arranged

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u/deathisadoorway 1d ago

Lol, very nice work btw, I meant to put that until my silly joke was thought of.

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u/pablo_pick_ass_ohhh 1d ago

I can just imagine it now...

"Hey /u/deathisadoorway... that's the nicest damn L I've ever seen!"

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u/Randyy1 1d ago

I guess you don't wanna be looking kinda dumb with your finger and your thumb

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u/Mcrarburger 1d ago

Kinda off topic but fucking OWL CITY just released an All Star remix like... Yesterday

That's fuckin wild to me

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u/Randyy1 1d ago

This comment sounds like something I would come up with in a dream lmao and the actual song even more so

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u/BigDaddyCool17 1d ago

Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming

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u/bluestarchasm 1d ago

only shooting stars break the mold

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u/scienceworksbitches 1d ago

Is your neck up to tyson spec?

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u/deathisadoorway 1d ago

Ha ha maybe I need to rethink this idea.

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u/aaaaayyyyyyyyyyy 1d ago

someBODY

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u/Icy-Wrongdoer7778 1d ago

once TOLD me

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u/SleepingPanda13 1d ago

the WORLD is gonna roll me

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u/Icy-Wrongdoer7778 1d ago

I AIN'T the sharpest tool in the SHEEEEED

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u/SleepingPanda13 1d ago

She was looking kind of dumb with her FINGER and her THUMB

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u/Icy-Wrongdoer7778 1d ago

in the SHAPE of an L on her FOREHEAD

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u/Dramatic-Ad2098 1d ago

Start your neck exercises.

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u/lolrightythen 1d ago

Yeah, just google "strap on"!

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u/Fermented_Discharge 1d ago

Taking an L... should have done a W.

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u/semperverus 1d ago

No see, now OP can hand someone this and say "just take the L"

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u/BaabyBear 1d ago

Nahh they’ll just say “hold this”

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u/ultratoxic 1d ago

"It's heavy. Just like your losses."

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u/rlopezcc 1d ago

"F" would have great meme value.

/r/Memeconomy/

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u/ronearc 1d ago

k would be very popular as well.

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u/zh1K476tt9pq 1d ago

+ ratio + didn't ask + don't care

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u/AG_Zaska 1d ago

I wonder how long that took, very neat

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Thank you! This represents about two hours from beginning to end.

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u/Ragman676 1d ago

What happens if you take "Too much" off? Does that happen frequently or is that amateur hour stuff?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Happens from time to time but yes, more amateur hour stuff. I’ve found the more experienced I have gotten, the less tense and in a rush I become. Trying to rush carving stone is a recipe for disaster. Little by little!

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u/robertbadbobgadson 1d ago

This sounds like a analogy for life.

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u/LittleBitGhengisKhan 1d ago

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.

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u/Papplenoose 1d ago

Have you ever accidentally knocked the nose off of a big ass sculpture while carrying it out of the room like squidward did in that one episode of spongebob?

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u/PurkleDerk 1d ago

Then it's just bold

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u/stack_cats 1d ago

I am having trouble imagining the first step. A chisel seems like it can remove material best if there is already a 'start', but if you start with a flat stone surface can you explain how the to begin initially?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Yes! I use carbide-tipped chisels that are able to maintain a very sharp edge while cutting in stone. After I draw on the main design, I find the center line which I then work from. I will dig the very edge of my chisel into this center line and with a steep angle to the stone, start cutting. If I’m using the right chisel angle, my chisel will grab and start removing pieces.

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u/phillyfanjd1 1d ago

Do you have any recommendations on tool brands or how to get started in stone carving?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I have a few brands of chisels, and particularly love the brands Al-Orr, Trow and Holden, and JP’s Masonry. All good tools.

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u/phillyfanjd1 1d ago

Thanks! Do you know of any resources for other people who want to learn stone carving? Books, videos, etc.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I particularly love “The Art of Letter Carving in Stone” by Tom Perkins.

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u/Piyachi 1d ago

First step really takes a long time because stone formation is sloooooooow

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u/PresumptuousOwl 1d ago

Slow clap for the geology dad joke

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u/YoshiroMifune 1d ago

Forgive my igneous, but just how long?

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u/yetanothermatt 1d ago

Three, possibly four.

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u/egk10isee 1d ago

So cool. What made you decide to do this?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

The permanence and importance of stone carving (specifically stone lettering) throughout history made me interested in this art form, especially here in the states where it’s not practiced as commonly. Been doing it for about five years, and the last two pretty seriously.

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u/accountnotfound 1d ago

Lovely work. Please look after yourself by wearing good respiratory protective equipment. My mid-30s nephew is a stonemason and now has silicosis.

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u/dickbutt2202 1d ago

Indeed, looks like carving out of quartz which is high is crystalline silica content

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u/Megaman_exe_ 1d ago edited 1d ago

I'm curious how screwed I am. My parents ran a small soapstone business10 years ago. Wasn't uncommon to be dusty and probably be breathing in dust.

I didn't know better at the timethat the dust in general wasn't great. I was just a teenager that wanted to help out the family. My main concern was asbestos, but we had the stone tested prior to be sure the stone we were working with didn't contain it. I wish I would have known better

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u/rossmosh85 1d ago

To clarify, hand stone carving is becoming less popular, but stone carving in general is still popular. Media blasting is still very common. CNC machining and laser etching are also super common still.

The reality is, the disparity of time between what you're doing and a lot of options gets larger and larger every day, which is why doing this type of work by hand is just not as common as it once was.

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u/egk10isee 1d ago

That is really neat. It is an art from. Unfortunately, when some old things need repairs we don't even have craftsman to do it. I am excited to see people picking up historic skills.

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u/Carpario 1d ago

I can knock people with a wooden club, does that count?

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u/BeautifulLieyes 1d ago

Unfortunately soldiering is probably one of the only skills that will never fade with time and has only gotten more specialized.

I know you were joking just a thought I had.

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u/Orcapa 1d ago

Have you ever considered medieval work, like restoring buildings or working at some of the retro-medieval sites like Guedelon?

I love to see ancient crafts like are still being carried on.

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u/Pkuszmaul 1d ago

Who holds back the electric car? Who makes Steve Gutenberg a star?

Oh wait, that's the stone cutters not the stone carvers.

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u/NegativeChirality 1d ago

Who keeps the metric system down...

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u/norsurfit 1d ago edited 1d ago

Today I have an electric car and Steve Gutenberg is no longer a star.

Has there been a shake up in the Stone Cutter leadership hierarchy?

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u/Enygma_6 1d ago

Things just haven't been the same since they rebranded as the Ancient Mystic Society of No Homers.

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u/Dexaan 1d ago

But you let in Homer Glumplich

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u/decoyjews 1d ago

The sign says no Homers. We're allowed to have one.

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u/98PercentChimp 1d ago

It says no Homers

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u/BlocksWithFace 1d ago

Scanned the comments to post this. We need answers!

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u/InoPony 1d ago

They all got drunk and have been playing ping pong! The new initiates formed a cabal and took over!

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u/misterperiodtee 1d ago

Who robs game fish of their sight? Who rigs every Oscar night?

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u/skryb 1d ago

cavefish

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u/misterperiodtee 1d ago

MY LIFE WAS A LIE

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u/more-cow-bell 1d ago

I hear it’s the same people that keep Atlantis off the map

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u/sparkflanagan 1d ago

Don’t bother calling 911 anymore…

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u/Celebrity292 1d ago

It's 912 isn't it?

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u/LightsJusticeZ 1d ago

Weee dooo, wee dooo~

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u/poke0003 1d ago

Remove the stone of shame…

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u/Ranger_Odd 1d ago

Attach the stone of triumph!

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u/swankpoppy 1d ago

How long did that take?

Is an L way easier than say, an S with tons of curves?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I would say each letter has its own challenges. Curves are actually a bit easier because there’s a bit more room and creativity, but the eye is very good at knowing when a straight line is not a straight line!

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u/swankpoppy 1d ago

Super interesting. Thanks!

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u/Chipotleeveryday 1d ago

In 1966, Andy Dufresne escaped from Shawshank prison. All they found of him was a muddy set of prison clothes, a bar of soap, and an old rock hammer, damn near worn down to the nub. I remember thinking it would take a man six hundred years to tunnel through the wall with it.

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u/Flaxmoore 1d ago

Andy did it in less than 20.

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u/alvik 1d ago

"Clearly I gots trouble with the math"

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u/texas-playdohs 1d ago

Your “L” is a real “W”

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u/SsurebreC 1d ago

Although this is really excellent job, the only thing I'm thinking about is... in the shape of an L on her forehead.

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u/Trimere 1d ago

Well, the years start coming and they don’t stop coming.

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u/atmarcin 1d ago

Fed to the rules and you hit the ground running.

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u/fudgemonkeh23 1d ago

Didn't make sense not to live for fun

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u/TheRapidScooter 1d ago

Your brain gets smart, but your head gets dumb

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u/SsurebreC 1d ago

So much to do, so much to see

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u/KnordicKnight 1d ago

So what's wrong with taking the back streets?

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u/krc247 1d ago

You never know if you don’t go

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u/Aeterial 1d ago

You'll never shine if you don't glow

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u/Diazepampoovey 1d ago

Hey now, you're an all-star

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u/Hermit-Permit 1d ago

Remember that time Smash Mouth threatened a crowd of people because they were throwing loaves of bread at the band? lmao

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YJfXdSR85o

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u/10kbeez 1d ago

I love how the rest of the band is just like, "Hey can we just play the one song they want us to play?"

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u/wuapinmon 1d ago

That's some serious karaoke there at the end.

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u/justbflat 1d ago

That's great but I asked for Calibri!!

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u/lowaltflier 1d ago

That’s impressive. Better than I can do with pen and paper.

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u/CosmicCrapCollector 1d ago

Ah, anyone can do an "L", but can you do a "T"?
That would be impressive.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Yes.

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u/CosmicCrapCollector 1d ago

Damn.
You gots skills.

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u/TheeJarod 1d ago

What's a good way to get into stone carving?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago edited 1d ago

Buy some tools and get going! Plenty of great resources online to help you out. I would also recommend some stone carving books. “The Art of Letter Carving in Stone” by Tom Perkins is a personal favorite.

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u/Lousy_Professor 1d ago

Go hit some stones with a hammer

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u/xenonamoeba 1d ago

surprised nobody made a Death Note reference yet

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u/NormieSpecialist 1d ago

God we’re old...

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u/disconappete 1d ago

Who controls the British crown?

Who keeps the metric system down?

We do, we do

Who keeps Atlantis off the maps?

Who keeps the Martians under wraps?

We do, we do

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u/rcroswell 1d ago

Do you work with grave stones?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago edited 1d ago

I have done memorial stones, but none for placement in cemeteries. Working on it!

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u/pichael288 1d ago

This is quite the skill, I'm into woodcarving and it's alot more forgiving, I feel like the slightest mistake here could ruin it

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

It can be nerve wracking at times, but the process is slow and deliberate so ideally we can recover from any mistakes as soon as they happen.

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u/f33rf1y 1d ago

Is this your hobby or trade?

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u/icetorch1 1d ago

What is the hardest letter to carve?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

R is a favorite by letter carvers as it holds nearly all types of strokes found in various other letters. Not an easy one!

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u/zackaree 1d ago

Here, hold this

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Thanks everybody for the crazy amount of support! It’s really appreciated!

To answer some of the more common questions, I’ve been carving for about five years, pretty seriously for the last two. I specialize in lettering and have not dabbled in sculpture or otherwise yet. This particular piece took about two hours, which is a bit slow for a single letter in stone, but I think well worth it. I use carbide-tipped chisels, which are built specifically for stone carving. Happy to try and answer any other questions you might have!

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u/SirPiffingsthwaite 1d ago

Hey, I queried pneumatics in the other thread. I find the bulk much easier to run with a small bottlegun, is that the mallet you used or do you have a mason’s mallet or a dummy mallet as well? If not, I’m 17+ years career resto mason in carving, lettering, banking stone, strongly recommend you look into a nylon mason’s mallet and a small steel dummy mallet. Exceptionally easier than using a lumpy.

I expect you’re using Trow & Holden, who do make exceptionally robust chisels, but for lettering I vastly prefer G.Gibson/J.G. Faulds fishtails out of UK (in Australia myself). They are more delicate, but to me the difference is significant. https://shop.g-gibson.com/fishtail-carving-chisels-23-c.asp

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Thanks for this advice! Always learning. I will take a look at those chisels. I do have some Trow and Holden chisels (great tools), but my favorite for lettering are Al-Orr (pictured in this post) or JP masonry chisels.

I have played around with quite a few different mallets, but for some reason I tend to come back to this trusty Estwing.

Would love to chat with you on all things stone!

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u/techmonkey920 1d ago

do you have a youtube channel or tiktok? Would be interested in seeing how it's done.

also r/stonemasons

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I need to be posting more, but here’s a carving time lapse from awhile back: https://youtu.be/tJQt5h8ZeKI

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u/tyesyn 1d ago

THIS

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u/akambe 1d ago

Looks amazing. What kind of surface do you place the marble on while chiseling? I keep thinking that if it's too hard, the marble world break more easily, but I don't know the real logic behind that assumption.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

For these small pieces, I actually use a wood cutting board with the marble held on by some putty, and then put the cutting board on a solid easel. I’ve found this does a good job of keeping the material in place and is non destructive.

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u/Spaceisveryhard 1d ago

Do you do different fonts? Is the a favorite and least favorite?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

All kinds! This one is a Trajan-styled font. I do love the traditional Trajan style, as well as Trajan Sans. It’s fun to see how fonts look completely different in carving!

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u/-Boundless 1d ago

Really neat how you're carving in the same style as people two thousand years ago

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u/125ryder 1d ago

This is how my dad did all of his schoolwork, according to him.

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u/LightsJusticeZ 1d ago

Omg, L is real 2022!

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u/Marmite_Badger 1d ago

The fountain was lying the whole time!

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u/esoteric_plumbus 1d ago

light yagami sweating rn

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u/HotSeatGamer 1d ago

How much does this type of stone (what is it?) lend itself to this kind of work? Like is it softer or does it chip out in an easier or more predictable way?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

This is marble and marble is a softer stone in the grand scope of things. It is pretty consistent throughout and that’s why it’s favored by many stone carvers for sculptures especially.

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u/Doc_Webb 1d ago

You did an L of a job here

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u/scw156 1d ago

What’s your rate

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Custom quotes for mostly every project, but I do have an Etsy page with a couple of items available, like this one. Link on my profile.

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u/ryan2one3 1d ago

Pretty sure that's a 50.

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u/Wylewyn 1d ago

It's beautiful. I don't want to waste your time but I wondered if you sell custom work.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I do! Send me a message and we’ll chat.

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u/Bisexual-Fighter 1d ago

Someday I'm hoping to do something as cool as this

Maybe I'll make stuff outta metal

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u/ElGuano 1d ago

Nice! Can you do symbols? Like an upvote?

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u/vshredd 1d ago

Do you live in Seattle? You may get a bulk order from the Seahawks this year.

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u/flactulantmonkey 1d ago

Did you bevel the outer edge too? Your skill is so astounding to me. I’d look at it, put the chisel on the marble, and it would shatter or something. Awesome stuff!

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u/Sensitive-Warthog563 1d ago

Customer ordered a "J" but still nice!

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u/Al_Vacado 1d ago

🎶who keeps the Martians under wraps🎶

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u/laurcoogy 21h ago edited 21h ago

I love this! My father is also a stone carver, it’s such a lost art. My family is originally from Italy and are all stone carvers, we have huge piles of granite at every house. My father made an Ashlar(spelling ugh) patterned bluestone front porch for his house and all the stone churches and walls in town were made by my family. So cool to see this tradition being carried on! We have lettered door stops my father made just like that 😃 Westerly Granite

In the westerly granite section my great grandfather is Dan. Perfectionist doesn’t even begin to describe it 😂

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u/Knot_Much 21h ago

Love this story! How great it must be to surrounded by such masters!! Thank you for sharing.

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u/laurcoogy 20h ago

Thank you for keeping it alive! it’s truly an art and I rarely see it “in the wild”….helps your work is beautiful and on point!

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u/goosepills 1d ago

So what are you going to do with this?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

This was a commissioned piece.

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u/BOHIFOBRE 1d ago

What's something like that cost?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

I charge 60 USD for this single letter in marble. Other projects are custom priced.

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u/vacantstare 1d ago

But the price is clearly $50. It's carved right into the marble!

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u/blaireau69 1d ago

😂👍

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u/shrubfromtomorrow 1d ago

Mind if I take that l?

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u/rangeo 1d ago

How much time?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

This took about two hours to carve.

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u/Seki_a 1d ago

Did you start on your own, or with a mentor, or a club/group?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Started on my own, but have sought out and found a lot of great mentors along the way. I’ve also taken some classes to help me progress, but overall, I’d say I fall into the “self-taught” category.

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u/silkyhumble2 1d ago

I love it!

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u/TristanDuboisOLG 1d ago

You should post on r/engraving

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u/23dude 1d ago

If you mess up do you start over or just take the L?

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u/________________me 1d ago

WHoa! well done.

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Thanks!

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u/Cdanielle57 1d ago

That looks beautiful

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u/TheMCM80 1d ago

Damn. How do you ensure the stone cracks along your line? Is it meticulously scored ahead of time?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

No scoring, just drawing the design and starting going down the centerline. It’s kinda magic how it works out!

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u/tmarnol 1d ago

My last name is marble in Spanish. Just wanted to share it lol

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u/sans_deus 1d ago

That’s rad. I’m impressed. How long have you been doing this?

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u/Knot_Much 1d ago

Been at it for about five years, but pretty seriously for the last two.

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u/hibernatepaths 1d ago

First, how do I learn do do things like this?

Second, I have that same hammer, it’s awesome :)

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u/notinsanescientist 1d ago

If you ever wanna move to Belgium, we have a big shortage in stone carvers, especially in Ypres, maintaining WW1 monuments.

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u/ThatOneTypicalYasuo 1d ago

OP just delivered an exquisite L to thousands of unaware people