Tools of the Trade
Drilling, and the use of “feathers and wedges” to split granite is familiar territory. But with a recent project that Jared helped me on, I tried out his carbide tipped Hammer Point. It’s a good tool for pocking the rough granite surface. The depression made with it helps seat the drill bit as it begins to turn.
A simple device for lifting and setting patio stone was designed by Jared and fabricated by Dunklee Machine Shop in Brattleboro, VT. Forked tongs grab the edges of the stone. They are tensioned by a chain that’s attached to lifting equipment (in this case, the hoe of an excavator). The distance between the tongs can be adjusted to fit any sized stone by sliding the chain through the central steel ring. One chain, one ring, one clevis, and two tongs are the five moving parts of this very cool tool.