Scottish master craftsman looks around at other wallers work to generate world wide interest in the ancient art of gathering rocks into field boundaries and beautiful features in stone.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Quarrying by hand


It is essential to have the right rocks for any job. Often almost every type of stone can be utilised for standard walls but when it comes to steps one really requires relatively large flat pieces. Recently I was able to quarry out by hand the perfect slabs for a set of 12 steps in the South of France. Luckily the local bedrock is a flat bedded limestone which can be detached fairly easily. We used iron bars and what is called a trump pick to loosen the required pieces. A small half ton trailer was all that was needed to move the slabs down to the job site. With the aid of a hessian sack two of us were able to load and unload all that we excavated.
Many places now do not allow the removal of bedrock ,so make sure that you seek permission before attempting an exercise like this.
The photo show the result of around 15 minutes of hard work to obtain three useful specimens.

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Anonymous Yens... said...

That tool shown in the picture looks like something I could use. What is it called and where can one be purchased?

Thanks, Yens...

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Blogger Norman said...

The tool shown is called a Trump Pick.It is a bar with a cross handle, a foreversible foot rest and a curve at the base.It was used in the granite areas in the North of Scotland and can also be called a tramp Pick. I am not aware that they are made commercially nowadays ,they were common on the farms in Victorian times. Despite that I have seen one made recently in Canada.For drawings and more information contact me at normanhaddow@hotmail.co.uk

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