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I started the trades as a stonemason's helper. We weren't using dimensioned stone. We cut and trimmed field stone with hammer and chisel. 

The old stonemason I learned from was fron Chicago. He trimmed granite dimension stone on hundreds of buildings. They used wedges and shims to split that rock perfectly. I think it is a dying art.

You can cut a big stone just by scoring it deeply all the way around with a flat chisel and driving point chisels in strategic places. It's probably not good enough to split granite block for a bank building. But you can split boulders pretty rapidly like that.

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