Locate grain line patterns to determine how rocks will split when cut.
Remove pieces of stone from larger masses, using jackhammers, wedges, and other tools.
Insert wedges and feathers into holes, and drive wedges with sledgehammers to split stone sections from masses.
Mark dimensions or outlines on stone prior to cutting, using rules and chalk lines.
Cut slabs of stone into sheets that will be used for floors or counters.
Set charges of explosives to split rock.
Drill holes along outlines, using jackhammers.
Drill holes into sides of stones broken from masses, insert dogs or attach slings, and direct removal of stones.
Cut grooves along outlines, using chisels.