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Carving begins

October 2004

Now that the blocks of stone have been boasted i.e. most of the basic waste is removed by the masons, the stone carvers have started the carving process.

The stone is first roughed out to get the general shape and then using a system known as pointing, the design is reproduced exactly, but three times the size.

A tool known as a caliper is used to measure a point using triangulation, to enlarge the plaster cast 1:3 scale model and reproduce a mirror image three times the size in stone.