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Published on Apr 21, 2009
This is an ancient technique used by stonemasons all over the world, in this particular case a sawyer, who is warily cutting these rough blocks, to a required size, using nothing but a precise series of different-sized chisels and meticulous blows, notice how the thumping sounds play an important role in finding that perfect spot for the next hit, landing all the blows in the exact place, right on the vein of the rock, there is only one way to split such solid stone, and that is by finding and consistently hitting the vein, it is a tricky task that an experience sawyer will pull off in a matter of seconds. Notice how the stonemason carefully carves a clear-cut and well defined gap and after he shoves a shorter, yet broader chisel, to finally finish the job with some sledgehammer action.
Sure enough all the accurate hits split open the solid rock, notice the precision of every single hit, and after each hit, the stonemason quickly twists the chisels before placing them in the next spot, finding this next spot is another difficult part of the job.
This film was recorded in the Southeastern part of Brazil, in the state of Sao Paulo, this was an area first colonized by the Portuguese, and later by Italians, most likely this was a technique inherited from the first European settlers.