Prior to the use of power tools, the same basic implements were used for stone carving for hundreds of years. Many of the sculptor's tools had a variety of functions and could be used at different stages of the carving process. In this video, watch a contemporary sculptor demonstrate the use of traditional tools--such as the tooth chisel, the point chisel, the drill, and the rasp--as he creates a finished figure of a woman from a block of marble.
Original footage from
"La Sculpture: techniques de la taille"
© 1980 Neyrac Films
Narrated by Sculptor Gilham D. Erickson
Music courtesy of Moby Gratis
© 2008 J. Paul Getty Trust