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    Since my original posting another very interesting reply has come in
    which I am posting below But there is one question which I don't think
    has been mentioned and to which someone might have an answer.
    The stone carvers use hammers the head being in the form of a truncated
    cone (i.e. a wide cylinder with gently sloping sides).

    So the surface coming into contact with the chisel is curved. One might
    suppose that this would be more difficult to use than a hammer with a
    flat surface

    "Edmund Cramp"

    Thank you so much for posting the summary of replies to the Stone
    question. I don't think I've enjoyed a posting as much in ages! One
    does strike me however - did nobody think to go out to the tool shed,
    up two or three different hammers and go and bang on some stone?

    Perhaps researchers don't have access to a good selection of hammers
    days but when I was a young child my father always had a plenty hammers
    was very particular that I used the right tool for the job. And when it
    came to large chucks of stone is was always a large heavy hammer with a
    short handle. It was easier to control and striking the stone with this
    hammer did not result in pieces flying everywhere - I was never given
    marked) safety goggles and I never felt that I needed them. Even as a
    or seven year-old I preferred the heavier hammer to the lighter pin
    for chipping and shaping stone.

    Anyway, keep up the good work - I look forward to seeing the results of
    "humidity" posting (given that I'm now an ex-pat. living in Louisiana).

    Edmund Cramp,
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