Carving Marble with Traditional Tools

The basic tools are the
same as the ancients. It’s hard in just
getting a list of tools– how does that translate into
a beautiful work of art? Working by hand,
everything slows down, and you can think
about what you’re doing while you’re doing it. You start roughing out,
taking the bulk of the weight off with a point chisel,
which concentrates all the force of your
blow at one point and bursts the stone away. Your next step
after that, having removed the bulk
of the material, is to model your form
with the tooth chisel. A tooth chisel is
basically a comb, and you use it to
chisel to model form, while at the same time
remove stone fairly quickly. Something to remember
about marble carving, it’s very tactile, the way
the stone bursts from a point chisel, or the way your
tooth chisel just kind of swims through the stone. It’s a hard material, but you
can jump into a piece of space with these tools. If you cut at a very
oblique angle to the stone you can get a finer surface. If you are forcing the tool
straight into the stone, you can get quite a
different texture. The rasp is just a whole row
of fine little teeth, cut into a piece of metal,
and you can then just rub or grind this tool into
the stone, removing material and really refine a plane. Depending on how
you use the tool you can really
emphasize certain forms. If you kind of lose your ego,
and just flow into the stone through your tools,
there’s no end of possibilities of what you
can do inside that space.


  • Gilbert E Barrera-Sculptor

    Nicely done

  • Alexander Lee

    @coolin7000 Hahaha I love your little poem here and agree with it. And it's pretty silly not to use at least a power drill. The greats were not great because of the type of tools that they used.

  • Paulismyhero777

    different artist prefer different tools, im sure there are benefits to every tool from every era. Really enjoyed the vid, great job

  • Jonathan McLaren

    What is the name of the tool he is using @ 1:45?

  • GabrielFR

    It looks like an oldschool drill.

  • Julius Streicher

    the tool with the bow and string looks interesting! I think that 4lbs club hammer is a bit unbalanced for such work though, it will get the job done – but a head that big and wide will always want to go past the chisel head once stuck and it will rock your chisel hand. try and get hold of an old English masons punch hammer, same weight but a much longer and narrower head, the old Sheffield ones are the best – very balanced. little effort required and won't rock in your hand when striking.

  • Dalton Garrison

    I could be mistaken, but I think he meant that the types of tools an artist uses is not what determines their greatness.

  • nizmojoeblows

    i hope that isnt finished.

  • Kandi Klover

    sculpting makes my brain explode, i cannot do it.

  • Bobby Mines

    Where can I, as a normal person, get large rough marble stone in the USA?

  • MC Snodgrass

    Thank you.  Enjoyed your video very much.

  • L L

    What's that spinning thing used to refine small spaces?

  • Tyson Lefever

    I think it's a turtle

  • Stephen Blackwell

    what is that tool he's using at 1:46?

  • Scott Awaywithit

    i cant beleive hes using mallet chisels with a hammer….sacralich.

  • turtles

    Trying to make a turtle out of it. Harder than I anticipated. But hopefully I'll be a be able to sell it well. Also trying with wood.

  • turtles

    I've also seen some like clay turtle pots for planting. Those would be much easier. But trying this way first. Unfortunately my tools aren't perfect though.

  • Alberto Calvete

    its an very old drill

  • Alberto Calvete

    you put an michaelangelo face paint from the final trial? well that is preciselly the kind of drill of michaelangelo era…

  • Corey Mcniel

    Make it yourself thanks to woodprix plans. I think it's the best way to learn how to build it in the cheapest way.

  • Mareline Merlan

    I like turtles.

  • Luis Cannon

    Yada yada, are you the sculptor?

  • William Durrah

    NICE!!! how long would it take him to do that???

  • degreatal

    does the marble sculptor, especially for the realistic model, has no room for error or mistake?

  • Too True

    Unfortunately the narrator mumbles and this makes him difficult to understand…

  • Deji1337

    Sounds like steve brule

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  • rajavlitra

    That is a penis head

  • Yram Ecarg

    How the heck did the ancient romans do all this so detailed

  • Javi Alvarez

    Hi, i want more videos like this, you know the site where i can find us?, thanks good video!!

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  • Charles Hess

    The end came too soon

  • harsha jain

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  • Justin E. L.

    If this is the apex of his work, then I would say that it is nothing in comparison to the work of, say, the Romans.

  • Anthony Frade

    Sculpting stone without machines is hard work, Michelangelo was probably ripped.

  • Joy Gill

    That's the idea behind losing weight chip away bulk slowly and mold and shape what's left.

  • Adasko Jajaja

    Where can I buy tools like that? I'm from Poland.

  • xoBlockblasters adventure

    where is this?

  • Jonalyn B.

    Is a hardwork .. beautiful


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