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Engrave Tombstones

Updated:2013-09-09 15:58:25
Knowing how to engrave tombstones by hand is almost a lost art. These days, the majority of tomb stones are engraved by a machine. Whether you are seeking to craft a headstone for your family plot, or to restore the worn away engravings on a tombstone that is centuries old, this article can help you get started.

Instructions as follows:

                                                   

Firstly, select the type of stone you will be engraving. Popular choices include marble, granite, and sandstone, or slate.
Granite is a great stone to use for a tombstone, as it is very durable. Most tombstones today are made from granite. However, it is very difficult to carve by hand. You may need advanced power tools such as a computer-controlled sandblaster.
Marble and limestone are beautiful choices for headstones, but unfortunately, over the centuries, they can be destroyed by acid rain. Marble can be quite expensive.
sandstone was very popular in America for use as a headstone. However, it too can deteriorate over time in colder climates. It is a very durable stone, but it is also fairly easy to carve by hand.
Slate is another popular choice, but it can also deteriorate due to environmental conditions.
You can buy raw materials from a quarry to form your own headstone, or you can buy a blank headstone.
Secondly, gather your tools. You will need awls, mallets, and chisels. You can find these at hardware stores, but you may wish to seek out tools specifically designed with stone carving in mind. Try high-end art supply shops, or retailers that cater to stonemasons and sculptors. The Internet is a great resource for finding great tools at low prices.

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