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Make Tombstones

Updated:2014-06-09 11:44:16
If you could talk with folks throughout history who have crafted tombstones, you will find a common desire: To pay tribute to loved ones by erecting a permanent marker for their final resting place. Whether you make a tombstone the old-fashioned way, with manual stone-cutting tools, or decide to use contemporary power tools, your labor and creativity will leave their own legacy, alongside that of the person you're honoring.

Instructions as follows:


Firstly, take safety precautions. Wear gloves, ear protection, safety glasses and a respirator, whether using power or hand tools. The respirator offers critical protection from airborne dust -- especially silica-based dust, which is highly toxic. Ears must be protected from manual or power hammer vibrations, and hands should always be covered to guard against sharp chips -- some of which will hurtle through the air at fast speeds.
Secondly, design your tombstone on paper or in a CAD computer program, if you require a model. It's helpful to make a clay replica of your one-dimensional design. You also can let the tombstone "reveal itself" through the slab of stone you choose as you work. Many artisans let the stone direct the shape of the finished product.
Thirdly, choose your stone. Take into consideration your budget, the stone's availability and the stone's sturdiness. Marble is a popular, attractive stone because it is elegant and luxurious looking, but the raw material is expensive and does not stand up to the elements over time.

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