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Old 03-22-2014, 02:27 PM
Andrew Werby Andrew Werby is offline
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Re: Stone carver please answer this question

They may be from "pointing up", but even if that process wasn't used, the bow drill was an essential tool for Renaissance sculptors. For making things like David's curly hair, the drill was used to get into areas where a chisel wouldn't work. For delicate areas where the impact of the chisel might break off a delicate appendage like a finger, the drill was used first to pierce the web, then the remaining support between the fingers was carefully removed with rasps. Here's an article that talks about this in more detail:

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