Chiseled Marble

chiseled marble

Chiseled marble comes from an ancient stone finish called marble chiseling. It is not known when this technique was invented but there are archaeological evidences that attest to its ancient use not only on stone but also on wood and metal. Chiseled marble finish was used for two main purposes: the first was to cut stone. In order to cut stone, the chisel was used for creating a cutting line on the slab and subsequently, with a hard hit in the middle of that line, the stone was cracked. The second use of chiseled marble finish was to carve stone to obtain a decorating effect; this last use is the one we will linger on.

How chiseled marble is obtained

Let’s now see how to chisel marble. Chiseled marble is obtained by carving grooved of different thickness on the marble surface. In ancient times, chiseled marble was obtained with a particular chisel: it is essentially a chisel whose blade can have different shapes but the most used for this marble finish is undoubtedly the toothed one. Nowadays, a mechanical chisel machine is typically used to obtain this marble finish. In both cases, this technique requires firmness, precision and experience. The final effect obtained on chiseled marble is an irregular marble surface texture characterized by delicate parallel roughing marks. Marble chiseling is mainly used for small details on stone design objects or for the creation of chiseled marble panels as well as chiseled marble cladding or tiles.

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