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Granite Carving Workshop & Sculpture Garden Tour (NESA Event)

  • 30 U.S. 1 Bypass Kittery, ME, 03904 United States (map)

Thomas Berger will provide a granite carving demo for professional sculptors, organized by the New England Sculptors Association.

Thomas will focus on the step-by-step process of sculpting hard stone — discussing types of granite, handling large stones, and demonstrating various steps in the process of cutting, shaping, and polishing granite as well as how to use necessary tools. Safety aspects connected to granite work will also be discussed.

Lunch snacks will be provided between noon and 1 PM and guests are invited to wander the Sculpture Garden and relax among the flowers, view his sculptures, and observe insects in the pollinator garden.

Sign up through the website of the New England Sculptors Association

Presentation: Working with Granite

Qualities and Types of Granite

  • Qualities of granite and the difficulty of working with granite

  • Various granite types from regional suppliers, their qualities and use

  Tools and Procedures

  • Splitting blocks with feathers and wedges

  • Using hand-held and pneumatic chisels

  • Cutting with diamond blades on hand-held saws

  • Grinding with diamond cup wheels, silicon carbide and diamond bits

  • Polishing with pneumatic tools and by hand

  • Flaming with propane-oxygen torchs

  Handling Large Stones

  • Presentation of my lifting equipment and problems


  • Dangers of quartz dust

  • Safety with dry cutting / wet cutting / dust filter types / air masks / danger of electrocution

Please RSVP to David Adilman at Cost is $20 per person, and lunch and beverages will be included. Make sure to let David know if you have any dietary restrictions. Please pay online ( or send your check payable to New England Sculptors Association to Pete Spampinato, 21 Whispering Oaks Rd, Pelham, NH 03076.

If you have goggles and hearing-protection, please bring them with you. Thomas will try to reduce any dust-producing demo.

If you have any questions, please contact David at or Thomas at 207-439-7700.

We look forward to seeing you on June 29!