STONE project.

STONE project is funded by: Arts and Humanities Council Logo.

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STONE project exists to document techniques and craft skills that are in danger of being lost.

Why is it that some tools feel comfortable in our hands and others don't?  It is usually the way that distance between the tool and us disappears.  Shape, material, temperature, and weight - all mesh with our hands. Difference is no problem, but like different gears, the connection must fully engage for things to work.

Tools are amplifiers.  They concentrate and direct energy.  Mostly they concentrate the effect and the force initially applied into a smaller area.  We could call what happens either a focus or amplification. The tool moves and evolves over time to accession the impositions of its maker, its user and the material it seeks to articulate. It becomes the bearer of the moment of physical force. 

‘Techniques' will unveil what we have found in stone working locations world-wide, focusing on three main areas: Quarrying, Craftsmen and Tools. Each major topic will include material gathered by the STONE research team, and also supplemented by other contributors. 

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