Manufacturing Stone Cutter/Carver  What They Do

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Stone Cutters and Carvers, Manufacturing Career Video



Cuts or carves stone according to diagrams and patterns.

This career is part of the Manufacturing cluster Production pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Verifies depths and dimensions of cuts or carvings to ensure adherence to specifications, blueprints, or models, using measuring instruments.
  • Moves fingers over surfaces of carvings to ensure smoothness of finish.
  • Shapes, trims, or touches up roughed-out designs with appropriate tools to finish carvings.
  • Lays out designs or dimensions from sketches or blueprints on stone surfaces, by freehand or by transferring them from tracing paper, using scribes or chalk and measuring instruments.
  • Cuts, shapes, and finishes rough blocks of building or monumental stone, according to diagrams or patterns.
  • Drills holes and cuts or carves moldings and grooves in stone, according to diagrams and patterns.
  • Selects chisels, pneumatic or surfacing tools, or sandblasting nozzles and determine sequence of use.
  • Studies artistic objects or graphic materials, such as models, sketches, or blueprints, to plan carving or cutting techniques.
  • Carves designs or figures in full or bas relief on stone, employing knowledge of stone carving techniques and sense of artistry to produce carvings consistent with designers' plans.
  • Carves rough designs freehand or by chipping along marks on stone, using mallets and chisels or pneumatic tools.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 50 lbs., sometimes up to 100 lbs. You will need a lot of strength at this level.
  • Work in this occupation involves bending or twisting your body more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Exposure to pollutants, gases, dust, fumes, odors, poor ventilation, etc.
  • Conditions are very hot (above 90 F) or very cold (under 32 F)
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Exposed to hazardous equipment such as saws, machinery, or vehicular traffic more than once a month
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves use of special protective items such as a breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suit, or radiation protection
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Bending, stretching, twisting, or reaching
  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects
  • Using abdominal and lower back muscles repeatedly or over time without tiring

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Carver --
  • Cutter --
  • Fabricator --
  • Granite Cutter --
  • Polisher --
  • Sandblast Carver --
  • Sandblaster -- Cleans and refurbishes building exteriors, chimneys, industrial equipment and other surfaces using specialized equipment and techniques.
  • Stone Carver --
  • Stone Cutter --
  • Stone Fabricator --