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Stone Quarrying and Processing Tools

Japan Heritage/Museum
Stone Quarrying and Processing Tools in Kitagishima

Tools that were used for quarrying and processing Kitagi granite are on permanent display in the Kitagi Granite Commemoration Room at the Kitagi Middle School.
There are quarrying tools for taking stone from the earth, processing tools for finishing stone blocks, and blacksmithing tools for tool maintenance.
Among the quarrying tools are wedges for breaking stone apart, chisels of various lengths for cutting stone with human strength, and hammers, as well as a mechanized drill and chipping hammer that were introduced in 1952.
Including traditional tools from the Meiji era as well as mechanized tools from the Showa era, this remarkable collection showcases the development of masonry technology and the quarrying industry in Japan.
Japan Heritage/Museum