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Maine Granite Industry-Hall Quarry

Granite Carving Tools, ca. 1910

Granite Carving Tools, ca. 1910

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Maine Granite Industry Historical Society

Hand-cutting was exceedingly labor-intensive so cutters- Scotch, English, Irish, Italians, and Yankees- were highly paid. That?s why the lower class people couldn't afford to have hand carved stone. The people that usually got carved stones were, governments, insurance companies, banks, railroads, and millionaires.

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