posted on Jun, 5 2011 @ 02:11 AM
reply to post by Phage
No problem. It is always much different to hear it from someone with the experience, and because I do have that experience, when I see cuttings and
carvings I sit in amazement. Granite is a very tough stone, and if touched with anything but diamonds all it does is smooth the edges (very little),
or nothing at all.
When granite is blown out of the mountain, it is in 5'x5'x10' chunks and then cut with either a large 16' diameter diamond saw, or with a diamond band
saw to the thickness needed. The process involves unbelievable amounts of water, as almost anything done with granite does. When granite is cut dry,
or anything done to it is done dry, the quartz heats up and will either explode or just chip out leaving a very, very rough cut, so rough that you
will actually get quartz slivers.
The amount of water these people would have needed to cut this stone so precise is crazy in and of itself. Think of a garden hose being on,
For all the cuts and polishing.
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