Perspectives in stone

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

It is not every day that you get a graphic demonstration of one of the mysteries of the ancient world, especially not in your own garden. Or, in this case, your son’s. But that was exactly what we got when the gardener installed the new granite benches next to the pond. To ensure their stability, it had been decided that the three pieces of stone for each bench would not only be glued but also drilled and held in place with steel rods through the flagstones. A simple enough job, you would think, if you have the right tools.

The industrial drill, equipped with a massive bit and the weight of a man on top of that, began its work. It ate through the sandstone flags in seconds, then began boring a hole in the first piece of granite. The heat generated by the friction meant we had to cool…

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