One Man Splits a 26,000 Pound Granite Block by Creating Small Cracks Using a Two Pound Hammer

Dennis Carter from the Deer Isle Hostel in Deer Isle, Maine demonstrates how to split a 26,000 pound block of granite using a two-pound hammer and a few other simple tools. The technique creates many small cracks that combine to eventually split the rock.

Dennis Carter, founder and owner of Deer Isle Hostel in Maine uses a 2-pound hammer to cut a 26,000 pound block of lovely Deer Isle granite into two equal parts. This is the first of many cuts. When finished, the resulting smaller blocks will be used to make the foundation of a workshop that he is building at the Hostel.