Using a computerized cutting machine, the artist transfers the proof drawing onto a thick, rubbery film. It works like a giant printer, except that it cuts out the design with a fine blade. We then apply the film to the polished surface of the granite.
Our craftsman moves the stone into a sandblast chamber where he blasts it with a super-fine powder which wears away only the parts of the stone that are exposed by the protective film. He carves deep into the granite to create a contrasting relief that will make the stone readable and stand up against centuries of weather.
More details about the sandblasting process and more coming soon!