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Iron hammer. Lead dummy. Wooden mallet. Hard and soft striking tools have been used on stone since Neolithic man cracked flints with a stone hammer. I, myself, use the same arc-shaped hammer as I have seen depicted in the mason's stained glass window at Chartres dating from the 13th century.
Our applewood mallets are carefully chosen with a truncated branch to withstand the endless beating on the steel tools. To strike on the wrong 'beat' of the mallet will destroy it, so a favorite will never be lent.
I once showed Sebastian, who worked here a few seasons ago, how effective a stiff brush was for indicating with paint where shadows were needed. 'Oh, but for fine lines you paint with a feather,' he said. - Simon Verity