Due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic, the state of Vermont has ordered non-essential businesses to cease operations and asked that residents remain in their homes as much as possible. We want to support all efforts to help contain this outbreak, and will be limiting our operations effective March 25. 

At this time production has been suspended and all order fulfillment will be delayed. We will continue to monitor incoming messages and respond to them to the best of our ability. We appreciate your continued support and patience as we navigate the unique challenges of these circumstances.

We anticipate these limitations to be in effect for the next 3 weeks.  If you choose to place an order, we will process it as soon as we resume fulfillment.  Before doing so, we will be in touch to confirm the order prior to finalizing and processing payment. We always encourage customers to check availability at our local distributors as well. You can find the list of distributors in your area here.

In the meantime, please do not send any tools back for repair or return, as our receiving capabilities will be extremely limited. If you have an item you need to send back, please call us at 800-451-4341 and leave a message so we can contact you to discuss the available options.

Trow and Holden has been manufacturing and selling stone working tools for 130 years. Our customers and employees have always been our top priority, and during this unprecedented time we are proud to do our part to help support the health and well-being of our community, both here at home and abroad. We wish you the best, and we look forward to our safe return to servicing our stone working family.

Sculpture & Carving

Trow & Holden has specialized in tools for sculptors and stone carvers since we opened our doors in 1890. We understand the unique requirements of both hard stone and soft stone and have worked to develop a wide range of tools that can meet the needs of all types of stone and the artists who work with them. From 1/8” wide detail blades to 3” wide shaping blades, we manufacture chisels for use in every carving application.

Many of our chisels were designed with granite in mind. While granite is a hard stone, it doesn’t bruise, allowing for more aggressive carving techniques. Carbide-tipped chisels are ideal for use in granite, as they are durable and able to withstand more impact. We generally recommend using flat blade chisels instead of tooth chisels when carving in hard stone. We also recommend a Type D long-stroke pneumatic hammer, as it has more impact and will save time, particularly when roughing out.

There is a crossover between granite and softer stone, and all of our carbide-tipped chisels can be used on soft stone. However, certain tool qualities are particularly well-suited to softer stone. Softer stone can be gouged, which makes a tooth chisel an appropriate roughing out tool, and many of our carbide-blade chisels can be cut with teeth. We also manufacture carbide tools with a lighter stock which are specifically intended for use with marble or other soft stone. And, we manufacture a variety of steel tools for use in softer stone. When working with softer stone, we generally recommend a Type B short-stroke pneumatic hammer as it has a lighter impact and will have less tendency to bruise the stone.

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