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Who chisels epitaphs onto gravestones?

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Professional sandblasting workers chisel epitaphs onto gravestones, often working from templates created by draftsmen within the same monument engraving company. The worker applies liquid glue to the headstone, then places a rubber stencil over the glue and cuts the letters or design with a sandblasting machine.

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Newer techniques for headstone chiseling are beginning to replace sandblasting in some more advanced workshops, as of 2015. Laser etching uses a powerful heat beam to disrupt the crystals on the surface of the granite surface, creating an elevated, light-colored etching. This process allows workers to create more detailed designs and carve smaller letters onto the granite.

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