How to split a 26,000-pound block of granite with a two-pound hammer

“We’re building buildings in here like it’s the 19th century. Around here they built the foundations with granite. And where you find one it still usually looks just like when they put it there — pretty,” says Dennis Carter of  who runs Deer Isle Hostel, Maine with his wife.

The video above shows Carter using a two-pound hammer to cut a 26,000-pound block of granite. In the video, he explains it’s important to pound the spikes into the stone slowly, as many little cracks can form and gather together quickly. It’s important to be patient.

The homesteading Carters run an eco-lodge where you can visit or stay and participate in their apprenticeship and work exchange program. It looks pretty cool!