the Pro's and con's of Cuturi Pneumatic Hammer for stone carving or wood carving before you  Buying!

Pneumatic air hammers for carving in stone or wood the Cuturi brand is one the best Italian Stone carving tools due to its CE certification and "Cuturi patented" trademark, also more than 150 years of experience in the Italian tradition of classical and Renaissance sculpture.

The Cuturi pneumatic hammer is an amazing  tool that will make your stone sculpture or stone carving job easier; these pneumatic chisels will help you carve any stone fast and easily like marble, limestone, alabaster, soapstone, granite, as well for carving in wood with the best pneumatic stone carving tools like Milani.

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 In all the activities we carry out, connection with others (a person, an animal, an object, or a material) is of the utmost importance.  Our first approach to them is borne out of empathy.  That is why we resonate more with some people, some circumstances, or some places.  And it is through this empathy that we are able to open our senses and our ability to appreciate the object or subjects that we are contemplating.  This situation is the same for materials and tools; how we feel about them is determined by our personality, by our personal challenges, by the environment in which we move or, simply, by our curiosity. 

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After having chosen a path towards learning a technique or artistic expression and having encountered the material in its natural state, we should communicate with its essence.  We must be very attentive to its characteristics, such as its texture, color, smell, the direction of the grain, and its shape.  This intimate and respectful connection with materials has been one of the constant features of sculptural art throughout history.  This connection has been evident from the earliest of times, such as when cavemen chose one rocky surface over another due to its unique depressions, or when the inhabitants of pre-Colombian cultures chose a certain stone for its shape and location for their sacramental and funerary sculptures due to the belief it contained the essence of a sacred animal. This respect for materials was passed on to great sculptural artists such as Michelangelo, for whom it was very clear that it was the stone that possessed the figure to be carved within it.  Most recently, contemporary sculptors have returned to the essential origins of organic materials to form a direct connection with the earth and its mysteries, using marble, stone or wood in a way that is charged with emotion and wonder. 

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How To Interact  With The Materials 

There are two main ways of interacting with these materials.  One of them is through the direct carving of the material with the necessary tool, and the other is through first creating a model from clay or plaster, allowing the artist to become accommodated with the figure to be carved in stone or wood. In both cases, it is vital to use a good tool that matches the specifications and particularities of the chosen material, but also the type of artistic work and skill of the sculptor. Adding to this, it is important to choose tools that meet health and safety manufacturing requirements. 

The First Encounter with the Material

 After having made the decision to enter the fascinating world of carving, the first thing you must do is select the material you want to work with.  Here are the most common stones used for sculpting: 

Limestone

This was the material used in Ancient Egypt to create monumental sculptures such as the Great Sphinx.  This stone is soft and easy to work with, and it easy to create detailed carvings with. This is one of the best stones to start learning stone carving with. It is an easy material to extract excess stone from, using any type of hand chisel or power chisel. The characteristics of limestone mean it will work very well for outdoor architecture carvings, sculptures, or any other custom stone carvings that need to resist harsh weather. For this reason, it is one of the number one stones used by the stone industry.

Marble

The queen of stones.  Desired by the artists of antiquity and the Renaissance, marble allows you to sculpt a variety of finishes in terms of texture, smoothness, roughness, gloss, or opacity.  According to the fineness of the finishes, it can give translucent and highly delicate effects, mirroring the look of skin, fabrics, and hair. One of the best known varieties is Carrara marble, one of the most desired marbles for its color, its veins, and the quality of its grain. With marble, you can obtain perfection in stone carving, creating sculptures of a beautiful white color seen in many sculptures featured in museums.

Sandstone

This sedimentary rock hardens over time.  Due to its porous nature, it has been used more in the elaboration of existing architectural pieces, such as for columns or gargoyles.

This same porosity makes it resistant to polishing. The main chemical component is silica which makes the surface of this stone very damaging to hand chisels; to obtain the best results, you need to constantly re-sharpen your carbide chisels as other types of chisel will not work well on this stone.

Furthermore, when you are exposed to silica for long periods, you could develop a disease called Silicosis that is fatal if it is not treated medically.  I have also observed that sandstone tends to disintegrate with harsh weather. However, beautiful sculptures can be created with it in warmer climates, such as from the la Muneca variety of Bogota in Colombia – this stone has a tight grain that gives a lustre to your sculptures. 

Alabaster

This is a gypsum mineral that has a finished appearance similar to marble. It is one of the easiest stones to carve, as you can use any type of tool to carve it.  However, it is not recommended for putting outdoors, as in cold weather it will disintegrate with time. You can find it in different colors, from brown to pure white. The close pores of this stone will give you the ability to create high levels of detail with great accuracy. It is used in the industry for many purposes, but in particular, it is used to create lamps as light can pass through it when it is thinned. This stone was used in past periods to create elegant carvings for interior designs with great results, yet it is one of the stones that has lost its earlier importance in the carving industry.

Granite 

These rocks are of igneous origin and are therefore much harder than marble.  They respond very well to polishing and come in a wide range of colors.

Granite is the strongest of the stones used for carving; its geological formation will make this stone withstand the weather very well. However, it is a hard stone to work with, you will need carbide tools that will withstand the hardness of the natural material. You could also use fire torches as they will break the surface quickly; this is the approach used for many large granite carvings.  

Granite stone comes in different colors which range from light grey to a beautiful red. In the last decades, it has become very popular in home décor, such as for kitchen countertops and bathrooms. This is largely due to its durability and the elegance of the final product, which has a highly polished surface. It is one of the best stones for sculptures.

After this brief illustrative list of the types of stone available for stone carving, I will now consider the different types of wood for wood carving. It is important to not only consider the hardness of the wood, but also the wood’s texture and response to carving.

Types Of wood for Carving

American linden

The main advantages of this wood is its low price and high availability in the United States and Europe, as well as its light color, its straight fibre, and it's fine grain.  This is one of the best options to start carving with.

Poplar

This wood is a little harder than basswood, but it is still a good option.

American  White  Walnut 

Another excellent option for beginners.  It responds very well to carving and polishing.

walnut

With a greater hardness than the previously mentioned types, walnut is a wood with a fine and elegant finish.  However, to carve it you must have tools with a very sharp edge. It is more expensive than other woods and it demands more skill and experience from whoever carves it.

Cherry 

Its reddish color makes it very precious, although its level of complexity for carving is high.  It must be worked with great care as power tools burn it easily.  It needs to be dried very well before working with it.

Oak

This is a complex, strong, and robust wood.  It is highly appreciated by experienced carvers for its optimal response to detail work.

In a future  blog post I will go more in depth  about the different  types of wood for Carving.

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The Transcendental Step: Understanding Volume

One of the biggest challenges in carving is to ‘translate’ a two-dimensional model to a three-dimensional sculpture.  Although our sensory experience is richer in all three dimensions, it is challenging to break down a total sensory experience into its constituent parts. Here our capacity for observation plays a very important role, as we must distinguish components such as the projection of forms, the clarity between form and figure, the management of positive and negative space, notions of emptiness and totality, among other things.  Even when what is worked is the bas-relief or the high-relief you must have the ability to foresee what material should be preserved and what must be removed to create the sculpture.

It is worthwhile making a digression at this moment, to illustrate the types of sculpture that exist. They are listed by the author María Jesús Acosta López in the article entitled “Sculpture in stone”:

(…) Free-standing sculpture, which corresponds to the full meaning of sculpture, that is, to the translation of space into three dimensions.  It can be turned around but this does not mean that it has been designed to be seen from all angles.  The artist can create a main point of view and secondary points of view.  Above all, it will be seen in the sculptures intended to be placed in a niche or in front of a wall.  They are distinguished in the free sculpture, the statue, conceived as a unit, and the group, which comprises two or more figures with a common base and a coherence in its composition.  Another type is the round bulge sculpture, which is characterized by its isolated composition and by being visible all around it.  Finally, when a sculpture depends on a background on which a certain number of projections stand out, it is a relief.  The importance of the overhang in relation to the background allows us to distinguish four kinds of reliefs: parallel, low relief, medium relief and high relief.  (All underlining is our own)

For this process, sketches, drawings, and models are very important in order to possess the mindset and perform the actions that sculptural work demands.  Also highly recommended is the guidance and support of an instructor with extensive experience in the field.  Currently, there are many facilities available to access online courses and workshops which illustrate the entire milling process, contributing to the correct teaching of techniques and tool handling.  It is of the utmost importance that the material with which you are going to work with is analyzed and that you form a comprehensive understanding of its particularities, including its dimensions, its grain, its texture, its smell, its color, its irregularities, and everything else that it is made up of. This will allow you to work organically, without damaging the stone or wood, thereby making the most of what they have to offer us as carvers and sculptural artists.

A Good Tool: The Perfect Ally of Art and Artist

We come to the pivotal point for every carving artist: the type of tool to be used for carving stone and wood.  The saying that “experience makes the master” is well known and this statement applies not only to the skill acquired through work, but also to the way in which experience of different tools makes the artist choose one over another according to the phase of the carving process in which they are working.

Cuturi R Pneumatic  


This section of the article seeks to serve as a testimony of an excellent brand of tools for sculptural stonework: those of Cuturi Gino. They were created in 1870 in the home of sculptural art in Italy. Throughout history, many other brands have tried to imitate these excellent pneumatic hammers and other Cuturi products.

 Cuturi’s headquarters are located in Mazza, a city in the Calabria region of southern Italy.  This region of Calabria is particularly recognized for its exquisite mix of sea and mountains.  Surrounded by the Ionian Sea and the Tyrrhenian Sea, as well as neighboring Sicily, it was the location of great Greek and ancient settlements.  Proof of this can be found in the extensive set of archaeological pieces preserved in its museums, along with the priceless pieces of art that account for this region’s extensive culture and knowledge.  As well as this, this region has an extensive architectural tradition, seen in the many medieval castles, abbeys, monasteries, churches, and traces of buildings from ancient Greece.  A testimony of the art of earlier times has been preserved in the land, the buildings and the museums located there.  And so it is, that from this magnificent part of Italy, comes the highly recognized and reliable Cuturi brand of stone carving tools.

A Tool for Every Part of the Stone Carving Process

 Up to this moment we have consider how to select and observe the material to be carved, as well as the best tools for our work (those of the Cuturi brand). We will now consider how to approach the work of roughing out and chiselling to achieve the creation of a wood or stone sculptural piece.

The first job to be done, is the transferring of our sketch or model to the stone with the correct scale of dimensions. For this, there is nothing better than a point or point meter machine, a measurement tool used by sculptors to accurately copy models made of plaster or clay.  This tool was invented in the 18th century by the French sculptor and metalist, Nicolas-Marie Gatteaux, and the English sculptor, John Bacon. It was then perfected by the Italian Neoclassic painter and sculptor Antonio Canova. This machine transfers the key points of reference (height, width, and depth) to faithfully transfer the dimensions of the model to the material. 

After this, the excess material must be removed.  To do this we use saws, making large cuts that allow areas of unnecessary material to be removed with chisel blows.  In another article we will talk about this exciting topic.  Another way to carry out this first roughing out st    age is by the classic method used by the great artists of past times: with a hammer and chisel.  Although this procedure is much slower and more expensive, it also allows greater control over the material that is being removed,  and the revelation of the desired sculptural figure is done in a more organic way in line with the grain and composition of the chosen material.  At this time, it is important to make a clarification of a technical nature about the differentiation between the tools used to work with stone as opposed to those used for wood carving.  The former does not need to be as sharp as those used for wood, which ideally should have a scalpel edge.

Returning to the work carried out by sculptural artists from earlier times, in which mallets, hammers, and chisels were the essential tools for carving work; the tools of this period were the origins for the later development of pneumatic hammers and chisels. The tools used by both amateur and advanced sculptors today, including all Cuturi tools, originate from these earlier tools. It is important to note that the Cuturi tools conform with the CE mark, an important quality and safety certificate from machines and tools manufactured within the European Union. The Cuturi pneumatic are extremely helpful tools due to their balanced combination of quality, speed, finesse, and performance in stone carving work.

Introduction to Cuturi Air Hammers For Stone Carving

As the name implies, the Cuturi air hammer for stone carving (Jackhammers )is a small and powerful tool that works by using air pressure produced by an air compressor.

The air enters a chamber that is generally ¾ of an inch or 1 1/4inch on larger models and requires an air pressure of 70 to 90 psi (pounds of force per square inch).  This pressure causes a small piston to move up and down in certain amounts per minute (set according to your performance requirements). For example, a large cut hammer moves 4,000 times per minute, whilst the smallest moves 8,500 times per minute.

This up and down movement creates a vibration inside the rock carving pneumatic hammer that is then transmitted to the manual chisel; this is the tool that comes into direct contact with the stone, cutting through the surface to rough out the desired material.  These tools remove more material in less time than using a mallet and chisel.

These amazing Cuturi Air Hammers are created for jobs that require heavy-duty tools for continuous, non-stop use.  They can be used over 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, and they will do a great job with no tool wear.

A Little More Technical Information …

 A Stone Carving Pneumatic Hammer use compressed air to carve or chip stone, wood, and other materials.  It is a tool generally used to shape or smooth a surface area, to dig holes, or cut through a surface.  A pneumatic hammer, which is a replacement for the traditional hammer and chisel, is a very valuable practical tool due to its speed. However, it may sometimes lack a bit of precision do to the power and speed, Pneumatic Hammer are generally attached by a tube or hose to a large tank that pumps air and therefore causes the pistons to move up and down.

 What is the piston?

The piston, which is inside a cylinder, is the only part of the pneumatic hammer that moves.  Compressed air is pumped into the cylinder so that the metal piston moves up and down, imitating the movement of a hammer.  As it moves up and down, the piston opens a valve that allows compressed air to enter the cylinder and push it in.  Therefore, when the piston reaches the top of the piston, air flows from above and pushes it down and when the piston reaches the bottom, air flows from below pushing it up.  It is then, thanks to compressed air, that the piston moves up and down at the desired speed.

 Small pneumatic hammer can have a 5/16inch or 1⁄2inch diameter piston, while larger Cuturi pneumatic hammers can have a ¾inch or 1inch diameter piston.  This has no connection to the size of the chisel, as these almost always have ¼inch, ½inch or 5/8inch shank to fit on hammers.

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About the Air compressor 

Air hammers use compressed air to work.  Air compressors are large air tanks with connected motors.  Portable pneumatic hammer models use tubes connected to an air tank.  The engine fills the tank with pressurized air.  This pressurized air travels through the tube to the air hammers, making the air hammer work.  Each cuturi air affects the size of the compressor it needs to function.  This is why smaller Pnumatic hammer need smaller compressors, while larger models air hammers need larger compressors.  The difference in size from pneumatic hammers to air compressors varies according to the cubic feet per minute, or CFM, and the pounds per square inch, or PSI, required for the specific pnematic hammer model being used.

 Importance of safety and prevention

 On this aspect, our main recommendation is to acquire a tool certified by the highest quality and safety standards, not only in terms of its manufacture, but also of the observance of all protocols in everything related to the protection of its users.  Another very important factor when stone or wood carving, is the use of safety and protection elements for the artist, such as goggles to protect against chips and debris that can jump into the face and affect the eyes of the person carving.  There are also suits, shoes, and special clothing for body care. Of the utmost importance is the use of anti-vibration gloves, since omitting their use can produce “white fingers syndrome”, which is comprised of circulatory problems associated with the exposure to vibrations in the upper and lower extremities. This syndrome is eliminated when the hands are protected with these gloves.

Why Choose the Cuturi Air  Brand Pneumatic Hammer?


 In addition to the benefits already expressed, the Cuturi hammers are created with a classic and elegant design that will adapt very well to the hands of the carving artist. This is because they come with a grip pattern so that the hands have a solid place to grip comfortably and securely.  Let’s not forget that all Cuturi tools also conform to the CE certificate of safety.

 Another point in favor of this brand, is that their pneumatic carving tools come in 10 different sizes and each of these models has been developed for a specific purpose.  For example, if a large amount of stone needs to be removed, especially at the beginning of a sculpture, the Cuturi pneumatic “R” will remove that excess material quickly and efficiently.  This statement is made from my more than 28 years of experience of stone carving; I can assure you that this jackhammer has been my greatest ally in creating a good number of artistic and architectural works.

 The Cuturi pneumatic “R” model is not as big as the “Z” model so it adjusts correctly to the anatomy of the hands and does a fantastic job on any type of stone.  For example, this “R” model removes pieces of limestone as if it were nothing (to illustrate this statement, refer to my video).  In the case of marble, it works equally well, and it also responds very well to harder and more solid materials such as granite.

For all this, if any stone carver was planning to buy a new pneumatic air hammer, without hesitation I would recommend the Cuturi air brand, due to its CE certification and more than 150 years of experience in the Italian tradition of classical and Renaissance sculpture.

Advantages of the Cuturi Air “R”

 Now we list some of the advantages of the Cuturi “R” Pneumatic air hammer:

  • It is big, but not as big as the Cuturi “Z”

  • It has a lot of power

  • You can demolish many materials quickly with the proper air chisels like marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, alabaster, soapstone.

  • It works at 90 psi.

  • Hits per 1 minute: 5,000.

  • Weight: 2,000 Kg.

  • Piston Diameter: 1inch- 1/8inch.

  • Tool entry: 12.5 mm.

  • If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

  • It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

  • It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

  • The tool must be kept freehand.

  • Can be used with machinery.

 Disadvantages of the Cuturi pneumatic “R”

Although there are not many, it is worth mentioning these:

  • If you work for long periods, as is logical, you will tire your hands, arms, and shoulders.

  • You need anti-vibration gloves for finger protection as they turn white due to poor circulation caused by the vibration of the jackhammer.  If you use the appropriate gloves, your hands will have no problems.

  • It requires an air compressor of around 90 psi.

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  • You can use any type of air chisel, but the best are carbide tipped chisels because they are stronger than steel or normal carbon. They are many brands to choose  from one of my fever through  the years is the Milani chisels. You can learn more about stone carving tools and techniques here

Aspects to consider of the Cuturi Air “Z”

This Pneumatic hammer stone tool Cuturi air "Z" is one of the best in the market  to real rough out your Sculptures it has a large power; not a stone surface can resist  the abilities of these beautiful air hammer, is great for a large project and you will do the job faster no doubt about it.

Advantages of the Cuturi air Z
  • It has a lot of power

  • Weight: 2,600 Kg

  • Hits per minute: 4,100

  • Piston diameter: 1inch – 1/4inch

  • Tool input: 16mm

  • You can demolish many materials quickly with the proper air chisels like marble, granite, limestone, sandstone, soapstone.

  • It works at 90 psi.

  • If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

  • It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

  • It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

  • The tool must be kept freehand.

  • Can be used with machinery.

Disadvantage Cuturi Pneumatic 
  • Due to its larger size than the Cuturi “Z”, it is extremely powerful so you will need to take care when using it. 

  • You need anti-vibration gloves.

  • It will not be suitable for small details.

  • As already mentioned, it is the largest and is slightly heavier than the Cuturi “R” model, so it can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

  • This model requires ¾inch size chisels.

  • You need an air compressor.

The Great Adaptability and Variety of the Cuturi Air Hammers

Cuturi Gino iItalian hammers (martelli pneumatici brevettati) will work for any job, so if you are working on the surface of the sculpture, it is a good idea to invest in a smaller size, such as the Cuturi Pneumatic “T”.

Italian stone carving tools the Cuturi airT

The Cuturi pneumatic “T” is neither big nor small; it is even good for roughing small stone sculptures. If you want to create details with low air pressure, this model will help you control the cutting force.

Pros

  • It has a lot of power

  • You can demolish many materials quickly with the proper air chisels.

  • Is great for Marble, Limestone, Soapstone, Granite, Sandstone, Alabaster, Wood

  • It works at 90 psi.

  • If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

  • It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

  • Weights 1500 Kg.

  • Hits per 1 minute : 6000.

  • Piston diameter: 1inch.

  • Tool entry size: 12.5mm.

  • The tool must be kept freehand.

  • It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

cons


  • Due to its medium size than the Cuturi Pneumatic “T”, it is not extremely powerful for rough out fast large projects.

  • You need anti-vibration gloves.

  • It will not be suitable for small details.

  • The Cuturi "T" it can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

  • You need an air compressor.

Pneumatic Hammer Cuturi S

Pneumatic Hammers Cuturi "S" To Carve In Stone

The pneumatic hammer tools Cuturi “S” is neither big nor small; it is good for roughing stone sculptures in any sizes, it has a lot of power to perform  very well special in marble or any soft stone; If you want to create details with low air pressure, this model will help you control the cutting force. This carving stone tool is a perfect for a Beginner  or Advance  carver.

pro's

•It has a lot of power to work in any type of stone like marble.

•You can demolish many materials quickly with the proper air chisels, special carbide chisels.

•Is great for Marble, Limestone, Soapstone, Granite, Sandstone, Alabaster, and Wood carving.

•It works at 90 psi.

•If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

•It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

•Weights 1700 Kg.

•Hits per 1 minute : 5500.

•Piston diameter: 1inch.

•Tool entry size: 12.5mm.

•The tool must be kept freehand.

•It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

con's

•Due to its medium size than the Cuturi air hammers “T”, it is not extremely powerful for rough out fast large projects fast like the Cuturi R or Z.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•It will not be suitable for small details. You need some practice  to able to work in small details  with out breaking the stone.

•The air hammer "T" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

cuturi "V" Air hammers

 You can also invest in a pneumatic hammer to create detail.  My preference would be the Cuturi air hammers “V”, which is not too small, but still has power and fits comfortably in my hand.  For me, one of the most important things to consider is how the tools rest in the hands since a sculptural artist will use them for many hours a day.

Pros of the Air Pneumatic  Hammers V

•It has a lot of power

•You can carve  many materials quickly with the proper air chisels. It is a great carving tool for marble, granite, sandstone, limestone,  alabaster, soapstone and is a fantastic tool for wood carving. Not many artists or sculptors used this great tool for carving in wood but is an excellent tool for that job.

•It works at 70 to 90 psi.

•If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

•It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

•Weights 700 g.

•Hits per 1 minute : 6500.

•Piston diameter: 5/8inch.

•Tool entry size: 12.5mm.

•The tool must be kept freehand.

•It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).


cons of the Cuturi "V" air hammers

•Due to its medium size than the Cuturi “V”, it is not extremely powerful for rough out fast large projects.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•The Cuturi "V" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

There are 10 models, each one has been developed for a specific purpose. Unsurprisingly, the cost for all 10 of these is high, but they can be acquired little by little according to your most common needs for the use of tools. 

Cuturi "D" Pneumatic Air Hammers

For really small details, the Cuturi air hammers “D” model is amazing for creating special little details if you are working with marble.  With it, you will be able to easily and smoothly control the material that is being removed.  At the same time, if what matters here is the classic taste for normal hammers and chisels, this model will be able to do the same as them when it comes to creating details.

My preference is to use a normal hammer and chisel to work the small details, as for me these tools are more poetic and I have more freedom to work around the sculpture. Nonetheless, there is no doubt that the Cuturi pneumatic hammers have been a perfect balance between my practical needs and my artistic sensitivity.  Let us remember that, although it is not the tools that create great works but the artists, we should not skimp on good tools as they facilitate the work and enrich the talent of those who use them.

Cuturi "U" Pneumatic Air Hammer

The Cuturi air hammers"U" is a fantastic  Pneumatic carving tool, it has the power to rough out small Sculpture and the delicacy to work in any details with the proper stone chisels, is ideal to work in several rock materials as well for wood carving but it work very, well with a real razor sharp pneumatic  wood carving chisels like the ones Milani manufactured produce. They are going to be available here soon I promise.

Pros

•It has a lot of power.

•You can carve  many materials quickly with the proper air chisels. It is a great carving tool for marble, granite, sandstone, limestone,  alabaster, soapstone and is a fantastic tool for wood carving. Not many artists or sculptors used this great tool for carving in wood but is an excellent tool for that job with the wood carving chisels, the regular stone carving chisels will not work.

•It works at 70 to 90 psi.

•If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

•It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

•Weights 1100kg.

•Hits per 1 minute : 6500.

•Piston diameter: 3/4inch.

•Tool entry size: 12.5mm.

•The tool must be kept freehand.

•It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

cons

•Due to its medium size than the Cuturi “U”, it is not extremely powerful for rough out fast large projects.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•The Cuturi pneumatic "U" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

• For wood carving you need a proper wood carving chisels.

Cuturi Pneumatic"A" for stone carving

Cuturi "A" Pneumatic Hammer to carve in stone

A great cuturi Pneumatic air tool for working all the details in any type of stone marble, limestone, sandstone, granite soapstone, alabaster and also is a great stone chisel that work in wood with the proper wood carving chisels.  

You will have the control of working small or large areas special when they are fragil or delicated part of your scuplture with out problems, is very light  weigh that is a great Advantage that will give you a comfort  in your hands when you work for a long period of time.

pros

•It has a lot of power for the size of the stone chisel.

•You can carve  many materials quickly with the proper air chisels. It is a great carving tool for marble, granite, sandstone, limestone,  alabaster, soapstone and is a fantastic tool for wood carving. Not many artists or sculptors used this great tool for carving in wood but is an excellent tool for that job.

•It works at 70 to 90 psi.

•If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

•It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

•Weights 430 g.

•Hits per 1 minute : 7000.

•Piston diameter: 9/16inch.

•Tool entry size: 12.5mm.

•The tool must be kept freehand.

•It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

cons

•Due to its small size than the Cuturi “A”, it is not extremely powerful for rough out large projects.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•The Cuturi "A" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

pneumatic Hammers cuturi "E"

The Cuturi "E" Air hammer will help you to created those real small details  in your scuplture.  For example if you are carving hair you need the control of small carving tool to give you the results of a nice clean well done hair. It work fantastic with any type of stone. With this Pneumatic Cuturi "E" Hammer  is like if you were carving without the tool. 

pros

•It has a lot of power for the small size hammer.

•You can carve  many materials with the proper air chisels. It is a great carving tool for marble, granite, sandstone, limestone,  alabaster, soapstone and is a fantastic tool for wood carving. Not many artists or sculptors used this great tool for carving in wood but is an excellent tool for that job.

•Hammer Type: Cuturi Hammer Type “E” Patented hammer for engravings and finishes type “E”

•It works at 70 to 90 psi.

•If the air pressure is lowered, you can work on small areas or details. Although it should be said, that in order to achieve this, you must be careful and have had a lot of practice.

•It is a great tool that resists oxidation.  To ensure this, it needs to be cleaned and lubricated with the appropriate Cuturi oil in order to retain its excellent performance.

•Weights 240 g.

•Hits per 1 minute :7200.

•Piston diameter: 7/16inch.

•Tool entry size: 7.5mm.

•The tool must be kept freehand.

•It will support long periods of work without problems (from 8 to 12 hours per day).

cons

•Due to its smaller size than the Cuturi “E”, it is not extremely powerful for doing large work or rough outs.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•The Cuturi "E" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

•You need different  size chisels with a 7.5mm shank.

Cuturi "P"pneumatic Hammer

Pneumatic Hammer  Cuturi P

This is the smallest Pneumatic Air Hammers for stone carving, you will have the control of a pencil for Engraving  any type of stone.  It comes with 3 chisels, is really  for you to start your creations and enjoy the performance  of one of the best tools for stone carving.

pros

•It has a lot of power and control.

•You can carve  many materials quickly with the proper air chisels. It is a great carving tool for marble, granite, sandstone, limestone,  alabaster, soapstone and is a fantastic tool for wood carving. Not many artists or sculptors used this great tool for carving in wood but is an excellent tool for that job.

•Valid for: stone, granite, marble, wood.

•Hammer Type: Patented “P” type pneumatic boom.  The pneumatic boom is supplied complete with three tools: a chisel, a step, and a tip.  In addition to this, it includes rubber and fixings.

•Weight: 90g

•Hits per 1 minute: 8,500

•Piston Diameter: 1/4inch

•Tool entry: 5 mm

cons

•Due to its very small size than the other Cuturi's it is not extremely powerful for rough out projects.

•You need anti-vibration gloves.

•The Cuturi "P" can tire your hands, arms, and shoulders quickly.

•You need an air compressor.

Artistic Sensitivity and Good Tools – A Perfect Duo for a Sculptural and Architectural Carver

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After embarking on this varied tour of the wonderful world of carving, its characteristics, materials, procedures, and tools, we can only confirm that, like any work that wishes to be carried out successfully, we must have the perfect mix of sensitivity, work, guidance and good tools.  

The first two are the part that every apprentice of an art or trade must contribute;  the guidance of an expert in the field and a catalogue of good and recognized tools are the part that this article has offered for those who are interested in venturing into the exciting world of stone and wood carving.

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About the Author Ruben

Colombian Artist
I am a working artist since 1987 in the mediums of Stone Sculpture, Wood Sculptures and Oils painting...

    • I love the Cuturi R Pneumatic Hammers for rough out the main part of the stone sculpture.
      For a medium work my fever is the Cuturi T and for details I like the regular hammer and chisel but if I used a Pneumatic Hammer I like the Cuturi U.
      With thos 3 model you can create any sculpture in marble limestone or any type of stone. Also I will combine with a good selection of chisels with carbide tips or temper steel.

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