I was originally going to ask this question on Earth Science, but I figured this question had to do with asking how stones and large rocks are shaped for a given purpose.

The title of my question is:

What kind of tools are used in today's era to carve stones or large rocks in masonry?

  • Sounds like a list question, which is off-topic on most or all SE sites. Jun 27, 2018 at 13:22
  • I had the same concern as @S.L.Barth, and almost mentioned that in my answer; for now, I'm assuming your question body will have more details about a specific situation.
    – SOLO
    Jun 27, 2018 at 13:26
  • I'm not sure what you mean by a list question. Could you explain what that means, and why it is off-topic on most or all SE sites? Thanks! Jun 27, 2018 at 13:29
  • This is an old post, but still pretty good: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/158809/…
    – SOLO
    Jun 27, 2018 at 13:41
  • A list question is a question that asks for a list - like "all countries where X". Asking for a list of things, for which a certain property holds - is quickly a question that is too broad. (The shopping list question, in @SOLO's link, is a special case of this). Even "all tools used in today's era for doing X" may quickly result in a list that is longer than a Stack Exchange answer can support, as a good answer will not just name the tools, but also show them and have a short explanation how each is used. Jun 27, 2018 at 14:09

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My first thought for this is Home Improvement SE, also known as DIY SE. Building-related stuff is on-topic there. There's even already a masonry tag there.

I think you're right to avoid Earth Science; that site is more about stones from a natural/geologic perspective.

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