When you have the particular type of stone that you want, in order to begin a stone sculpture, you are ready to begin the sculpting process. The sculpting process has a few steps, and each step requires you to be more precise than the previous step. For now, the focus will only be on the first step of this process, which is known as roughing out.
Roughing out is the step where you remove the most amount of stone from your stone sculpture. In order to do this, you can use a point chisel, a pitching tool, and/or a mallet. Each tool is useful for knocking off large chunks of unwanted stone because of their solid makeup. Since that is the case, they can also cause a lot of damage if they are not used properly. A lot of times, a stone sculptor who is not careful can actually damage the stone, and they need to start sculpting all over again with a new piece of stone.
So even though the roughing out process seems like a step that doesn’t need too much precision, that is far from the truth. You need to be as careful with roughing out as any other step in the sculpting process. After all, if you damage the stone from the beginning, how do you expect to ever get to the final step?