The technique of splitting or “riving”, is the main stage of the various processes required to work and prepare slate for different uses, from construction to design. Unchanged over the years, this special technique is practically unique and has been performed in the same way for centuries. Even today, in fact, the slaters of Liguria called ‘spacchini’ or ‘splitters,’ work with the same tools as yesteryear, using expert gestures to reveal the splendid material which gives a unique and exclusive appearance to both exteriors and interiors, roofing and cladding.
The ancient art of the ‘slate splitter’
After docking or cutting large blocks and obtaining the pieces of slate to be split, the slate worker places them between his knees and, with the aid of a cleaving hammer and chisel, cleaves or splits the stone into increasingly thinner sheets. Separating the sheets in this way becomes progressively more and more difficult, down to the last possible split within the limits of resistance. Each sheet is unique. This ancient craft is perfectly integrated with the most advanced and innovative techniques used to work stone.
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