About a thousand years ago plus or minus five hundred years, rune stones where being carved all over Europe. With a little bit, OK a whole bunch of patience and tenacity you can have one for your garden or a greeting card for a close friend who will really appreciate the gift after they have to move it a couple of times. This is my first "Instructables" so bear with me, here we go
Step 1: Tools
I've got a lot of tools that I reserve specifically for stone carving, but the truth is all you really need is a really big nail, a file to sharpen it with and maybe a big hammer and a small hammer, but lets look at the optimal stuff, the important thing is just start carving.
Step 1 Part 1 The tools
The tools pictured here represent approximately one fourth of those in my stone working kit, it’s ironic that out of more then 100 tools the majority of the work will be accomplished with only two, my light sledge and heavy point. In detailed free sculpture all of them might very well be used
Step 2: Minimum Tools
If you want to buy some stone carving tools this is all I recommend at first, a 1 lb or 1/2 kilo hammer and a medium center point chisel, there's lots of sources for both online, I like "Sculpture House" I got my "Baby" sledge on Okinawa a long time ago and I have no idea if you can still get them.
Step 3: Historical Tools
Historical tools for stone carving in Northern Europe were pretty simple so you don't need to spend a lot of money, start out simple and add as you need to, and you can always use more hammers, there's always something that needs hammering.
The top most chisel phots were proveded to me by Sandy Sempel, from the "Frojel Gotlandica" site