Trades Alive – Shaping Split Boulders


Kyle Miraz walks through the process of shaping split boulders by hand for use in drystone masonry projects.

Watch the Video

Learn how the trail crew at Joshua Tree National Park shape boulders into cubes for trail work as part of theĀ Trades Alive video series. To learn about the initial rough splits, check our our Trades Alive video on Splitting Boulders.


  • Measuring tape and rock crayon/marker
  • Rock Saw
  • Mash or striking hammer
  • Hand wedge or splitting wedge

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Needed:

  • Tight-fitting, half mask or Positive Air Pressure Respirator (PAPR)
  • Ear plugs and/or ear muffs
  • Eye protection
  • Gloves

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