You’re building a retaining wall and taking your time. You’re probably taking too much time, but you’re getting the foundation just right because the wall will be dry-stacked and that’s already a challenge enough. You’ve almost finished this first layer of the the fifty-foot winding wall and while most of the Silver Strike quartzite is smooth on each side, few pieces are flawless. After all, you did have six tons of it gathered up on a truck that drove all the way from the Rocky Mountains of Idaho. Now, according to your four-foot level and your two-foot level and your six-inch level, the stone you’re currently placing is just about set. But you notice a patch, a slight high spot that may make things difficult later on. It doesn’t look like much but it’s obvious to the touch and you need to knock it off. So you move the stone out of alignment, for clearance, and you grab the Trow & Holden hand point that you ordered from Vermont after looking for chisels in person to no avail. It doesn’t look like much but it’s a solid two pounds and has a carbide tip. With your left hand, you position the point on the edge of the raised area and strike it with the two-pound hammer in your right hand. It makes a high-pitched cling and you wonder about the neighbors but you feel justified in this endeavor. Your wall is going to outlast them anyway. After a few calculated strikes a three-inch piece pops off, easy, like it had been loosely glued down. You pick it up and turn it in your hand. The mica in the stone sparkles. The shard is so thin that you won’t even use it for a shim but you still save it in a bucket. You take the hand point off the ground and set it aside carefully. You remember that it cost you $70, and how that felt like an indulgence at the time. But it’s exactly the right tool, so you know it was a steal. 