Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC)

Stone Drill Bit

Drills are an important part of any builder’s toolkit. Before metal, stone drill bits were chipped from hard, fine grained stone, attached to a shaft, and spun very fast to drill a hole. Holes were drilled in many sizes and for many purposes, such as lashing together bentwood cedar boxes. The tip of the white stone drill bit pictured here, from Qithyil, measured a millimeter in diameter.