During the 14 years of construction not one fatality occurred. Dynamite was used until only three to six inches of rock was left to remove to get to the final carving surface. At this point, the drillers and assistant carvers would drill holes into the granite very close together. This was called honeycombing.
How Many Years Did It Take to Carve Mount Rushmore?
Carving Mount Rushmore was an ambitious undertaking that required decades of work. Constructed between 1927 and 1941, the massive sculpture of four of the most important presidents in American history is an iconic symbol of the United States. But how long did it take to carve the monument?
The project was first conceived by South Dakota historian Doane Robinson in 1923. He envisioned a massive sculpture that would draw attention to the Black Hills region and promote tourism. In 1925, he wrote to sculptor Gutzon Borglum and pitched the idea of carving the heads of four American presidents into the granite face of Mount Rushmore.
Borglum accepted the challenge and began work on the project in 1927. He was aided by a team of 400 workers, including engineers, laborers, and stone carvers. The workers used dynamite to blast away large chunks of granite before carefully sculpting the details into the faces of the presidents.
The work was incredibly difficult and dangerous. The team worked long hours, often in dangerous conditions. After fourteen years of work, the project was completed in 1941. However, Borglum died in 1941, just a few months before the project was finished.
In total, it took 14 years of hard work to carve