Nathaniel Hawthorne was an American novelist and short story writer. His themes often center on the inherent evil and sin of humanity, and his works often have moral messages and deep psychological complexity. It is a short story about a carver of tombstones, who travels and voyages from the interior of Massachusetts in search of professional employment. The narrator's friend expects to transmute marble into silver and gold. The narrator always observes how he makes his work and loses in thoughts. This story plunges the readers in the gloomy atmosphere that can help to think over the human acts. «Chippings with a chisel» is a gripping story that gives food for thought and can touch everybody on the raw.