Been working with cement all this week doing mortared stonework . We are building a bake oven. We are using cement because we don't want there to be holes between the stones and we want the bricks to stick. It is the lime in the mix that makes is very causticky too. It's making my hands and skin very dry. Puts new meaning to being a 'dry' stone waller.
When i look at my hands I see lots of tiny cracks. They kind of make an interesting pattern. When I magnify them thousands of times there appears to be millions of tiny little hands in a complex never ending fractal pattern. If I look closer, all those tiny hands are dry and cracked too.