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DID YOU KNOW...Soapstone

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The high talc content of Soapstone - sometimes referred to as Kisii stone in Africa - makes it an ideal medium for carving.  Although often associated with indigenous African art, it has been a popular carving stone in many countries for thousands of years including India, China and the Middle East.


Examples of soapstone carvings dating to 5th–3rd millennia BC have been found near archeological sites in Iran and many of the tribes of what is now North America - including the Inuit - carved both daily utensils and decorative pieces in soapstone.