About the Kits

 

Choose from 26 different animals in Small, Medium or Large. Everything you need to complete the kit is included! Each kit contains 1 soapstone animal, 3 stages of sandpaper, 1 tube of finishing oil, and instructions. The Medium and Large kits contain a rasp.

 

Small 2D kits are all rated Easy.

Contents: 1 soapstone animal, 3 stages of sandpaper, 1 tube of finishing oil, and instructions.

Great for Ages 5+.

 

Medium 3D kits have individual difficulty ratings.

(Easy, Medium & Hard)

Contents: 1 soapstone animal, 1 rasp, 3 stages of sandpaper, 1 tube of finishing oil, and instructions.

Great for Ages 8+.

 

Large 3D kits have individual difficulty ratings.

(Easy, Medium & Hard)

Contents: 1 soapstone animal, 1 rasp, 3 stages of sandpaper, 1 tube of finishing oil, and instructions.

Great for Ages 12 to 99.

 

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About Us

 

We are a family business and we create do-it-yourself soapstone carving kits for all ages! We believe anybody, at any age can carve soapstone. We have assembled kits with animal shapes based on Canadian animals. The shapes have been roughly outlined so it gives you a starting point.

 

For 10 years, we have been teaching soapstone carving for the Edmonton Public School system. We are also invited to teach soapstone carving at many camps and other organizations.

 

We offer our kits for sale through select retailers. For a retailer near you, please see the Retailer page.

 

What is Soapstone?

 
Soft, No Grain, Easy to Carve.  Colour tendency: Dark Green to Light Brown & Mixes

 

Because soapstone is easy to carve, it is a very popular stone for beginner carvers. It can even be scratched with your fingernail! Pretty much any tool can be used to carve soapstone, including sandpaper, files, rasps, chisels, gravers and power tools.  After the carving and sanding is complete, we use Tung Oil to polish the finished sculpture. Stone colors vary and will come out during final polishing.

 

Soapstone has been a carving medium for thousands of years, historically used by the Inuit, Native Americans, Vikings, and many other cultures in places such as Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America. In Brazil— especially in Minas Gerais— due to the abundance of soapstone mines in that Brazilian state, local artisans still craft objects from that material, including pots and pans, wine glasses, statues, jewel boxes, coasters, vases, etc.

 

Also known as steatite or soaprock, soapstone is a metamorphic rock, a talc-schist. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is thus rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphism and metasomatism, which occurs in the areas where tectonic plates are subducted, changing rocks by heat and pressure, with influx of fluids, but without melting. Soapstone can absorb, store and evenly radiate heat due to its high density and magnesite content.

 

Our soapstone is Certified Asbestos Free!

 

Did You Know?

 

Soapstone can be used to create molds for casting objects from soft metals,

such as pewter or silver. The soft stone is easily carved and is not degraded by heating. The slick surface of soapstone allows the finished object to be easily removed.

Soapstone has been used for many years by seamstresses, carpenters, and other craftsmen as a marking tool because its marks are visible and not permanent.

It has also been used as a component in baby powders and antacids.

Soapstones can be put in a freezer and later used in place of ice cubes to chill beverages without diluting them.

Soapstone Color Range

 
Soapstone Cut Out                 Carved and Sanded                          Oiled

Brazilian soapstone has the greatest color range in the world. When it is in its raw from, it looks a dusty grey white color. The color then comes out after the carving is shaped and sanded, once oil or wax is applied to the surface. This is the best part of the experience of soapstone carving! Due to that, we cannot pick you out an exact color. It is a total surprise once you are done carving.