Hi, Soapstone has been a round longer than the T. And it had some uses for a long time, even when the T was new. So Iam looking for some help carving Soapstone. I want to make a cooking pot out of one. The local Yokodo Indians use it and I want to try also. So has anyone carved Soapstone and what tools do you use? Thanks, Scott ps There are no living Yokodo Indians today
It is fairly soft. Any sharp steel tool will cut into it. A corundum disc on a drill will cut into it with ease. The natives used flint scrapers.
Make the bottom about 1-inch thicker,mount it on a lathe and have fun.
If you're going to work with Soapstone remember that it is also called serpentine, which is the natural source of asbestos. Personally I'd stay away from it, but if you go ahead with your plan be sure to wear appropriate protection to prevent inhaling the dust. Over time it will kill you.
Here's some soapstone in our kitchen.
Thanks guys for all the info. I will keep a fan behind me while I work the stone and gloves on, Scott
The fan will probably help, and I guess gloves are a good idea, but remember that asbestos is harmful when inhaled. Touching it won't hurt you. Ingesting it won't hurt you. It's when you breath in the fibers that causes damage.
Also, if you're gonna use a fan, I'd be attentive to what's downwind.
Just my $0.02 worth.