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One of my grandfather's old customers stopped in to see me.  He brought soapstone.  Of course, my immediate question was, what should I do with this?
 The scientific name for soapstone is steatite.  It is composed mainly of talc, which gives it a "soapy" feel.  Soapstone has been used for aeons and in many cultures.  In fact, it is still a favorite carving medium.  Some of its uses are architectural features, counter tops, coasters, "surrounds" for stoves, sinks, tombstones, ceremonial carvings, bowls, goblets, cooking pots, boxes, vases, paving stones...  If I want to make something, I have a lot of choices.
I just realized that an object I have owned for years is most likely soapstone.  It is a scarab amulet, dyed and glazed, in the Egyptian style.  



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