In the heart of Virginia, at the base of Walton's Mountain lays the historic
town of Schuyler, Va.. This little town grew by supporting the soapstone
quarry which was Nelson County's largest employer at one time. Earl
Hamner's father worked there, before it was closed due to the depression.
Today the John Boy's of the 21st century mine and mill some of the most
beautiful soapstone in the world. Visit their website @ The Alberene Soapstone
I was introduced to the art of carving Soapstone on a lathe by Sherman
Gingerelli, a resident artist of the quarry in 2004. Sherman was a wood
turner who adapted his lathe to turn Soapstone. I don't know whether he
invented the concept of turning Soapstone, but he is renown as the
cornerstone of the art in Virginia, always open to share his knowledge with a
Today, I enjoy turning Soapstone out of my home studio in Fishersville, Va..
Visitors are always welcome.