Old Dominion soapstone is soft
enough to be carved. It's placed
on a lathe converted for this use.
A block of wood sized to fit the
jaws of the lathe is glued to the
stone, it is carved with a carbide
chisel and then polished to a fine
finish with diamond sandpaper.
Soapstone is nonporous and
chemically inert , therefore, it
does not require a sealant.
Organic coconut oil is applied in
the curing process performed in a
conventional oven to acclimate
the stone to temperature
changes. Application of oil after
this initial cure is not necessary
and is left up to the discretion of
the owner. Oiling darkens the
stone bring out the natural
patina and serves to hide the
appearance of small scratches.