Soapstone Carving Kit Stonebridge Imports designed the perfect soapstone carving kit for beginners! This kit has 6 simple steps that will provide those with little to no experience the tools to carve a 3D masterpiece.This kit includes two natural soapstone blocks, steel rasp carving tool and 4 grit sanding papers: 100, 360, 600, and 2000. Natural hand carved Brazilian Soapstone blocks range in hardness and colour from lightgreen-to-blue to brown. Soapstone is a form of talc called steatite that has been used for thousands of years by many for the beauty of the stone and unique natural properties. Native Americans in both east and west coast travelled long miles in canoes from the mainland to obtain the soft stone, the name it’s derived from its “soapy” feel and softness. It has been used as early as Late Archaic Period (3,000 to 5,000 years ago) for cooking slabs, smoking pipes and ornaments; soapstone has natural properties of heat conduction and retention,can resist temperatures of 1000°C,is bacteria resistant and won’t absorb odours.