Early in my career I carved in wood and
later while living in Rhode Island I carved in granite which I found along the shore of the ocean. This year I returned to carving with a new medium soapstone.
The process is rewarding ,yet time consuming.
The oldest soapstone carvings date back more than
3000 years ago. The Ming Dynasty saw the height of
soapstone carving. From China the medium spread to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Inuit artists originally carved in whale bone. From 1940 -1950 soapstone became a popular medium and was encouraged by the Hudson Bay Company and the Canadian government.