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    WORKING WITH SOME STONE

    Missed my lathe while I was sipping wine at the ocean so I got busy this morning and started on my shaving set. This is what I have done so far on the soap holder. This is Soapstone. I have to make a jam chuck now so I can work on the bottom. I have the Knot to make the brush and the razor blank. I'm a little concerned how well the Knot will stay epoxied in the brush handle. I don't know if epoxy and soapstone work well together.

    Not a fancy turn, but I'm new at this stone stuff so I'm going simple.
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    That looks great Paul. I can't wait to see the brush.

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    Wow...who'd a thought Is soapstone widely available? That's gonna be cool Paul!
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    that looks really nice Paul.

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    missing the obivious i quess how did you cut it out? to me cutting stone of any kind is tough..so how do you do it?
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    Thanks for the nice comments. I to am anxious to see the rest of it done, but when you go on a vacation there is much to catch up on when you return.

    Soapstone is very soft and easy to turn. I cut the blank with the band saw and turn it with wood turning tools. I turn at a slow speed under 500 rpm. Sand with regular sandpaper and finish with micro mesh. When you turn it it produces a fine powder like talc. Need to wear a mask, I sure much of it would not do you any good. I have no idea if this is the proper way of doing it, but so far it has worked. There is lots of info on the Internet. I purchased my stone from here: http://www.stonesculptorssupplies.com/ There are many other places that carry it. I got great service form these people. I just picked them at random.

    I also have some alabaster I plan on trying some day.

    Good article I just found:

    http://www.woodturningonline.com/Tur...soapstone.html

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    Thank you sir!! Soapstone and alabaster have been a long time "wanna do". You're making it look easy!!
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    Guess I didn't post this on this forum, but this was my first attempt at turning soapstone. Makes a nice pen, but I don't think you'd want to drop it. I love the feel of soapstone.
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    From a pen maker...that's nice
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