The Story of Qua Thuan Craft’s Soapstone Heater

Oct 27 2013

Soapstone (also known as steatite or soaprock) is a talc-schist, which is a type of metamorphic rock. It is largely composed of the mineral talc and is thus rich in magnesium. It is produced by dynamothermal metamorphism and metasomatism, which occur

From 2000, a great distance, I was very nervous about thinking that we could fabricate a New Zealand soapstone heater from an untried source of stone with a tight timetable and almost no serious information on the stone in hand. When we landed in Quang Ninh Provine, in fact, acquired a rough cut small slab sample of the stone about 40mm thick and thought there might be a possibility of getting the basalt folks to cut up the two or three pallets of stone for us into workable slabs. After chasing tools and materials for three days prior to the workshop and believing that a soapstone bird in the hand was worth two in the bush, I urged Qua Thuan Craft to just get the stone to the job site as fast as possible and that after looking at it, we would chart a course as to how and if it could be transformed into useable stone for his project. The costs for the unseen pallets of stone were not high and the transport costs seemed reasonable to Qua Thuan Craft.

My favorite stone from the various blocks we worked had a kind of leopard markings quality to it and I decided in my own mind to call it snow leopard. I brought home a piece of it to carve for a friend who is receiving rocks for his heater from all over the world. 

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Handicraft From Soap Stone

The Story of Qua Thuan Craft’s Soapstone Heater