Soapstone History
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Mother Earth created something wonderful in the heart of the Karelian mountains (Juuka, Finland): soapstone. Later humans discoved this magical material that is heavier than other rocks. It could be carved into magic tools, axes and artefacts. Nowadays it is used for fireplaces since it has a great ability to retain heat and then release it gradually. Soapstone is also a great building material.
Working with soapstone before 1957. Picture from GTK.

Working with soapstone before Picture from GTK.

Soapstone quarry in Juuka.

Soapstone quarry in Juuka.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Valkoinen talo "white house" during winter.

Valkoinen talo "white house" during winter.

Picture from the quarry.

Picture from the quarry.

Nice view from the "white house"  valkoinen talo to the village of Nunnanlahti.

Nice view from the "white house" valkoinen talo to the village of Nunnanlahti.

A stoneworker at the soapstone quarry.

A stoneworker at the soapstone quarry.

Soapstone was shipped from Pielinen through Saimaa to St. Petersburg, Russia. Soapstone was used a lot in building.

Soapstone was shipped from Pielinen through Saimaa to St. Soapstone was used a lot in building.

Soapstone was taken to the lake through rails that are seen in the photo. (Nunnanlahti, Juuka, North Karelia).

Village of Nunnanlahti, Juuka, North Karelia back in the days.

Village of Nunnanlahti, Juuka, North Karelia back in the days.

Soapstone was taken to the lake through rails that are seen in the photo.

Soapstone was shipped from here beside a sauna on the lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Soapstone was shipped from here beside a sauna on the lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

museo1_RGB.jpg image by Tulikivi - Photobucket

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