Soapstone History

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.
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Working with soapstone before 1957. Picture from GTK.

Working with soapstone before 1957. Picture from GTK.

Soapstone quarry in Juuka.

Soapstone quarry in Juuka.

Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

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. Petersburg, Russia. 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).

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


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Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Lake Pielinen, North Karelia.

Working with soapstone before 1957. Picture from GTK.

Working with soapstone before 1957. Picture from GTK.

"White house" valkoinen talo in Finnish was part of soapstone history. It used to be the house of the factory director.

"White house" valkoinen talo in Finnish was part of soapstone history. It used to be the house of the factory director.

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. Petersburg, Russia. Soapstone was used a lot in building.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

Workmen at a soapstone quarry.

Soapstone is easy to work with. Nice relief.

Soapstone is easy to work with. Nice relief.

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.

Soapstone Griddle from Ted Allen on OpenSky---- love this but where the hell would I store this in my tiny kitchen

Soapstone Griddle

Soapstone Griddle from Ted Allen on OpenSky---- love this but where the hell would I store this in my tiny kitchen

Natural slate style back splash in gold tones with glass strip is what I've been looking for. The brown in soapstone helps it tie in. Would look gorgeous with wood cabinets or painted white also.

Natural slate style back splash in gold tones with glass strip is what I've been looking for. The brown in soapstone helps it tie in. Would look gorgeous with wood cabinets or painted white also.

Soapstone counters

Soapstone counters

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