DURABILITY AND STRENGTH
also known as steatite, is not only a hardwearing stone but is also
highly versatile, of great aesthetic beauty and can be put to many different
uses. Its strength and durability can be likened to marble whit the
advantage of being ovenproof and resistant to very high temperatures.
These features make it the ideal choice for both interior an exterior
applications. However, it should not be confused with talcstone and
altogether weaker and more fragile stone used mainly for adornments.
Brazil, we immediately associate soapstone with Mineiro Boroque. In the
hands of mastercraftsman “ Aleijadinho” – the little
crippled one - the stone was immortalized in the shape of church decorations
and single sculptures. Christ the Redeemer in Rio, one of Brazil’s
best known scenes is totally lined in a soapstone mantle.