Local Soapstone Carver Bonnie Gosse has been teaching the art of soapstone carving to our Grade 3 classes for many years.
Soapstone is metamorphic rock largely composed of the mineral talc. It’s called soapstone because of its soapy feel. Originally soapstone was made into oil lamps, pots, kettles, charms and children’s toys. It’s often associated with Northern Canada and Alaska as the inhabitants of the north have used soapstone for traditional carvings.
View the slideshow of the Grade 3 girls working diligently on their soap stone carvings, with direction from Bonnie.
Bonnie teaches the girls how to make their own carvings: