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Pipestone Block-Steatite (Black)

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Steatite (often called Black Pipestone)

Steatite is light gray in color which when carved and polished with beeswax or oil becomes a deep rich black color. Although it's colloquially called "black pipestone" it is not Catlinite and is a type of soapstone.

This type of stone has been used for carving pipe bowls and other craft items by Native Americans. It holds up well to intense heat. Steatite is soft enough to be cut with a hacksaw or bandsaw & carves best using a rasp or other wood carving files.

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