Canadian Soapstone ™

Made in Canada - Mined in Canada

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Food Network's Nadia G and Bitchin Kitchen

Canadian Soapstone recently reached out to Montreal. Nadia G, host of Bitchin’ Kitchen was showing readers around her new kitchen as featured in Food Network Magazine.

The kitchen design along with the Soapstone took on a very modern and bold theme. This counter has no over hang, the intentional design gives a simple elegance. Back splash was slightly upgraded with solid 1 1/4” Soapstone running up the back side of the cabinetry. Using Soapstone on the back wall as back splash makes a strong statement, as marbling/veining starting in the countertop and continue running up the back wall.

Kudos Nadia! You have brought a modern touch and timeless quality into your new kitchen.

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Scotch and Soapstone?

Scotch and Canadian Soapstone? A good combination? We might just have a drunken scotch fuelled rant to convince you.

We started supplying a local artisan, who produces Drink Pucks. Drink Pucks are take on ice cubes made from Soapstone. This creation is in the form of a small puck that will keep your Scotch or beverage of choice cold for up to 30 minutes. The advantage of Drink Pucks are you don’t experience ice melting and diluting your drink.

This excellent gift idea is available for purchase now.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Selecting a variety of Soapstone isn’t an easy choice. We have grow up along side many fabricators who offer different varieties and occasionally try to pass off Canadian Soapstone as something else.

When you’re looking specifically for Canadian Soapstone please ask for a copy of the MSDS, (material safety data sheet), which will verify the authenticity of Canadian Soapstone. Or contact us and we will happily verify any type of Soapstone and ask for a sample.

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but we think you should have the genuine article.

Water spotting, Canadian Soapstone vs. Other Soapstone varities

Soapstone is quarried in many different regions around the globe; the largest exporters of Soapstone being India, Brazil and China.

Soapstone’s most popular characteristics are notably stain-proof, (porosity) and soft touch. These characteristics are affected by the amount of talc within Soapstone.

Our general rule: the harder the Soapstone the less talc it contains. The harder varieties are properly referred to as Serpentine and have significantly less talc than Soapstone. We quarry both Serpentine and Soapstone.

Talc within the Soapstone ensures the lowest porosity (stain proof) possible. Varieties of Soapstone with lower talc content have been known to show water spots. Water spots occur after Soapstone is oiled and water droplets are left dry causing rings or blemishes. We have seen this mostly within Brazilian stone varieties that contain less talc.

How do these blemishes happen? Talc is a natural water repellent and causes liquids to be repelled from a surface. Soapstone varieties with little talc are less hydrophobic or water repellent and more likely to allow water dry and cause blemishes.

How do you tackle these water spots? The simplest method is re-oiling your countertop or take a piece of sand paper and buff out the water spots.


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Water spots on a Brazilian Soapstone
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Canadian Soapstone on an Island

We have yet to install Canadian Soapstone on Gilligan’s Island, but have been asked to install on a few other islands.

Our client requested Soapstone for use as a countertop and we were able accommodate. We assumed that a cottage, as with the majority, is nice little cabin nestled away in the woods. We fabricated stone according to the contractors dimensions and received photos of this “cabin”. The modest cabin was actually a replica of an Algonquin Park Lodge with the largest fireplace we had ever seen.

Watch as we install Canadian Soapstone on an island….