This is a very nice piece of the very high quality pipestone. It is from the Pipestone National Monument Quarries! This great stone rarely comes up for sale by anyone anymore, as it is getting harder and harder to acquire. This piece is going to be mostly dark red. There will also be a lighter shade of color that goes into the stone about 3/8"-1/2" I'd say... (on the bottom side)
This piece measures app 8-1/2" long on the bottom and 6-1/2" along the top... It is 4-1/4" tall. It is a very uniform 1-5/8" thick.
This piece of stone is pretty big and a guy could get a couple large ceremonial plains or 4 Winds pipe out of it. It would also work great to make a very large effigy pipe.
In our opinion, this is THE premier carving stone. It is some of the highest quality stone available in the world.
You will find that Sacred Pipestone is a joy to carve. It is softer than most carving stones and will hold exceptional detail. It also stands up extremely well to intense heat, so it's ideal for making ceremonial pipes out of. A piece of stone like this, if made into ceremonial pipes, could easily survive 100's of years if it is well cared for. This type of stone carves best using regular wood files and regular hacksaw blades in our opinion. It will also cut great using a bandsaw and a wood blade. It is soft enough that it will carve great with a regular pocket knife if you want to do some real delicate and detailed carving.
If you decide to purchase one of our pipe blanks or pieces of stone we want to see you follow through and complete your pipe or carving. We make ourselves available to answer any questions that might come up while your working on it. We can often provide little helpful hints if you run into a "snag" of any kind.
If you are interested in this piece of stone and have any questions you'd like to ask before purchasing it, please email us or give us a call. If you have a specific size piece of this type of stone in mind you can also Contact Us and we will gladly see if we have something on hand that will work for you.
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