This is a very large piece of very unique piece of alabaster! It measures app. 8-3/4" long x 4" tall. It is 2-1/2" thick. This is a type of stone where the finished product will have some interesting lines and color in it. If you enlarge the photo, you may be able to see some of these attractive colors. I wet the piece of stone down to make it easier for you to see.
You will find this alabaster is very easy to carve. It is softer than any of the other types of stone we are currently selling on our website. Having soft stone like this, generally is nice when it comes to carving, but we have learned from experience that this type of stone does not stand up as well under intense heat, as the other 2 types of stone. A piece of stone like this, if made into a ceremonial pipe, will likely not survive 100's of years like steatite or catlinite ones can. We have been using this type of stone mostly for animal effigies and other types of carving.
We don't recommend this type of stone for someone who needs a pipe that will be smoked on a regular basis, because it doesn't stand up as well as the red or black. We tell people that if they make or purchase a pipe out of this type of stone, they should only use it on very special occasions.
This type of stone carves best using regular wood files and regular hacksaw blades in our opinion. It will also cut OK using a bandsaw and a sharp wooden blade. It is almost too soft to do any real fine detail work with a knife, (like the horns on a buffalo for instance) because the potential is there for very small or delicate carvings to break off in the process of 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.
Shipping for this item to anywhere in the continental U.S. is $17.00