Here we have 7 pieces of steatite or black pipestone.
There is 1 very large one, a couple of medium sized ones, and a few small ones. Just to give you an idea of the size/s of the pieces, I've measured a few and will describe them to you:
The very large piece measures app 9" long and is 5-1/2" tall. It is app 2-1/4" thick.
The square medium sized one corner 3-1/2" x 3-1/2". It is app 2-1/4" thick.
The other medium sized piece is not a uniform width. It would work best to use this piece for small hatchet or tomahawk style pipes... It measures app 10" long. In the center of it, it is about 3" and the width goes from 1-1/2" down to nothing.
The smallest of the 4 small pieces measures app 2" x 1-5/8" and is 1-1/2" thick. These smaller pieces will work to make either personal elbow or plains pipes out of.
These particular pieces of stone came from a purchase we made a long time ago. Since that time, we have found a new supplier that has a much higher quality black pipestone and it's also quite a bit more user friendly. So, we are in the process of closing out this stone and are selling any unused pieces that we have. These pieces are priced right at nearly a 80% discount...because we are trying to close out the supply. I may have enough left to run 2 more sales, similar to this one. (If you're more interested in the higher quality black pipestone, we also have several larger pieces available on this site, as well as the option to purchase 7 smaller pieces.
The stone on this listing will be somewhat harder to carve than the red Sacred Pipestone and probably a little easier to
carve than the harder red pipestone from the private quarries. You will find that some of these pieces will have some pyrites or little hards spots in the stone... It can still be worked OK if you center your file right over those little hard areas and carefully file them down.
This type of stone has been carved into pipes by Native Americans for literally 1000's of years. It holds up exceptionally well to intense heat. Steatite carves the best using a furrier's rasp or other wood carving files. This stone is soft enough that it can be cut with a regular hacksaw or with a bandsaw if you're using a new and sharp blade.
If you are interested in these pieces of stone and have any questions about them, please email us or give us a call. If you have a specific size piece of steatite 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 and if you purchase more these 7 pieces of stone from us, the price of shipping stays at
$17.00, as long as all of the items can fit in one of the U.S.P.S. flat rate boxes.