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The sculptures on this page are carved by Roorda out of steatite (soapstone, Dutch: speksteen, Mg3Si4O10(OH)2).
This is a relatively soft material because of its high talc content, which has a value of 1 on the Mohs hardness scale.
The material has nothing to do with soap; but it feels a little bit 'soapy' when it is stroked, hence the name. It can easily be sanded and polished. Several sculptures combine polished with rough surfaces.

Click on one of the small photos to go to the associated larger ones.

The large photos:

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