Yay!! I got the kit in the mail today!!
I quickly opened it up and here is what I got...
I received a face mask, a carving knife, two
rasps (files), a small bottle of polishing oil,
three small squares of sandpaper, and three
3.5 x 2 x 1 inch stone blocks: two soapstone
blocks (a light green and a grayish-brown)
and one white alabaster.
The manufacturer's packaging of this kit was
lacking, in the sense that nothing inside the box
was secured...everything just shifting loosely
around in the box. (The smaller items, i.e. tools, etc.,
were at least in a separate plastic bag.)
The stones were loose and had probably been
bumping and scraping against each other for who
knows how long, as there was rock dust powdered all
over everything in the box...and one stone (the brown
soapstone) was broken mostly in half, length-wise,
dividing the block into, basically, two half-inch halves.
(Had it been broken cross-wise, across the width, it
wouldn't have been as bad, because the thickness would
have still been there.)
I had originally planned to try and carve an animal
from the brown block, but now I will have to re-think
what to make of it. I'm considering perhaps creating
jewelry pendants out of it. Not sure yet what to make
the other two blocks into. One might look nice as a
business card holder.
All in all, I'm glad I got the kit and have been watching
enough YouTube videos that I think I somewhat know
what to do. Just hope the stones aren't so brittle
that they break even further.
Oh! And it *did* come with an instruction sheet (if you
can call it that). A piece of typing paper folded in half...
upon which the most meager of directions were written.
Had I not already watched a good number of "How-To"
videos on YouTube concerning stone carving, I would
have been totally lost.
But, regardless...my stone is here and I am thrilled!!