Soap Stone Carving

As part of their cross-curricular studies, the students in divisions 1, 8, 9, and 10 enjoyed soap stone carving, which was a big part of the Inuit culture.  Soap stone is not actually made of soap; it is one of the softest rocks and is “quite malleable,” said Charlie from Ms. Mazinani’s class.  It’s called soap stone because it’s slippery when wet and is as fragile as your finger nail, allowing you to carve it easily.  Jude in Ms. Russel’s class said, “I liked how I got better at carving”.  Harneet said she liked seeing the different colours and patterns when they were finished carving.  The students put a wax coating on their carvings and polished it with special sandpaper.  The students chose what west coast animal to carve and enjoyed the creative process from start to finish.

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