I have been planning on soapstone in my new kitchen for years, one of the very first things I knew I must have.
And now the time is quickly approcahing, and I have to figure this out NOW!
I am looking for something with not too much veining or movement, very dark, black or gray but not green. Low-ish maintenance and durable enough for a large bustling family of 6.
So, I am copy/pasting my notes on the many and varied types of soapstone, which I have compliled to helpme as I go to the stone yards and see what I can see here in the Chicagoland area.
I thought I'd share it here, for posterity--it's kind of a compilation of things I've learned here on GW.
It's by no means a complete list, so please feel free to comment and/or add on.
Belvidere--hard, but turns gray quickly?
Church hill--hard to find
green mountain--avail at hummingbird
"We have a large island of Original PA soapstone from Green Mountain Soapstone and 7 months later it looks the same as when it was installed. I don't notice any scratches and certainly no dings. We used the wax they sell as well and have only applied it twice. It is pretty durable for sure and not a hint of green. Green was a no go for me as well."
not santa rita venata--too soft
Old Dominion--hard to find--also too soft
Mariana from walker zanger (shareher's kitchen)