You can carve small alabaster with a riffler file and then sand papers. We
did handheld sculptures in college, veins chip and alabaster ins more
brittle than soapstone.
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Subject: Alabaster carving?
Hey, has anyone tried this? Our woodworking teacher is ordering a boatload
of alabaster--he saw some bowls that were made by using wood-turning tools
(they're absolutely gorgeous) and asked if I'd be interested in going in on
the order with him.
Supposedly it's a soft enough to cut with wood carving tools, but I'm
wondering if that's the case, if breakage is a problem, what about dust
(i.e. should kids wear masks), etc. etc.