I have developed this website to help those who are interested in soapstone and the carving of soapstone.

  I am Sandy Cline, and I have been creating soapstone sculptures for over 55 years.

  When I was just starting to develop an interest in sculpture, I was fortunate enough to discover a book on sculpture by Malvina Hoffman. Her writings and sculpture inspired me to pursue the life of a sculptor.

  It was not many years after I started carving stone, that I was induced into teaching a workshop in soapstone carving at the Buffalo Museum of Natural Science.

Since then, I have been passing my knowledge to students throughout Canada and the United States.

    I believe that everyone is capable of carving soapstone. You may already have the picture of what you want to make in your mind. All you need is the stone, the tools and a mentor to show you how to bring it out of the stone. As Malvina Hoffman wrote in her book, "Sculpture Inside and Out", "Sculpture can not be taught, it needs to be experienced".

   Throughout the years I have been teaching sculpture, I find that my students have taught me as well.
They have told me that in watching how my hands work the stone, they can see how they can achieve the desired look they were striving for.

   Remember, you can never make a mistake, you have only changed the design. It is the artist's prerogative to have the ability to change the design to whatever he desires.


   This year I was invited to be part of a coffee table book called "The Artists of Kawartha"


   I have worked with many students in 50 years, but the the most pleasure I was accorded was the opportunity of teaching and working with Ropey Atsiqtaq, a blind Inuit from the Northwest Territories.


   I try to regularly update the New Work pages with the new carvings I have finished recently.


  This is my show schedule; There you can find out where I will be showing and demonstrating in the future. I also try to post photos of the events I have already participated in.

In there, you will also find photos of students work from past classes.


If you have any other questions, just Email me:
Sandy Cline
580 Coon Lake Road,
North Kawartha, Ontario, K0L 2H0

This information has been gathered for those who have carved and those who wish to.

  There are pages for beginners and school children showing how to make Simple Carvings. There you will find instructions for making heart and arrowhead pendants, a simple mouse and a seal. Then there are pages for making more Advanced Carvings.

Sculpter un petit huard nageant  Wir schnitzen einen kleinen schwimmenden Eistaucher
 Sculpter un ours polaire  Anfertigung eines Eisbaeren aus Speckstein
 Sculpter un aigle  Polieren von Speckstein mit Wachs und Oel
 Polissage de la pierre à savon  
Updated Feb 03, 2024