This speckled elephant has been hand carved from the Kenyan soapstone. The talc in soapstone is soft to touch, hence the name. This little guy would not only make a colourful ornament for your sideboard but would also make a great paperweight for the office!
Most of the worlds soapstone originates from Kisii in the western highlands of Kenya and so is home to the best soapstone artisans and carvers. Before starting work the stone must be immersed in water to make it softer and therefore easier to work with. Using a hammer and chisel the main shape is carved out and colour then added. A smaller knife, known as a kisu, is then used for the engraved design or illustration.
Every item is unique so patterns and colours will vary.