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Pick Your Stone: Soapstone

Name: Black venata (Brazil)

Highlights: Dense and acid-resistant. No sealing required; can be treated with mineral oil to darken color. DIYers can cut it with woodworking tools. Soft and easy to scratch; buff scratches out with an abrasive pad.

Price: About $25 per sq. ft. (uninstalled);
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