May I please jump in with more accolades for the wonderful Joshua and Mimi? All the local soapstone advice I got was completely clueless. Luckily, I had done enough reading on my own to know they were full of BS, but I had no idea what to do. Then, I lucked into finding Joshua at Creative Soapstone. He was only about 3 hours away from me, but if I had known then what I know now, I would not have hesitated to fly him from wherever in the world he was to do my counters.
My GC and cabinetmaker were both skeptical about my choice of soapstone, because they had heard from all the same clueless local people I had. When they saw him at work, though, they raved about him. They said he was one of the best craftsmen they had ever seen. Throughout the rest of the job, I would catch them caressing my countertops in admiration. 🙂
I did as suggested and spoke with Joshua who is, as you all know, spectacular. I learned all kinds of things in speaking with him.