To manufacture soapstone cookware the traditional way, a preformed chunk of stone is fixed to a horizontal mechanical lathe. The stone is then rotated at fairly high speed, while the block gets hollowed out and shaped on the outside with the aid of different iron bars and a lot of patience and skill. A lid made from a preformed disk is then shaped to perfectly fit each single pot. Each soapstone cookware is therefore a unique piece, to which another skilled craftsman will then apply the copper handles.
In this video we show the most rudimentary way of making a soapstone pan. Cookstone, on the other hand, uses modern semiautomatic lathes, which permit a faster, more efficient and standardized production, with a better finishing. But the method is still the same since the Middle Ages: a process that requires the skills of a master craftsman.