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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

Tuesday, November 24 2009

Nothing gets people in the Christmas spirit like an old-fashion, "Kick-off-the-Season" small-town, holiday parade. The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors just such an event each year.

This year's theme was "A Rock 'n Roll Christmas"-- which, of course, means that anyone attending the festivities could expect to see at least one Elvis

(but probably several)

Local small businesses are encouraged to set up booths with decorations and give-aways to spread holiday cheer to the townsfolk. With a theme like "Rock & Roll," we just couldn't resist participating in the festivities.

We went all out with the "rock" theme. We gave away cookies and candy. Specifically, "Rock" candy and Tootsie "Rolls".

We also gave away a door prize-- this snazzy little tree shown above, decorated with all things edible--Pop Rock ornaments, Chocolate Rock mulch around the base,...and Crystal Rock Candy on a stick as the tree topper.

Then we got all creative building a festive tree out of granite and limestone blocks with faucet-finish samples as the ornaments...

...and a Choo choo train made out of soapstone scraps. (The wheels are made from salvaged faucet hole cutouts!

Here are some of the highlights at the parade:

The local Veterans in uniform.

A heavy metal "rocker" handing out goodies to the children,

A horse-drawn wagon. (Old-fashioned transportation)

A Harley gang (New-fangled transportation)

Your token tractor trimmed for the season. (Notice the jute box & LP's)

Vinyl LP records were a popular decorative element, this year.

There's the Batesville High School marching band.

And look, on the side of that spiffy van, is an exquisitely wrapped parcel-- "why, it's a gorgeous, gift-wrapped, slab of soapstone. (How clever!)

And a "package" of Purple Dunas granite on the other side of the truck.

We'd like to take this opportunity to extend this message to the people of Batesville and beyond: "We hope you all have a Rockin' Holiday Season!"

Posted by: Marlene Wukusick AT 02:33 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Friday, November 06 2009

To most individuals who are familiar with soapstone, the material conjures up images of kitchens described as shaker-style, farmhouse, rustic, casual, or country.

(from The Stone Studio)

Just once, I would love to have a client who requests a soapstone kitchen that is none of these. Don't get me wrong--I love rustic and casual (the kitchen pictured above is one of my favorites!) but a soapstone kitchen can be so many other things as well!  I guess I think it would be great if someone would ask me to design a kitchen using this beautiful, natural material without the limitations of sticking with "the expected." (...craftsman-style cabinets, wood plank floor, apron sink)

I suppose every designer has the dream of creating something new and unusual--a space that is unique, surprising, interesting...unexpected, but still beautiful.

Imagine using a rustic-looking material like soapstone in a sleek, modern space.

It's been successfully done before.

(Photos courtesy of Signature Kitchens magazine)

At least a few times...

(Photo courtesy of

How about a very detailed kitchen countertop fabricated from soapstone.
Christopher Peacock, the popular kitchen designer, uses soapstone in many of his formal kitchen designs, like the one pictured below.

(Photo courtesy of

Here, the soapstone island has a very traditional shape with crotched corners. Not the simple, rectangular island one expects to see when using soapstone.
Notice the edge detail on the stone in this kitchen and the intricate mouldings elsewhere in the room--all contributing to the easy elegance and formality of the space.

This sample of a double laminated edge was fabricated in our shop. (below) As you can see, soapstone looks really awesome with lots of detail, yet edges like these are seldom used on the material known for its simple charm.


Wait until you see my soapstone island!  (coming soon, I hope.)

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Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

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20157 Five Point Road, Batesville, IN 47006
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