Pennington Geis Photography
My new condo!
May 1, 2011 to Jun 20, 2014
Pennington Geis Photography > My new condo!  > Soapstone counters!
My idea of the ideal kitchen sink was formed when I was a kid and we lived in a house with a soapstone sink. Long after we had moved, that sink remained my mother's favorite sink. I wanted one when I put in a new kitchen in Kansas, but soapstone is pretty unknown in Kansas, and my contractor wouldn't do it.

So finally, I get my dream kitchen sink - and soapstone counters, too!

Unlike most counter guys, who come one day, make a template, go back to the shop to fabricate it, then return to install it, these guys showed up at about 9 and by 4 they were driving away, having measured, cut, installed, and fine-tuned the details all right there on site.

Watching these craftsmen work was the most fun day of my entire project. Great team, pleasant people, clearly had years of experience doing this very thing, but still took time to ask me what I wanted in the details. "After all, this isn't factory made, we're making this right now and we can do it anyway you want it."

When the kitchen is finished, I'll oil the soapstone and it will begin its journey to a rich black patina that will look lilke it belongs in this gorgeous old room. When that happens, I'll add another photo.

In the meantime, you'll just have to imagine my deep pleasure in seeing this stone here in its new home.
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On site, ready for work.


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Measure twice.


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Cut once.


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The first piece, get it right.


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It's all in the details.


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Easy does it


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The last piece, perfect fit.


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The right touch for the finishing touches.


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And here it is -- the soapstone in use, beginning its journey to that deep dark patina,


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I chose the farmhouse mount for the sink to show off that nice white streak -- and to give the plumber room to work behind the sink.


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