I need soapstone slabs for kitchen countertops. Can't find anyone in the Los Angeles area who knows the subject. I would prefer to buy it locally if possible. I've tried to contact The Vermont Soapstone Company for info (That's where *** **** got his) - via phone but I get a machine and no returned phone calls. I also have a few questions: How do I know it's really soapstone? I was given a sample, but I have my doubts that it really is soapstone. Also, I have read that it should be treated with mineral oil, and that the darkening occurs over time with oxidation. What are the advantages and disadvanteges of using a sealer? Would that hinder the natural process of oxidation?
Any information on care of soapstone and purchasing from a reputable source in the LA area would be greatly appreciated. Desperate! Thanks