What you'll do
Upon arriving you will be welcomed by me, James. I will introduce myself and invite you to introduce yourself to me and possibly other new people. After introductions, I will tell you all about Soapstone, from where it comes from to how it is transformed into sculptures and artwork. I will show you pictures of the Soapstone quarries and show samples of pre-carved Soapstone, as well as show you some of my finished Soapstone art. Next, I will personally do a demonstration on how to paint, shine, and carve designs into Soapstone. Then you will get to practice painting, shining, and carving on a flat piece of soapstone before receiving your own 6 inch bowl and to paint, shine, and carve designs into. We will break for lunch/dinner, in which I will have a Kenyan lunch/dinner ready for you (most likely beans & rice or Githeri-a mixture of beans & corn). Throughout the entire experience, I will be happy to answer any questions and assist you if you need help on your own bowls. This experience is interactive and hands on, it is NOT just a lecture. When you are finished with your bowl, you will be able to leave at your leisure (and take home your new personally made soapstone bowl).
My name is James and as early as I can remember Soapstone has been a part of my life. I grew up around Soapstone (seeing my family/community making their living off of Soapstone: mining, carving, washing, painting, shining, designing, and selling), in the village of Tabaka (the only place in Africa Soapstone is found, just over 6 hours Northwest of Nairobi), located within Kisii County. When I was a teenager, I too got into the Soapstone business to help support my family and have since made a career out of it. I have been painting and designing Soapstone for 15 years.
A meal will be provided Let me know if you have any dietary restrictions and I will try to accommodate. There is also a…
6 inch Soapstone Bowl Each guest will also get one free 6 inch soapstone bowl to paint/design (gloves/paint/wax/knifes will…
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Where you'll be
This experience will be taking place from within my living room, in my house (apartment complex) here in Nairobi, since Tabaka (where Soapstone comes from) is over 6 hours away. I have a private bathroom within my house too, so no need to worry if/when nature calls. I also have wifi at my house, which is free to my guests, if you wish to use that during your time here.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 6 guests ages 8 and up can attend. Guests should be comfortable using a knife to carve designs (knifes are not super sharp but can carve into stone). Children participants must have a parent/guardian to supervise them and assist them when…
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
Wear clothing that you would not mind getting stained (there is a possibility of paints staining your clothes). My place is located up some stairs and is not handicap accessible, my apologies.
Learn, Paint, & Design Soapstone