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From the Editors March-April 2019

Letter from the Editors

As we write this, there is still snow on the ground with promises of more to come. But we are a hearty lot and it would be no surprise to learn that many of us are out there carving in snowsuits. Art knows no season!

As if we haven’t had enough of the cold weather, this issue will take us just a bit further north for a visit with long time, Canadian carver, Daniel Cline. Working small or working big, he puts his artist’s touch on everything he does.

Then we head south with a stop in Portland, Oregon to see a show called CROSS+OVER. And, yes, each piece started with a cruciform.

Even further south now, to Art City in Ventura, California, home to our amazing JoAnn Duby, who gives some polishing how-tos we can all benefit from, beginner and experienced carver alike.  

In closing, remember that old adage: Stone may have forever - but we don’t. So let’s get busy out there.

May it ever be so.

Penelope2017Lane Tompkins
Penelope and Lane


From the Editors Jan-Feb 2019

Letter from the Editors

We start off the New Year with a return to a black and white cover. Don’t let that bother you. The Cathedral of St. John the Divine shows pretty well in gray scale. We enter the cathedral at the invitation of Joseph Kincannon who worked for twelve years on the extension of the south tower for that building. His is a story of luck, persistence and creativity; leading him to an ever expanding world of stone carving.

In another approach to sculpture, we are treated to a review of Bob Leverich’s project to produce outdoor granite furniture for high school students. Congratulations, Bob, for the final completion of this work.

Speaking of projects, a fortunate thirty NWSSA members enjoyed a Whidbey Island tour of Hank Nelson’s twenty acre extravaganza he calls Cloudstone. Erin Rants breaks it down for us to begin an understanding of the very long journey Hank has taken to produce the wonder that is Cloudstone.

And we meet a young man at the beginning of his stone adventure, Luke Nalker. The joy in his voice is infectious.

May it ever be so.

Penelope2017Lane Tompkins
Penelope and Lane


From the Editors Nov-Dec 2018

Letter from the Editors


Welcome to the last issue of Sculpture NorthWest for 2018! 

Heading into winter we can look back and enjoy the memories of our two summer symposiums. In this issue Director Doug Wiltshire reminds us of the delightful events enjoyed at Suttle Lake this year.

Those who attended Pilgrim Firs in July, had the good fortune to meet Oliver Harwood. For those of us who missed this opportunity, here is Oliver in our Artist Spotlight. The spectrum of his work is wide ranging: moving from the most delicate of figurative to massive, towering constructions. 

And it’s time for another 1 X 1 X 1 (One Artist, One Piece, One Page). Eun Parker shares her thoughts on one of her sculptures of simple elegance. 

Our Introduction of newer members continues with "Let’s Meet….”  This time we introduce two members: Jessi Eaton from Ashland, Oregon and Grant Bowman from Seattle, Washington. 

Welcome all - newer members and members of longer standing - to this issue of Sculpture NorthWest. Enjoy!

Penelope2017Lane Tompkins
Penelope and Lane


From the Editors September October 2018

Letter from the Editors

We all wait for summer, and even though this one came with higher temperatures than we’re used to, it was wonderful to be able to get out and carve. It helps if you have shade or are carving with water. Fortunately for Dale Blankenship, all of his jade carving requires water. 

If you’ve not seen Dale’s work, you are in for a real treat. He tells us in this issue just how he goes about carving his jade wonders. Look, read and be amazed.

When you read this, our two symposiums will be over for this year. But, if you missed Pilgrim Firs, Cyra Jane Hobson, director for this year’s hullabaloo, gives us a recap about some of the delightful things that happened there.

This issue introduces a new feature, 1 x 1 x 1: One Artist, One Piece, One Page. This column will be featuring artists who may or may not have a large body of work, but who have one piece they would like to feature. They send us a photo of the piece, a photo of themselves and short answers to five questions and voilà: 1 x 1 x 1. To kick off this feature, Julianne Kohn shares her jade octopus pendant and five short facts about it.

We finish up this issue with Tamara Buchanan explaining the Japanese word Dojo and how it was applied to what we used to call the beginner’s tent at Pilgrim Firs.

Stay strong, carve stone and keep hydrated.

Penelope2017Lane Tompkins
Penelope and Lane


From the Editors July-August 2018

Letter from the Editors

Larry Lawlor is from North Bend, Washington, a little town squeezed in between Interstate 90 and the base of 4,000 foot Mount Teneriffe. Though we have happily welcomed Larry at both the Oregon and the Washington symposiums, this is his first time to be featured in Sculpture NorthWest. Though relatively new to stone carving, he has, as you will see, been very busy with his hammer and chisel.

Marching into summer, we have presented the centerfold ad for Peninsula’s Camp Pilgrim Firs, and now we have for you the Central Oregon, Suttle Lake centerfold. Isn’t it wonderful to have choices? And, of course, your choice may be to do both.

George Pratt shares with us another one of his elegant little granite carvings. This time it’s banded neck ducks and a quartz crossed egg in a bronze cup.

A popular painter by the name of Bob Ross, the man with big hair and a television show, gives us inspiration we can adapt for our work with stone.

We finish up with the joy of getting together with friends and filling a pickup with lots of newly made wooden pedestals for sculpture display at NWSSA events.  

Penelope2017Lane Tompkins
Penelope and Lane