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Updated Suttle Lake Symposium Schedule

21st Annual International Stone Carving Symposium,
Suttle Lake Camp "Camp Sisters" Oregon State
Monday, August 24th - Sunday August 30th


Being asked to be the Stone Carving Symposium Director again this year is an honor. Such a fantastic group of individuals sharing and synergizing with one another is an incredible experience. The level of learning not only from our presenters but also from one another is what makes our symposium so unique and real.

The symposium begins on Monday, August 24th and lasts until Sunday, August 30th. Our Presenters this year include Kazutaka Uchida from Japan and Michael Binkley from British Columbia, Canada following the theme of East to West: from Classical to High- Tech.

Date Morning-Afternoon Evening Presentations
Monday, August 24th guest arrival & set-up, Suttle Lake Camp boat orientation, Safety Talk Kate Ali, Michael Binkley
Tuesday, August 25th Rich Hestekind: Creating Space for Sculpture Kazutaka Uchida, Marie Sivak
Wednesday, August 26th Lee Imonen: Tool Making Kentaro Kojima
Thursday, August 27th Honoring Tom Urban Scholarship Auction
Friday, August 28th Mark Andrew, Patrick Doratti
Saturday, August 29th Outdoor Sculpture Show 11 am - 4pm Party!!
Sunday, August 30th Breakfast, camp break-down

2015 Sisters Outdoor Sculpture ShowOn Thursday afternoon, August 27th We are also honoring Tom Urban, whom has given so much to forming and maintaining this unique experience over the last 21 ye
ars. Tom has been a huge part in the synthesis of this Symposium. Without him, many of us would not be a part of this amazing experience.

We will have the beginners tent set up with multiple instructors there to help with first time carvers. 

This year, we are having a “Outdoor Sculpture Show” that will be open to the public. Renee and I are expending time and resources along with press releases from the NWSSA office to market your talents. The Bend area should be a fantastic new resource to show your work and possibly even land a couple of commissions to private or corporate jobs, such as one of the 36 local golf courses in the area.

I hope to see many of your smiling faces there again this year so we can pick up where we left off. Do not forget bring your musical instruments and anything weird and/or exciting to auction off in support of our fantastic Work Study Program!

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Doug Wiltshire
“Camp Sisters” Director 2015
503-890-0749
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NWSSA’s First Time at Suttle Lake, Sisters, Oregon

By Lane Tompkins
Two carvers waiting for the dinner bell

Sometimes trying something new doesn’t always turn out well, so moving the Oregon Symposium from our much loved Silver Falls State Park to a new location caused us more than a little apprehension.

We were told that Suttle Lake on the edge of the Cascades in Central Oregon was lovely. We were even told that the cost would be low enough for us to get 7 days for less than the cost of 5 days at Silver Falls. So those who went did so with big hopes.

Those hopes were more than satisfied. The Kitchen Staff was great to work with and the food was organic and locally grown. There was even a map on the wall showing what came from where.

Though the beds were on the Spartan side, the four-inch think mattresses were in abundance, allowing one to easily double or even triple the comfort quotient.

Kazutaka Uchida with his jellybean sculptureOur tenting area was almost scarily reminiscent of the one atSilver Falls and walking distance between field and rooms and dining hall were quite short, also like Silver Falls. It didn’t take us long to feel right at home.

We had a huge newbie tent with several people who had never, ever carved a stone. With what a will they jumped right into it and began carving. It was thrilling to watch their progress.

And this symposium was our chance to gather in a big circle and take turns thanking Tom Urban for his unfailing 20 years of service to the Oregon contingent. Of course that always includes a few outliers from way up north –Washington, Canada and Montana. (Bless those hardy Montanans who come down every year to brighten up our days and our auctions, bringing cases and cases of Moose Drool Beer from their contact at The Big Sky Brewery in Missoula.)
Walking from lunch back to the field
And speaking of the Auction. Trying to tell you what happened in the auction would be like trying to say what happened during any given three hours in the universe. A lot happened. People were sent to jail and had to be bought out. High-bidders went to the VIP lounge to be fawned over and anointed, too soon replaced by the next big buyer. People worked hard distributing beverages, they also worked hard to outbid someone and then gave the item to the one they outbid. It was fun. It was more than fun. We raised $6,400.

This short account is not all that happened at Suttle Lake. If you want to know that, you’ll have to come next year. I bet you’ll love it, too.

Suttle Lake Symposium 2015

Suttle Lake Stone Sculptors Symposium 
August 23rd - 30th, 2015 - Sisters, Oregon
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New Location!

NWSSA is pleased to announce a new location and extended days (at the same price) for our annual Oregon State Stone Carving Symposium! You may be familiar with "Camp Brotherhood" Symposium in Washington State - We hope you will join us for "Camp Sisters" near Sisters, Oregon for our Stone carving symposium this August! 

Suttle Lake Campground

Stone carvers are invited to convene at the Suttle Lake Campground near Sisters, Oregon for 7 days of sculpting fun. Set up a tent to carve, share, learn and be challenged. From the beginner's tent to the professional tool chest, there are ample ways to learn, get involved,  and connect with other artists.

Carving sessions are interspersed with tool & safety instruction, informative sessions, and on the field mentoring. Field instructors are always available to answer questions. Bring your gear (if you are a beginner, we have tools you can use), we provide power, water and air. S
hould you need them, there are tools and stone available for purchase.

We provide three meals and rooms. In the evenings, artists show their images and talk about their sculpture. If you need a break, hike in the surrounding hills or grab a boat and head out on the lake. In the evening folks can gather around the campfire before turning in.

Stay tuned to our website and facebook page for more details. If you would like to join us this year, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to our mailing list so you will receive notice about our next Oregon State Symposium event!

Silver Falls 2014 - Review

Attendees enjoyed and learned a lot from this year's mix of hands-on carving, demos, and lectures.

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LisaWithHertools

Lee Imonen brought steel and a forge. He gave a hands on demonstration of how to make your own chisels for carving soft stone, gave everyone who wanted to, the opportunity to make their own chisels.

Lisa with her hand made tools in hand. 

 

 

ChieselsAndPneumatics-MattPointingToolDemo-MattMatt Auvinen's experience as a teacher and years of working as an artisan provided everyone with both the details of efficient carving techniques and a broad overview of where they fit into the history of  carving. His presentation on chisels and history on tools used in marble carving (especially the violina) was very good.

He also covered and demonstrated pointing and enlargement techniques. Getting pointing right is the prelude to accurate enlargement. The use of these techniques (and his love of them) in his art is very obvious.

 

Tracy Powell Beginning Class

Tracy Powell welcomed several beginning stone carvers. Introducing them to the various types of hand chisels and by the end of the week to power tools and pneumatics.

 

 

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The evening presentations gave attendees the chance to see the variations in style, approach, and inspiration of the work of Uchida, Matt, Tracy, Ken, and Stewart. They were great sources of information and paring to learn from.

Art and Philosophy at Silver Falls

Art And Philosophy At Silver Falls

by Seth David Friedman

Silver Falls Stone Carving Symposium

To paraphrase Henry Moore, “art is not made out of despair, but a belief in the possibilities of life.” There can be no truer embodiment of this sentiment than Silver Falls Symposium, now in its 20th year.
Kimberly Oliver making a point to our AAC instructor Carole Murphy while Mark Andrew works on his cement kissers.
This was my second year attending, and to be honest, it started with my usual trepidation. Did I really want to leave the joyful solitude of my city-backyard-carving-space and go anywhere else? But Silver Falls is no ordinary place, as this example from 2010 hopes to illustrate.

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