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23rd Annual International Stone Carving Symposium • Camp Suttle Lake • Sisters, Oregon • August 20th - 27th, 2017

About the Symposium and Suttle Lake Facilities

SuttleLakeFieldThe Northwest Stone Sculptors Association is excited to hold our annual Oregon State Stone Carving Symposium at Suttle Lake Camp! This is the 3rd year we are returning to this venue, and it is really starting to feel like ‘home’.
The symposium is open to all levels from beginners who have never carved stone before to the experienced sculptor. Make new friends, renew old friendships and fire up the creative spirit in a rich, supportive environment.
Suttle Lake Camp is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains 14 miles west of Sisters, Suttle Lake Camp is a special place where the vivid green of Western Oregon mingles with the sunny beauty of the eastern part of the state.

Tuition Includes: Accommodations, Instruction & Meals. Symposium tuition includes double occupancy lodging in the lodge or rustic style cabins with brand new semi-private shower facilities with dressing areas. Cots with a mattress are provided, bring your own sleeping bag, pillow and linens. If you prefer more privacy and comfort, there are many hotels and B&B’s located nearby in Sisters.
During the early mornings or afternoons, you might find the time for a swim, paddle a boat across the lake, take a leisurely bike ride or walk along the trails nearby. 

Workshops and Instruction: Our inclusive community will set up a circle of tents to carve, share, learn and be invigorated. From the beginner’s tent to the professional’s tool chest, there are ample ways to advance one’s ideas, talents, and learning.Jade Carving

Jade Carving Workshop:
 There is a limited amount of space in the Jade Carving tent, so be sure to register early! There will be an additional materials fee depending upon the size and quality of jade you select.

Extensive carving sessions are interspersed with informative classes and stimulating sculpting lessons. Field mentors and instructors are available to help guide you through your challenges. Bring your gear (if you are a beginner, we have tools you can use), connect to our power, water and air sources and peruse the tools and variety of stones being carved and available for purchase from our on-site vendors.

Guest Artists and Field Mentors

mjNehalemPortrait MJ Anderson M.J. tells stories, entertains and shows how she begins the dialogue with the material to design, rough out, carve and finish a sculpture. She will discuss the themes behind her sculptures, and how ideas morph from one sculptural form to another.
MichaelBinkley Michael Binkley Michael has over 35 years’ experience working in stone, from conception to marketing and selling his sculpture. He will mentor on the work field and welcomes any questions you may have.
Professor Ida Katsumi Ida Professor Ida of Zoukei University in Japan is a renowned artist who works in bronze, stone, and glass. He is joined by two former students of impressive ability, Makiko Nagano and Mitsuo Saiki. These honored guests are part of a blossoming exchange of sculptural ideas between East and West fostered by the efforts of NWSSA member Kentaro Kojima.
KeithPhilips Keith Philips As the Artist in Residence of the Tenino Sandstone Quarry owned by NWSSA supporter Marenakos Stone Supply, Keith has amassed a lifetime of traditional sculpting methods. He will be sharing his experience with us and discussing hand carving techniques of carving sandstone.
Carl Nelson Carl Nelson Carl has recently been learning the software and hardware to use CNC milling machines in roughing out sculptures. He will offer field demonstrations of this high-tech process.
Uchida headshot Kazutaka Uchida Many of us have come to know Uchida Sensei fondly, and his roots with NWSSA are deep. Uchida retired from university teaching this year, and we are blessed to be with him as he enters a full-time career as a sculptor for the second time. Well known for his monumental sculptures, Uchida will be sharing with us a new facet of his work, jade sculpture.
Deborah Wilson Deborah Wilson As a semiprecious stone, jade has often been used for decorative purposes; Deborah has long been respected for her ability to elevate this material to higher realms of possibility. Her patience and technique produce sculptural forms of the highest aesthetic quality, and she makes it look easy.
 Pat Barton Honoring Pat Barton Pat Barton has acted as the Field Supervisor for several symposium events in both OR & WA States. He is also incredibly clever when it comes to solving difficult problems or making your work space more efficient. NWSSA thanks Pat for his willingness to share his knowledge and creativity.
Dan Michael Tool & Safety Talks Dan Michael of Olympia, WA will display an array of electric and pneumatic power carving tools and methods while explaining safe operation, potential hazards and proper safety protection.
 SuttleLake Beginning Stone Carving NWSSA provides free access to hand carving tools and tables, plus some power tools for beginners to use throughout the week. Instructors Lee Imonen and Kate Ali will guide beginning and intermediate stone carving students to explore basic sculptural form, processes, techniques, and concepts while addressing historical and contemporary issues in sculpture.

Vendors: If you have a special order, please contact the Vendor prior to Camp

Marenakos Rock Center - For your granite, basalt, sandstone, and limestone needs. Also supplying Trow & Holden tools. 425-392-3313 
Bronzestone Bases – Carries a variety of polished bases in granite and other stones. 916-285-5593
Concut Diamond Products - Carries a selection of turbo, cutting & grinding diamond blades and polishing pads. 253-872-3507
Carolyn Anderson – Restore alignment and health to stressed muscles through massage therapy. 360-698-2198
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - A selection of stone and tools from Neolithic Stone & Tom’s inventory. Alabaster, chlorite, limestone, Kansas fence posts and marbles. Tools include diamond blades, cups, burrs, and files. Call for requests and info, 541-912-2197 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Special Thanks to the directors and staff of Suttle Lake Camp, Doug Wiltshire, Rich Hestekind, Kentaro Kojima, Marenakos Rock Center, Concut Diamond Products, Master Wholesale and for their support.

Total Solar Eclipse August 21, 2017 Sisters, Oregon falls within the path of the solar eclipse. The moon will begin to move across the sun at approximately 9:06 am with total eclipse occurring about 10:15 am, then passing over until just after 11 am. Hopefully, we’ll have little cloud coverage!
Sculpture Shoe
Outdoor Sculpture Show Saturday, August 26th, 2017 11 am - 4 pm

On Saturday morning, we will set up an outdoor art gallery. It is a great opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone (experienced and beginners) to bring your finished piece(s) of work to display. Invite your friends and clients to come. Some pedestals are provided, but bring your own if you can. A 30% sales commission supports NWSSA. 
We welcome the public to join in the fun, see artists at work, learn about the stone and tools used to create these 3-dimensional works of art. Rain or Shine!

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Full-Time 7 days Attendance
T-SHIRT Pre-Order $15 (Pay on Arrival)
HOODIE Pre-Order $35 (Pay on Arrival)
Want to Attend Jade Workshop
How many pieces will you display at sculpture walk?
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Part-Time Attendance
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HOODIE Pre-Order $35 (Pay on Arrival)
Want to Attend Jade Workshop
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Student Attendance (must apply for work study)
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HOODIE Pre-Order $35 (Pay on Arrival)
I Want to Attend Jade Workshop.
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