Find out what we did in 2009 at Silver Falls!!
August 22-26, 2009

Special Guests: Brian Goldbloom  and  Collen Wilson

The Symposium is open to all levels, from beginners who have never carved stone to the experienced sculptor.  This year the symposium will include individualized field instruction by Laura Alpert, Rich Hestikind, Lee Imonen, David P. Miller and Tom Urban. Bring projects you've started, or buy stone on site and get one-on-one attention from the instructor of your choice.  On Tuesday Paul Buckner will be on site to give individualized instruction.  Evening slide presentations will feature work by Brian Goldbloom, Coleen Wilson and Rich Hestikind. The Silver Falls Symposium is a great place to make new friends, renew old friendships and learn more about stone carving in a relaxed, supportive environment.



What to bring:

Plan to bring your own tools. Common tools used to carve stone are air hammers, angle grinders, rasps, chisels, and hammers.  SOme tools will be available for sale on site.


Power and air will be provided. In order to access power you must supply your own 50ft plus 12-3 outdoor electrical extension cord.  For air, you will need a 50ft air hose. Regulators and water traps are also helpful.

Other items include: tarps and buckets to collect rock chips, a shelter to carve under, a workbench and safety equipment (ear, eye, and nose protection)

Location! Location! Location!

The Symposium is held at the Conference Center of SIlver Falls State Park east of Salem, Oregon, nestled in the foothills of the Cascades.  All meals, lodging, work area, air and electricity are provided in this secluded meadow surrounded by tall firs and hemlocks.


If you think you're gona be roughing it, think again.  This is like camping with hotel digs, and thefood is great too!  Symposium tuition covers lodging in a double occupancy room, with shared baths, in one of two lodges. Single occupancy rooms may be available for an additional charge.

Other Recreation

Heated outdoor swimming pool, bicycling, nearby hiking trails, ten waterfalls, and horseback riding are just a few of the things you can experience.

How to Get There

I-5 to exit 253 Hwy 22. Travel east about 5 miles from Salem OR to Silver Falls State Park exit Hwy 214. It is about 20 miles to the park.  Once in the park follow the signs marked NWSSA Stone Carving Symposium.

Silver Falls Map

Vendor on Site:

Stone and Tools by Neolithic Stone

Randy Zieber 604-736-5201