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Coast Chronicles: Ready to Rock

Coast Chronicles: Ready to Rock
by Cate Gable

Stone carver Kirk McLean, photo by Cate Gable
I love stones large and small. I have them lining my walkways, in my pockets, cluttering my dashboard and window sills. But the idea of taking a tool and cutting into one to create something entirely mine had not occurred to me, until this past week.

John Lafortune, photo by Cate GableI had the opportunity to visit the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association annual symposium, this year taking place at Pilgrim Firs outside of Port Orchard. This is the 30th anniversary and many of the NWSSA members have been along for the whole ride ( ). I had a vague concept of what I might see, but I was still surprised by the volume of stone dust; the noise of saws, blades and chisels; the miles of cords stringing out across the work field linking the easy-up tents to generators and power sources; and, more than anything else, the welcoming attitude of every single stone carver present. And even as memorable as the carvers are, the stones also stick in my mind.

Olivine, basalt, jade, serpentine, alabaster, marble, calcite, jet, quartz, onyx, pipestone, rhyolite, polymictic breccia! For a poet, just the names of the rocks are magical. To see them first in the raw, then shaped, textured and polished, seemed on the order of alchemy.

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WestSound Home & Garden Magazine

Stone Carvers in Action at Northwest Stone Sculptors Symposium

See this article  as it appeared in Westsound Home & Garden
August 1, 2019 - Featured, People & Places 
Text by Barb Bourscheidt
Photography by Northwest Stone Sculpture Association, Sharon Feeney, and Barb Bourscheidt

Ellie HochmanBeth KreibelStevie Cardinal

A gentle breeze wafts through the tall trees surrounding the cluster of cabins, tents and canopies in the forest not far from Port Orchard. Friendly voices are mixed with the knock and rattle of air compressors and the rat-ta-tat-tat of hammers, drills and chisels — the tools used by stone carvers who turn common-looking chunks of stone into breathtaking works of art.

For eight days each July, about a hundred members of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association take over Camp Pilgrim Firs Conference and Retreat Center to work with stone, commune with nature and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. They camp in cabins, tents and RVs, gathering together at mealtimes in the camp’s dining hall to touch base on the day’s schedule and to catch up with each other socially.

The symposium culminates with an all-day outdoor “Sculpture Walk on the Meadow,” which this year takes place on Saturday, July 13. The Sculpture Walk is open to the public and is an opportunity for stone carvers to show their work in a supportive and appreciative environment, and for stone sculpture aficionados to purchase original work directly from the artists. Symposium participants are asked to bring one or two finished pieces to display, and NWSSA receives a 20 percent commission on sculpture sales.
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PR Outdoor Sculpture Show August 26, 2017


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Outdoor Stone Sculpture Show
August 26, 2017 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Camp Suttle Lake, Sisters Oregon

The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association Celebrates our 23rd Anniversary with an Outdoor Stone Sculpture Show on Saturday, August 26th, 2017 from 11 am - 4 pm
29551 SW Suttle Lake Loop
Sisters, OR 97759

Join over 50 members of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association for an afternoon exhibition of our work on the last day of our week-long Annual International Stone Carving Symposium with an art show at Camp Suttle Lake in Sisters, Oregon. Stone carving is an age old art form that has captured the imagination and hearts of hundreds of Pacific Northwest Artists. In order to bring voice to the stones, we employ a variety of techniques and tools from hand working to large power tools. Chat with Artists from Japan and the Pacific Northwest region to discuss the tools, techniques, and stones used to create their art. Many of the sculptures are offered for sale. Visit with us to learn about and enjoy the wonderful work of this thriving community of artists.

This event is FREE to the public. Families are welcome!

About the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association
NWSSA is a nonprofit (501c3) membership organization serving as a resource for stone sculpture. It develops educational opportunities and provides a support system for all those who love stone.
The Northwest Stone Sculptors Association was founded in 1984 with the purpose of providing access to stone and stone carving tools and to promote stone sculpting in the Northwest. Our first meetings were held in the studio of Fremont sculptor Meg Pettibone, our Founder. Her dream was to revive the dying art of carving stone. Our first NWSSA Symposium was held in 1986 in the Methow Valley on the eastern slope of the Cascade Mountains. We have since grown to include stone sculptors and associates throughout the western US, Canada, and other parts of the world.

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