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30th Annual International Stone Carving Symposium
at Camp Pilgrim Firs, Port Orchard, WA 
July 8th-15th 2017

The Symposium PilgrimFirsFeild

We invite you to join us at Camp Pilgrim Firs for up to eight full days of playing with stone, communing with nature, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow stone enthusiasts. Bring yourself, your creative energy, your humor, tools, and a favorite piece of stone. If you don’t have stone or tools, we have an entire tent set up for beginners with tools and instructors.
The Camp provides cabins and lodges that are connected by walking paths through the forested grounds and three full meals a day, so you’ll have the ultimate freedom to delve into carving and making friends. Evenings are filled with slideshows, informational talks, a hoot of a fundraising auction, a music-filled final night party, campfires and even nighttime swims in the lake.
Stone and tools are available for purchase by our vendors.

The Camp has two lodges with shared common areas and bathrooms with multiple dorm-style rooms that sleep 3-4 people each. There are 11 duplex style cabins, each with private decks. For those who like to commune with nature, limited space is available for tents or campers.

Sculpture Walk on the Meadow Saturday, July 15th
We’ll host an outdoor art gallery that’s a perfect opportunity to show your work in a supportive and appreciative environment. We encourage everyone to bring a finished piece to display and to invite your friends! Bring pedestals if you have them. NWSSA takes a 20% commission.

Register online (below) or mail the attached form with payment to NWSSA, Attn: Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, PO Box 27364 Seattle, WA 98165

Guest Artists and Workshops

joanne duby Restoration of Stone and Bronze - Joanne Duby
Joanne’s master techniques have been developed over decades of work as a professional stone carver and instructor, starting here in the Pacific Northwest. Her current studio is in Ventura, CA, and she will be bringing her passion for stone, wide range of skills, and vast knowledge of tips, tricks and hints restore your stone and bronzes, from gluing broken pieces and the removal of stains, to the sealing products that work on stone and bronze!
sm HAN4216 Direct Carving -  James Horan
Joining us from Ireland is James Horan. He will discuss with us direct carving; the artist works with the individual characteristics of each stone, feeling out forms and compositions, allowing the stone to inform the finished sculpture. James learned of this process while in art school and has been carving direct ever since. When he carves, sometimes he may have an idea ready in his mind and just starts carving. Sometimes he will set the stone up ready to work and just look at it while working on another piece. Having a stone ready allows him to see the stone, think about it and decide what to do with it.
Deborah Wilson Elegance in Jade - Deborah Wilson 
Acclaimed contemporary jade and granite sculptor, Deborah will be offering a workshop in jade-specific carving and techniques. Her work reflects her love for organic forms and her ongoing interest in utilizing the characteristics that define this “stone of heaven.” A good selection of precut Canadian and US jades will be for sale to create small scale sculpture and pendants.
Class limit is 10 people, so register early and watch your registration confirmation for details.
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Beginning Stone Sculpture - Ruth Mueseler and Tamara Buchanan
One of the most thriving areas of this symposium is the Beginner’s Tent where Ruth and Tamara annually welcome new carvers into the stone carving family with stellar individual instruction. The workshop provides each carver with everything they need; a table in the shade, a piece of limestone, and a wide array of tools to try out, with plenty of safety instruction. 

Ruth is a conglomerate of art education teacher, silversmith, art foundry worker and 26 year stone carving veteran. Her heartfelt work ranges from miniature to monumental. As an instructor, she is thoughtful and will engage you with humor and respect. 

Tamara has been sculpting for over 27 years. Featured in many shows throughout the West, her work has won several awards. She loves sharing the process of carving and has been teaching at her studio on Lopez Island for over 10 years

Workshop and Event  Schedule (subject to change)

Workshop Instructor Days      Event Facilitator Evening
Elegance in Jade Deborah Wilson Mon-Fri   Honoring Our History Rich Hestekind Sunday
Direct Carving James Horan Sun-Sat   Artist Presentation James Horan Monday
Carving Essentials Joanne Duby Sun-Sat   Artist Presentation Joanne Duby Tuesday
Beginner's Stone Carving Ruth Mueseler & Tamara Buchanan Sun - Sat   General Assembly Meeting Board of Directors Wednesday
        Scholarship Auction Al Mangold & Therese Dougherty Thursday
        Dance Party! You, Me & the DJ Friday

Our Vendors

Neolithic Stone - Carries a wide range of sculptural quality stones & tools from around the world. 604-736-5201 or
Marenakos - For your granite, basalt, sandstone, and limestone needs. Also supplying Trow & Holden tools. or 425-392-3313.
Carolyn Anderson’s Magic Fingers - Restore Alignment and health to stressed muscles. 360-698-2198.
Bronzestone - Various sizes of polished granite bases.
Washington Jade - Supplying West Coast jade for sale.

Field Mentors

Most of our members have years if not decades of experience and have worked with various types of stone. If you desire individual guidance or support, field mentors will be available. All parties gain from the experience of sharing information.

Financial Aid
Aid is available for work-study and scholarships. For information contact Cyra Jane, Symposium Director, at 206-406-0711 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Special Thanks

Marenakos, Concut Diamond Products, Master Wholesale

NEW Location!!
Pilgrim Firs Camp and Conference Center is located at 3318 SW Lake Flora Rd, Port Orchard, WA 98367

Work Study positions [Click Here to download form] and Scholarships [Click Here to download form] available!

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Members, Register Early & Save!!   Early Bird Rate of $100 off for full-time attendees (including campers) who Sign up before 11:59pm May 31st
For Online Symposium registration, pick one of the following. Your transaction will be handled on Paypal's Secure Web Servers:

The simplest choice: STAY ALL WEEK! 
Full Week Attendance 
(Before June 1st Choose EARLY BIRD RATES!)
Lodging Preference:
T-Shirt Size
Want to attend jade workshop. Mon-Fri (limited:10 max)
I am a beginner and will use the beginner tent and tools.
How many pieces will you display at sculpture walk?
Preferred Roomate(s)
Special Diet

Member - Partial Week Attendance 
Days to Attend:
Date of Arrival
Time of Arrival
Want to attend jade workshop. Mon 11th - Fri (limited:10 max)
Referred Roommate(s):
Special Diet:


 - Partial Week Attendance

Days to Attend:
Date of Arrival
Time of Arrival:
Want to attend jade workshop. Mon 11th - Fri (limited:10 max)
Referred Roommate(s):
Special Diet: