Stone Carving Symposium Registration Open

Northwest Stone Sculptors Association’s 25th Annual International Symposium is Aug 11-18

Community stone carving project is part of the annual Northwest Stone Sculptors Associations International Symposium

This even will be held at Camp Suttle Lake in Sisters, Oregon for the 5th year. Now considered “home” for the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association, Suttle Lake Camp is on the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountains.

The NWSSA continues our tradition of bringing together world-class sculpting masters for unique opportunities to provide instruction and discuss where we are today. From classical hand tools to new high-tech machining tools and techniques, our instructors provide knowledge and inspiration for all attendees.

NWSSA members who register on-line by August 1 will receive $100 discount off the full-time rate at check-out.

Symposia and workshops are a great way for sculptors to learn from one another.

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.

Just as important as the learning is the friendships that are carved at these events. Sculpting is often a very solo event. These workshops offer the opportunity for camaraderie and inspiration.

So what is included in 2019 Suttle Lake International Stone Carving 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 the town of Sisters.

The workshops will vary from the beginner’s tent to the professional’s tool chest.

Carving sessions are mixed with classes and sculpting lessons.

Instructors and “field mentors” are available to help you work through your challengers.

Gear: bring your own, but there are tools that beginners can use. The group provides power, water and air. Stones are also available for purchase from on-site vendors

Some of the special tents/features include

  • Jade Carving Workshop with Steve Sandry (additional material fees will apply)
  • Tools & Safety Talks with Dan Michael of Olympia, WA.
  • Beginning Stone Carving: NWSSA provides free access to hand carving tools, tables, some pneumatic and power tools for beginners. Stephanie Robison will guide beginning and intermediate students.

Instructors include:

A variety of vendors will be available onsite. If you have special orders, be sure to contact the vendor(s) prior to the camp so they can be sure to bring what you want.

Vendors include:

  • Tom Urban – 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
  • Stone Sculptor Supplies – Stephanie Robison will bring a selection of rifflers, files and rasps. Need something special? Visit 
  • Kentaro Kojima – will have available hand carving and masonry tools imported from Japan. 
  • Concut Diamond Products – Carries a selection of turbo, cutting & grinding diamond blades and polishing pads. 253-872-3507 

Other vendors include

Bronzestone Bases – Bronzestone will come for an afternoon with a selection of polished bases in granite and other stones. 916-285-5593 or visit  

and Carolyn Anderson – Restore alignment and health to stressed muscles through massage therapy. 360-698-2198

Please be sure to check out their website which includes details on what you need to bring to the Stone Carving Symposium.