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NWSSA Testimonials

Let's Meet Luke Nalker

Editors’ note: In the spirit of connection, and because our 2018 Symposiums are over and there is not as much opportunity to get together during the rest of the year, we’d like to use the Journal to introduce ourselves to each other. Each issue will have a photograph of one or two newer members and how they heard about the NorthWest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA.) 

How did you hear about NWSSA?

luke nalker

I discovered NWSSA when visiting the Seattle Japanese Gardens where they were hosting a soapstone carving class. I took a flyer and later checked out the website where I was excited to learn about the upcoming symposium at Pilgrim Firs. I needed a vacation badly, and I thought, "What better way to release stress than hammering stones in the woods for a week?" It turned out to be much more than I expected. I'm very thankful to have found "my weirdos," a community of the most kind, sharing and generous people I've ever met, who introduced me to a new passion in life. I'm excited about seeing everyone again next year!

Luke Nalker


 

Let's Meet Grant Bowman

Editors’ note: In the spirit of connection, and because our 2018 Symposiums are over and there is not as much opportunity to get together during the rest of the year, we’d like to use the Journal to introduce ourselves to each other. Each issue will have a photograph of one or two newer members and how they heard about the NorthWest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA.) We begin the new “Let’s Meet…..” feature with Jeremy Kester.

How did you hear about NWSSA?

Grant Bowman

"In April of 2017, the pop-up stone sculpture gallery "SKULPT" came to Oak Harbor. I was on a road trip with my now fiancée exploring Whidbey Island and by sheer chance, stumbled upon the gallery. At first, I remember being enthralled with the different types of stone and simply trying to identify each rock. It was not until I saw the "Voice of God" (by Lane Tompkins), with twenty different mouths carved into it, that my own mouth dropped. I asked a rather rambunctious Canadian man, John Lafortune, how the piece was made. Four glasses of wine later, I walked out with a soapstone bear carving kit and a promise to attend the Camp Pilgrim Firs Symposium. Two years later I now look back on that serendipitous day and am filled with gratitude, for not only did I discover a new love, but a new family."

Grant Bowman

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... Jeremy Kester

Let's Meet Jessi Eaton

Editors’ note: In the spirit of connection, and because our 2018 Symposiums are over and there is not as much opportunity to get together during the rest of the year, we’d like to use the Journal to introduce ourselves to each other. Each issue will have a photograph of one or two newer members and how they heard about the NorthWest Stone Sculptors Association (NWSSA.) We begin the new “Let’s Meet…..” feature with Jeremy Kester.

How did you hear about NWSSA?

Jessi EatonI first heard of the NWSSA from Joseph Kincannon who I apprenticed under and worked for in Austin, Texas. Joseph was presenting and teaching at the 2018 Suttle Lake Symposium and, knowing I now lived in Oregon, he invited me. I had never heard of the NWSSA nor did I know that such groups existed. I attended the symposium trepidatiously having never spent an extended period of time away from my two young children, and I was blown away by the kindness, talent, and camaraderie I experienced. This made the week fly by. I am currently in the process of setting up my carving studio in Ashland and am excited to be a part of such an incredible group of carvers. As the T-shirt I bought at the symposium says, "I found my weirdos" and I can't tell y'all how happy I am about it!

Jessi Eaton

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... Jeremy Kester