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President's Message March-April 2018

From the President.... 
CarlNelson2017

NWSSA is now officially an Amazon Smile charity. This means if you go to smile.amazon.com on your way to buy something from Amazon’s web site, and tell them Northwest Stone Sculptors Association is your preferred charity, they donate a half a percent of the value of your purchase to NWSSA. If you are familiar with their program, consider NWSSA every once in awhile. If you have never used Amazon Smile and if you sign up for their Smile program from March 12 to 31, 2018 Amazon will give 1.5% of your first purchase to NWSSA.

The Seattle Flower and Garden show had a great turnout! Thanks to all who brought pieces for the unexpectedly larger booth size. Monika Hawkinson, Nicky Oberholtzer, and Pat Barton pulled it together and you volunteers made it happen.

If you would be interested in helping coordinate and setup next year’s Flower and Garden show, contact Pat Barton. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) It’s a great way to spread the word about stone sculpture to the public and hang out with some of your fellow carvers.

One more step forward on Marymoor Park in Redmond. We have preliminary engineering drawings for precast bases that can hold 6000# at a height of 4’, or an 8’ x 2’ x 2’ stone sculpture. We have preliminary pricing and will be working with King County on our next steps. Thanks to Ben Mefford for moving this forward. Think about what you might want to display at Marymoor. Let our two symposium directors know if you’d like a session on large works while you are at the symposium.

Pilgrim Firs: Cyra Jane Hobson - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Suttle Lake: Ben Mefford - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Speaking of symposiums, registration for Pilgrim Firs, July 7th to 15th 2018, is up on the web site. Sign-up before May 31st and get $100 off your registration.

I received news that the large outdoors works display at Kubota gardens will not occur this year, so all the more reason to think about having something ready for display in Redmond.


Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many.…
…Carl

President's Message Jan-Feb 2018

Hindu Temple Columns, photo by Carl Nelson

From the President.... 
CarlNelson2017

Ed. Note: As we go to press, Carl Nelson is in India. In place of his regular column we include a photo and caption from his travels.

I have learned from my Mediterranean travels, that when a conqueror who brought a different culture to a new land, and wanted to erect temples, he recycled and repurposed material from structures already there.

Here are the recycled columns from Hindu and Jain temples that were used in 1192 to build the first mosque in India. Because Islam does not allow images of people, if you look closely, you can see where the images on the stone columns have been erased.

Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many.…
…Carl

President's Message Nov-Dec 2017

From the President.... 
CarlNelson2017

Hope the fall months have been inspirational and you have been productive. The unexpected warm days have allowed me to get more outside work done than I had anticipated. On one of those warm days, I went to Corky’s olivine quarry, for an especially fun adventure. Corky is looking forward to what is carved from the large pieces of olivine that were taken from the quarry. In thanks for his generosity, if you are working on a piece of olivine, from his quarry or not, send him an email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) with photos of your progress.  

Now that the rain has started I’m reading a bit more and learned a new concept: experiential blindness. The essence is that our brain is rewired as we experience sensations and we become unblind to the world as we build concept (brain wiring) experiences to predict the perceptions we will have in the future. Each stone surface and form you create removes the blindness to the experience of stone and each stone becomes more familiar.This winter, sometime between late February and early April, if all goes well, NWSSA will hold a weekend workshop at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend about “Viewing Sculpture” and provides experiences and thoughts about perceiving sculpture.Pedestal engineering for the Marymoor park pedestals has begun. Women’s hand carving retreat is also moving forward, Ellie Hochman says there will be a fundraiser for it so stay tuned to the list serve and facebook.

Also, keep the Flower and garden show (Feb 7-11th 2018) in your sights. Monica Hawkinson is looking for NEW small and medium works that show the full range of our members’ work. She has also asked for a NEW “big piece” or two, to create a focus. Contact her if you have something that might work, it’s only two months before you will have to have something ready for it.

Carve Proud, Learn Much, and Share with Many.…
…Carl