From Outgoing President Gerda Lattey  Gerda

Hey there NWSSA’ers, I’m very pleased to announce that Carl Nelson has been voted in as our new President! He’s got lots of time now and great enthusiasm for this organization so please lend him your support in whatever way you are able.

A big thanks to the board, both past and present. We have been a great team and it has been an honour to work with such fine, clever people. I’ve really enjoyed being at the helm of NWSSA this past 4 years. Thanks for all your support and encouragement. Keep moving forward!!


From the newly elected president Carl Nelson...  CarlNelson
I am very excited about taking on the presidency of NWSSA. It’s an outstanding organization that over the years has brought together an inspiring and awesome collection of carvers focused on shar- ing their hard-won skills and wisdom about stone and art. There have been so many outstanding volunteers and I am grateful because your efforts have created an organization that continues to involve others and makes NWSSA a place to learn and share.  
We want to hear from you. You can contact a board member by going to:
I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many of you at the symposiums about the association and would ask when you see me to continue those conversations. For those I have not spoken with, drop me an email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts about how we can be a better association, I’d love to meet you for coffee, or better yet to visit your studio.
In the coming year, in addition to making certain we continue the success of Camp Brotherhood and Silver Falls, we will be sponsoring half to full day regional workshops to bring together small gatherings of our members to do or talk about things of value to them. I have heard ideas like: building your own pedestals, tool sharpening, what’s in the river, working edges and surfaces together, and carving erotic forms. Early September we will send out an email (and post on Facebook so you can do it from any web browser) a link to a survey (SurveyMonkey), asking you for your ideas (and to rank your interest on those ideas we already have), what months of the year and days of the week that work best to get together, and if you would be willing to host one. If all goes well we’d like to hold the first gathering in October.
I’m looking forward to the coming year.
Learn much & share with many.