2017 Stone Carving Retreat/Workshop


May 26, 27 and 28, 2017

3 Day Stone Carving Workshop 

on beautiful Camano Island, WA


The three day retreat and workshop (May 26th, 27th & 28th) $395, includes: catered lunch every day, potluck party Saturday evening, instruction from master carver, Sue Taves.  Marenakos Rock Center and Neolithic Stone will provide stones and tools for sale, during the workshop, loaner tools provided by the Northwest Stone Sculpture Association.

  Should you require any further information do not hesitate to call or email Karla Matzke at 360-387-2759


The 2017 Spring Stone Sculpture Hand Tooling Workshop is open to the general public 18 years and older.   This sculpture workshop is designed to accommodate beginning carvers as well as more experienced sculptors.


  $ 395.  per person total   (nonrefundable)

  • Stone Sculpture instruction from Master Stone Carver; Sue Taves
  • 3 Daily catored Lunch
  • Individual Critiques
  • Gallery party Saturday night (BYOB and potluck/snacks/deserts)
  • There are several airB & B available (Camano Island Chamber of Commerce: Home ) Lodging will be your responsibility or you may want to commute from home.

Full payment  is due with the completed application by May 1st. With support from the Northwest Stone Sculpture Association and Marenakos Stone Company and Neolithic Stone.

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Early applications are welcome,  All documents and  payment must be at Matzke Fine Art Gallery, 2345 Blanche Way, Camano Island, Wa 98282  by May 1st, 2017.

Please email:  matzke@camano.net 


Sketching in stone.  That’s the best way I know of describing the process I experience when putting chisel to stone.  The original shape of the stone itself seems always faithful to recommend the gesture that’s to be pursued.  This suggested gesture then sets into motion a period of pondering–of envisioning what twists, turns and intertwinings might be held within the stone.

Then comes the first tap of the chisel.  And with that first tap, the “conversation” is begun.  As with any good conversation, the pauses prove every bit as rich as the thoughts that are exchanged.  Listening precedes each word that’s spoken  Listening leads to the next tap of the chisel, which is followed yet again by a listening pause.  One thing leads beautifully and mysteriously to another.

I love the progressive process of conversing with the stone.  Planes intersect.  Surfaces merge and again part ways.  Forms emerge.  But I must say that I enjoy just as much the simple pleasure of watching the tool marks as they appear in the stone.  Light plays against shadow, smooth against rough.  Like the cross-hatchings made in a drawing by a stick of charcoal, or line work created using pen and ink–just as beautiful are the marks left in stone by differing chisels.

Interestingly, the conversation never seems to end.  Even when the chisels have been set to rest, my eyes continue to roam, happily exploring the outcome.
– Don Haggerty; attendee in the Stone Carving Retreat