Arrival day is the day BEFORE a Session begins. You can check in between 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. to hand in your informed consent, collect your t-shirt and name badge, get your carving site set up, and select a stone. YOU MUST HAVE A NOTARIZED INFORMED CONSENT TO PARTICIPATE.
The Symposium kicks off with an Opening Meeting at 9 a.m. to introduce staff, review tool shed protocol, fire escape plan, kitchen use, basic Symposium information, and more. This meeting is mandatory and is followed by the Safety Workshop which is mandatory for all first-timers, and offers good review for seasoned carvers. Following that, it’s time to start carving!
Each day you have the opportunity to attend a 10:00 a.m. morning and 2:00 p.m. afternoon workshop. The rest of the day is spent working on your sculpture under the guidance of staff instructors who are making rounds to help each participant select and use the tools they need, and employ different carving techniques to accomplish their vision. Our instructors conduct one-on-one consultations and working demonstrations. The opportunity for learning is always available to help participants tailor their own unique approach to stone carving.
A mandatory wrap-up meeting on day 7 begins at 9:00 a.m. where we talk about getting packed up and loaded out. We end the day around 4:00 p.m. to prepare for the Wrap-Up Party! Dinner begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free to carvers and their guests, townsfolk, and visitors. After dinner, we have a live band with free beer and wine and dancing under the stars.
On the final day of the Symposium, you are welcome to carve right up until the time you’ve chosen to get loaded out and clean up. Compressors go off at 4:00 p.m. and the Session ends.