We offer a range of sessions to suit all skill levels and ages!

The Art of Carving

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Work on Your Own

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Adult Hand Carving

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Kids Hand Carving


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Cascades Inn is offering special rates for Limestone Symposium patrons:

Traveler’s dorm: $20/weeknight, $25/weekend night.
– Price is per bed.

Standard rooms: $44/weeknight, $54/weekend night.
– Single king, single queen, or 2 full size beds.

Deluxe rooms: $54/weeknight, $64/weekend night.
– 2 queen beds, or 1 king with full size sofa bed

The Art of Carving I & II

Art of Carving I: July 11–17, 2021 Visiting Master Carver John Fisher
Art of Carving II: July 18–24, 2021 Visiting Master Carver John Fisher

Each full session consists of seven days of immersive instruction in the art of carving limestone, including design, moving stone, splitting blocks, roughing out, using hand and pneumatic tools, and much more. Different instructors are featured each session. An introduction to using basic tools, roughing out, and working from a maquette or drawing is given on the first day. The week continues with techniques for carving and basic principles of sculpting. Instruction is geared toward each participant’s skills, needs and level of proficiency. Tools are not provided.

Included in each session: Up to 8 cubic feet of limestone per session (approximately 1,200 pounds), compressed air, electricity, water, forklift, snacks, beverages, official Symposium t-shirt.

Regular price includes one extra work-on-your-own day (a value of $65.00)

Price: $895 per session

Work on Your Own

Work on Your Own During Art of Carving II: July 18–24, 2021
Work on Your Own during 25th Anniversary Week: July 25–31, 2021

Only for those who have completed Art of Carving I. Independent carving offers a chance to continue working in the stimulating Symposium atmosphere. Instruction is not provided.

Included: Use of power, forklift, drinks and snacks.

$455 per session
Or $65 per day

Adult Hand Carving

July 11–17, 2021 Resident Carver Cheryl Lorance
July 18–24, 2021 Resident Carver Cheryl Lorance

Beginning instruction in hand carving; work at your own pace. One or more days, pay as you go. Multiple days do not need to be consecutive. Workshops are half day or full day Monday – Friday. Participants must bring safety glasses and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes; no sandals or flip-flops permitted.

Included: Instruction, drinks, snacks, loan of tools, and stone (assorted sizes up to 2 cubic feet: approximately 300 pounds). Sorry, we cannot provide stone cut to order for day carving.

Half days are from 8:30am – 12:30pm. Full days are 8:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30 – 5:30pm.


  • $60 Half Day (single day)
  • $110 Full Day (single day)
  • $275 Full Week, Half Days (Mon to Fri)
  • $475 Full Week, Full Days (Mon to Fri)

Kids Hand Carving and Adult & Child Hand Carving

This workshop is full – Please browse our other workshops or come back next year!

Participants must bring safety glasses, work gloves, water, drinks and snacks, and wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, no sandals or flip-flops permitted.