The Marble Institute of Colorado Presents
A Marble Sculpting Symposium

July 2 - 9, July 15 - 22 and July 29 - August 5, 2014

What to bring, Where to stay

Following is a list of items you will need in Marble:

The Symposium supplies three cubic feet of marble (available at extra charge, will be larger blocks and extra abrasives), tools, accessories, and energy (air and electricity).

Safety gear: Face mask (for dusts - 3M, Norton, Surviveaire, Wilson, Dustfo)

Goggles - a must. Style - your preference.

Ear protection - plugs or headphones.


Hand tools: hammer (1-1/2Ib.); chisels (point, flat or pitching); files and rasps (your choice).

Any power tools you enjoy using (we supply all you'll need, but we have a "cool tool" demo that you can perhaps share info about your tools at). We use "C" type couplers.

100 ft.,12 gauge extension cord to run a 15 amp tool. Don 't be fooled and think 16 gauge is more powerful - it's not! The source of electricity is far from most worksites, so be sure it can reach at least 50 to 100 ft.

Tarp - good for sun or rain. Bungee cords or cord to hang it.

Crayon to draw on your stone. Pencil and paper to take notes.

Wisk broom to brush off your sculpture and avoid having to blow it off all the time.

Idea's for your sculpture. I suggest you make a maquette (model) out of plastelena. If you prefer direct carving, bring some plastelena so you can model as you carve.

If you have slides of past work, please bring a few as our slide presentation is a source of inspiration and fun. Be sure to bring duplicate slides - leave original, or one of a kind slides at home, as we can't be responsible for them if they get lost. Limit to 5 slides.

Clothing: Layers are a must when up at that altitude (8,000 ft.), so bring summer and winter clothing. Mornings can be cool, so sweatshirt or something similar for warmth - over a T-shirt that you can dress down to. Shorts; jeans (if you like, coveralls will help keep the dust off, and reduce your baggage!); rain gear; hat (optional); boots - work boots or hiking boots suggested; bathing suit (a break at Glenwood? - optional); sunscreen - a must.

Cash: Remember, this is a remote mountain community, so some places do not honor credit cards or personal, out of state checks. Ask the inn-keepers in advance.

Campers: bring a solar shower. The river is really cold!!! Or plan to shower for $4.00 at The Inn At Raspberry Ridge or The Beaver Lake Retreat.

If you have not paid in full, please do so by June l5th. (You can charge that balance on your Visa or MasterCard).

I'll look forward to seeing you in July. Meantime, think Marble!

Following is information on housing in and around Marble:

The Inn at Raspberry Ridge: or call Jax at 970/963-5883. The Inn and Cabin are now being operated by Jax and Carla both as a B&B and also to groups such as the Marble/marble symposium , the Lead King Loop 25K, weddings, family reunions, hunters, 4 wheelers, etc on a nightly or weekly basis. In addition, we also have a 2 bedroom, 1 1/2 bath Cabin right next door to the INN which may be rented separately or with the INN.

Beaver Lake Lodge – 970-963-2504 – Marble. This place has been really popular with our sculptors. Cabins or private rooms. Larry and Karen Good will be glad to match you up to share to cut down your cost. It’s a rustic place, near our site.

McClure House – 970-963-1020 on Rt. 133 just before the Marble turnoff. Really wonderful accommodations with warm hosts and all you could wish of a B&B.

Chair Mountain Ranch – 970-963-9522 near the start of the Marble Road. Really nice.

Carol & Charley Parker’s Cabin – Call 970-963-1502. E-mail Summer rental, sleeps many people. Call for brochure or e-mail.

"Casa Milagro" - on Serpentine Trail, approx. 1 mi. from Marble/marble. Beautiful, private 3 bedroom, 3 bath open-flow home, sleeps 3-8.
 Master suite has double jacuzzi tub with double shower. Details, photos and availability at: or call 970-704-00567 or email:

John Evans Cabin.  Day 970.625.7286 cell 970.379.4069,
High quality beautiful log home within a few blocks of the Marble Symposium. 2 ground level bedrooms, 2 loft bedrooms, all bedrooms separated by one of two full bathrooms.  3 queen beds, 2 twins. Full service kitchen, staples supplied.  Follow the sun with an east, south, and west wraparound deck. Super snow capped mountain views of White House, Treasure, and Raspberry Ridge. $175/night, one or two people; additional people $50 each/night, 50% deposit to hold.

Casa Montaña B & B, handcrafted log home about 5 miles N of Marble off 133. Spa, Satellite TV and Highspeed Wireless Internet.  Complete brochure by email with many photographs and detailed descriptions of the facilities. Phone and Fax: 970-963-7461

The Redstone Inn – 970-963-2526. Located in Redstone where some like to go to dine. Top of the line for accommodations in Redstone (private phone and TV’s).

Redstone Cliffs Motel – 970-963-2691. Located at the end of town in Redstone. Pets allowed. Lots of our sculptors have stayed there.

Crystal Valley Manor – 970-963-2365. Located in Redstone. Brian is a wonderful host. Immaculate rooms. Everyone who has stayed returns.

Artist’s and author’s (Doug & Charr) Santa Fe- style home on Serpentine Trail- sleeps 4-8. 3 bedroom/3 bath (incl. m/suite w/Temperpedic king bed and spa bath). Add’l sleeping space on custom L-shape sofas (X-wide, long, firm).  Huge kitchen, Hi-speed Wi-fi, HDTV, deck, views and quiet privacy. Dogs o.k.  NO cats. (deathly allergy). Marble/marble only Special : $1500 per session (8 nights).  50% nonrefundable deposit by June 1, bal. due on check-in.  970-704-0567 or for more info.  

****NEW "The Larkin House" Gary Bascom: phone: 970-963-1318. 2 bedroom, 1 bath + detached Gazebo for additional guests. (2 queen, 1 full, 1 bath in Gazebo + room for additional air beds or sleeping bags) 8 maximum people at one time. RV can be accommodated for parking and power, no waste dumping. Rent: $125/night for 2 occupants. $25/night/person for additonal people. Satellite TV and WIFI will be available.

Crystal Dreams Bed & Breakfast & Spa, 475 Redstone Blvd., Redstone, CO  81623 (970) 963-8240. 125.00 – 135.00 per night which includes a gourmet breakfast, a great place to unwind from sculpting…restaurants, fly fishing, spa services and more.

The Williams House is available for the weeks of July 13th to July20th, as well as the week of July 27th to August 3rd. Visit "" for dozens of pictures of the house inside and out. It is three stories, three bedroom, with a bath on each floor. It would offer a lot of privacy for each person or couple. One bed room has a king size bed, another with a queen bed, and the third room has two twin beds. Please phone or email with any questions or concerns.  John and Ann Williams 970-963-4149


CAMPERS: Tent camping on our property is extremely limited, so please consider camping at Bogan Flats, just down the road from us. They have all the amenities and are close by.

Bogan Flats Campground Description: 7600-foot elevation. 37 campsites near the Crystal River. Group site can accomodate up to 50 people. Location: From Carbondale, take Highway 133 south for 20 miles. Turn left & go south on Gunnison County Road three about 1.5 miles. Season: summer.
Bogan Flats Campground Campground Web Site
Campground Address:
620 Main Street/ PO Box 309
Carbondale, CO
81623 Campground Phone Numbers:
Phone: (970) 963-2266

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We provide toilet facilities. Please note that not all places accept Visa or Mastercard or any other plastic! When making your reservations or camping, plan to arrive in Marble a day early (7/1, 7/14 or 7/28). Make your reservations early.

Please make your reservations early as summer is their busy season.

CAMPERS! Showers and toilets are now available on site. 

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