The Marble Institute of
A Marble Sculpting Symposium
Frequently Asked Questions
- Where is Marble, Colorado?
- Marble is located in the Rocky Mountains 220 miles west of Denver near
Aspen and Glenwood Springs
- Can I come to Marble/marble even if I have no experience carving?
- Yes. This symposium is for anyone interested in carving stone and
learning the most state of the art technology.
- Do I need to bring my own power tools?
- No. We provide all the power tools. If you have favorite tools that
would enable you to feel comfortable, you can bring them.
- Are there vendors who will sell supplies?
- There are vendors from Trow & Holden, Hard Rock Tools and others who
will be happy to demonstrate products as well as sell directly to you.
- Can I order a larger stone?
- Yes. The stone we provide you is 3 cubic feet – shapes range from square
cubes to rectangular stones that can be vertical or horizontal. If you
require a special size and shape, please advise ahead of time.
- What type of air tool couplers do you use?
- We use C Type couplers and if you bring your own tools, we will be happy
to adapt your tools to fit this style coupler.
- Do I need to bring my own air line?
- No. We provide air lines.
- Is there enough air and electricity hook-ups?
- Yes. We have several air supply manifolds and many
ground-fault-interruptor circuits – enough for everyone to carve with air or
- Can I camp in my RV on the Marble grounds?
- No. We don’t have space for large RV’s. You can reserve a spot at
Meri-Daes campground for your RV – a short walk from Marble/marble. You can
camp in a tent or back of a pick-up, but we can’t provide electricity to
your camper or campsite. We provide porta-potties and the inn nearby our
site provides showers ($4.50/shower).
- Where are the inns in the area?
- Check the "Were to Stay" part of our web-site.
- Is there running potable water on site?
- No. There is no running potable water on site, but we provide coolers of
fresh drinking water. If you plan to camp out, you should pick up a few jugs
of water at the supermarket.
- Are there bears in the area?
- Yes, there is the occasional black bear. They are looking for food, so
if you plan to camp you should also plan on how to store your food safely so
the bears are not drawn to your site.
- What about meals?
- If you are camping, you can have your meals at our "campers’ kitchen" an
outdoors facility that will be available to all participants. If you are
staying at an inn, they usually provide breakfast and sometimes lunch, so
you should check ahead of time. The closest supermarket is in Carbondale –
28 miles from Marble/marble. We have several group dinners and you can go
into Redstone or Carbondale for the rest of the dinners.
- How about cash? Do all places accept credit cards?
- Bring cash or checks for some of your needs as not all the places accept
credit cards. Ask your innkeeper ahead of time.
- Do you provide artigiani services?
- No, we do not carve your sculpture for you. While we provide as much or
as little instruction as each individual needs, we prefer to think of this
unique experience as the opportunity for you to do your own carving. We will
"talk you through" parts of your sculpture, and we will demonstrate the how
to’s to get you through the process. This is the place for you to do the
work and feel good about it.
- How about the weather?
- The expression commonly heard out here is "You can expect to experience
all four seasons in one day when you’re up in the mountains". Believe it; so
come prepared with layers of clothing – sweatshirts – light jacket –
rain-gear – shorts – jeans – hat, etc.
- How about medical assistance or first-aid?
- We have first-aid readily available and the volunteer fire-department is
always available for immediate para-medic care.
- Can I bring a spouse or friend?
- Friends and family are welcome to join us for any special occasions, but
only registered participants are permitted to use tools and attend
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PO Box 481743 • Denver, CO 80248-1743
Phone 303-297-1429 Fax 303-627-9320