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Schedule / participants information

We are pleased to announce that this year’s festival will showcase up to 40 participants. If you are a stone carver and are interested in taking part, simply fill out the application form and register by July 14th, 2017.

Whether you are a hobbyist, an apprentice, stonemason, stone carver or sculptor, we welcome you. Sign up and take an active part in the special festival atmosphere and meet fellow artisans from all over.


Friday, July 21st 2017

12 pm - Registration and carving begins
5:30 pm - Carving ends for the day
Following Carving – Tools can be left on site. We will have security to look after them

Saturday, July 22nd 2017

8 am - Carving continues
12:30 pm - Lunch break
5:30 pm - Carving ends for the day
Following Carving – There will be a complimentary dinner and prize draw for registered carvers at the Lieutenant's Pump 361 Elgin St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1M9.

Sunday, July 23rd 2017

8 am - Carving continues
1 pm - Carving ends and auction viewing begins
2 pm – Auction starts

The grand finale of this event will be a public auction of the finished pieces. This will be a wonderful occasion to enjoy the works of art created during the festival and perhaps even bring home your very own special piece! Entrance is free. Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Ottawa Innercity Ministries.


Hobbyists, Apprentices, qualified stonemasons, stone carvers and sculptors.


To carve a piece in limestone (approx. 18-20 hours). Participants are encouraged to prepare a sketch or model of their design before the festival. Participants must use only hand tools. No power tools are allowed. You must bring your own tools and protective equipment including safety boots and glasses.

Fee: $50.00 plus HST = $56.50

Fee includes:
• Carving block
• Complimentary dinner on Saturday night
• Light breakfast and lunch on Saturday and Sunday
• Prizes
• Festival t-shirt

Registration deadline: July 14th, 2017

Register now

Carving theme for 2016

Canada's cultural history and the faces, flora and fauna of this great country.
Natural beauty collides with history, culture and art in the Nation’s Capital. These elements help to define our country and offer a wealth of inspiration for carvers. This year’s theme can be interpreted in many ways. For instance, artists can draw inspiration from Canada’s cultural diversity whether it be that of Indigenous peoples or the multitude of nationalities that have settled here. Look to the natural majesty and rugged landscape from coast to coast. Also, wildlife is abundant in Canada and carvers may wish to incorporate the magic of moose, beavers, wild turkeys, bears etc. into their work. With the Parliament Buildings right around the corner, interpreting these themes in the gothic revival style is fitting as well.


The dimensions for the stones provided are 12’’ x 12’’ x 8’’. The material will be Indiana limestone. Custom sizes may be arranged; please contact for more info.
The task must be completed in approximately 18 working hours. As the pieces will be auctioned at the end of the event, it is necessary that each piece is completed within the allocated time period.
Please don’t forget to bring your own tools to the festival.

Conditions: Space is limited. Participants must provide their own personal protective equipment and hand tools; no power tools will be accepted. The Canadian Stone Carving Festival is not responsible for any items lost, stolen or damaged. The pieces of work completed at the event will be publicly auctioned on July 23rd 2017, with the proceeds being donated to local charities. Participants agree to carve at their own risk.