Viewing Stones

by Bud Hostetler

Basalt Viewing Stone image by Bud Hostetler

Collected on the Caribou River in October of 2013. This stone measures 4" by 4 1/2" by 6" high. It's a  very nice sheet-waterfall stone. The stone is greenish/black basalt with a wide quartz waterfall running down one side only. There is a small parking area on Hwy 61 at the Caribou River. There is a good hiking trail, approximately a half mile long that follows the river upstream that ties into the Superior Hiking Trail System. This particular stone was found on the downstream side, across the Hwy from the parking area.

by Bud Hostetler

Whether you call it Suiseki (Viewing Stone), Gongshi (Scholar Rock), Diaza or base, the Chinese scholars developed the art form; the Japanese borrowed it and developed their own style. It is simply a block of wood carved to properly fit your stone. Are they hand carved or carved with power tools? The answer is yes to both. I use power tools where I can to speed things up and hand chisels to precisely fit the stone into the base. I’ll use the word base for simplicity.

Long time member, Chip Sperry, was fortunate enough to have recently had 2 of his stone photos selected for publication in Volume 49, Number 4 of Bonsai Club International's Bonsai and Stone Appreciation Magazine.  What follows are excerpts, along with the photos that appeared in the magazine.  For more information check out the magazine edition available in the society's library.

by Terry Davis

Terry Davis image by RDS

Chip Sperry’s remarks on the rules for Suiseki at the November general meeting got me to thinking. The Japanese are telling us that in order to be a real Suiseki, it has to be dark in color and a hard stone. Well, naturally! They live in a volcanic country, and if they think all rocks should be dark, we shouldn’t find basalt with that! Or should we? He mentioned he had heard that some are saying that, to be a suiseki, it had to be bought from Japan.

Arch Stone

by Bud Hostetler

This stone is a part of my permanent collection, it was gift from my nephew.  It's a small stone with a tremendous amount of character, measuring 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches and 1 inch tall including the mahogany base it sets in.  When I look at this stone I'm reminded of western movies, I can see cowboys driving a herd of cattle through the arch, or a wagon train of settlers on their long journey west, setting up camp for the evening near this unusual rock formation. This stone looks as though it is part of the southwest desert area of the U.S., Monument Valley comes to mind. It is however, a water worn piece of chert found in a stream bed in Caulfield, Missouri.

Viewing Stone Series 1

by Terry Ingle

Images by Andrew Amundsen

Terry Ingle Hut Stone Front image by Andrew Amundsen Terry Ingle Hut Stone Back image by Andrew Amundsen

Hut Stone

length 4 1/2 in. x width 3 in. x height 3 in.

This stone was found along the shores of Lake Superior 
about 2 years ago.  Originally the stone had a stepped base, but due to 
the clumsiness on the part of the collector, it broke off when he tripped and fell.  
Thanks to the ‘stone gods’ the stone’s fortunes turned and now it has a perfect 
flat base and the final form was now complete.
This stone is a mixture of minerals, and conveys the 
appearance of perhaps a dwelling of a lost civilization.

Terry Ingle Plateau Stone Front image by Andrew Amundsen Terry Ingle Plateau Stone Back image by Andrew Amundsen

Plateau Stone

 length 14 in. x width 8 in. x height 4 in.

This is a stone of Chinese origin, thought to be lingbi and
was purchased at a club meeting from Sara Rayner.  The peaks and plateau forms, details and
surface present an exquisite composition and convey the look and feel of a fog
shrouded Scottish moor.