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Welcome to the 1st Finnish Stone Carving Championship
Juuka, North Carelia, Finland

Sculptor artifacts Kauko Kortelainen Juuka.

The 1st  Finnish Stone Carving Championship and related events  will be organised 2.-4.7.2021 in Juuka North Carelia. It will bring together self-taught sculptors to carve soapstone and visitors to follow these art and skills.

 Now, Juuka’s own natural product, soapstone, is shaped by the hands of the sculptors.

The 2021 championship is an art competition and the theme is Wild Nature – Karelian Impressions Visualised In Stone (KIVI – Stone): targeting its beautiful landscapes, forests, wilderness, lakes, animals and natural experiences. The topic is inspired by highlighting the responsible use of nature and the challenges of preserving its diversity and natural beauty.

The Stone Carving Championship will take place in the center park of Juuka municipality site of historical Puu-Juuka with its wooden houses built in the beginning of 20th century. The event is open for everyone. The programme includes “Thousand stories of Stones”: How people have used the stone since centuries ago and soap stone products. “Let´s talk about wild fish of Lake Pielinen” brings on the table wild fish recepies, menus, and products to taste.

The patron of the event is Region Mayor Mr. Markus Hirvonen. The main organizers of the event are Ellin Taitajat ry, Association for Rural Culture and Education and the municipality of Juuka. A wide range of communities, companies, supporters and volunteers are involved.

The event is related to the North Carelia regions´s 300th anniversary and the region’s Sculpture Event series. The event is organized in cooperation with Karhufestivaali – The Bear Festival in Ilomantsi.

Juuka, home of soapstone offers to visitors the full bouquet of cultural historical and nature sightseeings: stonefences in Vuokko, stone statues of sculpturer Kauko Kortelainen, lace ceramic of Sinikka Häyrinen, island of Paalasmaa, wooden church of Juuka and several museums. Welcome!

Picture: Pentti Kallinen


There will be two competitions for individuals

1. Finland Championship of Hand Stone Carving 2. – 4.7.2021

2. Finland Championship of Machine Stone Carving 2.-4.7.2021

The registration deadline is 14th June 2021.

You can find the rules and the registration form here:

Don´t miss this trip to the 1st  Stone Carving Championship of Finland in Juuka!