Community Involvement

Indiana Limestone Symposium

Learn how to carve limestone right at the source.  The Indiana Limestone Symposium takes place every June on the grounds of our facility. Workshops are led by nationally recognized stone artists experienced in both sculptural and architectural carving.

Session 1: June 5 - 11, 2016
Session 2: June 19 - 25, 2016

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Indiana Limestone Symposium

In 1995, stonecarvers Amy Brier and Frank Young, then executive director of Waldron Arts Center in Bloomington, Ind., approached Will Bybee of Bybee Stone Company with a novel idea: Why not institute a plein air carving workshop – open to any interested amateur or professional – on the grounds of the company?

Bybee welcomed the idea. He’d been concerned about the apparent lack of carving professionals and already had instituted an in-house training program based on the apprentice system. Bybee Stone had been the first Indiana limestone fabrication plant to offer in-house carving services to clients; most area limestone mills had historically used subcontractors to provide for their clients’ carving needs.

Brier and Young followed through on the idea, and the first Indiana Limestone Symposium was hosted by Bybee Stone Company the next year, in a pocket field across from the Bybee plant. Neighboring business owner Bill Cook provided electric service for that and for subsequent symposiums, and the annual program has been attended by over 200 carvers from around the country – and the world – since then.

Under Brier’s direction, the symposium is held in weeklong sessions every year in June. Carving instruction is offered to amateur through professional carvers in a variety of styles and techniques, using both hand and pneumatic tools.

Middle Way House

Bybee Stone Company was happy to contribute 270 cubic feet of limestone trim, coping and decorative urns for the redevelopment of the historic Coca Cola Bottling Co. plant in downtown Bloomington, Ind.

The renovated building serves as administrative offices for Middle Way House, a social service agency that provides emergency shelter, housing options, legal advocacy and employment options for women and their children in need in south-central Indiana. Middle Way House, founded in 1981, is one of only six model programs providing meaningful alternatives to living with violence in the United States. The new facility is fully accessible, and its design is consistent with sustainable construction principles.