Ward Pumice Company
~ Wholesaling real pumice in
eco-friendly way since 1992 ~
"...flying off the shelves even before we had priced them!"
-- North Shore Soap Factory, Waialua, HI
"Perfect size for some of our manicure/pedicure box sets...thank you so much for offering different sizes and at such a great price." -- Coast & Clearing, Portland, OR
Genuine Natural Pumice Stone
Foot Care & More
Mount Shasta is sole stone source of Ward Pumice. Long thought to have last erupted in 1786, recent carbon dating puts it much further back, to about 1250 A.D. Majestic mountain crowns central top of California in US Pacific northwest
- Heavy-duty abrasion
- As nature created - each stone unique
- For bath, kitchen, shop...
- Durable ~ stones can last years
19 bulk select-grade sizes; four packaged; four shop-grade ranges
- low $30 wholesale minimum
- ship at cost, mostly via USPS flat-rate Priority
The outstanding abrasive properties of natural volcanic pumice have been recorded since ancient Roman times. No doubt stones used earlier by rock-savvy cavemen.
Versatile tool of nature, pumice is handy for multitude of uses..
Ward's sustainably harvested pumice is kept exactly the way nature made it. It's true grit, that venerable scrubbing stone whose abrasive properties pumice-adulterating companies can only aspire to. Why not upgrade your organic body care line and offer discerning, nature-loving customers the real thing?
Body care users of reformed pumice often complain of scrubbing arm going numb working calluses and of product soon disintegrating in water. Not so these puppies; they're heavy-duty. They sacrifice themselves slowly. Well cared-for stones can last years.
"... I couldn't be more pleased! I ordered the 11 lb of medium shop grade stones. The web page estimated 60-80 stones, and I got 100 stones. - Chelsea Cox, Las Vegas, NV
Born of Fire
These pumice were rounded not by any efforts of man but aerodynamically by nature on eruption. Formerly under enormous pressure, trapped gases in frothy molten lava globules, flung miles high, make bubbly escape, creating new-born foamy stones by fast-drying into rounded form by time they hit earth -- or almost dry, often flattening into eggs or oval bars or, very rare, pancakes. Stream action might further shape.
People are amazed by their roundedness, assuming stones must be worked by man. Not so; nature's the sole sculptor of this volcanic popcorn.
As bonus, every working stone doubles as centuries-old specimen of California's majestic Mount Shasta, officially designated sister mountain to Japan's Mount Fuji and noted the world over for its majesty and believed powerful metaphysical properties. I once said stones were effectively fiery souvenirs of United States' first fireworks celebration, mountain's last eruption long thought to be in 1786, around time of nation's birth, but volcanologists through carbon dating now think it's been over 750 years since it blew its top.
"The pumice arrived today. It is beyond perfect! Thank you so much for terrific service!" -- Brian Johnson, Fishers, IN
- Order stones online, by email, phone or check
- Wholesale only - $US 30. minimum. Up to 20% volume discount - see schedule (scroll down)
- Pay by credit card thru PayPal - no PayPal account necessary - for fast service
- Net-10 accounts to verifiably well-established concerns if preferred; net-30 for larger orders
- Orders shipped at cost via USPS priority; also FedEx (air only), and UPS using your account #
- Select-grade stones start at $.20 ea.
- Utility/shop grade seconds in 5 size categories pre-discounted at $3.50/lb.
- Order internationally with euros, pounds, yen, Australian or Canadian dollars via PayPal - More information - scroll down
- 5 international online selections - items #23-27
- California buyers not re-selling stones pay 7.5% sales tax when ordering by phone and email; tax absorbed by me when ordered online
Items # 23, 25, & 26 are International bulk orders
Only a sampling of available stones listed on price page are orderable online. Also, bare-bones shopping cart doesn't allow quantifying beyond those noted or permit specifying domestic or international order. So if what's wanted isn't listed online and/or in desired quantity, simply call or email query; once order's made, will email custom PayPal invoice for easy online payment. (no PayPal account needed; just credit card)
Green awareness is soaring as we fitfully awaken to planet's interconnectedness within intricate ecological balance. For growing numbers of organic body care product providers -- and others wanting genuine pumice stones for chosen applications -- Ward's Mount Shasta pumice might prove perfect fit.
December 2021 report
December 2021 report
Closing business :-/
Forces have conspired, telling me it's time to wrap up solo operation ,after 28 years Main culprits: climate changes and creek deposit changes.
Working with nature's a trip. With countless acres of alluvial-fan pumice deposit lands plus miles of actual seasonal creek bed to comb, it's been a never-ending Easter egg hunt for this seventy-two year-old kid at heart in finding nature's hidden treasures over time, the last decade intensively.
Been getting a better workout than I wanted the last two-three years. Had to hike much further down depository creek bed to reach alluvial fan during peak of blazing summer weather, only to find a smattering of new stone arrivals washing down mountain with daily snow melt. Deposits have reduced drastically in recent times with severe drought.Three years ago I could access generous deposits close to parking; now must hike over a third mile downhill through often rough terrain to have hopes of finding any newbies. This is due to deapened creek channel carrying them further down before banks disappear and alluvial fanning action kicks in. (Before, often lugged some 70-80 pounds worth back upstream a day, leapfrogging two 20-pounds-loaded canvas beach bags at a time plus laden daypack.)
Then there's said sea of scofflaw pot growers. Due to our county board of supervisiors being alsleep at the wheel, my neighborhood development over the last six years has become an extension of the so-called Emerald Triangle, with a frenzied full-court press of unsanctioned commercial pot growing. Suffice to say, the eight-mile light-duty cinder road access route I ltraversed to get to trailhead ceased being the relaxing drive it once was. (Seasonal traffic on narrow, often windy and blind-hill roads increased 50 to a 100-fold).
So, barring miraculous changes -- like returned heavy snowfalls with ensuing summer snow melt again flushing down goo-gobs of stones and depositing them in reachable areas, and/or underground grower mania subsiding as more states legalize the plant-- my little backwoods biz is definitely winding down. It was a dedicated ten-year effort that followed 15 years of being a casual hobby biz.
I still have a stash of slower moviers on hand -- mostly tinies and bigger of select -- plus medium and monsters of shop grade. I always tried keeping ahead of demand, of necessity, pumice being seasonally harvested summer only with snowmelt deposits.
Will maybe continue gathering on very limited, casual scale that first ran biz at, hoping to find enough popular-sized stones to keep some of my longtime buyers with a smattering of stones, knowing what sizes each was iinterested in. Maybe not. No doubt like many people these days, not sure of much of anything...strange days, indeed.
In last ten years, have sent stones to every state in the union and Guam and Puerto Rico too, plus Canada and Australia, even a few to Europe. In the thousands of fulfilled orders, happy to report only got burned once or twice, only a couple exchanges, and no refund requests. While many orders came from artisian soap makers wanting to complement their lines, I also provided many chinchilla caregivers (who love to gnaw on stones) and a few natural food stores (one ordered regularly for 28 years, including my first product). (See About page for list of buyers' diverse applications.)
More grateful than words can say for the renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment that support from so many mostly small-business operators over the years have provided me for having supplied an uncommon,valued natural product. Had hoped to continue supplying for many years yet, but oh well...
Thank you all! Hope you find a new source.
May current pandemic times soon become history, it and racial injustice reckoning both serving to lift up all humankind sharing the ride on this peculiar little blue ball whirling through space.
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Remaining stone supply as of December, 2021
Have about 1/4 ton of various select-grade stones yet on hand, mostly tiny and huge, along with about a ton of shop-grade, mostly medium-sized, stones plus some oversized. Check online order page.
-- ..1, .2 and .3 oz. (by email order, not listed on online order page)
-- 3-3.9 oz. #4 online - repeat buyers of size only
-- 6-6.9 oz. (3-1/2-4" to 5") all buyers - #028 online
-- 7-9.9 oz. (3-1/2 to 4 or 5") all buyers #46
- - 10-15 oz. (5"+ select grade) #029 online biggest available online, relative plenty on hand -
- - Broken stones of mixed sizes (for grinding to powder) $2.50/lb. not listed online, email if interested.
Might be able to cobble together an assortment of a few remaining sizes in an order if one is open to stocking different-sized stones. Inquire
See Prices page for sizes and prices.
"Just arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. We will definitely be purchasing from you."
~ site updated December 5, 2021 ~