~ 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
In these extraordinary times, home-based rural business blessed with has carried on mostly unaffected...but for other reasons, downscaling operations (see page bottom)
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
~ Continuing Specials ~
& #046 - 7 -9.9 oz. -- select-grade stones
Reduced shipping on some others - scroll to page bottom
- 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
Versatile StonesThe outstanding abrasive properties of natural volcanic pumice have been recorded since ancient Roman times. No doubt stones were used even earlier by rock-savvy cavemen.
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 after eruption. Formerly under enormous pressure, trapped gases in frothy molten lava globules flung miles high made bubbly escape, creating new-born foamy stones, 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 some.
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 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 - PayPal account not necessary - for fastest 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 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 a perfect fit.
March 2021 report
For many reasons
Many forces are conspiring and telling me it's time to wind down my pumice service.
First, working with nature's a trip. With countless acres of alluvial-fan deposit lands plus miles of actual seasonal creek bed to comb, it's been a never-ending Easter egg hunt for this seventy-one year-old kid at heart finding nature's hidden treasures over 28 years...the last decade fairly intensively.
But been getting a better workout last few years. Have to hike MUCH further down depository creek bed and out alluvial fans during peak of blazing summer weather to find ever-fewer new stone arrivals washed down the mountain with daily snow melt. Two years ago I could access generous deposits close to parking; now must hike over a third mile of rough terrain...and then still not find many. (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.)
Add to that my neighborhood over last six years becoming serious extension of so-called Emerald Triangle of pot growers. The eight-mile, light-duty cinder road access route traversed to pumice deposits has become treacherous due to huge influx of well-less, commercial, illicit pot growers snapping up once-cheap parcels in rural (and now notorious) subdivision and betting -- most successfully -- on law non-enforceability. Endless heavy water trucks are destroying once well-groomed roadbed while there's up to 50 times more, faster, dustier traffic. It has made a once-enjoyable backroads run to and from harvest fields something of an ordeal.
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 locales, AND grower fever subsiding -- my little backwoods biz is definitely winding down. Time to down-scale after a ten-year intensive run that followed the 15 years of it being a casual hobby biz.
Still have fair stash of many sizes on hand, as have always tried keeping ahead of demand (of necessity, pumice here being a seasonally-harvested item).
In short run, hoping current regular wholesale customers might be able to switch to other sizes as various accustomed sizes get scarcer to gone. (Three sizes already gone; various others might last up a year, depending on demand.)
Will maybe continue gathering on limited, casual scale that I first ran biz at, hoping to find enough popular-sized stones to keep at least some of my longtime buyers modestly supplied.
May current pandemic times soon become history,
it and racial injustice reckoning both serve to lift up all humankind sharing the ride on this dear little blue ball whirling through space.
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Current stone rationing,
plus shipping specials
If new and seeking bulk select-grade pumice likely last to run out (and they suit needs), consider:
-- 2.0 2-2 oz. #47
-- 2.3-2.9 oz. #03 (also popular; original standard size)
-- 4-4.9 oz (average 3-3-1/2") Reduced price - #020 online -- 6-6.9 oz. (3-1/2-4" to 5") - Shipping Special - #028 online
-- 7-9.9 oz. (3-1/2 to 4 or 5") #46 Shipping special
- - 10-15 oz. (5"+ select grade) #029 online biggest available online, plenty on hand - reduced to $5./lb. (Larger size available by request)
Also fair stash of tinier .1 oz.,2 oz., and .3 oz. stones.
-- Good supply of shop-grade small and medium stones yet.
"Just arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. We will definitely be purchasing from you."
~ site updated March 17, 2021 ~