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
In these extraordinary times, home-based rural business blessed with carried on mostly unaffected...but for other reasons, am 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
- 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 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.
March 2021 report
March 2021 report
Forces are conspiring and telling me it's time to downsize my pumice service. Main culprits: climate changes and radical neighborhood upheaval in gathering region.
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 intensively.
But been getting a better workout lately. Have to hike much further down depository creek bed to reach alluvial fan during peak of blazing summer weather to find ever-fewer new stone arrivals washing 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 downhill through often rough terrain...and THEN still not find many. Deepened creek channel is carrying them further down before banks disappear and alluvial fanning kicks in. It's now too far away to hike and carry back uphill. (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 the sea of growers and their seas of green...my neighborhood over the last six years has become a serious extension of so-called Emerald Triangle with all its frenzied full-court press, illicit commercial pot growing.
The eight-mile, light-duty cinder road access route I've long traversed to get to pumice deposits has become somewhat treacherous. The huge influx of mostly well-less growers have snapped up once-cheap parcels in my once sleepy (and now notorious) rural subdivision and betting -- most successfully -- on law non-enforceability. So now endless heavy water trucks are destroying once well-groomed light-duty roadbed and there's up to 50-75 times more, faster and way dustier traffic. Sadly, it made what was once an enjoyable backroads sprint to and from harvest fields something approaching an actual ordeal for this retiring soul.
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 grower mania subsiding as more states legalize once-humble weed -- my little backwoods biz is definitely winding down at long last...after a dedicated ten-year, full-court press following 15 years being a casual hobby biz.
I still have a fair stash of many sizes on hand, as have always tried keeping ahead of demand (of necessity, pumice being seasonally-harvested).
In short run, hope current regular wholesale customers might be able to switch to other sizes as various accustomed sizes get scarcer to gone. (Three or four sizes already snapped up; various others might last up a year or so, depending on changing demand.)
Will maybe continue gathering on limited, casual scale that I first ran biz at, hoping to find enough popular-sized stones to possibly keep some of longtime buyers with stones. Not sure of much of anything at this point.
More grateful than can say for renewed sense of purpose and deep fulfillment that support from so many small businesses over the years has given my life.
Wish I could keep supplying everyone, but I suppose all things must pass...
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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Remaining stone supply
Have about 1/2 ton of various select-grade stones yet on hand, along with about a ton of shop-grade, mostly medium-sized, stones.
-- 2.3-2.9 oz. #03 (original-standard size)
-- 3-3.9 oz. #4 and #10 online
-- 4-4.9 oz (average 3-3-1/2") #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, relative plenty on hand - reduced to $5./lb. (A few larger-sized available by request)
Also, fair stash yet of tinier .1 oz., .2 oz., and .3 oz. select-grade stones. (see Prices page for sizes and prices. Order by email, not available for online purchase.)
"Just arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. We will definitely be purchasing from you."
~ site updated April 25, 2021 ~