~ 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
Genuine Natural Pumice Stone
Foot Care & More
Mount Shasta is sole stone source of Ward Pumice. Last erupting in late 1700s, mountain crowns central top of California in Northwestern United States
~ Continuing Specials ~
& #046 - 7 -9.9 oz. -- select-grade stones
Reduced shipping on 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, 4 packaged; many shop-grade ranges
- low $30 wholesale minimum
Versatile StonesThe outstanding abrasive properties of natural volcanic pumice have been recorded since ancient Roman times. No doubt stones were used earlier by rock-savvy cavemen.
Versatile tool of nature, pumice is handy for multitude of uses. Ward's Mt. Shasta pumice is purchased for tool cleaning, stonewashing cloth, fire starters, chinchilla gnaws, science teaching aid... Available for countless uses, they're presented here and graded with skin care foremost in mind.
Using pumice is time honored way to file away foot calluses and slough off surface dead skin. Stones can smooth down gnarliest alligator skin over time, restoring supple softness.
Did you know over 99% of stores' so-called natural pumice is adulterated? Not carved to shape, mind you, but crushed to granule and powder, then "glued" back together and injected into molds? Few do. In corporations' quest for product uniformity and large steady supply, pristine stone's original abrasive quality and durability is greatly compromised. Resulting product is saddled with huge carbon footprint and user's simple yet profound elemental earth connection is lost.
"Our customers love your pumice! They're sending their friends in,
they're telling their mothers...it's pumice fever!"
- Joanne and the
Paisley & Company staff, Kutztown, PA
Ward's sustainably harvested pumice is kept exactly the way nature made it. It's true grit, 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?
Every volcano spews unique ejecta. The myriad mini-cavities of Mt. Shasta's solid-foam pumice - last eruption believed late 1700s - have thicker micro-cavity cutting-edge walls, making them sharper, heavier, more durable (also less buoyant) than lighter, balsa-wood-heft cousins.
love them - they are such raw pieces of Earth. There is something very
primal and natural about them and so refreshingly simple and
unmanufactured. They will go great with my product line."
-- Mountain Girl Soap & Sundries, Oak Run, CA
Body care users of reformed pumice often complain of scrubbing arm going numb working calluses and product disintegrating in water. Not so with these puppies; they're heavy-duty. They sacrifice themselves slowly. Well cared-for stones can last years.
Stones are surface gathered, hand-picked on foot in summer as snow melt washes them down wild mountain creek near home.
98% of Ward Pumice bought in bulk. Some retailers make own packaging, others offer bulk stones in skin-care baskets or other display container along with hand-out instructions supplied in PDF file, passing on savings and keeping stones affordable and faster to ship. (That said, packaged option shown below.)
More than earth friendly, these stones are
the earth. An absurdly low-tech business, Ward Pumice Company is one-person
wholesale backwoods operation: gather, rinse, grade and
sort. That's it. No belching bulldozers, energy-guzzling rock
crushers or roaring furnaces; no added epoxy resins and chemical frothing agents; no frantic assembly lines. Twenty-five years at
it makes for sharp eye in field, assuring finding best stones mountain has to offer.
"... 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.
- Rebecca Kenny, Red Horse Trading Post, Jacksonville, AL
"Everyone loves them...thank you for doing such an awesome thing to make these available to others!"
- Chelsea Cox, Las Vegas, NV
"Great product. 100% better than Dr. Scholl's pumice stone." - early eBay shopper (no longer offered there)
Born of Fire
& Air (and Earth & Water)
These pumice 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, rare, pancakes. Stream action can further shape. People are amazed by roundedness, assuming must be worked by man. Not so; nature's 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 metaphysical properties. Stones might effectively be actual fiery souvenirs of United States' first fireworks celebration, mountain's last eruption thought late 1700s, around time of nation's birth.
Packaged Option - 4 sizes
For those wanting stones prepackaged, cello-packaged option is offered. Label back gives history, use, and care instructions. Label is recycled paper, bag biodegradable cellophane.
< Front of paper label
(click on to enlarge)
"Thanks again for an awesome product, wonderful deal, and personable service."
- Amie Vollmer, chinchilla rescuer, Virginia Beach, VA
"The stones look better, work better, feel better in the hand than our former supplier's. The size is great. A nice add-on to our natural body-care basket offering."
- LATHER Inc., Pasadena, CA
- 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 if ordered online
Items # 1 - 10, 17 - 20 & 28-9, 45-47 are domestic selections, bulk & packaged (#5-7)
Items # 23, 25, & 26 are International bulk orders
Items #38 - 41 are Shop grade stones, 3 sizes
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. If what's wanted isn't listed online and/or in desired quantity, please call or email query; once order made, will send custom PayPal invoice for easy online payment.
Green awareness is soaring as we fitfully awaken to planet's interconnectedness and 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.
February 2019 Report:
Inventory & rationing
Barring huge windstorm, winter's fairly mild here so far. Have had cheering number of sunny days -- upside of drought, maybe making up for trey smoky summer due to huge wildfires --closest some 70 miles away; close enough. Had first snow of season appropriately on December first, but none since then, tho plenty up on mountain. Seasonal snow-melt creek, sole pumice source, washing it down mountain, is done for year along with gathering.
Was relatively plentiful precipitation last winter, so prior rationing, result of apparently ongoing California drought, is relaxed. With part-time creek washing pumice down to valley's alluvial plane near home, less snow pack last five years has meant less melt washing stones down summers.
Switching to more leisurely efforts now and starting to hibernate. Likely won't be going out searching for any missed pumice deposits til spring. Over four square miles of alluvial-fan deposit lands, plus miles of creek bed to comb over ,means never finding them all -- it's never-ending Easter egg hunt.
By early July harvesting starts again in earnest, with serious snow melt creating strong creek flow flushing down new daily crops -- sometimes after melting ice dam high on mountain finally gives way and giant deposits sent roaring down amid sea of silt and rubble. Working with nature's a trip.
Stone rationing currently in effect:
.4-.5 oz. stones - current buyers only
.6-.7 oz stones -- 150 ct. per 90 days to current buyers only
2-2.2 oz. stones -- 80 ct./mo. (item # 047) 2.3-2.9 oz stones -- 60 ct./mo. (# 003) 3-3.9 oz. stones -- all buyers, 50 ct./mo (# 010)
Other size categories unrationed if in stock. Check price page for current inventory on different sizes.
If new and seeking select-grade pumice least likely to run out or be rationed, and they suit needs, consider:
-- 1-1.3 oz (2-1/4" average size) - shipping special - #024 (175 ct)
and smaller, down to ..8-.9 oz. range; and larger:
-- 4-4.9 oz (average 3-3-1/2") New reduced price - #020 online -- 5-5.9 oz. (3-1/2-4") - Reduced Price + Shipping Special - #021 online -- 6-6.9 oz. (3-1/2-4" to 5" - Free Shipping - #028 online - 7-9.9 oz. (4-1/2"-5") - Select-grade Larger Stones Free Shipping - #046 online - - 10-15 oz. (5"+ select grade) #029 online biggest available online, plenty on hand - reduced to $5./lb. Seconds/shop-grade supply good for all sizes. Storage trailer's jammed with small and medium, especially. Exception: behemoths (over 20 oz., 6-8") for which not much demand and really weigh down field bag fast besides, eating limited cargo space, plus scarce to begin with.
Besides annual summer harvest being dependent on snow and glacial melt, also a factor: continuing ability of still-agile but slowing-down 69-year-old to get out in hot weather, ferret out sometimes elusive stones and hike them out. Love nature adventure and workout, keeping feeling like 50-something -- unless overdo, in which case next day might feel more like 80-something.
Stray note: don't think rationed sizes are only ones worth buying. Storage bursting with various-sized stones of both grades, some having accumulated over 15 years of annual harvests. Many sizes now moving fast and sometimes rationed once went begging. Retailers lock into certain stone category and keep re-ordering until reserves get low. See Prices page for more particulars on stone sizes and availability.
"Just arrived in perfect condition. Thank you so much. We will definitely be purchasing from you."
~ 8 Raindrops (natural body care), Brisbane,Australia
~ Site updated February 1, 2019 ~