Events, Gatherings, and Wood Carving Shows 2019

Join the wildfowl carving community by exploring its many different gatherings across the nation, from wildfowl carving competition to wood carving shows 2018. Visit this page to learn about the best events of the year happening in your area: big sales, waterfowl shows 2018 and decoy shows 2018. Updated regularly, this collection of events keeps you posted on all upcoming wildfowl carving extravaganzas, organized by state so that you can know what’s nearby—or so you can plan a trip to visit. All the information is here in one spot—from addresses to dates to prices—which lets you focus on the truly important task of enjoying the great carvings you are sure to see. Plus, if you are planning an event or gathering of your own, let Wildfowl Carving Magazine know. We will include it here so the rest of the carving community can come and share in the festivities of their favorite craft.







British Columbia



New Brunswick

New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale
Oct 1-3, 2021. Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews by the Sea. Competition for carvers at all levels. Categories for all types of wood carving. Purchase awards: Belted Kingfisher in flight ($1500), Bluejay ($1500), American Kestrel ($1500), Relief sawmill theme ($500), 8” Santa ($300), Any Whale ($300), Youth carving ($150). Two theme competitions: Any Heron, and Cats (bird, animal, caricature, etc). Workshops, demonstrations, carving supplies, knife carving competition. Contact: Walter Bidlake (walter.bidlake@yahoo.ca) www.nbcarving.ca


Competition and Show


Nova Scotia











New Jersey



New York



Rhode Island











Havre de Grace Decoy and Wildlife Arts Festival
May 1–2, 2021.
Havre de Grace Middle School and Decoy Museum, 215 Giles St., Havre de Grace. Hours: Sat 8:30a–6p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $10. More than 100 artists exhibiting and selling their artwork, plus food, children’s activities, retriever demonstrations, carving competitions, and more. Contact: 410.939.3739, information@decoymuseum.com; www.decoymuseum.com

North Carolina


West Virginia


Oglebay Woodcarvers Show and Sale
Sept 4
-5, 2021. Oglebay Park (off I-70 on WV Rt 88), Wheeling. Hours: Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-4p. Demos; vendors. Air-conditioned; free admission and parking. Contact: Clark@unimaxsystems.com






















Lorain County Woodcarvers Club Carving Show
Sept 17–19, 2021.
Building #14, Lorain County Fairgrounds (St. Rte. 18 west of St. Rte. 58), Wellinton. Hours: Fri 8a–5p, Sat 8a–5p, Sun 9a–3p. Fee: $3; free parking. Carving supplies and wood vendors; LaGrange steam engine show and huge flea market also on site. Contact: Suzanne Kristoff, 440.935.2256; zann550@gmail.com






Lake Country Carvers Show and Sale
Aug 7, 2021.
Life Enrichment Center, 1306 West Wisconsin Ave., Oconomowoc. Hours: 10am–4pm. Free admission. Contact: Ray Burow 920-474-4075; rburow1@wi.rr.com

Birds in Art Exhibition
Sept 11–Nov. 28, 2021.
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, 700 North 12th St. (Franklin & 12th), Wausau. Since 1976, the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum has presented the best contemporary artistic interpretations of birds and related subject matter in two- and three-dimensional artworks in all media other than crafts and photography. Approximately 100 juried works. Contact: info@lywam.org; www.lywam.org





Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival
July 24–25, 2021. Double Tree Hotel, 2001. Point West Way, Sacramento. Open, intermediate, and novice levels. Mail-ins welcome. Carving categories: decorative floating, CWA Decoy of the Year, PFDA traditional hunting decoys (floating pairs), D.U. contemporary style decoy, gunning shorebirds, junior carver event, wall-hangers, and the CWA 3-Bird Rig. Live painting contest, Friday night reception, Saturday night banquet and auction. Decoy collectors, appraisals, sales, and trades. Contact: Fritz Zanker, 530.894.5951; Bob Solari, 925.687.2013; www.pacificflyway.org


Pikes Peak Whittlers’ Woodcarving and Woodworking Show and Competition
October 9-10, 2021.
Colorado Springs Shrine Club, 6 South 33rd St., Colorado Springs. Sat 10a–5p, Sun 10a–4p. Admission: $3 adult, $2 military and children, children under 12 free with paid adult admission. Contact: Steve Gurnett, 719.339.5164, sgurnett@comcast.net








Spokane Carvers Artistry in Wood
Sept 25-26, 2021. Location to be announce. Registration Fri 3:30p–6:30p. Hours: Sat 9a–5p, Sun noon–4p. Admission: $5.00. Special categories: happiest holiday, wood turnings, and ALF (Almost Finished). Contact: Tim Rahman, 509.244.3467; SpokaneCarversInfo@Hughes.net; www.SpokaneCarvers.com. Registration and mail-ins: Ken Edgerly, 509.994.0026



Great Britain

The Festival of Bird Art, National Bird Carving Championships
Sept 11–12, 2021.
The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, U.K. Hours: Sat 11a–5p, Sun 10a–3:30p. Admission: Free to BDWCA members; adults £2.50; Seniors £2.00, under 16 free. Organized by the BDWCA (British Decoy & Wildfowl Carvers Association). Competition in youth, novice, intermediate, and advanced levels for textured waterfowl, birds of prey, gamebirds, seabirds, songbirds, decorative miniatures, interpretive wood sculptures, slick smoothie waterfowl, slick smoothie shorebirds and waders. Also open categories of working decoys, fish, carved bird head, plus carved bird head on a stick which is open to non-members. The British Bird Carving Championship runs in parallel with the BDWCA competition and is open to non-members and is judged with advanced level rules. Carving demonstrations; wood and tool supplies available. Contact: Pam Wilson, 011 44 7831 251779, shows@bdwca.org.uk, www.bdwca.org.uk


Decoy, Art, and Getaway Online Auction
Apr 4
–17, 2021. Sponsored by Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. Featuring decoy carvings, handmade creations from artists and artisans, handcrafted wooden eggs, and Chincoteague Island getaway packages. Auction hosted by Zeb B. Barfield, Inc.,at www.ZebsAuctions.com. Auction begins Apr 4. In-person viewing on Apr 16 from 4p–7p and Apr 17 from 9a–noon at the Chincoteague Center, 6155 Community Drive, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336. Pick up on Apr 18 from noon–3p with shipping available. Contact: 757.336.6161; www.ChincoteagueChamber.com

Virtually Modified Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition & Art Festival
April 23-25, 2021.
Online—Facebook & YouTube (@WardMuseum) All weekend long, the Ward Foundation will host an exciting line-up of virtual carving classes, workshops, demonstrations, and talks with world-renowned and award-winning artists. Those who attend the free, modified event will get to experience up close and personal tours of famous carvers’ workshops, receive an in-depth analysis of what judges look for in a Best in World carving, participate in live carving and critique sessions, and more. Carvers from all over will be able to mail-in carvings to compete in 15 unique categories that will be judged live, in-person at the Ward Museum. The annual Benefit Art Auction is being moved online. Contact: www.wardmuseum.org

Wildfowl Carving Magazine Online Competition
May 1-June 15, 2021.
The 4th annual carving competition opens for entries on May 1. Simply upload photos of your carving to our competition platform for judging. Three levels: Beginner, advanced, and expert. Cash prizes. Winners will appear in Competition 2021. Find details at www.wildfowl-carving.com/competition.


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