Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale
Open to the Public and All Carvers, Fine Woodworkers and Wood Turners
A Judged Wood Sculpture Competition
Mesa Centennial Hall
201 N. Center St. Mesa AZ (SE Corner University Dr & Center St.)

The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving and wood sculpture including fine woodworking and carvings other than wood. It is open to all participants and to the general public. The 2023 Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale will be held in February 25 and 26 2023. The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving, wood sculpture fine woodworking and carvings other than wood competition. It is open to all levels of participation from beginners to professionals, as well as open to the general public. Many participants have their work for sale and we have a number of Vendors selling tools and carving supplies.  Adult admission Fee is $10 for the weekend, Parking is free.

Saturday Hours 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday Hours   10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Show Committee:  

​   Mark Mosher

  Show Contact:
    Bobby Gray

 Committee Members:
   Bill Miller
   Lenny Sedlock
   Vern Baldus
   John Miklos
   Dave Rushlo
   Dave Friesth
   Dave Stetson
   Dave Ester
   Dave Morrow
   Bobby Gray

Web Site:
   Dave Morrow

Mail address:

Desert Woodcarving Show
7316 E Southern Ave, Box 14269
Mesa , AZ 85216

2017 Best of Show 
Fine Woodworker Winners
Chairman's Choice Award 

Double Trouble 
Jerry Berg

28th Annual Desert Woodcarving Show

Thanks to the efforts of Dave Ester and his show committee, the 2017 Desert Woodcarving Show had over 320 entries. The Show Committee’s experiment with a silent auction was quite successful as over 50% of the offerings were sold. As in past years we also had a good number of display, exhibitor and vendor tables during the event held in Mesa, Arizona. The inclusion of the Fine Woodworking competition added additional interest for the attendees.

Over 1,400 people enjoyed viewing the competition carvings and the silent auction offerings. Once again the show demonstrations were held in a separate area. The video screen projection offers both good visibility and the acoustics for the viewer audience. 
We had a record number of carvers entering the Whittling Contest led by Jerry Berg from the Southwest Woodcarvers in Tucson AZ.

Our thanks go to Steve Cullen, Dorothy Patton, and Jerry Chapman from the Arizona Woodcarvers Association who took charge of the youth soap-carving and found that many adults were interested in participating in carving soap!

George Pongracz, our Featured Artist this year, has been a mainstay for the local clubs for the past several years as well as one of our favorite suppliers of small starter carving projects. 


We’re looking forward to next year’s show on February 9-11, 2018. Due to its success the show committee has decided to continue the Silent Auction. 

In 2018 Debbie Edwards will be returning as Chief Judge and will be joined by Bob Travis and Josh Guge. Debbie and Josh will also be leading seminars the week before or after the show. For more information on the judges, seminars, competition categories and rules please see the competition section of the web site.

While we like to think everyone who participated in the 2017 Desert Woodcarving Show. A complete listing of the carving and fine woodworking winners is listed on the show web site
32th Annual

2023 Desert Woodcarving & Fine Woodworking Show
February 25 and 26 2023

Desert Woodcarving and Fine Woodworking show

We used 72 bars of soap in two days

We really want to thank our vendors who provide tools and supplies. Please support them, they sure support the show.
Last years show 2017
Mountain Woodcarvers
Tools, supplies and books
Buck and Sally

Basswood, Butternut and walking sticks
Airbrush tools and supplies
Moore Roughouts.
Best of the 2022 Show
Best Show Winner Bob Zagley
Best of Show Second Place Winner John Weeks
Carvers and Fine Woodworkers
Project delivery February 24 between 11:00 AM and 3:00 PM
Mel & RaeAnn Yoder
935 E. Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85204
Co-Chairman's Choice Award Bonnie Gibson
Chairman's Choice and Peoples's Choice Award WinnerJerry Boone
Best of Show Third Place Bob Sorenson
Dave Stetson Featured Carver