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

13th February 2016 - 9 am to 5 pm           14th February 2016 - 10 am to 4 pm
The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving and wood sculpture competition. It is open to all participants and to the general public. The 2016 Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale will be held on February 13 and 14, 2016. The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving and wood sculpture 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.

2015 Show Results

Once again the Desert Woodcarving Show Committee produced an outstanding show. The 2015 Desert Woodcarving Show was well received and attended. We had a good number of Display, Exhibitor, and Vendor tables and a paid public attendance of over 1,600 people. The competition tables displayed over 300 individual entries for judging and public viewing. For more on the winners and photos of some of the entries please see the winners section of this web site.  We will have more exciting activities and demonstrations. 

The youth soap carving was led by Janet Bolyard and once again was a great success. The whittling contest, led by Jack Prosilio, had more participants on both Saturday and Sunday. Many show participants and the general public really enjoyed the live birds brought by Liberty Wildlife.

The featured artists was Dave Rushlo who had excellent displays of his carvings. Dave has long been one of the moving forces for woodcarving in Arizona.  Over the years Dave has taught most of us how to improve our carving skills as well as upgrade our tools.  Most of the attendees enjoyed visiting with Dave.The show committee is now accepting nominations for the 2016 featured artist.

The Best of Open was awarded to Bill Daggett for his Abstract Carving titled "Love Flight". 
2016 Show Coming Up

Plan on attending the next Desert Woodcarving Show February 13-14, 2016.
    > Admission: $5 donation. Young adults under 14 are free.
    > Location: Mesa Centennial Hall
       201 N. Center St., Mesa (SE corner of University Dr and Center St)
    > Remember that entries are due on Friday, February 12, 2016.
       Please come between 11 am and 3 pm. Judging begins after 3 pm Friday. 
The Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale is held in conjunction with the Excellence in Woodworking show produced by the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers. One donation allows you to see TWO great shows.

Kirt Curits will be returning to judge the 2016 show.  Our second judge will be Floyd Rhadigan. The show committee is in the process of selecting the third judge.  For more information on the judges and their seminars see the Judging and Seminar sections of this web site.

The show committee is now accepting nominations for the featured artist for the 2016 show.

​The Demonstration Schedule and information on other activities at the 2016 show will be posted in early 2016.

​If you want to pre-order wood from Heincke Wood or carving supplies from Mountain Woodcarvers, you can do so and they will bring it to the show, see the vendors page for contact information.  Please place your order with them by Feb. 1st.


Show Committee:  

  Chairman:
   John Miklos
   (602) 840-9186

  Co-Chairman:
​   Dave Ester
   (814) 720-9427  

  Treasurer:
   Herb Miller

  Web Site:
   Walt Blackmore

 Committee Members:
   Lenny Sedlock
   Vern Baldus
2015 Featured Artist

Dave Rushlo
In memory of
Dick Moore
In memory of 
Leo Kasel
2015 Best of Show - Open
"Love Flight"
 by Bill Daggett
In memory of 
Eddie Jacobs
2015 Live Birds from

Liberty Wildlife
2015 Best Club Table

Southwest Woodcarvers - Tucson
2015 Best Exhibitor or Display Table

David Friesth & Jerry Chapman