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

11th February 2017 - 9 am to 5 pm           12th February 2017 - 10 am to 4 pm
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 2017 Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale will be held on February 11 and 12, 2017. 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.

​2016 Show Results

Thanks to the outstanding efforts of John Miklos and his show committee the 2016 Desert Woodcarving Show had the highest number of entries since 2007. Fortunately the Show Committee had expanded the competition display area and was able to accommodate the over 400 competition entries for judging and public viewing. As usual we had a good number of Display, Exhibitor and Vendor tables.

The paid public of nearly 1,700 enjoyed the competition entries, the live birds brought by Liberty Wildlife as well as the Show Demonstrations which were in a partitioned off area which provided improved acoustics and visibility for the attendees.

This year we had a record number participants in the whittling contest which was led by Jerry Berg and again high participation in the youth soap carving sessions lead by Janet Bolyard and Mary Ann Johnson.

The 2016 Featured Artist was Bobby Gray who has been a mainstay for the show and its sponsoring clubs for the past several years. The Best of Show Open was awarded to Mike Lenahan for his stylized “Southwest Cactus Nest” and the People’s Choice was won by Bill Dagget for his “River Rascal”


2017 Show Coming Up

Plan on attending the next Desert Woodcarving Show February 11-12, 2017

The 2017 Show will feature a new category “Chairman’s Challenge”. The 2017 Chairman’s Challenge will be a “Caricature Herbivore Mammal”
For more information on the competition and the competition categories see the competition and competition rules sections of the web site.

Dave Stetson will be returning to judge the 2017 show. The Show committee has not selected the other two judges at this time.

The show committee is now accepting nominations for the Featured Artist for the 2017 show and the 2017 demonstration schedule will be posted once the committee has invited the demonstrators.
Remember to visit our vendor and supporter page to order your supplies. These companies and individuals have consistently supported the Desert Woodcarving Show for this we thank them.






Show Committee:  

  Chairman:
   Dave Ester
   (814) 720-9427

  Co-Chairman:
​   Bill Miller 

  Treasurer:
   Herb Miller

 Committee Members:
   Lenny Sedlock
   Vern Baldus
   Walt Blackmore
   Dave Friesth
   Bobby Gray

Web Site
   Dave Morrow
2015 Best of Show - Open
"Love Flight"
 by Bill Daggett