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.)


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Group - A Bark Carving & Found Wood
  • A401 - Bark Carving, two dimensional presentation
  • A402 - Bark Carving, three dimensional presentation
  • A403 - Found Wood
Group - B Relief
  • B405 - Relief, natural or stained finish
  • B406 - Relief, painted
Group - C Abstract and Ornamental
  • C411 - Abstract, no readily identifiable object
  • C412 - Ornamental; frames, musical instruments, spoons,
                        bowls, plaques, furniture, gunstocks
  • C413 - Jewelry
  • C414 - Canes
  • C415 - Walking Sticks
  • C416 - Floral in the round
  • C417 - Chip Carving, all forms
  • C418 - Miniature, Fits in a 4inch cube including the base
  • C419 - Mask, all subjects, must be pierced and the back             side must be hollowed and/or contoured to be worn
Group - D Animals
  • D421 - Full Figure, realist, painted
  • D422 - Full Figure, natural or stained​ finish
  • D423 - Non-Full Figure, realist, painted
  • D424 - Non-Full Figure, natural or stained
  • D425 - Carousel Animals/Menagerie, all forms & finishes
  • D426 - Interpretive or stylized
  • D427 - Combination of two or more Group D animals in a
                       Scene, all finishes
Group - E Caricatures
  • E431 - Animal Bird or Fish
  • E432 - Human, Full Figure
  • E433 - Human, Bust or Head, Non-Full Figure
  • E434 - Other Whimsical such as flowers, fruit or vegetables
  • E435 - Combining two or more Group E caricatures in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - F Birds
  • F441 - Waterfowl, sea birds, shorebirds, marsh birds,             realistic painted
  • F442 - Working Decoy, minimal texturing, painted
  • F443 - Game Bird, realistic, painted
  • F444 - Bird of Prey, realistic painted
  • F445 - Songbird, realistic painted
  • F446 - Miniature Bird (8" body rule), realistic painted
  • F447 - Non-Full Figure, all finishes
  • F448 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • F449 - Combination of two or more Group F birds in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - G Fish, Aquatic Animals, Amphibians
  • G451 - Fish, realistic, painted
  • G452 - Fish, realistic, natural or stained finish
  • G453 - Other Aquatic Creatures, Amphibians, Reptiles, and             Dinosaurs, realistic, all finishes
  • G454 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • G455 - Combining two or more Group G Creatures in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - H Humans
  • H461 - Full Figure, realistic, painted
  • H462 - Full Figure, realistic, natural or stained​ finish
  • H463 - Non-Full Figure, realistic, painted
  • H464 - Non-Full Figure, realistic, natural or stained
  • H465 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • H466 - Combination of two or more Group D animals in a
                       Scene, all finishes
Group - IAC Mentored, Assisted, or Rough-out
​    > A Mentored or Assisted entries are done in a seminar or under the guidance of a paid         or professional instructor
    > A Rough-out entry is made from a machine blank or other mass produced blank
  • IAC471 - Human, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC472 - Animal, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC473 - Birds, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC474 - Relief
  • IAC475 - Caricature, all forms
  • IAC476 - Interpretive or stylized
  • IAC477 - Bark Carving
  • IAC478 - Combination of two or more Group IAC items in a                    Scene, all fishes
  • IAC479 - Roughout
Group - L Religious and Mythical
  • L481 - Mythical, single figure and or group
  • L482 - Santa or Mrs Santa Claus, or group. all forms
  • L483 - Religious figure and/or group, all finishes
  • L484 - Katchina
  • L485 - Religious Crosses or other symbols, all finishes
  • L486 - Gnomes, all finishes
Group - M Miscellaneous
  • M491 - Team Carving - 2 or more artists carving and/or                       finishing the same entry
  • M492 - Wood Burning, natural or stained finish
  • M493 - Wood Burning, painted finish
  • M494 - Other
Group - N Other Than Wood
  • N495 - Any entries not predominately made of wood
Group - FW-410 CNC Manufactured items
Group - FW-430 Toys & Games
  • Toys & Models
  • Puzzles
  • Games & Game Boards
Group - FW-440 Turnings (Vases, Bowls,Plates, Pens, etc.)
  • Turnings Segmented
  • Turnings Center Work
  • Turning Face Work
  • Turnings Other
Group - FW-460 Miscellaneous
  • Musical Instruments
  • Mentored
  • Other
Group - FW-450 Scroll Saw Work
  •  Intarsia
  •  Fretwork
  • Other Scroll Saw Work
Group - FW-400 Art & Accessories
  •  Decorative Accessories
  •  Functional Accessories maximum dimensions 18" in any      one direction
  •  Marquetry / Veneering
Advanced Fine Woodworking Categories
Group - FW-420 Furniture