The Novice categories are listed below. For more detailed information about the Novice level and entry requirements, please see the Competition page.
|Novice Categories||Novice Categories|
|Group B - Relief||Group G – Fish, Aquatic Creatures, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Dinosaurs|
|Relief, Bark Carving, Found Wood - Any subject, all finishes||B-100||Fish, and other realistic Aquatic Creatures, Amphibians, Reptiles, and Dinosaurs, all finishes, realistic, painted||G-150|
|Group C - Abstract and Ornamental||Group H - Humans|
|Abstract (no readily identifiable object), Ornamental Carving, Frames, Gunstocks, Furniture, Musical Instruments, Bowls, Plaques, Jewelry, Canes, Walking Sticks, Floral In-The-Round, Chip Carving, Miniature (Fits in a 4” cube including base)||C-110||Full Figure realistic, Non-Full Figure realistic, Bust or Head realistic, Interpretive or Stylized Human Figure, Mask (all subjects, the Mask must be pierced and back side hollowed and/or contoured to be worn), all finishes||H-160|
|Group D – Animals||Group - IAC - Mentored1 or Assisted1 and Rough-out2|
|Full Figure, Non-Full Figure, Carousel Animals/Menagerie, Interpretive or Stylized Animals, all forms & finishes||D-120||Human, Animal, Bird, Relief, Caricature, Miscellaneous/Other, All Rough-outs, any finish||IAC-170|
|Group E - Caricatures||Group L - Religious and Mythical|
|Human Full Figure, Animal, Bird, Fish or other Aquatic Animal, Bust or Head, non-full figure, all finishes||E-130||Mythical, Mr or Mrs Santa Claus, Religious Figure, Kachina, all finishes||L-180|
|Group F – Birds||Group M - Miscellaneous|
|Waterfowl (sea bird, shorebird, marsh bird), Working Decoy (minimal texturing), Game Bird, Bird of Prey, Songbird, Miniature Bird (8" body rule), Interpretive or Stylized Bird, all finishes||F-140||Team Carving, Wood Burning, any other carving that does not fit into another category, all finishes||M-190|
|Group N - Other than Wood|
|Any entries not predominately made from wood||N-195|
1 - Mentored or Assisted - any seminar carvings or carvings done under the guidance of an instructor or professional tutor.
2 - Rough-out - any carving made from a machine blank or other mass-produced blank.