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.)


Intermediate Carving Category Definition
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Group - A Bark Carving & Found Wood
  • A301 - Bark Carving, two dimensional presentation
  • A302 - Bark Carving, three dimensional presentation
  • A303 - Found Wood
Group - B Relief
  • B305 - Relief, natural or stained finish
  • B306 - Relief, painted
Group - C Abstract and Ornamental
  • C311 - Abstract, no readily identifiable object
  • C312 - Ornamental; frames, musical instruments, spoons,
                        bowls, plaques, furniture, gunstocks
  • C313 - Jewelry
  • C314 - Canes
  • C315 - Walking Sticks
  • C316 - Floral in the round
  • C317 - Chip Carving, all forms
  • C318 - Miniature, Fits in a 4inch cube including the base
  • C319 - Mask, all subjects, must be pierced and the back             side must be hollowed and/or contoured to be worn
Group - D Animals
  • D321 - Full Figure, realist, painted
  • D322 - Full Figure, natural or stained​ finish
  • D323 - Non-Full Figure, realist, painted
  • D324 - Non-Full Figure, natural or stained
  • D325 - Carousel Animals/Menagerie, all forms & finishes
  • D326 - Interpretive or stylized
  • D327 - Combination of two or more Group D animals in a
                       Scene, all finishes
Group - E Caricatures
  • E331 - Animal Bird or Fish
  • E332 - Human, Full Figure
  • E333 - Human, Bust or Head, Non-Full Figure
  • E334 - Other Whimsical such as flowers, fruit or vegetables
  • E335 - Combining two or more Group E caricatures in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - F Birds
  • F341 - Waterfowl, sea birds, shorebirds, marsh birds,             realistic painted
  • F342 - Working Decoy, minimal texturing, painted
  • F343 - Game Bird, realistic, painted
  • F344 - Bird of Prey, realistic painted
  • F345 - Songbird, realistic painted
  • F346 - Miniature Bird (8" body rule), realistic painted
  • F347 - Non-Full Figure, all finishes
  • F348 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • F349 - Combination of two or more Group F birds in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - G Fish, Aquatic Animals, Amphibians
  • G351 - Fish, realistic, painted
  • G352 - Fish, realistic, natural or stained finish
  • G353 - Other Aquatic Creatures, Amphibians, Reptiles, and             Dinosaurs, realistic, all finishes
  • G354 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • G355 - Combining two or more Group G Creatures in a             Scene, all finishes
Group - H Humans
  • H361 - Full Figure, realistic, painted
  • H362 - Full Figure, realistic, natural or stained​ finish
  • H363 - Non-Full Figure, realistic,  painted
  • H364 - Non-Full Figure, realistic, natural or stained
  • H365 - Interpretive or Stylized
  • H366 - 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
  • IAC371 - Human, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC372 - Animal, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC373 - Birds, realistic or stylized, all finishes
  • IAC374 - Relief
  • IAC375 - Caricature, all forms
  • IAC376 - Interpretive or stylized
  • IAC377 - Bark Carving
  • IAC 378 - Combination of two or more Group IAC items in a                  Scene, all finishes
  • IAC379 - Rouhgout
Group - L Religious and Mythical
  • L381 - Mythical, single figure and or group
  • L382 - Santa or Mrs Santa Claus, or group. all forms
  • L383 - Religious figure and/or group, all finishes
  • L384 - Katchina
  • L385 - Religious Crosses or other symbols, all finishes
  • L386 - Gnomes, all finishes
Group - M Miscellaneous
  • M391 - Team Carving - 2 or more artists carving and/or                       finishing the same entry
  • M392 - Wood Burning, natural or stained finish
  • M393 - Wood Burning, painted finish
  • M394 - Other
Group - N Other Than Wood
  • N395 - Any entries not predominately made of wood
Group - FW-310 CNC Manufactured items
Group - FW-330 Toys & Games
  • Toys & Models
  • Puzzles
  • Games & Game Boards
Group - FW-340 Turnings (Vases, Bowls,Plates, Pens, etc.)
  •  Turnings Segmented
  •  Turnings Center Work
  •  Turning Face Work
  •  Turnings Other
Group - FW-360 Miscellaneous
  •  Musical Instruments
  •  Mentored
  • Other
Group - FW-350 Scroll Saw Work
  • Intarsia
  • Fretwork
  • Other Scroll Saw Work
Group - FW-300 Art & Accessories
  •  Decorative Accessories
  •  Functional Accessories maximum dimensions 18" in any one direction
  •  Marquetry / Veneering
Intermediate Fine Woodworking Categories
Group - FW-320 Furniture