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.)

Judges for Open, Advanced, and Intermediate levels of competition:

Judging ProceduresJudges Biographies

Judges Biographies for 2024

Judges for Youth and Novice levels of competition:

Check out the websites of the judges for examples of their work and more information.

Bob Travis

Bob has been carving for over 30 years.He is also a founding member of The Caricature Carvers of America. He has Benn a show judge at several carving shows across America. Bob spends most of his free time in his carving studio in Montana.
Madaleen “Maddy” Pulsifer/Kloeber

Born to create wood sculptures, clay models, bronzes, oil and watercolor paintings Maddy has proudly shared her amazing skills with her students in a workshop setting for over 20 years and continues to do so. Perhaps what sets her apart is the pride she takes in the successes and recognition her students have enjoyed over the years by way of the countless awards including many best of show, people’s choice and blue ribbons they have won. It is no wonder she is acclaimed by her peers as one of the top instructors in the country.
She now has two videos guiding you through carving a donkey and an elephant on with more to come. You can also find many other projects with great teachers on this website.
Maddy has been featured on the cover of “National Woodcarvers Association” magazine “Chip Chats” three times and her award winning carvings have graced its pages for many years. Among her most notable commissions is the Cheetah she created for the late Amanda Blake (Miss Kitty of Gunsmoke fame) and the now famous “Pegasus”, the mythical winged steed.
In 1997 Maddy was selected “Artist of the Year” by the Arizona Woodcarvers Association and was featured at the Annual Show in 1998. In 2001 she was selected “Artist of the Year” by Grand Canyon Woodcarver Association and was featured at the Phoenix Civic Center’s Plaza Show.

Dave Stetson

Dave is a founding member of "Caricature Carvers of America". Dave is a full time wood carver and has classes on "The Wood Carver's Academy". He has judged many shows around the country.