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 2019


We would like to say thank you again to our 2018 judges.
BOB TRAVIS


Bob is a retired Professor of Plant Sciences, The University of California, Davis (UCD). While teaching Agronomy courses, and trying to figure out how Nitrogen gets into plant roots, he discovered caricature carving. Because of the latter discovery, he is still relatively sane.  
Bob is a Founding member of the Caricature Carvers of America (CCA). He served two terms as president of CCA, was the editor for the first two CCA books, and chaired the book committee on the next four books. He has judged numerous carving shows, and has taught caricature carving seminars throughout the US. Most notably he served on the Mid-America Doane Workshop teaching staff for twenty-five years. In addition, he has taught at the Northwest Carving Academy in Ellensburg, WA for the past five years.  
Bob lives in Davis, CA during the winter months. When not carving, he can usually be found at the UCD Coffee House commiserating with old colleagues about how the youngsters running the University insist upon re-inventing the wheel. Summers are spent in Montana intently watching the Gallatin River flow past his studio. Oh, and sometimes doing a little carving.  
J. Christopher White

J. Christopher White's signature style of realism flowing into stylized forms is unique. He works in weathered woods and finished carving are polished to high gloss. He has won top honors at national and international competitions. He has his pieces in museums and private collections worldwide.
Madaleen 'Maddy' Pulsifer/Kloeber

We are delighted to relate her remarkable success story. Born to create wood sculptures, clay models, bronzes, oil and watercolor paintings and then, communicate her extraordinary skills to students in a workshop setting which has been her life for the past twenty-two years.

three times she has been featured on the cover of the "National Woodcarver's Association" magazine Chip Chats and her award winning carvings have graced it's pages for many years.

Among her most notable commissions is a "Cheettah" created for the late Amanda Blake, "Miss Kitty" of TV's Gunsmoke" fame. Also' a welcoming Christ Cross' enshrined at St. Maria Goretti Church. Scottsdale, Arizona and her now famous " Pegasus" the mythical 

Bill Powell

Retired as Technical Director and Director of Melting for a major foundry group in 2008. I have been carving for 12 years. I prefer to carve in the Scandinavian flat plane style. For the past few years I have been developing an architectural style. Creating more realism in boards, stone, windows, shingles and other architectural features. In 2016 I wrote an article for Woodcarving Illustrated on carving a bank in a whimsical style showing off an enhanced, creative architectural style.
Judges for Youth and Novice levels of competition: