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.)

The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving and wood sculpture including fine woodworking and carvings other than wood. It is open to all participants and to the general public. The 2018 Desert Woodcarving Show & Sale will be held on February 10 and 11, 2018. The Desert Woodcarving Show and Sale is a judged wood carving, wood sculpture fine woodworking and carvings other than wood competition. It is open to all levels of participation from beginners to professionals, as well as open to the general public. Many participants have their work for sale and we have a number of Vendors selling tools and carving supplies.  Adult admission Fee is $10 for the weekend, Parking is free.

2017 Show Results

Show Committee:  

   Bill Miller

​   Lenny Sedlock

   Herb Miller

 Committee Members:
   Lenny Sedlock
   Vern Baldus
   Walt Blackmore
   Dave Friesth
   Bobby Gray

Web Site
   Dave Morrow
for the 
2018 show

Silent Auction

Wood Turnings

Fine Woodworking
2017 Best of Show Carving Winners
2017 Best of Show 
Fine Woodworker Winners
Chairman's Choice Award 

Double Trouble 
Jerry Berg

28th Annual Desert Woodcarving Show

Thanks to the efforts of Dave Ester and his show committee, the 2017 Desert Woodcarving Show had over 320 entries. The Show Committee’s experiment with a silent auction was quite successful as over 50% of the offerings were sold. As in past years we also had a good number of display, exhibitor and vendor tables during the event held in Mesa, Arizona. The inclusion of the Fine Woodworking competition added additional interest for the attendees.

Over 1,400 people enjoyed viewing the competition carvings and the silent auction offerings. Once again the show demonstrations were held in a separate area. The video screen projection offers both good visibility and the acoustics for the viewer audience. 
We had a record number of carvers entering the Whittling Contest led by Jerry Berg from the Southwest Woodcarvers in Tucson AZ.

Our thanks go to Steve Cullen, Dorothy Patton, and Jerry Chapman from the Arizona Woodcarvers Association who took charge of the youth soap-carving and found that many adults were interested in participating in carving soap!

George Pongracz, our Featured Artist this year, has been a mainstay for the local clubs for the past several years as well as one of our favorite suppliers of small starter carving projects. 


We’re looking forward to next year’s show on February 9-11, 2018. Due to its success the show committee has decided to continue the Silent Auction. 

In 2018 Debbie Edwards will be returning as Chief Judge and will be joined by Bob Travis and Josh Guge. Debbie and Josh will also be leading seminars the week before or after the show. For more information on the judges, seminars, competition categories and rules please see the competition section of the web site.

While we like to think everyone who participated in the 2017 Desert Woodcarving Show. A complete listing of the carving and fine woodworking winners is listed on the show web site
2018 Desert Woodcarving & Fine Woodworking Show
February 10 ( 9-5) and 11 (10-4)  
Josh Guge's seminar is FULL! 
A waiting list has been opened.

Debbe Edward's seminar is FULL!
A waiting list has been opened
Show registration and carving drop off is February 9 from 11am - 3 pm