CARVING SHOW DIVISIONS / CATEGORIES
REGARDLESS of the category entered, any piece may only be entered
once in competition. All entries must be the sole
work of the person entering the item. Carvings from Roughouts
may ONLY be entered in Categories #47 and #48 and All Novice Categories.
Group and scene carvings must be securely attached to a base (excluding
Treenware). All carvings must be wood (no resin, bronze,
reproductions or appliques). Any finish may be used in
all categories. All Blue Ribbon Winners will receive Cash Awards.
Roughout (#47), instructor assisted (#48) and Older than 5 Years
(#50) carvings do not qualify for Best of Show awards. Carvers
wishing to compete may enter in only ONE Division – either
Novice or Open. Carvers will NOT be allowed
to compete in both divisions.
A “Novice Carver” is defined as a person who has NEVER
won a blue ribbon in a NAWC Show. If participating in this Novice
Division, you will NOT be allowed to enter carvings
in the Open Division.
Novice Instructor Assisted – Any subject carved while under
instruction in a class or seminar. List instructor's name and
date of class on entry ticket.
Novice "In The Round" – Any subject, any finish,
single or group.
3. Novice Relief – Any subject, any finish.
4. Novice Pyrography – Wood burning on a flat surface,
no carving - any subject, any finish.
5. Novice Caricature – Any subject, any finish,
single or group.
6. Novice Miscellaneous – Any subject not specified in
categories #1 through #5.
1ST, 2ND AND 3RD BEST OF SHOW WILL BE SELECTED FROM OPEN DIVISION
BLUE RIBBON WINNERS
7. Realistic Human Figure – Accurate, full figure,
carved “in the round” - single.
8. Realistic Human Bust – Accurate carving displaying head,
shoulders and upper chest “in the round” - single.
9. Realistic Animal – Accurate representation “in the round”
10. Realistic Animal Bust – Accurate carving displaying
head, shoulders and upper chest “in the round” - single or group.
11. Realistic Group – 2 or more figures “in the round”
displayed on a fixed based - animal, human or mix.
12. Realistic Fish / Marine / Aquatic Life – Accurate representation
“in the round” - single or group.
13. Song Bird – A “singing” bird (Example: cardinal, robin)–
14. Bird of Prey – Any carnivorous bird that seizes and
flies off with its prey. With or without prey – single or group.
Example: owl, hawk, raptor.
15. Shorebird – A shorebird is a bird that frequents seashores/shorelines
(Example: sandpiper, avocet) – single or group.
Game Bird – A game bird is a bird hunted for sport (Example:
pheasant, quail) – single or group.
17. Ducks / Waterfowl – Single
18. Caricature Human – Human figure with exaggerated features
“in the round” - single.
19. Caricature Human or Animal in a Scene – Single full
figure with exaggerated features “in the round” displayed on a
fixed base. To qualify as a scene, a component of the scene (excluding
the base) must be independent from the single full figure. Example:
A carpenter holding a hammer is considered a single figure. If
the hammer is elsewhere on the base away from the figure, it’s
considered a scene. Carvings with more than one living creature
(excluding plants) must be entered in category #22 as a “Caricature
20. Caricature Animal, Bird or Fish – Single full figure
with exaggerated features “in the round” - single.
21. Caricature Bust – Carving displaying head, shoulders
and upper chest with exaggerated features “in the round” - single.
22. Caricature Group – Two or more figures with exaggerated
features “in the round” displayed on a fixed based - any mix of
Pyrography – Buildings/Structures
- Wood burning on a flat
surface, no carving - any scene other than nature.
24. Pyrography - Animals / WIldlife
- Wood burning on a flat surface, no carving - any scene other
25. Pyrography – Miscellaneous - Wood burning on a flat surface,
no carving - any pyrography subject not covered by #23 & #24.
26. Found Wood – (ie. driftwood, cypress knees, fence
posts) - Carved in wood in its “natural state”.
28. Relief – Buildings
/ Structures - any scene other than nature.
Relief – Human(s).
30. Relief – Animal(s), Bird(s), Insect(s), Fish.
31. Relief – Miscellaneous - Any subject not listed
in categories #28 - #30.
32. Chip Carving / Positive Image/Gouge*
– The part left uncarved shows the design.
33. Chip Carving / Negative Image* – The carved part shows
34. Chip Carving / Freeform Image - Non-geometrical and/or
natural forms created by incising the design.
36. Novelties / Bottle Stoppers / Treenware
38. Canes / Staffs
39. Santa Claus – Just Santa Claus “in the round” or relief.
40. Holiday Items – Includes all holidays. Any holiday
subject “in the round” or relief - realistic or caricature - single
or group (group must be on a fixed base). Excludes Santa Claus
only category #39 above.
41. Mythical & Carousel Figures – Single or group. (Mythical
includes: wizards, gnomes, fairies, dragons, witches, warlocks,
Wood Turning Bowls / Goblets / Vases – Any finish.
43. Wood Turning Pens – Any finish.
44. All other Turnings – Any
turning not specified in categories #42 and #43 above - any finish.
45. Stylized – A “stylized” representation of a form/figure
“without the details” – any subject, single or group.
46. Miniature – Must fit inside a 2 inch cube – any subject.
47. Rough-outs – Carved from another carver’s roughout
– any subject. Instructor assisted roughout carvings are NOT eligible.
Instructor Assisted – Any subject carved while under instruction
in a class or seminar taught after May 2020. List instructor's
name and date of class on entry ticket.
49. Miscellaneous – Any subject not
specified in categories #7 through #46 (excludes #50).
50. "Older than 5 Years" –
Any carving older than 5 years old.
version of mailer - includes rules, categories, map, application,