Canadian Woodworking

Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships

Blog by Rob Brown
Canvasback Drake

For the past 31 years, the Grand Valley Woodcarvers have put on a carving competition in the Waterloo, Ontario, region.

It’s been associated with a few different woodworking shows in the past, though they’ve had to adjust how the competition has been put on in order to keep it running. After missing the last two years due to COVID-19, the competition returns in a few months.

Anyone can make a submission, as long as the object has been hand made in the 12 months before the show. Categories including junior, youth, novice, intermediate and open. The categories of handmade objects accepted into the show include wildfowl, carving in the round, relief carving, chip carving, caricature, pyrography, cane, fish and aquatic, bark carving, and interpretive.


To learn more about the competition, and to submit your entry, visit The club is also accepting donations, as putting on a large show and competition like this is expensive. Donations can be made on their website.


Included here are some of the winners from the most recent competition and show in 2019.

32nd annual show

Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships and Wood Art Competition

June 3-5, 2022

Manulife Financial Sportsplex, RIM Park

2001 University Ave., East,

Waterloo, Ont.,

Canvasback Drake

Jeff Hewitt, Ontario 3rd place, Beginner Class

Canvasback Drake

Griffin Vulture

Jeff Krete, Ontario 1st Place, Best of Show, Master Class

Griffin Vulture

Mallard Hen

Pat Godin, Ontario 2nd Place, Best of Show, Master Class

Mallard Hen

African Pygmy Falcon

Bruce Lepper, Ontario 1st Place, M&T Purchase Award, Open Class

African Pygmy Falcon

Belted Kingfisher

Bruce Lepper, Ontario 1st Place, Ontario Die Purchase Award, Open Class

Belted Kingfisher

Western Grebe

Jonny Gasbarrina, Quebec 1st Place, Intermediate Class

Western Grebe
Last modified: March 30, 2022

Rob Brown - [email protected]

Rob is a studio furniture maker and the editor at Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement. Instagram at @RobBrownTeaches


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  2. Hello-at long last I am hoping to get to the June 2022 show.I purchased the most exquisite carvings of a duck family done in 1993 by a carver named Scott Jones,and wondered if anyone has heard of him.Perhaps he is not from Canada. Pat Godin’s carving reminds me of his.

  3. I have tried to obtain off the website the rules and groups that will be judged but I keep getting told page not available. I have a couple of carvers from Ottawa that want to attend and are looking for the information. thank you

  4. Hello Rob. Thanks for a fantastic article about our Show! Anne Forler, Treasurer, Grand Valley Woodcarvers.

  5. Hello
    Looks like the link to is not working it takes me to CN Rail. or back the original post page. I was looking for more details to enter carvings it has been a while since I have

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