Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships
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 CanadianNationals.net. 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,
Jeff Hewitt, Ontario 3rd place, Beginner Class
Jeff Krete, Ontario 1st Place, Best of Show, Master Class
Pat Godin, Ontario 2nd Place, Best of Show, Master Class
African Pygmy Falcon
Bruce Lepper, Ontario 1st Place, M&T Purchase Award, Open Class
Bruce Lepper, Ontario 1st Place, Ontario Die Purchase Award, Open Class
Jonny Gasbarrina, Quebec 1st Place, Intermediate Class