Entry Information

Download the entire CWC Information for your personal use: CWC Book 2015.
It includes the rules, regulations, category clarification, judging info, agenda, and more).
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You can register your entry online.
Print off the entry form and mail it to us. Please ensure that your entry forms arrives at least 1 week prior to the event.

Fill in the pertinent information and mail to:

Canadian Woodcarving Champtionship
c/o Gina Downes
1165 Concession 3 Road
Fisherville, ON N0A 1G0

OR
Send an Email by February 20, 2015, with the following information…

In the Subject line put: “CWC 2015 – Entry”
In the message put…

  • Your Name
  • Your Address
  • Your Telephone Number
  • Level (Class) you are in such as Open, Intermediate, Novice, Youth
  • How many carvings total (only 2 per category)
  • Itemized Carving Description and Category #

Check out the Entry Form and see which Categories are available.

Dates and Times

Entry forms, payment and carvings will be accepted for the CWC at the:

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
Hamilton International Airport
9280 Airport Road
Mount Hope, Ontario.
From:  2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015

General Rules and Regulations
  1. The Carving Competition is open to all wood carvers. Carvers are not limited to the number of categories they wish to enter but they are limited to 2 carvings per category or sub-category.
  2. The same carving may not be entered more than once, except for Class Purchase Awards.
  3. A carver can enter in only 1 (one) class. Since the Sponsor Purchase Awards are not considered “Classes”, a carver may enter carvings in the Sponsor PA, and others in his or her designated class, this provided that rules #1and #2 are adhered to.
  4. The Rules Committee of The Canadian Woodcarving Championship reserves the right to accept or reject any entry or entries in all categories and to display only those exhibits that are acceptable quality or that exhibit space may permit.
  5. While the Hamilton Wood Show and The Canadian Woodcarving Championship agree to take every reasonable precaution to ensure the safety of carvings in the show, it must be understood that carvers are required to directly assume all risks of loss or damage.
  6. Should any article be accidentally damaged, lost or stolen, The Hamilton Wood Show / CWC will render all assistance in their power for the recovery of the same, but will not recognize any claim for payment of the value or any portion thereof.
  7. If the question is raised as to the carver’s production, ownership, or right to compete, the carver shall, if the Rules Committee requires, make a statutory declaration that the article in question is the production and property of the carver.
  8. Carvers must make their own choice as to the class and category in which they enter carvings. However the Rules Committee reserve the right to transfer any carvings from one category to another, to combine any category or categories where the number of entries is not sufficient to provide competition.
  9. The right to alter, interpret, amend, add to or cancel any of these rules or to grant relaxation from them in individual cases is reserved to the Rules Committee in their absolute discretion. Should any questions arise not provided for in these rules and regulations, the decision of the Rules Committee of the Canadian Woodcarving Championship shall be final.
  10. The CWC is a relatively new venture. Any suggestions, as to its improvement, would be appreciated and would be given due consideration by the Organizing Committee.
Entry Procedures
  1. Carvers can also register online.

    1.

    Option 1: (Pre-Registration)
    Entry forms and payment may be sent by mail up to 1 week prior to the show. See ‘ Entry Fee’ schedule.Make cheque payable to the Canadian Woodcarving Championship and mail to :1165 Concession 3 Road, Fisherville, ON N0A 1G0.
    A $2.00 rebate can be deducted for early registration.

    Option 2: E Mail) Deadline: 1 week prior to the show.
    Send detailed information, as required on the Entry Form, CWC@WoodShows.com. An Entry Form will be completed and will require your signature, along with payment, at Registration. $2 early bird registration savings does not apply when paying at the show.

    Option 3:
    Entry forms and payment at the CWC at the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. Entry forms will be available if required. All cheques to be made payable to: Canadian Woodcarving Championship. See ‘Entry Fee’ schedule.

    2.

    Registration:
    Entry forms, payment and carvings will be accepted for the CWC at the:

    Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
    Hamilton International Airport
    9280 Airport Road
    Mount Hope, Ontario.
    From:  2:00 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 26, 2015
    8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Friday, February 27, 2015

    Entry Price: $10 per carver, and $5 for each carving. Save $2 if you pre-register and pay for your carving 1 week prior to the event.

    3.

    Entries can be brought in by other than the actual carver, provided the carver has filled in and signed the Entry Form. This “Courier” approach is encouraged. The Carver is responsible for, and must acquire, his or her claim ticket and entry pass from the courier. These are absolutely necessary for the claiming of a carving on Sunday at 5.00 PM.

    4.

    Upon Registration a Claim Ticket will be issued and must be retained as a claim ticket for carvings and to claim Registration Prize if won.
    (The entry form will be used for the Registration Draw so all requested Information must be provided.
    No more than 2 carvings per category can be entered by the same person.

    5.

    Signature / Identification on the carving must be covered with tape prior to the judging.

    6.

    Carvings will remain on display for the duration of the show and MUST NOT be removed until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

    7.

    Shipping containers will NOT be stored at the show.

    8.

    Each competitor will be given a weekend pass. (started in 2014)
    Passes are not to be given to friends & family. Any abuse will result in your weekend pass being confiscated and in future years, you will not be given a weekend pass.

Entry Fees

You may either Register at the Show at the times indicated in the Dates and Times
or you can Pre-register online by Mail or E-Mail by February 20, 2015 (Details below).

COMETITION PRICES

Youth – Free 
Open, Intermediate & Novice Class
Entry Fee $10 + $5 for each carving.
Save $2 off your entry fee if your send in your registration and payment 1 week prior to the event.

Please note that in previous years, the $2 was refunded at the show. We are changing that procedure and you can now deduct the $2 when you send in your payment. If you pre-register, but pay at the show, you will not receive the $2 discount.

How to Pre-register…

Online – Click Here

By Mail – before February 20, 2015
Print the Entry form and send it in with your payment.

Download CWC Book

Make cheques payable to the
Canadian Woodcarving Championship

Mail to :
The Canadian Woodcarving Championship
c/o Gina Downes
1165 Concession 3 Road
Fisherville, ON N0A 1G0

By Email – before February 20, 2015
* NOTE * – In the subject line, be sure to put: Entry Info CWC 2015
Send an email – with details of # of carvings, descriptions, categories, your class (or level), your name, phone and address. Or print the entry form and return it by email.

Pay when delivering carvings at the show – at the times indicated in the “Dates & Times”. Carvings will not be accepted at times other than those shown for Carving Registration on the Dates and Times.

Entries can be brought in by other than the actual carver, provided the carver has filled in and signed theEntry Form. This ‘Courier’ approach is encouraged. The CARVER is responsible for, and must acquire, his or her claim ticket and entry pass. These are absolutely necessary for the claiming of a carving on Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Carving Guidelines

All Classes, all Categories.

  • All carvings must be the sole work of the entrant. It is strongly recommended that all carvings be signed & dated. (However, this should be covered with tape for anonymity).
  • All carvings must have been completed within the last 12 months of the show dates.
  • Entries from Previous CWC years are prohibited
  • All entries must be made of wood. Except for Category 20 see Category Clarifications below
  • Glass eyes are accepted.
  • Other materials may be used as functionally required. i.e.. Hinges, hasps, drawer pulls, cane tips, etc.
  • Where a Wildfowl size is specified, that dimension shall be measured from the base of the Bill to the end of the Body (Pygostyle) using a tape measure. (Done this way at World’s 2007).

OPEN CLASS

  • Other materials may be used for habitat, bases, and structural purposes but must be hand formed.
  • The use of real rocks, uncarved driftwood, etc. is NOT accepted.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

  • Other materials may be used for habitat, bases, and structural purposes but must be hand formed.
  • The use of real rocks, un-carved driftwood, etc. (for habitat or bases) is discouraged.

NOVICE CLASS & YOUTH

  • Other materials may be used for habitat, bases, and structural purposes. i.e. pewter feet, driftwood, etc.
Category Classifications

General All Wildfowl and Wildlife categories include domestic breeds.

Category 5 – Waterfowl:

5A – Working Decoys
Must be life size, practical and durable. Combing, blending, scratch painting and stippling is acceptable but no burning or texturing. Decoys may be floated and must self right from any position. Geese, swans and their sub species will be required to self- right from the side only.

5B – Smoothies & Realistic
Basically a decorative decoy. Life size. Will not be floated. Decorative painting is encouraged but no feather burning or other fine texturing. Delineation of feather groups and of the bill and elevated primaries is acceptable. There should be minimal feather sculpting and texturing.

Category 6 – Human Figures – ‘In the Round’ – Realistic or Stylized
Includes busts, heads, and other body parts.

Category 7 – Caricatures
Any subject. Must have exaggerated features. Carving knife marks preferable.

Category 9 – Abstract and Interpretive
Abstract – a creation that does not resemble any known subject
Interpretive – The artist’s perception of a known subject but the creation is not detailed enough to be stylized.

Category 18 – Other Media
For carvings done in Soap Stone, Bone, Antlers, Golf Balls, Nuts, Etc. All Rules, Regulations & Carving Guidelines apply. There will be one Class including all categories. The winner will not be eligible for the Best of Show competition.

Categories 19 – Marquetry
A separate competition, on a trial basis, with one (1) Class and a separate prize pool. All Rules, Regulations, & Carving Guidelines apply. There will be one class including all Categories. The winner will not be eligible for the Best of Show competition. The size of entries should, in general, be comparable to entries in the other competitions. No Furniture. If in doubt, call Gina Downes 905-779-0422.
Call Gina Downes @ 905-779-0722 or Email.

Space for hanging entries is limited, so, when possible, a suitable stand should be provided. Please tag the stand for identification.

Competition Levels

OPEN CLASS

  • For those carvers or professionals who have won a 1st Best of Show OR, have won an Intermediate 1st Best of Class OR a total of Ten (10) 1st place ribbons at the Intermediate level in recognized Carving Competitions.

INTERMEDIATE CLASS

  • For carvers who have advanced beyond the Novice stage and who have won, as a Novice, a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Best of Show, OR a Novice Best of Class, OR Five (5) 1st place ribbons at the Novice level in recognized Carving Competitions.
  • A Carver, who has won a first place ribbon in the Open Class, OR a 1st Best of Show, OR an Intermediate 1st Best of Class, OR Ten (10) 1st in Intermediate, may NOT enter Intermediate.

NOVICE CLASS

  • Open to any carver who has yet to win Five (5) 1st place ribbons in recognized Carving Competitions.
  • NOTE: A carver, who has won a first place ribbon in the Intermediate Class, OR a 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Best of Show, OR a Novice 1st Best of Class, OR Five (5)-1st in Novice, may NOT enter Novice.

YOUTH CLASSES
Youth 1 – 12 years and under
Youth 2 – 13 to 15 Years.
No class or category segregation. All entries, in each Class will be judged together.

BEST OF CLASS
All 1st place winners of each Category in that Class are eligible.

BEST OF SHOW
The 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners of the Open, Intermediate & Novice BEST OF CLASS competitions are eligible.
See Judging Procedure for Best of Show – in Judging Criteria / Procedures

Judging Criteria

It is recognized that “Judging” is the most controversial and difficult part of any competition. Everything possible will be done to make the judging, in the CWC, as fair & equitable as possible. Each entry will be judged on what was done, not on what was not done.

GROUP 1 (Categories 1 – 3)

  • Degree of Complexity
  • Skilled Execution
  • Accuracy (including Painting)
  • Life-like presence, Essence
  • Artistry, Originality, Creativity

GROUP 2 (Category 5)

  • Degree of Complexity
  • Skilled Execution
  • Accuracy
  • Artistry
  • Durability

GROUP 3 (Categories 4 & 6 – 9)

  • Degree of Complexity
  • Skilled Execution
  • Life-like presence, Essence
  • Painting &/or Finish
  • Artistry, Originality, Creativity

GROUP 4 (Category 10 -15)

  • Degree of Complexity
  • Skilled Execution
  • Perspective
  • Painting &/or Finish
  • Artistry, Originality, Creativity
  1. All Purchase Awards, will be judged as per groups 1, 2, 3, & 4; depending on the subject’s category.
  2. When a carving is entered in the Class Purchase Award and the appropriate general competition, it will be judged as a Purchase Award first, and then moved to the General Class Judging.

JUDGING PROCEDURE FOR BEST OF SHOW

  • Qualifying – 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Best of Class
  • 1st Best of Show: Judge – 1st Best of Class – 3 pieces
  • 2nd Best of Show: Judge – those remaining from 1st Best of Show Judging & the eligible 2nd Best of Class 3 pieces
  • 3rd Best of Show: Judge – those remaining from 2nd Best of Show & the next eligible piece 3 pieces.

PLEASE TAKE SPECIAL NOTE OF THE FOLLOWING

  1. To be judged separately, a category should have a minimum of 3 entries. Failing this, that category may be combined with others in the same judging criteria group.
  2. To be judged separately, a sub-category should have a minimum of 3 entries. Failing this, that sub-category may be combined with others in the same category.
  3. This is at the discretion of the Rules Committee. (See General Rules and Regulations, #8 & #9)
  4. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention Ribbons will be awarded regardless of the number of carvings entered in a category.