Carving Competitions

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Event #1 - Bird Carving - Novice, Intermediate and Open Levels

Entries must be primarily of wood - other materials may be used for strength only 
Must be entirely made by the entrant (exception—commercially made eyes) 
Cast feet allowed only at novice level 

Division A - Decorative Life-Size Decoys (Flat Bottom)
- Live bird will be the standard for judging
- Entries will NOT be floated
- Mid-size bird carvings are to be in Division B

Class 1: All ducks, geese and confidence

Division AA - Contemporary Life-Size Decoys
- Not floated
- No fine texturing or burning allowed
- Unlimited painting encouraged
- Judging for likeness to species, artistry, realism, pose and posture
- Overly sturdy tails and wingtips not necessary

Class 1: All ducks, geese and confidence
Class 2: Shorebirds not entered in Division D, Class 2

Division B - Decorative Life-Size Bird Carvings
- Live bird will be the standard for judging
- Multiple subjects allowed
- Must include habitat or suitable base
- All poses will be judged together

Class 1: Songbirds
Class 2: Birds of prey
Class 3: All other species
Class 4: Mid-size (all species) for carvings between 1/2 and life-size or entries too large to qualify as miniatures. Flat bottom decoy style water fowl should be entered in this class (will not be floated).

Division C - Decorative Miniature Bird Carvings
- Live bird will be the standard for judging
- Must be 1/2 life-size or smaller
- Bird maximum 8" (breast to upper-tail coverts)
- Must include habitat or suitable base
- Multiple subjects allowed

Class 1: Miniature flat-bottom decoys (must be on a base)
Class 2: Miniature songbirds
Class 3: Miniature (all other species)

Division D - Traditional Hunting Decoys
- must be hand-made (not machine duplicated)
- Suitable for actual hunting conditions
- No loose or fragile parts
- Judging will be primarily from a distance allowing character of entry to show through
- Keels; permanent, practical non-fouling weights; anchor line attachments required
- Must be impervious to water

Class 1: All ducks, geese and confidence
- Entries will reflect simple painting that can be easily repaired
- General texturing only; no individual feather detailing
- WILL BE FLOATED. Must self-right from any position and ride naturally (Geese self-right from side only)


Division DD - Contemporary Antique Decoys
- These carvings should suggest but not copy an early Canadian carving. They must meet the standards set out in Div. D for a Traditional Hunting Decoy suitable for actual hunting conditions. The appearance to strive for is that of a beautifully formed, functional decoy that has seen a number of hunting seasons.

Class 1: Ducks, geese and confidence (will be floated)
Class 2: Shorebirds

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There are more carving competition opportunities in the Special Competitions.


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All artists are encouraged to donate additional pieces to the live and silent auctions Friday evening with the option of splitting the proceeds 50/50.  Artists will receive 50% of the purchase price. The other 50% will help offset the show costs.

All competitors are encouraged to be present at the Awards Ceremony on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

NOTE: If winning artists wish to donate their ribbons back to the show for reuse next year, please leave them at the front desk when you pick up your work on Sunday.












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