Dennis Ferguson Memorial Trophy and Bald Eagle Purchase Award

In honour of the late Dennis Ferguson who was kept the NB Wood Carving competition alive and growing for many years, the NBWA is establishing the Dennis Ferguson Memorial Trophy, that will be awarded each year to the winner of the Peoples Choice Award. The award will be retained in St. Andrews and the awardee will have his/her name added each year. This trophy will be composed of a 50% scale Bald Eagle that will sit on a trophy base that is 9.5″ square on top. Mrs. Lucinda Flemer is generously donating $1500 as a purchase award for this eagle. The eagle base must be appropriate to sit on the trophy base.

Town of Saint Andrews – Major Sponsor

The New Brunswick Woodcarvers Association is pleased to announce that the Town of Saint Andrews has become a Major Sponsor for this year’s show with 3 Purchase Awards of $1000 each. We want to thank Mayor Doug Naish and the Town Council for this generous support.
The 3 Purchase Awards are:
 1) a pair of full size Black Capped Chickadees
2) a full size shore bird ( found in the Saint Andrews area)
3) a Bay of Fundy whale breaching ( at least 12 inches)”

Ducks Unlimited Canada – Wood Duck Initiative

Ducks Unlimited is looking for either a full bodied drake wood duck or a hen with chick carving. They are offering a $1000 purchase award for this year’s Competition.

Ducks Unlimited will be using the wood duck carving in promotional talks, etc. for a major 5 year push to add a lot of wood duck nesting boxes (with volunteers doing the work) on the lower St. John River watershed in New Brunswick….. Apparently they have a few thousand of these nesting boxes out there already but with new donation funding mainly from the Carolinas in the US this new push is getting underway this year to add a huge number of additional boxes.
Last year they inserted a camera in a nesting box and discovered that once the eggs were laid the mother stayed on them continuously until they hatched…. Over 20 days…. Hard to believe but true…. They plan to give the public access to the camera via the Internet this year to be able to watch how things go!!!!
You can contact Ducks Unlimited in Fredericton if you want to volunteer or would like more information about this project or their other work

Corporate Patron – JDI Ltd

The New Brunswick Woodcarvers Association (NBWA)  is pleased to announce that JD Irving Ltd has agreed to become the Corporate Patron for our annual NB Woodcarving Competition and Sale for a 3 year period starting this year. They will provide us with $5000 in each of the 3 years. $3000 will go to 2 annual purchase awards ($1500 each) The remaining $2000 each year can be used as the NBWA Board decides to enhance the annual Competition.

In addition JDI will be providing Basswood logs to us for each of the 3 years so that each registered carver at our shows will receive a free piece of basswood to take home. 


We are most appreciative of this new enhanced level of support from JDI for our annual Competition and Sale.