New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale

Rules and Guidelines (Updated February 6, 2019; revised May 15, 2019)

Code of Ethics
As a competitor, you must keep in mind that a competition is a public forum to have your work judged against that of other carvers and it is not a perfect process. Indeed you may agree or disagree with your fellow carvers, the judge(s) or the public at large. Therefore we ask all carvers to be guided by the following:
1) A carver is responsible for knowing and understanding all the rules of the competition.
2) A carver will address any complaints directly and only to the Competition Chairperson.
3) A carver shall not communicate with the judges at any time during the judging process.
4) If a carver solicits a Judge to critique his/her carving/work after it has been judged, the carver will accept the Judge’s comments courteously.
5) A carver should respect the work and skill of other carvers; no matter at what level they work.
6) Carvers should be willing to share their knowledge and learn from others.
7) Carvers are ambassadors for the Art of Woodcarving. Their conduct reflects on all fellow woodcarvers.
8) Judges or members of their families can only enter pieces in those categories and/or levels that they are not personally judging, and must recuse themselves from any subsequent award decision involving such pieces.
9) Judges must be given the show rules a minimum of one week before the show and confirm that they completely understand the rules. After all, judges have to be accountable too.

The competition committee may take pictures of all entries in the competition. These pictures may be used for the promotion of the competition in the future.

Competition Rules
– All entries must be registered as outlined in the registration timetable, and no later than 11:00 AM on the day of the judging. All entries after this time period will be refused. Entries will be critiqued by the judge(s) Saturday after judging and on Sunday.
All entries for this competition must have been completed within the past two years, from the date of this competition. (No repeat items from previous year will be judged)
– All entries must remain at the competition until closing time of the show at 3:00 PM on Sunday.
– The registered carver or a “designated team” must make all carvings. A designated team consists of two individuals (e.g. carver and painter), who worked together on a particular carving/work. Individuals can only belong to one designated team. A carver or designated team may enter only one level in the competition (Advanced, Intermediate, Novice or Youth).
– All entrants are responsible to select the correct category for their work and to check all confirmations slips to ensure their carvings have been correctly registered. The competition committee will assist as necessary. In case of controversy, the competition committee’s decision will prevail.

***Intermediate, Advanced and Masters levels:
Entries are to be made of wood. Other materials may be used for habitat and structural purposes; however, they are to be hand-formed with the exception of eyes. This means no driftwood or objects that are manufactured, such as barbed wire, shovels, axes, logs, plastic grass, etc.

***Novice and Youth levels:
Although hand-formed feet and legs are encouraged, novice and youth carvers are permitted to use cast feet and legs. Although hand-formed habitat is encouraged, it is not required. Therefore material not permitted in the advanced classes is allowed in novice and youth levels.


– Once a carving is entered, it cannot be touched or altered in any way.
– All entrants are responsible for the insurance of their entries at their own expense.
– All entrants are responsible to store their own packing materials and are expected to remove all materials until they return to collect their entries after 3:00 PM Sunday.

NOTE: While all reasonable care will be taken with entries, the New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Sale, will NOT be responsible for loss or damage to entries. It is strongly recommended that carvers provide the necessary supports to properly display the carving for judging purposes.

NBWCCS also invites carvers to bring non-competitive / strictly sale carvings to the competition. We will organize an area to display carvings for sale during the show and provide staff to monitor the table and collect monies on your behalf. For this service there will be a commission fee paid to NBWCCS in the event your carving sells. There is no fee to display on the table if the carving does not sell.

Theme Bird
All entries will be judged in their own species, class and category before being judged as Theme Bird. Birds in all relevant categories will qualify.

Entry Levels
Ribbons for First, Second, and Third “Best” to be awarded in each level.

There is a mandatory advancement for those who win two FIRST Best of Show awards in their level at any competition (i.e. an Intermediate level carver who wins two Best of Show awards is automatically moved up to Advanced (Open) Level in the next competition).

– Any carver who has received 2 (two) Best of Show awards at the Advanced (Open) level at any competition.
Advanced (Open)
– All carvers or professionals are eligible to enter.
– Those whose work has established them at a level beyond Novice
– For adults, this is normally the entry level in competition.
– A carver under the age of 16 years.

Judging is a difficult task. It requires a broad knowledge of the species and specific knowledge of the detail of the subjects. The judge(s) will consider a number of factors such as:
– Technique and craftsmanship
– Accuracy or correctness of the piece
– Artistry
– Presentation
– Other elements, e.g. creativity, complexity

The judge(s) are not obligated to award a First Place (or any) ribbon if they don’t feel it is merited. Judge(s) have the discretion to move carvings to a different category, to combine categories or subdivide categories, if felt appropriate.

The decisions of the judge(s) are final.