2019 Show

Antique Decoys

General guidelines

  1. Entries can be inspired by decoys from the past but must be the carvers interpretation of an "old" decoy.
  2. Decoys should be made to look old by the manner in which they are carved and finished.
  3. Decoys should be functional, durable and able to withstand the hard use of hunting.
  4. The decoy must be "antique" in style and appearance.
  5. The decoys will not be floated.

Entries will be grouped into three classes:-

  1. All Ducks
  2. All Geese, Swans and Confidence Decoys
  3. All Shorebirds


Ribbons will be awarded to first, second and third place in each of the three classes + Rosette for Best of Show in each class.

Cabela’s Canada Awards

  1. Cinnamon Teal Drake - Realistic Lifesize (Div A Cat 1)
  2. Chukar Partridge - Life Size (Div B Cat 8) or Miniature (Div C Cat 12)
  3. Western Sandpiper - Contemp. Decoy (Div E Cat 18)

All prizes will be in the form of Cabela's Merchandise.

This competition is open to carvers of all skill levels. Your carving will first compete in your skill level and then all eligible entries in the show will be judged together for these awards.


Cash Awards and Rosettes for 2019

Woodcarving CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of Show - WildlifeExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of Show - WildlifeNovice$50 + Rosette
Best of ShowYouth$50 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of Show - Non-WildlifeNovice$50 + Rosette
Peoples Choice-$50 Lee Valley GC + Rosette
Carvers Choice-$50 Lee Valley GC + Rosette
Best Hunting Decoy-$75 + Rosette
Best Brant-$75 + Rosette
2nd Best Brant-$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesExpert$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesAdvanced$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesIntermediate$50 + Rosette
Best Endangered SpeciesNovice$50 + Rosette
Cocktail Carvings - Land-Trophy
Cocktail Carvings - Water-Trophy
Cocktail Carvings - Air-Trophy
Antique Style DecoysBest Duck$300 Purchase Award
Antique Style DecoysBest Goose$50 + Rosette
Antique Style DecoysBest Shorebird$50 + Rosette
Woodturning CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of ShowExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of ShowNovice$50 + Rosette
Fish Carving CompetitionSkill LevelAward
Best of ShowExpert$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowAdvanced$100 + Rosette
Best of ShowIntermediate$75 + Rosette
Best of ShowNovice$50 + Rosette
Total Competition Prize Money$2,250.00

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Cocktail Carvings

The Cocktail Competition will be composed of three categories:-

  • Land - all terrestrial creatures
  • Water - any creature that spends most of its life in water
  • Air - any creature that is capable of flying
  1. There are NO skill levels - Carvers from all skill levels will compete against each other in each of the 3 categories.
  2. Bodies including head and tail to be no larger than four inches, in any direction.
  3. Habitat is not included in the four inch rule.
  4. You may enter any species you wish.
  5. No restrictions on detailed painting or texturing.
  6. Habitat allowed and encouraged.
  7. Decoys do not have to float.


A condition of entry in the Cocktail Class is that your entry will be sold in the auction. The carver will receive 50% of the winning bid.

Divisions and categories

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  1. Realistic Life-size Birds known as "Decorative", refers to carvings portraying realism through carving, feather texturing and painting. Water bird categories include both flat bottomed birds (as if on water) and carvings that have full body profiles and can be standing, flying or shown with habitat. Habitat may include materials other than wood.
  2. Song Birds are grouped in three categories by size - small, medium and large (see Species lists). The judging chair will decide placement of any species not on the lists.
  3. Miniature refers to a carving that is one-half life-size or smaller. Carvings less than full-size but larger than half-size compete in the appropriate full-size category.
  4. Hunting Decoys refers to working decoys that could be used for hunting. Decoys WILL BE FLOATED and must self right; ducks from any position and geese from the side. Unsupported primary feathers are not allowed. Entries will be judged for sturdiness and proper floatation.Simplicity of painting is required. All entries must have attachment points for anchor lines (lines and anchors not needed).
  5. Contemporary Decoys includes both IWCA-style decoys and non-floating flat bottom “smoothies”. Entries may be with or without a keel but WILL NOT BE FLOATED. There are no restrictions on painting. This division also includes shorebirds mounted on a simple base with a wood or metal dowel.
  6. Interpretive and Stylized wildlife is open to any interpretation or style; entries can be natural finish, wood burned or painted but not trueto-life.
  7. Native-Style refers to carvings inspired by First Nations art, particularly among the peoples of the Pacific Northwest of North America. There are two categories: “flat surface” – for plaques, paddles and boxes; and “in-the-round” – for bowls, masks, rattles, totems, etc.
  8. Antique-Style refers to carvings made to look as if they are old by the manner in which they are carved, painted and finished.
  9. Decorative Life-size Fish entries will be judged for realism of the fish and habitat, as well as the other judging criteria listed.
  10. Decorative Life-size Wall Mount entries will be hung on the wall for judging and must have sturdy attachments for hanging.
  11. Decorative Miniature Fish entries must be full-bodied, one-half life-size or less, with a maximum subject length of 8 inches.
  12. Interpretive Fish Carving entries will be judged based on creativity, not as a true-to-life representation. Eyes may be carved or glass. Natural finish or painted entries are acceptable.
Division A:Realistic Lifesize Waterbirds
Category 1:Marsh Ducks
Category 2:Diving Ducks
Category 3:Geese & Swans
Category 4:Seabirds, Shorebirds, other

Division B:Realistic Lifesize Landbirds
Category 5:Small Songbirds
Category 6:Medium Songbirds
Category 7Large Songbirds
Category 8Upland Gamebirds
Category 9Raptors
Category 10Others

Division C:Realistic Miniature Birds
Category 11Waterbirds
Category 12Landbirds

Division D:Hunting Decoys (Floating)
Category 13Marsh Ducks
Category 14Diving Ducks
Category 15Geese, Swans & Confidence

Division E:Contemp. Decoys (non-floating)
Category 16Marsh & Diving Ducks
Category 17Geese, Swans & Confidence
Category 18Shorebirds

Division F:Antique-style Decoys
Category 19Ducks
Category 20Geese/Confidence
Category 21Shorebirds

Division G:Interpretive, Stylized
Category 22Natural Finish Wildlife
Category 23Interpretive/stylized
Category 24Driftwood

Division H:Realistic Wildlife (in the round)
Category 25Land Mammals
Category 26Water Mammals
Category 27Reptiles, Amphibians, Others
Category 28Heads (all species including birds)
Division I:Cocktail Carvings
Category 29Land ( All terrestrial creatures)
Category 30Sea ( aquatic/semi aquatic creatures)
Category 31Air (All creatures that fly)

Division J:Other Subjects (in the round)
Category 32Caricatures
Category 33Realistic Humans
Category 34Domestic Animals
Category 35Native Style (in the round)
Category 36Canes, Walking Sticks
Category 37Driftwood Creations
Category 38Miscellaneous

Division K:Relief, Other Styles
Category 39Relief Carving
Category 40Chip Carving
Category 41Native Style (flat surface)
Category 42Intarsia
Category 43Bark Carving
Category 44Wood Burning

Division L:Wood Turning
Category 45Functional
Category 46Decorative

Division M:Other Media Carvings
Category 47Stone
Category 48Bone
Category 49Other (excludes wood)

Pacific Northwest Fish Carving Championship

Division O:Decorative Lifesize
Category 50Trout, Salmon & Char
Category 51Other Freshwater Gamefish
Category 52Miscellaneous Freshwater
Category 53Saltwater Fish

Division P:Mounts / Miniatures / Interpretive
Category 54Wall Mounts
Category 55Decorative Miniatures
Category 56Interpretive / Stylized


Skill Levels


  • For carvers age 18 and younger. Entries will be divided into age groups as follows: 11 and under, 12 to 14, 15 to 18. Carvers under 18 do not have to enter in Youth if they wish to compete in a higher skill level. There is one Youth competition for all entries, including fish and woodturnings


  • This is the entry level of competition. A carver may enter at this level until having won 3 Best of Division awards with 3 different carvings.


  • For carvers who display skills beyond the Novice level. A carver may enter at this level until having won 5 Best of Division awards on 5 different carvings.


  • For carvers who display advanced skills in all judging criteria. After winning 5 Best of Division awards with 3 different carvings in 3 different shows, the carver must move to the Expert level.


  • For carvers who qualify to move beyond Advanced, displaying excellence in all judging criteria. An expert carver is allowed to compete in Advanced for Divisions in which they have not achieved the Expert skill level.


  • Some competitions in the show are open to all skill levels. This applies to Division I: “Cocktail Carvings,” so you will enter the skill level as “OPEN”. There are other OPEN competitions in the show for special awards where you enter your normal skill level and category, but you will also compete with other carvings drawn from all skill levels. This applies to:
    • Best Antique-style
    • Best Brant
    • Best Hunting Decoy
    • Cabela's Awards (see listings)
    • Wood Challenge
  • The People’s Choice and Carver’s Choice awards are also open to all skill levels and are chosen by ballot.

Species Listing

Species categories follow the Pacific Northwest Carvers (PNC) association listings except where some categories have been combined.

Marsh Ducks
black duck, gadwall, mallard, pintail, shoveler, teal, wigeon, wood duck, whistling duck.
Diving Ducks
bufflehead, canvasback, eider, goldeneye, harlequin, merganser, oldsquaw, redhead, ring-neck, ruddy duck, scaup, scoter, smew.
Small Songbirds
bushtit, chickadee, creeper, finch, hummingbird, kinglet, nuthatch, siskin, sparrow, swallow, swift, warbler, wren (except cactus), yellowthroat, verdin.
Large Songbirds
crow, cuckoo, flicker, grackle, jay, kingfisher, longspur, magpie, mockingbird, nighthawk, nutcracker, pileated woodpecker, raven, road runner, robin, shrike, thrasher, varied thrush.
Medium Songbirds
all others not on above lists.

Endangered Species Competition

Any carving style or Category is eligible. Trophy + $50 cash for the Best of Show in each skill level.

Carvings entered in the following Divisions and Categories are eligible for the Endangered Species Competition

provided they are of a Swainsons Hawk:

Division B
- Category 9
Division C
- Category 12
Division G
- Categories 22, 23 & 24
Division K
- Category 39
Division M
- Categories 47, 48 & 49

Hunting Decoys

This competition is for all entries in Division D: Hunting Decoys (Floating)

Category 13. Marsh Ducks

Category 14. Diving Ducks

Category 15. Geese, Swans & Confidence

The Best Hunting Decoy will be awarded $200, an individual trophy and their name will be added to a permanent plaque, in Honour of Bob Humphreys. Bob was a long time member of the Nanaimo Fish and Game Club and an avid decoy carver.

This Division will honour the original working decoy, hand carved from wood and designed to be hunted over.

Decoys must be made of wood, and hand crafted by the carver. Construction must be sturdy and able to withstand the wear and tear of hunting conditions.

Decoys will be judged on simplicity, practicality and durability. Final selection will be done from a distance, weather permitting.

No detailed or fragile bills, necks, wing tips or tails. No raised primaries, no carved details in bills. Mandible separation will be permitted, nostril definition is allowed. Detail on the underside of the bill is discouraged.

Decoys must be painted in traditional hunting decoy style. The carver should be aware that a spread of 36 handmade decoys were common and while brushing, ragging, stippling, combing, scratching, and blending is allowed, excess use of these methods will be adversely judged. Texturing, burning, airbrushing, inserts, fragile parts, and individually carved feathers will not be permitted.

No feather definition other than outline will be allowed, carved or painted.

Paint, tack and glass eyes are permitted.

Decoys must have an anchor line attachment (lines and anchors not needed).

Painting must withstand an extended time period in the water and not deteriorate. Any decoy that checks, splits, takes on water, or looses paint when floated will be disqualified.

Decoys must self-right when submerged bottom up and released. Geese and swans must self-right from the sides.

Wood Turning Competition

The Woodturning Division will be divided into two Categories; Functional and Decorative.

There is no limit to the number of entries by each turner.

Turners will compete in four Skill levels.

Turners who have recently began turning and consider themselves as still learning the art and not too confident in their abilities. Hobby turners who do nit yet feel confident even though they have turned for a number of years
One who has been turning for a number of years and feels they are gaining confidence in their abilities and have started to take on more advanced projects.
A skilled turner with many years experience who is confident in his or her abilities and is able to take on difficult projects. These turners are very capable and have no problem with pricing and **selling their work.
For turners who qualify to to move beyond Advanced, displaying excellence in all areas of judging criteria.

** Selling is not a requirement of competing.

It will be up to each turner to decide whether their entries are either Functional or Decorative. Some entries may qualify for either Category, but will often fit best in one or the other. The decision rests with the turner. However, during judging, if the judges feel your entry is a better fit for the other Category, they will have the permission of the Show Chair to move it and re-register it in the other Category.

Rosettes + $50 cash for the Best of Show in each skill level.

New for 2019

IT'S BACK --- The "Bob Humphreys" Award

The Nanaimo Fish and Game Club are offering a $200 purchase award for the best Traditional Hunting Decoy (Div D). The winning carving will be used by the Nanaimo Fish & Game club as a fund raiser to help with there conservation activities. For more info read more...


Members of the MIWG and local Carving clubs will be having an exhibition of their woodwork. Some items of work will be for sale. It will take place in the Red Cedars room adjacent to the main hall. One public admission of $5 covers entry to see Carvings, Woodwork and Art Show.

For those wishing to enter a piece of woodwork please use this entry form:- Print/View


Here’s a challenge - LEAVES! Create a carving where leaves form the major part of the piece and enter it in Div J, Cat 38 (Misc.) in your skill level. We will judge all entries for a special award.

Art Show Entry Forms

Art Show Entry Form - Print/View

Complete the form and mail or email to the address at top of the entry form.

Paper Entry Forms

A traditional paper entry form, for the Carving Show, can be provided by bill.beese@gmail.com

Online Registration

Pre-registered carvings are $5 per entry.

Five or more carvings can be entered for a maximum fee of only $25.

All carvings registered at the door will be $10 per carving.

Online Registration will close one week before the show.

Online Registration is now closed. Please register at the show.

The show is open to woodcarvers of all skill levels. All work entered must be entirely the work of the carver and described on the entry form signed by the carver. If the carving is by more than one person all names must be on the entry form. There is no longer a time limit on when your entry was completed. Any carving may be entered if it has not competed in the “Brant” show before. You may no longer enter the SAME carving a second year in a row in another skill level. There is no limit on the total number of carvings an individual may enter in the show. There is no longer a limit to the number of carvings that you may enter in each category.

All carvings must be made of wood (excluding Division M “Other Media), with the exception of eyes, feet, or supports which may be made of other materials. Wood includes bark, nuts and laminated products. In Advanced and Expert, the carver must fabricate wildfowl feet. Habitat materials other than wood may be included in the presentation of a carving, provided that the materials used are appropriate and are used in a complimentary manner. The carver should fabricate all habitat components. In Advanced and Expert skill levels, judges may deduct for the use of “found” materials (such as real branches, driftwood). Bases used for support but not part of the habitat can be made by someone other than the carver.

Entries may not be removed until Sunday at 4:00 PM.

Judges will consider the following criteria in the judging process. All five criteria are important, and they overlap and build upon each other. The most successful carvings will succeed in all five areas.

  1. Craftsmanship refers to the technical skills involved in carving, painting and finishing. Good craftsmanship should be consistent throughout the carving.
  2. Accuracy involves the correctness of a piece from a scientific perspective (if applicable).
  3. Essence of the Species (if applicable): that which brings the carving alive, capturing the unique qualities of a particular species.
  4. Artistry of a piece refers to its design and composition. This is where presentation, innovation and creativity all come into play. There should be beauty in the concept apart from the beauty of the subject itself. Line, form, content, colour, mass and movement should work together to create an integrated whole.
  5. Originality the piece should express your ideas and your own work—not copy someone else’s work. Originality becomes more important with each higher skill level.

Criteria adapted from the Ward World Championship.

The judges’ determination is final and not subject to review. Judging and competition standards of the Pacific Northwest Carvers Association are followed unless specified otherwise. The show officials may change an entry to a more appropriate skill level or category or may disqualify an entry for violation of the competition rules.

  • A carver is responsible for knowing and understanding all of the rules of the contest entered.
  • A carver is responsible for entering each carving in the appropriate Category and Skill Level.
  • A carver will address any complaints directly and only to the Show Chair.
  • A carver may not communicate with the Judges at any time during the judging.
  • A carver should not have a carving critiqued by a Judge prior to the competition.
  • If a carver solicits a Judge to critique his/her carvings after they have been judged, the carver will accept the Judge’s comments courteously.