Rules &Categories



All carvers who have won two best of division or a total of five 1st place ribbons in the Intermediate Class competitions must advance to the Open Class. All carvings, including patterns and habitat are to be the carver’s original work.


Open to any carver by choice or who has progressed beyond the Novice Class by winning one Best of show or a total of five 1st place ribbons in the Novice class competitions carver who has won a 1st place ribbon in the Open Class Competitions cannot re-enter the intermediate Class


A carver who has not won one best of class or a total of five 1st place ribbons in the Youth Class


Limited to Youth Class carvers 16 years of age and under No Entry Fee


Division 1 Wild Fowl

Category 1– Decorative wildfowl

Over ½ life size to include all ducks geese and loons

Category 2 – Miniature wildfowl

All birds must be half-life size or less with a maximum overall body size of eight inches (excluding tail and neck)

Category 3 – Decorative songbirds

Life size and mounted on a base

Category 4 – Birds of prey

Over half life size

Category 5 – Decorative others

Over half life size . To include sea bird, shore birds, Terns, Grebes, Coots, Gallinule & all other non-floating entries (flat bottom or full body)

Category 6 – Stylized

In natural or stained finish with or without burned detail. Carvings must represent a specific species & the carver is free to take artistic license. The carving may be painted or natural.

Division 2 General

Category 7 – relief carving

Any subject

Category 8 – Wood Burning

Can be colored, tinted or natural on tree slice, plate etc. No Carving allowed

Category 9 – Animal or Aquatic Life

Category 10 – Realistic Human.

Category 11 – Stylized  Any subject except wildfowl

Category 12 – Caricature or Novelty

Category 13 – Miscellaneous -canes, bark, chip etc…

Category 14 – Decorative Wood Working – turning, scroll sawing, intarsia and Marquetry

Category 15 – Non-wood carving  – antler, bone, stone  “NEW”

Any other general carvings. At the discretion of the judges sub categories may be added.

Division 3 — Floating Competition (All carvings to be floated)

Category 16– Puddle Ducks

Category 17 – Diving Ducks

Category 18 –< All others

Division 4 working decoys

Category 19 – Puddle Ducks

Category 20 – Diving Ducks

Category 21– All others

Decoys will be floated, must self-right themselves, present a good working profile & be durable with no fragile bills or tails. They must have a keel with a provision for an anchor line. Combining blending and scratch painting is acceptable, but burning and fine texturing will be reason for disqualification. Bumps and humps will be allowed. Judging will be conducted from a minimum 20 feet away

Division 5 – Novice Bench Class (must have been carved with an instructor in a formal class)
Category 22– Wildfowl Bench Class – any style
Category 23 – General Bench Class – any style

Division 6 – Youth
Category 23 – Youth Class – Limited to youth class
carvers 16 years of age and under. No entry Fee

Regular Competition


Entry fees

1st carving                                                             $ 10.00

Each additional carving                                             $ 5.00

    1. Rosettes will be awarded for 1st, Ribbons will be awarded for 2nd and 3rd in each advertised category.
    2. Honorable mention ribbons will be awarded at the discretion of the Judges.

Prize awards

Best in each class in the four divisions

Open                                     $100.00 cash

Intermediate                          $75.00 Gift Certificate

Novice                                   $50.00 Gift Certificate

Total prize money =$2350


Purchase Competition – (maximum size of carving 8″ + Base)

Entry fees   $15.00

QWCA Sponsored Awards

1. Wildfowl –  Owl any species

1st          $500 plus a rosette

2nd          $75 plus a rosette

3rd           $50 plus a rosette

3. General carving – Realistic Animal or Aquatic Life (Fish)
1st        $500 plus a rosette

2nd        $75 plus a rosette

3rd         $50 plus a rosette


Competition rules

1)    All wood carvings entered into the competition must be the work of the entrant and must have been carved and completed within the calendar year just prior to the show.

2)    If the carving is the work of two or more people , then all names must be on the registration and on place cards or references during the show

3)    All markings/logos etc. On the carving which identifies the carver must be covered at the time of entry or before by the carver. Relief carvings must be ready to be hanged with strong hooks loops or wires.

4)    Judges may reassign carvings to the categories they deem appropriate.

5)    In the absence of competition in any category the judges will award prize ribbons only as they deem the carving merit. Judges decisions are final.

6)    All competition entries shall remain on display in the competition area until 4:30 pm.

7)    The QWCA will not be responsible for loss or damage to the carvings entered in the competition, but every precaution will be taken to ensure the security and safety of the carvings.

8)    Any problems or complaints is to be filled in writing & signed and passed to the show chairman or QWCA President for review and decision

9)    In all classes and categories the judge’s decision will be final. Critiques may at the discretion of the judges , be available upon request

10)                 The judges or their immediate relatives will not be eligible to enter carvings in the competition


Purchase award rules

      1. Open to all carvers. Carving cannot be entered into any other competition class
      2. Carvers will only be allowed to enter one carving.
      3. Carving must be the original design & concept of the carver
      4. Money & ribbons are awarded to 1st 2nd 3rd places
      5. To assure the purchaser of a quality carving a first place may not be awarded ( at the discretion of the judges)
      6. Carvers will be granted permission to show a wining wildfowl entry at “the worlds in ocean city”




Champagne wildfowl

      1. Includes Ducks ,geese,swans,loons,grebes&song birds
      2. Must fit within 3.5 inch or 90 mm circle
      3. Song birds must be on a suitable mount and no larger than 3.5”
      4. Groups of feathers may be defined (i.e/ tertials, scapulars, side pockets ,etc.)
      5. Texturing is allowed
      6. No restrictions on painting.

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1 Response to Rules &Categories

  1. Dwayne McMurter says:

    For the working decoy purchase award,does it have to be a duck or can it be a confidence decoy?

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