March 3-6, Monday through Thursday: Mailed in entries
March 7, Friday, : Set up, early registration, hospitality
March 8, Saturday: Registration , show opens to public at Judging begins , show closes at Auction goes on display. Show open to participants until
March 9, Sunday: Show opens to public at Judging of wildlife art, photography, miniature decoy exchange, viewer choice. Entry pickup at Auction starts Show closes
March 10, Monday: UPS mail-ins returned
1. This year’s event is in part IWCA (International Wildfowl Carvers Assoc.). To enter those events designated IWCA, the carver must be a member of that group. (We can register carvers at this show for those events. A $20 registration fee is required). Those events not requiring IWCA membership are listed as “Open to All”.
2. We have revised how a carver is described in that the traditional Open or Professional, Amateur, and Novice titles are different as follows:
A. Novice is now “Beginners”. This is in keeping with the show’s focus on Youth or Beginning carvers. The union between this show, Ducks Unlimited’ New Conservationists and the Connecticut DEP “No Child Left Inside” is intended to focus on bringing new people to this special world.
There are no entry fees for Beginners in any subject. Beginners will have each piece judged separately and an evaluation card will be given. From the point totals, the judges will award 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Best in Show.
B. Amateur is now “Apprentice”. We thought that this term reflects the progress towards “Carver” status. Entry fees vary although generally $20 the first and $5 each thereafter up to $40.
C. Open or Professional is now “Carver”. Woodcarver, bird carver, fish carver, etc. All reflect the accomplishment of being regarded as a carver. Entry fees vary slightly, although for a Carver is $25 the first and $5 each thereafter up to $50.
D. Juniors. Solely defined by age, up to and including 17 years, with no entry fee.
E. All team carvings must be so noted on entry forms.
F. All entries will have been completed after November 2006.
, Thursday, March 6 at:
Attn: Larry Appleton
We will inform you if anything goes wrong in the shipping. Some damage the judges may be told to ignore.
H. Entry fees are listed for each group.
I. Rule clarifications may be directed to Larry Appleton, 1-203-457-1751 or firstname.lastname@example.org
J. Competitors receive two (2) show tags for both days. Exhibitors receive the same. Additional 2-day tickets may be purchased for $8. People under 17 years of age get in free. General admission is $8 per day.
K. Any carvers may contribute to the auction for the same entry fee elimination and benefits offered to bird carvers.
L. All entries shall be made completely of wood. Metals for reinforcement may be utilized provided all such reinforcements are concealed. Resins may be used to represent water in habitats. All other materials shall be wood or wood products.
M. No limits on the number of entries per category.
Working Decoys ARE ALL open – Decoy Makers.
Birds in this division are in two categories – IWCA birds and Non-IWCA birds. The IWCA (International Wildfowl Carvers Association) requires membership in IWCA to compete in their IWCA classes. We can register carvers for IWCA membership at the show for $20. The Non-IWCA categories may be entered by anybody even though IWCA carving rules may apply. The IWCA rules are on the home page of our website www.valleyshorewaterfowlers.org.
Birds must self-right from the upside down position for ducks and from the side for geese and swans. Other detail requirements may be shown for each competition group. A $25 entry fee plus $5 for each additional entry up to $50 (all thereafter are free) will be required to enter decoy categories. A carver may avoid these fees by giving to the show a bird similar to one of those entered. These birds go into a separate competition with its own prizes and finally to our auction. The carver also received 40% of the auction price. There are also several purchase awards which also go to our auction and also return 40% to the carver. Any winning carver who does not desire to give up a winning bird “subject to purchases” may keep the bird and any ribbons but will not receive the prize money. Any bird in the auction will also receive duplicate ribbons so that one set stays with the carver and one goes to the decoy’s purchase.
$10 is given to each first place entry in the competitions where stated. However, it will take at least two entries in each category to generate the $10 payment. The same is true for Best in Class. Payment will require at least three entrants to have a class. When a competitor enters the decoy competitions by giving in lieu of fees a single decoy or a single shorebird decoy in “Shorebirds”, that gift bird applies to all Decoy carving or Shorebird categories.
Classes Bird Categories
(See also Shorebird Categories)
PUDDLE DUCKS: Mallards, gadwalls, widgeon, wood ducks, teal (all), black ducks, pintails, shovelers
SEA DUCKS: Common eiders, common and American merganser, scoters (all), red breasted mergansers, old squaw
DIVERS: Hooded mergansers, scaup, buffleheads, golden eye, canvasbacks, redheads, ruddy ducks, ring necks, harlequins
GOOSE/CONFIDENCE: Canadas, snows, cormorants, swans, other geese, gulls (all), grebes, brant, loons, coot, etc.
Specifically, those species
likely to be found in
I-A. IWCA Style Decoy Division – IWCA Qualifier
$25 First Entry, $5 each thereafter up to $50. IWCA membership required.
first show competition and the IWCA’s most detailed category. See our website home page for IWCA
rules. Only our classes – Puddle Ducks,
Sea Ducks, Divers and Goose/Confidence.
(Detailed list follows). Birds
may be cord, wood or stretched canvas.
I-B. IWCA Working Decoy Division – IWCA Qualifier
first entry, $5 thereafter up to $50.
IWCA membership required. Best in Show through 3rd Best in
Show are purchase awards. See also our website home page for IWCA
rules. Only four classes – Puddle Ducks,
Sea Ducks, Divers, Goose/Confidence.
Ribbons: First through Honorable
$25 first entry, $5 each thereafter up to $50. This event is open to all. Best in Show through 3rd Best in Show are purchase awards. See general notes. Four classes – Puddle Ducks, Sea Ducks, Divers and Goose/Confidence. Ribbons: First through Honorable Mention ($10 for First), Best in Class (4) receive $25 each, plus rosettes; Best of Show $250, 2nd Best of Show $150, 3rd Best in Show $100, plus rosettes. Birds purchased here go to auction, 40% comes back to carver with ribbons.
$25 first entry, $5 each thereafter up to $50. We will use IWCA rules (see our website home page), but for this year will be open to all. Classes will be determined by participation. IWCA rules call for Working Decoy details, but Canvas Decoy makers are “invited” to test their abilities with poses and the canvas. Four (4) Best in Class $25 each; Best in Show $150, 2nd Best in Show $100, plus rosette, and 3rd Best in Show $75, plus rosette.
I-E. Miniature Decoy Exchange
idea borrowed from
I-F. Auction Class
NO ENTRY FEE, OF COURSE . As was previously stated, any one seeking to avoid entry fees could help us finance this show by giving us a decoy for our auction. These birds will be judged in a category of their own. Best in Show $150, 2nd Best in Show $75, and 3rd Best in Show $50, plus rosettes. These birds will enter the auction with 40% returned to the carver.
Open to all up to and including age 17 with no entry fee. A decoy carved and painted by the entrant. IWCA rules apply (see website home page), all floated. Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, 3rd Best in Show rosettes, plus merchandise award to Best.
Shorebirds are characterized as any shore or wading bird simply carved with or without bill detail as allowed, feather groups
portrayed with no individual feathers carved, painted with or without special detailing, and mounted on a single dowel secured to
a base. Shore birds are essentially “smoothies”. Entry fees are $20 for first entry, and $5 thereafter up to $40.
There are several finishes:
1. Decoy paint – General painting without individual feather painting
2. Natural finishes (stained, burned, or buried in the mud to age)
3. Finely detailed accurate paint, bill detail
Anyone entering shorebird decoy competition can avoid fees by giving the auction a shorebird decoy. This decoy goes into
auction class competition, then to the auction. In addition, 40% of the auction price comes back to the carver.
This championship is open to all.
1. Shorebirds painted in “decoy” style which is defined as general massing of colors as opposed to specific feathers. Bills appropriately shaped but not detailed . Texturing or combing is allowed. Best of Show $100, plus rosette, ribbons.
2. Shorebirds natural finished decoy shorebird may be stained, torched, or buried in the mud for a year. Correct bill shapes, only general bill detailing allowed. Feather groups only with no specific feather detailed. Best of Show $100, plus rosettes, ribbons.
3. Shorebirds finely, accurately painted, bill detail allowed. Best of Show $100, plus rosettes, ribbons.
No fee. Open to all up to and including age 17 with no entry fee for a decoy completely carved and painted by the entrant.
No restrictions. Best of Show, 2nd Best of Show, 3rd Best of Show rosettes.
Bench class covers a number of favorite carving types not particularly suited to any other parts of the competition. The real purpose of this class is to find new ideas. Everyone is considered a carver and Beginners, Apprentices and Carvers will all participate together. Entry fee is $15 for first entry and $5 each thereafter up to $40. Also, in case nobody noticed, it’s several other chances at a Best in Show. (FTFA).
Life-size head carvings, accurately painted. May be “smoothie” or fully feathered. Best in Show rosette and $75,
Not old, just believable fakes not specifically recalling any “old time” carver. Best in Show rosettes and $35, ribbons.
Not old, just believable fakes not specifically recalling any “old time” carver. Best in Show rosette and $35, ribbons.
Decorative life-size birds that the carver doesn’t want floated or doesn’t fit life-size category criteria. No carver level will be
noted. Best in Show rosette and $35, ribbons.
and $35, ribbons.
Accurately wood burned, feathered in the round, relief or may even be a wood burned picture of a bird. Best of Class rosette
and $35, ribbons.
Any use of unusual carving or carving interpretation. We’re looking for new ideas. Best in Show rosette and $35, ribbons.
A largely subjective evaluation by the judges bearing in mind that they are also seeking those original ideas. Best in Show
rosette and $50, ribbons. (FTFA).
Will be floated. As with decoys, it will, in judging, take two (2) birds to make a species and three (3) to make a class. Otherwise, judging of classes will be combined. All entries will be accurately carved and fully feathered and will float appropriately to species.
IV-A. Bird Carver – IWCA (formerly Open or Professional) – IWCA Qualifier
Entry fee $25 for first, $5 each thereafter up to $50. Ribbons: First to Honorable Mention, up to Four (4) Best in Class at $25
each if entries are available; Best in Show $200, 2nd Best in Show $125, 3rd Best in Show $75, plus rosettes
IV-B. Apprentice (formerly Amateur) – Open to All
$20 entry fee for first, $5 each thereafter, up to $40. Ribbons: First to Honorable Mention; up to four (4) Best in Class as
appropriate. Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, 3rd Best in Show, rosettes.
IV-C. Beginner (formerly Novice) – Open to All
No entry fees. Each entry will be evaluated for its own quality. Judges’ comment card will be issued. Rosettes according to
judges’ points. Best in Show rosette.
NOTE: Any other decorative birds with flat bottoms meeting floating decorative criterion but not to be floated may be
placed in the Bench Class in a separate group called “Table Birds”. (See Bench).
Are judged together and includes raptors, shorebirds, game birds, waterfowl, seabirds, and song birds. It will take two or more entries to make a species and at least three to make a class. Up to six (6) Best in Class, Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, 3rd Best in Show rosettes. Habitat required, miniatures will not exceed 6” tip of tail to breast.
· Raptors – Hawks, owls, eagles
· Game birds – Pheasant, dove, woodcock, grouse, etc.
· Waterfowl – Ducks, geese, eiders, swans - any flat-bottomed bird must have at least one leg and foot showing to qualify
· Songbirds – Chickadees, robins, wrens, warblers, etc.
· Seabirds – Auks, penguin, gannets, cormorants, etc.
· Shorebirds – Wading birds and all shorebirds (No stick birds)
V-A. Bird Carver (formerly Open/Professional) – Open to All
Entry fee $25 for first, $5 each thereafter up to $50. Ribbons: First through Honorable Mention. Up to six (6) Best in
Class $25 each, plus rosettes; Best in Show $200, 2nd Best in Show $125, 3rd Best in Show $75, plus rosettes.
V-B. Apprentice (formerly Amateur) – Open to All
Entry fee $20 each, $5 each thereafter up to $40. Ribbons First through Honorable Mention up to six (6) Best in Class,
Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, and 3rd Best in Show rosettes. Best in Show receive Merchandise Award.
V-C. Beginner (formerly Novice) – Open to All
No entry fee. Judges will evaluate each entry on own merit and a comment card will be issued. Rosettes according to
Judges’ points, Special Judges’ ribbons. Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, 3rd Best in Show.
This section is the second major aspect of this show. Its purpose is to showcase all aspects of the woodcarver’s art.
Competitors are Beginners, Apprentices and Woodcarvers. There are nine (9) categories specified but entries could
allow the judges to adjust this program to add or subtract headings. The Woodcarvers (open if you will) and Apprentices
(Amateurs (will be judged against each other, while the Beginners will be judged on their own merits. For Beginners, a
Judge’s comment card will be issued, then the Best in Shows will be chosen based upon those cards.
Best in Class – 10 Headings
A. Animals, single or multiples, in the round.
B. Aquatic animals, single or multiples, in the round.
C. Human form, single or multiples, in the round (figure, parts, busts, busts of famous people).
D. Relief (high or low, deep or shallow)
E. Whittling pieces carved by hand without sanding. Could be ball in a cage, etc. Anything displaying only the marks of the
F. Chip carving/marquetry. (Entries could make splitting possible).
G. Scroll saw – Screens, intarsa, puzzles.
H. Holiday – Santas, angels, decorations
I. Caricature (See also special sections – prizes below). Any subject and any style, single or multiple figures. Require theme.
J. Sculpture – Open to individual interpretation.
K. Bark carvings.
VI-A. Woodcarvers (formerly Open or Professional)
First entry is $20, $5 each thereafter up to $50. Nine (9) categories, Best of Class $20 each, Best in Show $200, 2nd Best
in Show $125, 3rd Best of Show $75, plus rosettes.
VI-B. Apprentices (formerly Amateur)
First entry $15, $5 each thereafter up to $40. Will use categories only if number of entrants in any class warrants.
Ribbons and First to Honorable Mention. Nine (9) Best in Class rosettes, Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, and
3rd Best in Show rosettes. Merchandise Award.
No entry fee. Each entry is judged on its own merits. The judges will issue a comment card with each entry. Best in
Show, 2nd Best in Show, and 3rd Best in Show will be selected from highest point total on judges’ cards.
VI-D. Caricature Specials – VSW Can Challenge – Open to All
The VSW would challenge caricature carvers to create two special carvings for our auction. Incidentally, half of
whatever they fetch in auction will also come back to the carver(s).
1. Best caricature of a duck hunter, 6” height, on base, painted or natural, $150, rosette.
2. Best caricature of a game warden, 6” height, painted or natural, $150, rosette.
Note: Any attitude may be displayed without prejudicing the entry.
Open to all. Wood burning is the applying of heat mechanically in varying degrees to wood with a tool producing marks
and definitions forming some form of image. Some ideas:
· Flat Art. Wood burning may include the knots, splits or any other characteristics of the wood or may be executed on a flat prepared surface.
· Wood burning – Other elements added. Elements could be paint or stain, up to a maximum of 20% of the piece.
· Three-dimensional pieces. Other wood pieces added to word burning. Wood burning must be the predominant part of piece and all added pieces.
Ribbons, Best in Show rosette, $100.
Ribbons, Best in Show rosette.
An artistic view of wildlife close up or in the distance, either as the primary (or only) element or a detail, or a view of
wildlife as part of a “great” whole, or a view of some wildlife activity – left to the photographer’s eye and presentation
VIII-A. Black and White Print
Ribbons, Best in Show rosette, $50.
VIII-B. Color Print
Ribbons, Best in Show rosette, $50
Painting, pencil, mixed media – whatever, showing wildlife which may be central to the work or a peripheral element – part of a larger landscape, or a wildlife portrait. May also be expressed as a graphic. First entry $10 each, thereafter $5 to $25. Judges will, if appropriate, categorize the entries. Ribbons, Best in Show rosette. $100 to wildlife artist.
Juniors (up to and including age 17) – Same as for wildlife artist. No entry fee. Ribbons, Best of Show rosette.
Fish carvers, Apprentice Fish Carvers and Beginner classes. Saltwater, Freshwater, Tropicals, Fish Bench categories.
The fish in Entries shall be completely of wood with wood fins, excepting glass eyes. Habitats shall be constructed by the carver
with all FISH CARVER ENTRIES (Open) entirely man-made. Entries may be life-size or miniature. Miniatures may not exceed
six (6) inches in length. Beginners only may use carving blank. Freshwater is broken down into Trout, Other Than Trout.
X-A. Fish Carver
Entry fee $25 for first, $5 thereafter up to $50.
Trout – Best in Class $25 plus rosette.
Freshwater – Best in Class $25, plus rosette.
Saltwater – Best in Class $25 plus rosette
Tropicals – Best in Class $25, plus rosette..
Best of Show, $125, plus rosette. 2nd Best $75, plus rosette; 3rd Best $25, plus rosette.
X-B. Apprentice Fish Carvers
Entry fee $15 for first, $5 thereafter up to $35.
Trout – Best in Class rosette.
Freshwater, other than Trout, Best in Class rosette.
Saltwater – Best in Class rosette.
Tropicals – Best in Class rosette.
Best in Show, 2nd Best in Show, 3rd Best in Show, rosettes
X-C. Beginners – No fees
May use prepared carving blanks. Judges will arrange by entries. Best of Show, 2nd Best of Show, 3rd Best of Show,
X-D. Bench Class for Fish
Anything you ever wanted to do with a fish carving – humor, plaques, parts, etc. No conforming of any kind required.
Best of Show rosette, $50.
Viewers Choice Award
On Sunday, March 9, starting at , we will place out the Best in Show winners in several categories for a Viewer’s Choice Special Award. $150 plus rosette.
Check our website for updates, new categories and sponsorships at www.valleyshorewaterfowlers.org