Best Carving Design Contest Archive

2010 Best Carving Design Contest: Caricature Division Winners

2010 Best Carving Design Contest: Caricature Division Winners

People’s Choice: Pirate Ship By Dan Slater, Las Vegas, Nev. Dan Slater created this pirate scene based on the idea of Blackbeard’s nephew. “All of the really good pirates have already been carved,” Dan said. “So I carved Blackbeard’s idiot nephew.” Dan carved the hull of the boat, the water, […]

by November 26, 2010 Best Carving Design Contest Archive
2007 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

2007 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

Will Carve for Hershey’s by Jim McGuire Judges Notes: Jim McGuire created a wonderfully functional and attractive piece. While the carving is painted with opaque paints, it still looks carved. The Hershey’s kisses tucked into Santa’s sack is a nice touch, but the overall pose would have benefited from a […]

2007 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

2007 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

Dale Woodard’s Santa, highlighted by a natural pose and realistic details, took home top honors in Woodcarving Illustrated’s first online People’s Choice Award. Over 6,000 votes were cast over a two-week period. Dale’s wife created a watercolor painting based on an antique postcard. Her painting is the inspiration for Victorian […]

2007 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

2007 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

Judges Notes: Mark Aker’s Santa succeeds at telling a story. You can almost hear the snow crunching under Santa’s boots as he hauls his freshly-cut tree in from the woods. Mark’s confidence in his skills shows in this carving; the clean, deliberate cuts make the simple lines of the overall design […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – All Entries

Congratulation Winners! With more than 100 carvings entered in this year’s Santa Carving Contest, judging was a difficult task indeed. It’s interesting to see how carvers took inspiration from last year’s entries. We definitely saw improvement in the pieces from carvers who participate every year. Get ready for next year […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Honorable Mentions

With more than 100 carvings entered in this year’s Santa Carving Contest, judging was a difficult task indeed. It’s interesting to see how carvers took inspiration from last year’s entries. We definitely saw improvement in the pieces from carvers who participate every year. The following are this year’s honorable mentions: […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

2008 Santa Carving Contest – People’s Choice Award

David Boone’s elaborate scene captures Santa sharing the joy of Christmas with God’s creatures. David’s carving received the most votes in Woodcarving Illustrated’s online People’s Choice Award. Nearly 3,800 votes were submitted over a two-week period. The piece measures 18″ tall by 19″ wide by 12″ deep. David carved the […]

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

2008 Santa Carving Contest – Grand Prize Winner

Judges Notes: Hyung Jun Yong’s Santa wowed the judges with its wonderful facial expression. The carving is highlighted with clean deliberate cuts. The overall design is novel, but believable. Hyung Jun’s easy style is reminiscent of early Emil Janel flat-plane carvings. The ability to capture the essence of Santa with […]