Learn how to carve wildlife at the Ward

March 10, 2012 by  

The 42nd annual Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition will take place at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center from April 27-29. The event is a presentation of the Ward Museum. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students and free for children aged 12 and under; a 3-day pass is available for $18.

The competition draws carvers from all over the world. It allows competitors of all ages and skills to compete in 39 divisions for over $70,000 in prize money. Winners will also receive “ribbons, medallions, plaques and trophies.” Visitors will also come from all over the world, or from as close as Salisbury, the home of the Ward Museum. No doubt the organizers will be working with local printing companies who will be able to provide the necessary marketing.

In addition to the competition, there will also be over 100 exhibitor booths selling everything from jewelry to sporting goods to carving tools. There will also be displays of decoys and wildlife-related artworks.

To coincide with the championship, several workshops concerning carving will be held in various venues. There are 4-day, 3-day and 2-day workshops planned for those who wish to increase their skills or for beginners who wish to get involved in wildfowl carving: the “Carve and paint a downy woodpecker” workshop will be led by Boby Guge and is a 4-day workshop, the cost is $450 for Ward Museum members and $500 for non-members; “Paint an American robin” will be led by Jeff Rechin, it is a 3-day workshop which costs $350 for members and $400 for non-members.

This event really does seem to be the premier event for those interested in wildfowl carving.