2023 Prairie Canada Carving Championship Show & Competition
April 14 - 16, 2023
Join us for 35th Prairie Canada Carving Show! Plans are underway. If you are interested in helping with the show organization, please contact Lynda Baxter
Thank you, everyone, for your continued support.
PURCHASE AWARDS 2023
We are pleased to announce the purchase award sponsors and carving subjects for the upcoming 2023 championships. We have a similar slate of offerings, with two new sponsors and a notable change.
We would like to thank our new sponsor Winnipeg Building and Decorating, who is sponsoring a fish purchase award, and thank Schramke Dental Corp. in Dauphin who is sponsoring a wall-mount bird purchase award. Additionally, you will note that our raffle purchase award is now sponsored by Maple and Bass Enterprises, which is in fact a spin-off of Razertip Industries with which we are all familiar.
Our thanks extend to Jim Richardson, Carrie Braden, Richard Whittom, and Lakefish Net & Twine who are continuing their support.
Please look at the detailed descriptions below, and have a go at entering a purchase award carving.
- These categories are open to all carvers and are not grouped or judged by skill level. First-place carvings become the property of the award sponsor upon transfer of the monetary award. Do not enter if you wish to keep your carving. Check specific rules and entry fees for these categories below:
Category 1 Maple & Bass Enterprises Purchase Award
This purchase award offers $600.00. The criteria this year is “Best Wildlife Sculpture suitable for the 2020 Prairie Canada raffle piece”. The carving can be from any Category of the competition, but a maximum of 16” size. Carvings will be judged for merit and on its ability to generate revenue. The carving will not be floated. The entry judged as first in this category will become the property of the Prairie Canada Carvers’ Association and the carver will receive the $600.00 prize. This carving becomes the PCCA raffle piece for next year. Please advise your intention at registration. There is no entry fee for this category.
Category 2 Jim Richardson Antique Decoy Purchase Award
This purchase award offers $600.00 for a bluebill drake in the style of Orel Leboeuf from Quebec. Carvings will be judged according to Prairie Canada’s Division B guidelines, except decoys will be floated but do not have to self-right. The carving is to be entered as a newly painted decoy “just off the workbench”, and must not be “antiqued”. Winner will receive the $600.00 prize and the carving becomes the property of Mr. Richardson. The entry fee for this category is $20.00.
Category 3 Richard Whittom Purchase Award
This purchase award offers $200.00 for the best life-size duck head carving. The winner will receive the $200.00 prize and the carving becomes the property of Mr. Whittom. Entries must be the head and neck portion only of a duck and displayed on a suitable stand. The carver may choose to follow any of the guidelines of Divisions A, B, C, or D. The entry fee for this category is $15.00.
Category 4 Carrie Braden Purchase Award
This purchase award offers $100.00 for the best life-size bird feather. The winner will receive the $100.00 prize and the carving becomes the property of Ms Braden. Entries must be a feather from a North American bird, any species. The feather may be displayed in any way the carver chooses, let your imagination be your guide. The entry fee for this category is $15.00.
Category 5 LakeFish Net & Twine Fish Purchase Award
This purchase award offers $600.00 for the best Northern Pike carving. The winner will receive the $600.00 prize and the carving becomes the property of LakeFish. Carvings will be judged according to Prairie Canada’s Division Y guidelines. The fish must be a length of between 20 and 26 inches. The entry fee for this category is $20.00.
Category 6 Winnipeg Building & Decorating Fish Purchase Award.
This purchase award offers $500.00 for the best realistic Walleye carving. The winner will receive the $500.00 prize and the winning carving becomes the property of Winnipeg Building and Decorating. Carvings will be judged according to Prairie Canada’s Division Y guidelines. The fish must be a length of between 17 and 20 inches and should be typical Lake of the Woods/Canadian Shield colouring. The entry fee for this category is $20.00.
Category 7 Schramke Dental Corp. Purchase Award.
This purchase award offers $600.00 for the best Red Headed Woodpecker carving. The winner will receive the $600.00 prize and the winning carving becomes the property of Schramke Dental Corp.. Carvings will be judged according to Prairie Canada’s Division E guidelines. The woodpecker must be life-size, and presented as a wall mount, with a means to be ready for hanging. The entry fee for this category is $20.00
2023 Raffle Prize
by Brock Love
Maple and Bass Enterprises
On behalf of Prairie Canada Carvers, thank you for your ongoing support.
The theme for 2023 is the puffin...
Watch for details
Workshops and Seminars
Prairie Canada Workshops and Seminars
Prairie Canada often provides a variety of workshops in conjunction with our annual show. As well, We offer occasional carving workshops at the Elmwood East Kildonan Active Living Centre in Winnipeg (180 Poplar Avenue) and Clifton Community Club (1351 Strathcona Street). At Elmwood-EK, there is a dedicated workshop and lunchroom– bring a lunch. Coffee is provided. Registration is on a first come first served basis. Workshop details are sent out to students in advance of the workshop. Prairie Canada can supply dust collectors and power carving equipment for a $5.00 fee. Profits raised through the workshop go towards hosting the annual competition. Full day workshop usually run from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Evening workshops run from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Oak Hammock Carving Guild Workshops – 4 Sundays: November 20 - December 11, 2022
Learn to construct, carve and paint a traditional wire and canvas Shoveler decoy.
Instructors: Don Young and Susan Cowtan
Dates: Over four Sundays – Nov 20, 27, Dec 4, & 11, 2022
Time: 9:30 – 4:30 each day
MEMBERS $160 AND NON-MEMBERS $190
To register, click here
About the instructors: Both Don and Susan are multiple Best of Show winners and have competed at the highest levels including Canadian Nationals. Susan has also competed at the World Championships.
Oak Hammock Carving Guild Workshops – 4 Sundays this winter
Carve and paint a traditional hunting Mallard drake decoy
Instructors: Frank Macfarlane and Susan Cowtan
Watch for further details
The Razertip Classroom - Martensville, Saskatchewan
Carving in the Park - Alberta Wildlife Carving Association
April 29 - May 4, 2023 - Whitecroft Hall, Strathcona County
Carving & painting a flying miniature King Eider - Jeff Krete
June 6 - 11, 2023 - Whitecroft Hall, Strathcona County
Painting a Harlequin drake - Pat Godin
For information, click here
Country Haven Studio - with Jean Minaudier
Sept. 2023. For more information email Country Haven Carving
Wahpeton Carving Weekend - North Dakota
For a complete list of classes and more information, click here
Lee Valley Tools - Winnipeg Seminars
Artists Emporium Seminars
December 10, 2022 at 1:00 PM
580 Roseberry Street, Wpg.
WindyDay Woodworks Classes
For more information and registration - click here
Krausman's Studio - workshops 2022 will be video instruction and ZOOM interaction
For info email Krausman's
Feather Anatomy and Morphology - Carve/Texture 4 Species of Avian Feathers = Keith Mueller, 4 days, $550 + $50 kit
The Art of Inserting Carved Feathers, Part 4 - Advanced Techniques in Feather Inserts, Contours, Structures, Articulation, and Movement - Keith Mueller, 5 days $750 + kit
Decorative, Life-Size, Flushing-into-Flight American Woodcock - Keith Mueller, 10 days $1395 + kit
Carve/Paint an American Woodcock Decoy; Elmer Crowell Style Standing Black-bellied Plover Mantle Decoy - Keith Mueller, 8 days $1045 + kit
Painting the Shoveler Drake - Pat Godin, 8 days $1195 + kit
Blackburnian Warblers in Spring Habitat - Al Jordan, $1395 + kit
Oak Hammock Marsh Waterfowl Decoy Carving Competition
September 2023; Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre;
Visit the Oak Hammock Carving Guild Website
Complete Rules here
Decoy entry form
Purchase Award entry form
Other category entry form
Pacific Brant Carving & Art Show
April 1 & 2, 2023 - Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
For information, click here
Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 21-23, 2023; 50th Show and Celebration - Ocean City, Maryland
For information, click here.
Alberta Wildlife Carving Association - Images of Nature
May 5 - 7, 2023 -Whitecroft Hall, Sherwood Park, Alberta
For information, click here
Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships
June 2-4, 2023; Waterloo, Ontario
For information, click here
British Decoy and Wildfowl Carvers' Association
Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Sept. 9 & 10, 2023
For information, click here
Prairie Canada Show and Competition 2022
2022 PCCA Winners' Circle
Photos Credit: Richard Gwizdak
2022 Award Winners
Award of Excellence 2022: Tom Park of Winnipeg, Manitoba
Since he began to carve in the late 90’s, Tom has competed regularly and won many accolades for his work. He has been a part of Prairie Canada Carvers’ Association and worked for years to support the show. Tom has contributed 17 articles to Wildfowl Carving magazine that have assisted countless carvers in developing skills and producing wonderful art pieces of their own. Extremely generous with his time, Tom has facilitated many workshops that help carvers develop important skills, and he is always ready to cut a blank or help with a pattern or project - often in his home workshop.
Tom is the model of what an excellent mentor should be - encouraging, suggesting, helping and celebrating the success of carvers at every level. The fact that Tom’s reward is his joy at seeing others move ahead with their carving makes him very special. One of the many who contributed to nominating Tom for this award rather perfectly summed up Tom’s contributions as follows....
“It is carvers, people like you, that make the rest of us want to come to the shows, want to be a part of the community, and want to carve. Your commitment to improving the art form is noticed by everyone who encounters you and your work, your instruction and your encouragement. The techniques you share with carvers, novice and advanced, have pushed the level of work we see locally and nationally. Your patience, teaching instruction in magazines, as well as general encouragement is what our art form needs to survive, grow and thrive. Thank you for all you do. The Canadian carving community would not be the same without you in it. It is for persons like you that we give out the Award of Excellence.”
Congratulations Tom, and thank you for all you have contributed to the carving community.