Events

2022 Prairie Canada Carving Championship Show & Competition 

May 13-15, 2022

After two years of pandemic show cancellations, we were excited that 2022 was finally the year for our 34th Prairie Canada Carving Show to take place!  The show introduced a variety of format changes for both safety and efficiency, and we were pleased that all unfolded smoothly. The reception on Saturday afternoon provided a well received opportunity for carvers and their guests to view the 258 entries, renew acquaintances, and celebrate competition winners as well as the presentation of the Award of Excellence to Tom Park.

Thank you, everyone, for your continued support.

Community Participation!

The theme of our special display this year was "This is Whooooo we are!” Carvers were invited to prepare, carve, and finish an owl carving that made up part of our display.  

Thank you for your participation

Raffle Prize - Evening Grosbeak by Tom Park - a renowned carver, both in our community and in the wider community across North America, where magazine readers have enjoyed learning to carve many of his birds and creative habitats. Winner: Carol Landry

 50/50 raffle - Winner: Pat Roth

On behalf of Prairie Canada Carvers, thank you for your purchase and your on-going support.

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.

Other Workshops

Oak Hammock Carving Guild Workshops – March 27, April 3 & 10, 2022

Carve and paint a hunting style Black Duck. You will work with rasps to shape a cork body and learn to use power tools (provided) to carve a basswood head/tail.  The decoy will be finished with acrylic paint.
Instructors: Frank Macfarlane and Susan Cowtan
Dates: Over three Sundays – March 27, April 3 & 10, 2022 
Time: 9:00 – 4:30 each day
MEMBERS $160 AND NON-MEMBERS $190
To register, click here

*Face mask and proof of vaccination required or this workshop.

About the instructors: Frank is an avid duck hunter and guide.  Both Frank 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.

The Razertip Classroom - Martensville, Saskatchewan

Carving in the Park - Alberta Wildlife Carving Association
June 7 - 12, 2022 - Whitecroft Hall, Strathcona County
Painting a Blue-winged Teal drake - Pat Godin, carving & painting a flying miniature King Eider - Jeff Krete, carving 2 Common Dolphins on a base - Dennis Drechsler
For information, click here

Country Haven Studio - Redtail Hawk with Jean Minaudier
Sept. 2021.
 6 days carving 8:30-5:00 Cost $690 includes lunch, coffee, blanks & eyes
Camping available. 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

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

Other Shows

Oak Hammock Marsh Waterfowl Decoy Carving Competition
September 10 & 11, 2022; Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre; 
Visit the Oak Hammock Carving Guild Website
See complete Rules here

Pacific Brant Carving & Art Show 
2022 cancelled - Qualicum Beach Civic Centre
For information, click here

Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival
April 22-24, 2022;
 Virtual Show only
For information, click here.

Alberta Wildlife Carving Association - Images of Nature
April 29, 30, May 1, 2022 -Whitecroft Hall, Sherwood Park, Alberta
For results, click here

Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships
June 3-5, 2022; Waterloo, Ontario
Two new awards:  Award details here
     3 bird hunting rig purchase award. First prize $4000, 
     Youth - duck any style, 2 age groups, first prize $150
For information, click here

British Decoy and Wildfowl Carvers' Association
Bakewell, Derbyshire, England
Sept. 10 & 11, 2022
For information, click here

Reflections Art Festival
October 22-23, 2022; Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
For information, click here.

Prairie Canada Show and Competition 2022

Complete 2022 PCCA Show results: Click here

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.