DIVISION 17 - WOODCARVING
Fine Arts South Building
Assistants: Hay Camp Woodcarvers
Youth (under 14)
People with special needs (8*)
Instructor Assisted (9*)
Carving from a Roughout (10*)
Sponsors -Hilary Cole Memorial Fund -Who’s Hobby -Rush-More Laser Creation -Pioneer Bank and Trust -Mount Rushmore Tours -Sentinel Federal Credit Union -Ft. Hays Dancing with Wolves Film Set
Hay Camp Woodcarvers -Dakota Star Federal Credit Union
Please recognize these fine sponsors when you register and stop by their businesses. Sponsors will be displayed in the Woodcarving area.
Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be available for each lot. Ribbons may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the judge
Best of Class Youth: a rosette and $20 from Hilary Cole Memorial Fund
Beginner, Novice & Intermediate: a rosette and a $25 gift certificate for each class from Who’s Hobby;
Advanced: a rosette and a $25 check from Rush-More Laser Creation;
Master: a rosette and a $50 check from Pioneer Bank and Trust
Best of Show: A rosette and a $50 gift certificate from Mount Rushmore Tours
Judges Choice: 4 awards, 1 each of a rosette and $50 from Sentinel Federal Credit Union
People's Choice: A rosette and a $50 check from Ft. Hayes Dances with Wolves film Set.
Jim Weets Memorial Superintendent Award: A rosette (Jim Weets Memorial) and a $25 check fromHay Camp Woodcarvers.
Open Class: A rosette and $50 check from Dakota Star Federal Credit Union. Plus, cash awards aligned with entry fees. All entry fees will be awarded to winners of this class (#7).
1. Youth class: under the age of 14 years.
2. Beginners class: is for carvers that are age 14 and older and two or less years of carving experience or under the advisement of the Superintendent.
3. Novice class: is open to those who have been carving for longer than two years or have won a Best of Class in Beginner; or under the advisement of the Superintendent.
4. Intermediate class: is open to those who have won a Best of Class in Novice; or under the advisement of the Superintendent.
5. Advanced class: is open to those who have won a Best of Class in Intermediate; or under advisement of the Superintendent.
6. Master class: is open to those who have previously earned a Best of Class in Advanced; or a Best of Show; or a 1st place in the Open Class.
7. Open class: is open to all carvers; each exhibitor may enter any number of carvings. A $10 entry fee will be attached to each carving to be used as prize money (all money to be returned to winners: 1st place 50% of entry fees, plus any sponsorship; 2nd place 30% of entry fees; 3rd place 20% of entry fees).
8. Instructor Assisted Category (Q): all carvings constructed under the tutoring of a paid professional carver, either individually or in a classroom setting. These carvings have their own category and will be disqualified from all other classes. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded only.
9. Rough out carving category: all carvings that are carved from a rough out. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be awarded only.
10. Intarsia category (S): Intarsia is in a category/class by its self and is disqualified from all other classes. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be awarded only.
11. You may enter your carvings under one Class only. We do understand you may be skilled in one category more than another, but you must be considered a particular Class of carver, all your entries must be in a single class, other than the Open Class. Once you earn a Best of Class you will automatically be promoted to the next higher Class. The Superintendent has discretion of overriding a carver’s classification for individual entrants.
12. Show committee and Judges are very careful when handling entries. The Show Committee, Judge’s or the Fair will not be held responsible for any broken, damaged or lost carvings. You enter at your own risk.
13. Carving/s shall be the work of the exhibitor (entrant). Exhibitor may submit any number of carvings per category number, with exception of category numbers 684 & 685, you may have up to 3 entries per category number. Each carving will be limited to one time only entry at the Central States Fair. All carvings must be one-year-old or less. All carvings will have Maker’s mark or signature and date the carving was done. These will be covered or concealed prior to and during judging by the show committee.
14. In order to maintain a certain standard for the show all carvings should be in good taste, subject to the discretions of the Superintendent or the show committee. Subject matter that they may class as “erotic” will not be permitted.
15. All carvings, when properly classified, will be judged in that classification regardless of the number of carvings entered. However, ribbons will be awarded only to those carvings exemplary of judging standards listed following these rules. In other words, if there is just one entry in a lot, it won’t necessarily receive a ribbon unless the judges feel it deserves a ribbon.
16. All entries for the show must remain on exhibit until Sunday, August 29 and may be picked up from 11am to 1pm. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE SO PLEASE DON’T ASK TO PICK IT UP BEFORE THEN!
17. The category (T) miscellaneous category numbers (735 & 736) are for carvings not covered by previous categories, which may allow for additional carvings.
a. The term “Realistic Representation” means work detailed to the extent of closely resembling the real object.
b. “Stylized” means a creation to form but not necessarily the detail.
c. The term “Caricature” means a distortion or ludicrous exaggeration of distinguishing features.
d. “Natural Finish” both the texture and the grain of the wood must show through the finish. Staining and or wood burning is permissible.
e. “Painted Finish” an opaque finish that obliterates the grain of the wood. If any part of the carving is painted, the carving will be placed in the painted category.
Judging will be scored 60% on carving ability and 40% on texturing, painting and finish.
1. Originality & Design – unusual and exceptional interpretations of the subject matter, true to life. Where applicable, consider proportions, anatomy, balance and perspective, use light, shadows, & use colors.
2. Skilled Executions – tight laminations, good carving techniques, properly fitted add-ons, such as objects in hands. Also, the difficulty of the carving, as in a one-piece object.
3. Surface Finish – carefully executed sanding where application: removal of blemishes such as fuzz, application of finishes. Does the finish enhance the grain? Consider choice of color and application in relationship to overall work.
4. Final Representation – in review of all the above, take into consideration the decorative value and worthiness of the carving and the overall continuity and artistry of the presentation. Judging will be scored 60% on carving ability and 40% on texturing, painting and finish.
5. All exhibits when properly classified, will be judged in that classification regardless of the number of exhibits entered. Ribbons for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be available for each category. Ribbons will be awarded only to those carvings exemplary of the judging standards. In other words, (ribbons may or may not be awarded at the discretion of the judges) if there is just one entry in a lot, it won’t necessarily get a ribbon unless it deserves one. See #16 in Specific rules for woodcarving classes.
6. These Categories; (Instructor Assisted, Carving from a roughout and Intarsia) are eligible for 1st, 2nd, or 3rd place ribbons only! No Rosettes will be awarded!
Category A: Amphibians/Aquatic (frogs, toads, salamanders, snails, crustaceans, mollusks, etc.)
600. Realistic -natural, stained or painted
601. Stylized - natural, stained or painted
602. Any combination of two or more
603. Other - All finishes
Category B: Birds
604. Waterfowl, shorebird, marsh bird -realistic painted
605. Waterfowl, shorebird, marsh bird – realistic natural or stained
606. Game bird – realistic painted or stained
607. Game bird – realistic, natural
608. Bird of prey – realistic painted or stained
609. Bird of prey – realistic, natural
610. Songbird – realistic painted or stained
611. Songbird – realistic, natural
612. All other species – realistic, painted or stained
613. All other species – realistic, natural
614. All species – stylized, all finishes
615. Combining two or more – all finishes
616. Decoys – all species, all finishes
617. Decoys (working) – all species, all finishes
618. Other- all finishes
Category C: Fish
619. Realistic – natural
620. Realistic – painted Category
621. Stylized – natural, stained or painted
622. Fish decoy or lure-natural, stained or painted
623. Any combination of two or more – all finishes
624. Other – all finishes
Category D: Insects (crickets, ants, wasps, bees, grasshoppers, butterflies, etc.)
625. Realistic – natural, stained or painted
626. Stylized – natural, stained or painted
627. Any combination of two or more – all finishes
628. Other – all finishes
Category E: Mammals (whales, dolphins, bats, platypus, armadillo & all other wild or domesticated animals)
629. Full figure – realistic- stained or painted
630. Full figure – realistic- natural
631. Head or Face – realistic- stained or painted
632. Head or Face – realistic- natural
633. Head or Face – stylized – all finishes
634. Full figure - stylized – all finishes
635. Any combination of two or more – all finishes
636. Other – all finishes
Category F: Human
637. Full figure – realistic- natural
638. Full figure – realistic- stained or painted
639. Full figure - stylized – all finishes
640. Bust - head or face – realistic- natural
641. Bust – head or face – realistic – stained or painted
642. Bust – head or face – stylized – all finishes
643. Mask – realistic or stylized – all finishes (must be pierced & the backside hollowed out & contoured so it could be worn)
644. Any combination of two or more – all finishes
645. Other – all finishes
Category G: Reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises, alligators, crocodiles, dinosaurs, etc.)
646. Realistic – natural, stained or painted
647. Stylized – natural, stained or painted
648. Any combination or two or more – all finishes
649. Other – all finishes
Category H: Flowers
650. Realistic – natural, stained or painted
651. Stylized – natural, stained or painted
652. Any combination or two or more – all finishes
653. Other – all finishes
Category I: Caricatures
654. Human – natural
655. Human – stained or painted
656. Bust - head or face – realistic- natural
657. Bust - head or face – realistic – stained or painted
658. Animal Bird, Fish (etc.) - natural, stained or painted
659. Bottle stoppers - natural, stained or painted
660. Wooden bottles – natural
661. Wooden bottles - stained or painted
662. Group – any combination or two or more - all finishes
663. Other - all finishes
Category J: Religious
664. Group – combining two or more subjects or objects in a scene or set – all finishes
665. Subject or object – all finishes
666. Crosses – all finishes
667. Angels – natural or stained painted
668. Other – all finishes
669. Full figure – realistic – natural
Category K: Mythical
670. Santa or Mrs. Claus – single figure, all finishes
671. Dominant human characteristics – all finishes
672. Dominant animal characteristics – all finishes
673. Any combination of two or more – all finishes
674. Magic wands – all finishes
675. Other – all finishes
Category L: Relief
677. Low – all finishes
677.A High – all finishes
678. Category M: Chip Carving
678 Decorative, flat – all finishes
679. Decorative, in the round – all finishes
680. Other – all finishes
Category N: Functional
681. Decorative – (furniture, lamps, mirror, picture frames, bookends, etc.)- all finishes
682. Musical instruments (flutes, etc.) – all finishes
683. Kitchenware (wood handle); spoons, mashers, rolling pins, etc. – all finishes
684. Walking canes (36’’ or less) – all finishes
685. Walking sticks (greater than 36’’) – all finishes
686. Gun stocks (carved) – all finishes
687. Jewelry (bolo slides, belt buckle, earrings, necklaces, broaches, bracelets, pins, amulets, etc.) – all finishes
688. Other – all finishes
Category O: Found or Unusual Wood
689. Bark – human/s, stained or painted
690. Bark – human/s, natural
691. Bark – animal/s, stained or painted
692. Bark – animal/s, natural
693. Bark – stylized, stained or painted
694. Bark – stylized, natural
695. Bark – other, all finishes
696. Pine knot – human/s, all finishes
697. Pine knot – animal/s, all finishes
698. Driftwood/weathered wood – human/s, all finishes
699. Driftwood/weathered wood – animal/s, all finishes
700. Driftwood/weathered wood – other, all finishes
701. Cypress knees – human/s, all finishes
702. Cypress knees – animal/s, all finishes
703. Cypress knees – other, all finishes
704. All other found wood – roots, fence post, etc. – human, all finishes
705. All other found wood – roots, fence post, etc. – animal, all finishes
706. All other found wood – roots, fence post, etc. – all finishes
Category P: Novelty
707. Carousel – 12’’ or less – all finishes
708. Carousel – greater than 12’’ – all finishes
709. Folk or tramp art – all finishes
710. Cuties, cartoonish, fantasy, etc. – all finishes
711. Christmas tree ornaments – all finishes
712. Abstract – natural
713. Abstract – stained or painted
714. Comfort carvings (birds, crosses, etc.)
715. Whimsical houses – natural
716. Whimsical houses – stained or painted
717. Native art – mask, totem, etc. – all finishes
718. Cane blocks – all finishes
719. Miniatures – all finishes
720. Love spoons – all finishes
721. Chain saw – all finishes
722. Card holders – all finishes
723. Other – all finishes
Category Q: Instructor Assisted (Professional instructor assisted carvings, ribbon awards only)
724. Human/s – all finishes
725. Animal/s – all finishes
726. Birds – all finishes
727. Fish – all finishes picture, frames, bookends, etc.) – all finishes
728. Combining human/s and animal/s – all finishes
729. Other – all finishes
Category R: Carving from a Roughout (ribbon awards only)
730. Human/s – all finishes
731. Animal/s – all finishes
732. Bird/s – all finishes
733. Fish – all finishes
734. Combining human and animal -all finishes
735. Caricatures – all finishes
736. Other – all finishes
Category S: Intarsia (Ribbon awards only)
739. Any Combining human/s and animal/s or still life
Category T: Miscellaneous
741. To be named by Division Superintendent
Knife sharpening is available at the Woodcarving Area in the Fine Arts Building. Proceeds will go to continued support of the Hay Camp Woodcarvers.