#22 Carving in Maquoketa, IA in June.
Iowa in June? Really? And was it wet! But the carving and competition were indoors, so we weren’t bothered too much, except for those who had to run between the buildings or who sat under the few leaks.
Now what is that all about? One of the places I like to go for inspiration, education, and carving competition is to the Affiliated Wood Carvers show in Maquoketa, IA. The AWC says of itself, “Affiliated Wood Carvers, Limited, (AWC) is a non-profit corporation
which publicly promotes the fine art of woodcarving through the sponsorship of the International Woodcarvers Congress.”
The AWC continues, “To the best of our knowledge, the International Woodcarvers Congress is the longest running, c
ompetitively judged, woodcarving art show in the United States. It is truly the most prestigious show of its kind. Artists from all over the United States, Canada and overseas have competed for cash and awards at the ‘Congress.’”
As you can see by the small sample of pictures provided, the Congress is a great place to learn more
about the art of wood carving. At the Congress, great teachers provide superior instruction in many carving styles and techniques. Quality
competition allows carvers to display their work against other high ranking national and international carvers. And you get to hang around with lots of great people who love the art of woodcarving.
Anyone interested in wood carving needs to make the International Woodcarvers Congress at Maquoketa, IA a must see. Check out the AWC website for the dates of the next Congress.