This year’s show will be held on the third weekend of May:  May 20 & 21, 2017, with set-up  on Friday, May 19.  For more information about this year’s show (entering a carving or renting a table, etc.) please contact our Show Chairman, Kathi Gervais.

Each year’s show is held at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA.  The Capital Woodcarvers Association show is the largest show in California.  Recently, the shows have included the Gourd Society for an even better carving display.

In 2014, the show was held on the weekend of May 3 and 4 at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA.  The show theme was:  “DISCOVER THE ART OF WOODCARVING – LET US SHOW YOU HOW.”  Photos of the 2014 Best of Show entries are shown below:

  FIRST PLACE BEST OF SHOW                                        SECOND PLACE BEST OF SHOW

Michael Bueina, Fish/Reptile, painted

Michael Bueina, Fish/Reptile, painted

Diana Kwan, General Relief

Diana Kwan, General Relief











Ivan Lee, Decorative Decoy

Ivan Lee, Decorative Decoy

Free woodcarving classes are given to interested people during the show.  More free classes will continue during the summer.  If you have questions about future woodcarving classes, please contact our Past President, Phil Shehan.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A WOODCARVING SHOW? Part of the Woodcarving Show is a CARVING COMPETITION.  Any carver who wishes may enter a carving in the show competition for judging.  There are three carving levels:  Novice, Advanced, and Expert, in over 65 different categories.  The carver chooses the level they feel they best fit into and then chooses the carving categories for the piece.  Each piece is examined by the show judge and may be awarded a blue, red, or white ribbon, based on the merit of the piece.  All entries are on display during the show regardless of whether an award was given or not.  All entries must remain on display until the end of the show at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.  The following special awards are also presented, some with cash awards:  1st Best of Show, 2nd Best of Show, 3rd Best of Show, People’s Choice, Caricature Carvers of America, Best Table Display.

SHOW JUDGING.  Last year’s show judge was Janet Cordell, a well-known award-winning national carver.  Janet is very well known  for her face carving, and she also specializes in animal carving.

OTHER SHOW ACTIVITIES.  Another set of competitions during the weekend are Whittling Contests on Saturday and Sunday.  We also have Silent Auctions of donated prizes, many of them hand-carved.  There are also free hourly door prize drawings throughout the weekend.   At the end of the day on Sunday is our Grand Raffle Prize drawing.  Two wonderful, hand-carved, donated items are to be raffled.  Tickets are on sale throughout the show hours and before the show.

Individual carvers have items on display throughout the weekend.  Some items are for sale, and many are only for display.  We also have a good variety of excellent and well-known vendors from around the country.  These vendors supply high quality tools, books, and supplies to our woodcarvers.  Some of these vendors include Drake Knives and Moore Roughouts and Wood.

Food is available through the weekend from Burke Family Catering.


  1. Bill Olney says:

    Please send me information on your 2016 wood carving show when it is available.
    My name is Bill Olney, I live in Pine, Az, and I am a novice carver.

    • chefamb says:

      Hi Bill,
      I am sorry I have not answered sooner. I am glad you asked, because next year’s show will NOT be on the first weekend of May as it has been for many years. It will be on the THIRD WEEKEND of May, 2016. That is May 21 and 22, 2016.
      If you are interested in entering a carving in the show, it should be in our hands by May 20. Anyone may enter. Our show chairman is Kathi Gervais. Please contact her for more information.

      Alice Bowles
      CWA President

  2. We are happy to help sponsor this show with donated Gift Certificates!

  3. Marilyn Crayton says:

    I don’t know if I just didn’t see it or what, but could you please give me the address of the May woodcarvers show. Thank you Marilyn

    • chefamb says:

      Our show is held at the Scottish Rite Center at 6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA (across from the Sacramento State University campus) Thank you for your interest.

  4. Kathleen says:

    Is there a fee to see the show

    • chefamb says:

      The admission cost is $5.00 for adults for the 2 day show. Children under 12 are admitted for free.
      The show times are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 21.

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