Friday 12 June 2015
In April this year seven members of the BDWCA took the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to attend the 45th Annual World Championship Competition and Art Festival in Ocean City, Maryland, USA - the pinnacle of bird carving competitions
Over 1,200 carvings were entered by carvers of all levels, from youth to world class, in 39 different divisions, which included life-size and miniature decorative bird carvings, interpretive carvings and several categories of working decoys.
We went a week before the three-day show so that we could take advantage of taking lessons from some of the top carvers in the world. Between us, we carved saw whet owls with Laurie and Mike Truehart, antique style long tailed duck decoys with Rich and Ross Smoker and a chestnut sided warbler with Josh Guge, which subsequently posed on the beach for a photograph!
The show was a tremendous experience. Five of us had taken birds to enter in the competition and three won awards, which was a terrific result. Congratulations to Claire Williams who won the Advanced Interpretive Wood Sculpture Division with her 'Wren on
Old Stump' carving, Richard Rossiter who gained a Blue Ribbon - first place - with his hoopoe in the Land Birds category of Advanced Decorative Lifesize, and Sally Sanford who came third with her puffins in Intermediate Interpretive Wood Sculpture.
We are now all totally inspired by what we saw and learnt at 'the Worlds' and are now looking forward to this year's BDWCA show will be held, as usual, in Bakewell, Derbyshire, on the second weekend of September, which this year will be 12 and 13 September.
(PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY PAM WILSON FOR THE BDWCA)
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