Show Rules and Definitions

Show Rules          Judging Rules          Definitions

All entries must be the work of the exhibitor and completed within the past two years.

Name of the carver or identifying marks must be covered.

There is no limit to the number of carvings that may be entered into competition.

Previous Best of Show winners of the KC Woodcarvers Club are not eligible to re-enter the same piece in 2017 KC Excellence in Wood.

All categories with carving entries will be judged, even if a single entry is entered in a category.  However, awards are recognition for deserving work and may not always be awarded in a category if the work is not deserving of a recognition.

Neither the KC Woodworkers Guild, their officers, Show Chairman, staff nor John Knox will be held liable for lost, damaged or stolen carvings.

It is the responsibility of the individual exhibitor to collect and pay all appropriate sales taxes.

No entry is accepted with loose parts or is extremely difficult or dangerous to handle.

Vendor space is limited. The Show Chairman and staff will review and select vendors. Vendor items must be directly related to woodcarving.

Entries carved from rough outs (see definition), or with the assistance of a duplicating machine (see definition), produced in a seminar, or during a class may compete for “Best of Group” but will not be eligible for “Best of Show.”

The “Best of Show” award is a high recognition for years of research, learning, practice, and patience resulting in exceptional work, worthy of distinction.  It is the opinion of the KC Woodcarvers Club that the “Best of Show” is reserved for “one of a kind” original hand-carved art and must be the sole work of the entrant.

Eligibility for “Best of Show” must be clearly declared at the time of registration of all carving entries.

Any exhibitor or vendor displaying any item that is considered by the Show Chairman, Staff and Judges to be sexually explicit, racially degrading or religiously disrespectful shall be asked to remove it from public display and will not be permitted to enter it into the judging process.

2017 Show Judging Rules

Qualified artisans are hired to judge in a professional manner.  We want our judges to feel uninhibited and free of outside influence to make fair and honest judgments.  The Show chairman and staff hold our judges to the highest level of integrity and give them our full support.  They will remain at the show, following the judging, for personal critique, evaluation and discussion.

Do not expect judges to tour the show, fraternize with exhibitors, evaluate carvings or teach until after the judging is completed.  Comments to judges, at any time, with the intent to influence the outcome of the competition is strictly prohibited.

In an effort to reduce the appearance of conflict of interest, judges are prohibited from being an exhibitor, vendor, and/or entering their own work in the judging process.

Judging is done privately and out of public view by no less than two judges.  The Show Chairman, staff and club officers are not allowed to accompany or assist judges during the judging process.

Judges are free to place a carving into a different, more appropriate category prior to judging.

Each entry will receive an evaluative score 1-5 (5 being best) in four criteria (Originality, Design, Execution, and Finish).  This score will be taken into consideration during judging but will not be the sole consideration when compared with other carvings.

Judges have the right to remove carvings from competition that are damaged, objectionable, erotic, racially degrading, have inappropriate gestures or are deemed offensive.

Our Judges’ determinations are final and are not subject to any changes.

Confrontation, arguing with, or slandering a judge is strictly prohibited and may result in expulsion from the show and/or being barred to compete in future shows.

First place awards will not be given in single entry categories.

Definition of Terms

Caricature: Exaggerated distinguishing feature(s) of a recognizable subject.

Duplicating Machine: A mechanical device that holds an object and is capable of transferring the object’s shape on to a block of wood, thereby removing the need for the carver to develop visual, relational, or a spatial skill required to correctly transfer the shape into the wood by hand.

Free Form, Impressionistic, and Stylized: An artistic form that excites the imagination, suggests an idea, creates a mood, or implies a message and/or activity without explicitly stating it.

Instruction Assisted: Includes any carving completed during a workshop or under direct supervision of an instructor.

Realistic: A carving which closely resembles a subject in proportion and detail to the real object.

Rough-Out: A commercially promoted, mechanically mass produced block of wood that predetermines the shape of the finished product.

Originality: The carving must express a high degree of fore thought, planning and imagination. The carving captures the attention and interest of the observer.

Design: The carving subject and design elements must be in harmony and complement the entire work.

Execution: The carving has clean, decisive cuts, and lines. The carving is structurally sound, with no visible glue, putty, or paint smears. The carving contains a high degree of difficulty and exhibits problem solving skills.

Finish: The finish is appropriate for the carving. The colors selected are correct for the subject. The resulting finish complements the beauty and the style of the carving.

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