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Southtowns Woodcarvers of Western New York
2002 SPRING SHOW COMPETITION RULES

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25th Annual Southtowns Woodcarvers Judging Rules

Please remember the competition is for fun and judged by your fellow woodcarvers and patrons. Enjoy the show and have fun!!

There will be three types of competition: A) Peoples Choice; B) Best Table; and C) Carvers Choice

General Rules: All competition

1) You must be a registered exhibitor in the Southtowns Woodcarving Show to enter competition.
2) No more than two carvers at any one club table shall be able to compete in the carvers choice and peoples choice competition.
3) All entries for the peoples choice competition and carvers choice competition must have been carved in the last two (2) years and must be the work of the exhibitor.
4) No carving may be entered in more than one category. No carving may be entered in both the peoples choice and carvers choice competition.

A) Peoples Choice:

1) One entry per exhibitor.
2) Entry Fee: $2.00
3) Entries must be submitted by 9:00 AM Saturday morning.
4) Entries shall be placed together in a designated area in the ballroom and will be maintained there from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and Sunday.
5) One ballot will be handed out to each paying guest as they enter the show.
6) Ballots shall be cast by the guests by marking the carving number of the carving they like best and returning it to the designated ballot box.
7) Ballots will be collected up to 3:30 PM Sunday.
8) Award announcements will be made Sunday at 4:00 PM.
9) Prizes are as follows: First place: Ribbon and $200.00 cash, Second Place: Ribbon and $100.00 cash, Third Place: Ribbon and $50.00 cash

B) Best Table:

1) All exhibitor tables are eligible for best table.
2) A ballot will be handed out to each exhibitor on Saturday.
3) Ballots shall be cast by the exhibitors by marking the table number of the table they like best and returning it to the designated ballot box.
4) Ballots will be collected up to 5:00 PM Saturday.
5) Award announcements will be made Sunday morning at the awards presentation.
6) Prizes are as follows: First Place: Ribbon and $75.00 cash, Second Place: Ribbon and $50.00 cash, Third Place: Ribbon and $25.00 cash

C) Carvers Choice:

1) Only members of the judging committee are allowed in the judging area except during the time for judging.
2) There are two classes of competition: Intermediate and Advanced. Exhibitors may enter in one class only.
a) Intermediate Class: any carver who has not won best of intermediate at any previous Spring Southtowns Woodcarvings show.
b) Advanced Class: any carver who wish to compete at an advanced level, regardless of carving experience or any carver who has won best of intermediate at any previous Spring Southtowns Woodcarvings show.
3) Entries may be submitted to the judging area between Friday April 26th 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM and Saturday April 27th 7:30 AM 9:00 AM. No entries will be accepted after 9:00 AM Saturday.
4) Judging will begin promptly at 9:15 AM Saturday so it will be necessary to be available between 9:15 AM and 10:00 AM if you want to participate in this. Exhibiting carvers and their spouses will be casting ballots for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each category. You must present your eligibility slip (obtained from your show packet) at the judging area to receive a judging ballot.
5) Exhibitors may enter no more than two (2) carvings per category.
6) Exhibitors will be expected to use their best judgement in submitting carvings in the correct class and category. Any entry placed in the wrong category may be reassigned by the judging committee. Determination of correct class and category of the judging committee is final.
7) The limited use of non-wood materials will be allowed on woodcarvings (i.e. metal feet, glass eyes.)
8) Class projects or instructor assisted projects are highly discouraged except for the class piece categories.
9) There will be a charge of $2.00 per entry.
10) Categories having less than three entries may be combined into special miscellaneous categories. Any category may be subdivided at the discretion of the judging committee.
11) Ribbons will be awarded for First, Second, and Third (all classes and categories) and will be awarded Saturday morning. The Best of Show for each class will be awarded Sunday morning at the awards presentation.
12) The woodburning and class piece categories are not eligible for best of show.
13) Upon completion of the judging, the names of the twelve blue ribbon winners in the advanced class will be drawn. These twelve winners will cast ballots for 1st , 2nd, and 3rd places to determine the best of the intermediate class. The remaining blue ribbon winners will cast ballots for 1st , 2nd, and 3rd places to determine the best of the advanced class.
14) In the event of any ties during judging, the judge of honor will make the final decision. Decisions made by the judging committee are final.
15) Prizes are as follows:
Best of Advanced Class: First Place: Ribbon and $500.00 cash, Second Place: Ribbon and $200.00 cash, Third Place: Ribbon and $100.00 cash
Best of Intermediate Class: First Place: Ribbon and $200.00 cash, Second Place: Ribbon and $100.00 cash, Third Place: Ribbon and $50.00 cash

Judging considerations: As judges, you should consider carvings on the following basis:

1. You are judging woodcarvings and other forms of art.
2. Consider the carving in light of:
a. Originality, ingenuity: unusual and exceptional interpretation of the subject matter
b. Workmanship and construction: Good carving techniques, difficulty of carving, true to life, tight laminations, properly fitted add-ons. Consider the work done very apparently with woodcarving tools, knife, chisel, etc. Discount work apparently done with power tools in the finishing work and final product. Consider sharp neatly cut details in hard-to-reach and all other areas.
c. Shape and Form: Proportions, balance, perspective.
d. Artistic Interpretation: Use of color, light, shadows, continuity.
e. Finish: Application of finish, consistency of sanding or polishing (no sanding marks, dull areas), removal of blemishes, grain-enhanced finish, choice of color to overall work, quality of varnishing or painting (no runs or poorly covered areas.) Consider the finishing excellence. Remember, some carving marks are a method of finished woodcarvings.

Definitions:

1. Abstract: Refers to a carving completed by non-representational design
2. Caricature: Means an exaggeration or distortion of distinguishing features
3. Group: A carving with two or more dominant subjects
4. In-the-Round: Means a three dimensional carving that may be viewed from all sides
5. Natural Finish: Both the texture and grain of the wood must show through the finish. Limited staining and/or woodburning is allowed.
6. Painted Finish: A finish that colors the grain of the wood. If any part of the carving is painted, no matter how small, the carving must be placed in the painted or stained category.
7. Realistic: Means work detailed to the extent of closely resembling the real object.
8. Relief: Carving a design on a flat surface to give the illusion of depth and perspective. Includes both BAS (low or shallow) and high relief.
9. Stylized: Refers to a carving completed according to a style or stylistic pattern rather than strictly according reality.
10. Mythical: Any fantasy with mythical design such as dragons, etc.
11. Whittled: Hand Held carving made from one piece of wood, done in the round using knives: no sanding.
12. Miniature: Must fit in a two inch cube.

CATEGORIES

A. Intermediate Class Categories:

Category Description

1 Animals
2 Birds
3 Marine Life carving
4 Group Carvings
5 Human Figure
6 Caricature (Animal and Human)
7 Relief- All subjects
8 Chip Carving
9 Abstract, Miniature, and Whittled Pieces
10 Mythical
11 Floral/Ornamental
12 Miscellaneous - (Any carving not covered clearly by any of the above categories, at judges discretion.)
13 Woodburning
14 Class Project

B. Advanced Class Categories:

Category Description


100 Animals
110 Birds
120 Marine Life carving
130 Heads- (Animals or Birds)
140 Group Carvings
150 Human Figure
160 Caricature (Animal and Human)
170 Relief- All subjects
180 Chip Carving
190 Abstract
200 Miniature
210 Whittled Piece
220 Carved Model
230 Mythical
240 Floral/Ornamental
300 Miscellaneous - (Any carving not covered clearly by any of the above categories, at judges discretion.)
310 Woodburning
320 Class Project