Competitions and Shows

Learn more about the upcoming competitions and shows in Ontario and view the schedule for these outstanding events.

Look for the Discount on First Carving Entry for OWCA Members 

Maple Leaf Forever

On July 19th 2013 a severe storm downed a famous Canadian maple tree. Learn how OWCA members are preserving our history in art.

Magic in Wood

Our Magic in Wood Competition and Show is held annually in the fall. Open to carvers and visitors alike, this event offers something for everyone.

Activities Across Ontario

Read about the interesting activities and projects that our carvers are enjoying.  

Carving News

Share your submissions regarding supplies, tips and requests.  Can you help us identify the history of these carvings?

Locations Where Carvers Meet

Find a location near you where you can join other carvers in learning the craft.

Bob Gill

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association and artists across Ontario are saddened with news of the passing of Bob Gill.  

Bob’s contribution to the carving community is without equal and his artwork stands as a continual inspiration to all of us.  As a long time member of the OWCA and the Buckhorn Carvers, we all were able to enjoy Bob’s dedication to wood carving and his friendship at our gatherings over many years.  Bob’s talent always created “Best of Show” pieces and, most recently, he was instrumental in the completion of the Maple Leaf Forever Tree now on permanent display at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.  

Our thoughts are with Barbara and their family.  We will miss Bob greatly.


“OWCA Carving Day…don’t miss this opportunity!”

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association is planning a day of carving and instruction that you don’t want to miss.  Click here to learn more!

About OWCA

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association promotes and celebrates the art of woodcarving in Ontario.

Founded in 1978, the non-profit, volunteer-run organization develops high-profile public projects, hosts the annual Ontario woodcarving championships at its Magic in Wood Competition and Show, and brings carvers together at events, through publications and via social media.

Welcome to our Website

Browse our site for news and opportunities for carvers, information on programs and events, and links to Ontario carving clubs. You’ll find some of our best work showcased in the galleries section. Learn how you can become a member – and if you’re a member already, enjoy special access to almost forty years of archived reference material, including tips and techniques.

Join Us as a new member or Renew your current membership by filling out the eletronic forms that can be accessed under the About Us tab at the top of this page.

Preview Our Members-Only Content


Getting Involved with the OWCA

The OWCA Executive is always encouraging members to come forward to share their ideas and expertise…and not just their carving talents!  There are many interesting aspects of the OWCA that your Executive Committee enjoys and which you can also involve yourself.  

  • Is there an activity that you’d like to join or can you suggest something new that you’d like to help us create?
  • Can you assist in our website or magazine publications?  
  • Are you interested in participating in the creation of our shows and learning events?  

Use the “Contact Us” button on this website or send a note to Mark at [email protected] if you’re interested in learning more!





Hobo and Ned by Mark Sheridan

New to Wood Carving?

Are you curious about woodcarving but don’t know if it’s right for you? Let our members walk you through initial steps –  materials, supplies, types of wood, and how to tackle your first project.  Look under “Programs and Competitions” at the top of this page for clubs near you and locations where carvers meet.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you can’t find a location near you.

Join Us

Join the Ontario Wood Carvers Association today and get carving! New members are always welcome.

Members Only

Current members of OWCA can access additional information here including the on-line version of our Quarterly Magazine!


Our clubs are available to all members. Don’t see a club in your area? Contact us if you would like to start one.


Ontario Woodcarver is the only full-colour magazine produced in Canada specifically for artists working primarily in wood. 

Magic in Wood

Our annual fall competition and show is simply not to be missed.

Connect – Engage – Support

Maple Leaf Forever

The tree, older than Canada and blown down in July 2013, is said to have inspired Alexander Muir to write the “Maple Leaf Forever” song in 1867.  In recognition of its historic significance, every part of this ancient silver maple tree will be used.

Tips & Techniques

Join us as members and guests share their videos, photos and expertise.