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.
Mark your Calendars for July 19th
Join us on July 19th at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto for the unveiling of the Maple Leaf Forever Tree. We’re putting the final touches on both the MLF Tree and our ceremony details; a ceremony which will include a band playing their rendition of the Maple Leaf Forever, guest speakers honouring the significance of this artwork on Canada’s 150th birthday, as well as, activities for carvers both young and older. Check back for more details!
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.
Ontario Woodcarver is the only full-colour magazine produced in Canada specifically for artists working primarily in wood.
Our annual fall competition and show is simply not to be missed.
Connect – Engage – Support
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.