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

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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.
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About OWCA

Founded in 1978, the Ontario Wood Carvers Association promotes and celebrates the art of woodcarving in Ontario.

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

Enjoy viewing the growing number of pages on our new website.  You’ll find photos, descriptions of the programs that the OWCA and our Ontario clubs support, news items and opportunities for carvers, promotions for upcoming shows and competitions…and, when you join the OWCA ( and we hope that you will! ), additional information for members only including digital access to past magazine editions.

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.

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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.