Magic in Wood Annual Competition and Show

The Ontario Wood Carvers Association’s annual Competition and Show is held in the Fall, usually during the third weekend of October, at the Recreational Complex in Pickering. There you will find over 300 entries in the competition ranging from high quality novice entries to amazing master sculptures. Carvers and artists using wood as their primary material, from many Ontario clubs, will have tables displaying more than 1000 fine examples of their art. You can see demonstrations and get advice. There will be vendors on hand with a wide variety of carving tools and books. This is a must-see event for anyone interested in any form of artistry in wood.

Youth Outreach Program

Dr. Hugh Thomson, plastic surgeon at the Sick Kids Hospital was an extraordinary man with an extraordinary vision: “ to enable extraordinary lives for each tiny soul”. He started and inspired other carvers to establish our Youth Outreach program more than a decade ago. Schools has invited OWCA to provide carving lessons for grade 7 and 8 students. Than the program was extended to children as young as four years old, using soap and plastic knives. We have been teaching carving for home schooling group, church groups and other youth organization for many years now. Everywhere we go we are always amazed at the attention of the children,

the concentration and happiness that clearly evident in their eyes.

Learning by Doing

The Learning by Doing workshops are at the Magic in Wood Annual Competition and Show and led by skilled carving teachers.

In 2015 there will be six session:.

For details and registration go to the “ Learning by Doing” link on the right.

Learn By Doing

Learning by Doing workshops are led by skilled carving teachers at Magic in Wood, the Ontario Wood Carvers Association Competition and Show. Registration is required.
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  • Carving a caricature eye with John Poole
  • Understanding perspective in relief with Eleanor Burke
  • Introduction to Marquetry with Alain Hulad
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OWCA’s Monthly General Meetings

Temporarily discontinued.

Woodcarving Competitions and Shows in Ontario

This section lists the woodcarving competitions and shows as we know. If you wish to list your woodcarving show here, please contact us at