Affiliated Wood Carvers, Ltd

International Woodcarvers Congress

Affiliated Wood Carvers, Limited, (AWC) is a non-profit corporation whose primary purpose is to promote the fine art of woodcarving through the sponsorship of the International Woodcarvers Congress.

Event Schedule

The 54th Congress will be held in Maquoketa, IA, the 2nd full week of June - 6/12/20 through 6/21/20.

The 2020 final schedule will be published closer to Congress.  The following tentative schedule is subject to change; please check back.

Saturday, June 13 & Sunday, June 14

Carry in carvings - times to be announced.  (Tentative times: noon-5:00 Saturday, noon-4:00 Sunday)

Monday & Tuesday, June 15 & 16

Closed Judging - showroom closed to all but IWC Board and volunteers

Monday, June 15 through Saturday, June 20

Seminar sessions:  Doors open for instructors at 7:30 am.  Students not admitted until 8:00 am, to allow instructors time to set up for the day, etc.

Wednesday, June 17

Show setup - showroom closed to all but IWC Board and volunteers

Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 5:00 PM

Five and Three Day seminars in their last day

Saturday, June 20

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 5:00 PM

Saturday classes start at 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM

Judges Critiques Session 1:00 PM, in the back of Pearson Hall

Annual Awards Banquet, Pearson Hall  (Cash bar 5:00 PM, Dinner 5:30 PM)

Sunday, June 21

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 4:00 PM

Annual Membership Meeting, 10:30 AM, same area as Judges Critique

Judges Critiques Session 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, same area as Saturday

Silent Auction bidding closes at 2:30 PM, held right in the Competition Showroom

End of Show; carvings are released for pickup at 4:00 PM (Not before, so please don't ask).

Monday, June 22

Show breakdown and clean-up - volunteers welcome!

All carvings not picked up will will be re-packed, labeled and taken to the Woodcraft Shop for return shipping.  Please remenber that shipped-in carvings must have a prepaid return shipping label if they are to be returned by the same carrier.

All other items and displays related to the show must be cleaned out and returned to storage.  Anyone still in town that can help the Board of Directors and local carvers with the process, please come to Pierson Hall at at 8:30 AM.   Clean-up is usually done by noon; any and all help is greatly appreciated.

A few notes concerning the seminars:

  • We are fortunate that both seminar areas have concrete floors. We are asking everyone to police the area where they’re carving at the end of each day. That should keep the chips down to a reasonable level. On Friday when all the seminars wrap up, a thorough cleaning of all the seminar areas is necessary. Don’t think that “someone else will do it”. Everyone is responsible for the cleanup. 
  • If you are using a carving stand that sits on the floor, please bring something to set it on, like a carpet remnant or rubber pad. If you are clamping a holding device to the table, you need to cushion that also. We need your cooperation to make a good impression in order to be invited back for years to come. If you are going to be standing for most of your carving session, we recommend bringing some sort of floor mat to stand on for your comfort. You also may want to bring a comfortable chair to sit on unless a folding chair works for you. 
  • If your instructors are going to be painting or staining, we asked them to make sure the tables are covered very adequately in order to protect them. Please be very careful during the painting sessions to avoid any spills. 
  • Lunch is available daily!!! There is a snack bar located right in Pearson Hall. They will be open from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM daily to serve your lunch needs. You can’t get any handier than that! They will be serving sandwiches (Sloppy Joes, BBQ Pork, Chicken Salad, Polish Sausage, Hot Dogs), Pizza Slices, Soup, Nachos, Chips, Ice Cream Bars, Candy, etc. etc. The menu will vary somewhat daily. 
  • Lighting is not the best so you have to adjust accordingly. Bring your own supplemental lighting as well as a power strip and an extension cord. Please do not complain about the lighting; do something about it by bringing your own!
  • The two building we use are air conditioned!  Are you hot blooded? Cold blooded? It’s hard to regulate the air-conditioning to suit everyone. More than likely it will be cooler than warmer, so if you chill easily bring a sweatshirt, sweater or whatever. 


Mail In Carvings:

Ship mail-in carvings to arrive between May 15 and June 10.  IMPORTANT - please note the change in ship-to address:  Ship to: AWC, Ltd. c/o Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 East Quarry St., Maquoketa, IA 52060.   See packing recommendations on the Competition page to help ensure your carving arrives intact.