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 world class competiton and seminars at the International Woodcarvers Congress.

Judging and Judges Critiques Sessions


The judging for the AWC competiton is perhaps unique among major competitions.  The competition entries are judged each year by a team of judges who are considered quite advanced in their particular woodcarving field. The trio of judges is rotated yearly to keep the competition unpredictable and pure.  The judges typically spend two full days in judging the many entries in the AWC competition.

Chief among the special elements of Congress are the Judges' Critique sessions held on Saturday and Sunday of Congress Week.  Through the use of photos and conversation these sessions provide insight on what the judges look for during the competition. These Judges’ Critiques have proven to be one the most popular events held during Congress Week, and can be s valuable learning experience.

Judges also spend time on the competition showroom floor on Saturday and Sunday, and are typically available to discuss the judging results for particular enties.  If you have questions about a particular piece, feel free to seek out and chat with the judges.