International Woodcarving Show
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2017 Wood Carving Show gathered 120 carvers from 70 different countries and regions. About 90 woodcarvers were assigned to teams of 3 to work together creating sculptural designs on a slab of wood. California Carvers Guild (CCG), partner of the Woodcarving Show, had a strong presence with carvers demonstrating their skills in several categories. International, Native and CCG carvers brought their own work for the exhibition showcasing a wide range of creativity, skills, formats and culture.
During an intensive five days, the audience witnessed how a rough piece of wood slab can be turned into an amazing piece of artwork through collaboration. Throughout the process, woodcarvers had to overcome difficulties either in differences in language or creativity to achieve a common goal - to create art that is unique and one-of-a-kind. Each piece is a combination of individual artistic creativity and culture to interpret the theme Roots based on various backgrounds.
A different approach made this year's woodcarving show more cohesive and visually cultivating. Not only has the community grown, but a tight network also emerged. We hope to keep this energy of explosive creativity and communal love for wood to go on with every participant so they can share it with other people.