13th annual New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Show in Saint Andrews this weekend

Saint Andrews – Wood carvers from as far away as Boston and Ontario will be taking part in the 13th annual New Brunswick Wood Carving Competition and Show being held at Sir James Dunn Academy Saturday and Sunday.

Dennis Ferguson, a Saint Andrews wood carver now for 20 years, said the competition attracts between 200 and 300 entries each year and last year there were only 10 carvings less than at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto.

This is the only wood carving show held in New Brunswick but there is one held in Nova Scotia and some also in Quebec.

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Entries come from carvers of all ages and classes include youth, novice, intermediate, open and, this year, masters as well.

“We have a number of people who go to the world championships because we do have some world class carvers.

“There are carvers from New Brunswick and Nova Scotia who go to the world championships and win.”

Wood carving is popular here in Charlotte County and Ferguson estimates there are probably about 75 people who are taking wood carving courses.

Admission to the show is free and it will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with judging taking place at noon and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.