International Woodcarvers Congress by Affiliated Wood Carvers, Ltd

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 competitor and seminars at the International Woodcarvers Congress.


2023 Class Descriptions and Registration Form. Click here.

We have added another instructor. Jeff Phares will be teaching a bark carving two 2-day classes. Monday - Tuesday and then Thursday - Friday.

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NEW November 2022 Newsletter

Judge's Critique Session Woodcarvers Congress 2022

The International Woodcarvers Congress (IWC), held the second full week in June each year, is a week-long celebration of the woodcarving arts. Activities during Congress Week include:

  • Wood carving competition in over 95 separate categories with nationally known judges

  • Wood carving classes in air conditioned facilities that cover a variety of carving and related subjects

  • Unique Judges' Critique Sessions

  • Open to the public wood carving show in air conditioned space

  • Annual Awards Banquet

  • Annual AWC Membership meeting

Congress Week takes place at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E. Quarry Street, Maquoketa, IA . 52060.

The 54rd Congress will occur the second full week of June : 6/11/22 through 6/18/22.

Please note : "Walk-in" carving will be accepted between 10 am and 4pm Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th at the Jackson County Fairgrounds show site. Monday , June 13 from 6:00-8:00am pre-registered ONLY. Absolutely no exceptions will be allowed in at that time.

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM through 5:00 PM Thursday through Saturday. See Events Information page for more!

Information about the seminars and competition may be found elsewhere on this site; please click the menu items to the left.

The Affiliated Wood Carvers, Ltd, is the sponsoring organization of IWC. Membership in the AWC and participation in the International Woodcarvers Congress is open to anyone interested in the art of wood carving. Annual membership includes informational newsletters (available online), reduced admission to the show during Congress Week (upon presentation of your membership card), access to the seminars and competition, and online access to the annual color pictorial Show Report. We encourage you to join AWC and promote the wood carving arts through participation in the Congress. Membership runs from January 1 through December 31 and is $20 for those living in the United States and $25 (USD) for those in all other countries. To download the membership form click HERE.

AWC - Congress November 2022 Newsletter

The most recent AWC - Congress Newsletter is now available. The November 13, 2022 version includes information about the 2023 International Wood Carvers Congress, including seminar and competition information, and forms needed to participate in seminars or competition. To view the Newsletter, click here.