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2012 IWCA Board Meeting Election Results

The 2012 IWCA board meeting was held on September 6th in Vancouver Washington. The new Officers of the IWCA Board of Directors are as follows:

Bob Sutton - Chairman of the Board
Heck Rice - President
Neal Stoneback - Vice President
Gary Joe Bryan - Vice President
Tom Westbrock - Treasurer
Doug Muldowney - Webmaster
Laurie McNeil - Secretary


2012 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show


Sep 8th and 9th, 2012

Water Resouces Education Center, Vancouver, Washington 

Anthony Donato's Decortive Floating Green Winged Teal

The Feather and Quill Carvers Club, in a partnership with the city of Vancouver, Washington, presents our silver anniversary Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show on September 8 and 9, 2012. This is our sixth year at what Bob Sutton, past president of the IWCA, describes as the finest facility for a wildlife carving show he has ever seen. That compliment is appreciated and deserved since the city owned venue is picture perfect—architecturally and functionally—and comes complete with an outstanding staff, an impressive entrance fountain pond to float our decoy devisions, a state of the art classroom, and a premier top floor reception/show area that is framed by wrap-around windows overlooking the scenic park and river. 

CFWS specializes in realistic carvings of birds, fish, mammals, and decoys, with interpretive and miniature divisions. Most divisions adhere to IWCA rules. Over $7000 in awards and ribbons will be presented. In addition to IWCA mainstay contests such as Working decoys, IWCA style decoys and shorebirds, and IWCA decoratives, there are three purchase awards for 2012:

  • Dr. Peter B. Lyon's $1000 Best of the Northwest award will go to the best judged Bohemian Waxwing.
  • The Bob and Doris O’Neill $1000 Best of Washington Backyard Birds $1000 purchase award will be given for the best pair of American Goldfinches (maximum height 16”).
  • The $500 Feather & Quill purchase award will go to the best judged carving entered in that category to be raffled by the club during the year to raise show funds.

    This year we are also lucky to have Anthony Donato giving a seminar on Sunday from 10-12 on incorporating reference into your carvings. We are also happy to have Byrn Watson presenting a seminar on Saturday from 9:30 - 11:30 on making carvings from alternative materials. Both these seminars are provided free of charge.

    So come to beautiful Vancouver, Washington for this year’s event and as always, our best show ever. A great time is guaranteed.

    Admission: Free to the public; donations accepted

    You can download the full show brochure by visiting the CFWS website, or you can direct download them from our site:


    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    2012 St. Clair Flats Wildfowl Association Decoy Show

    Saturday, August 11th, 2012
    Perch Point Conservation Club -7930 Meisner Road
    Casco Twp., MI 48064


    Gary Hanson's Market Gunner, Single - Best of Show winner 2012

    This weekend, Saturday the 11th, is the 29th annual St. Clair Flats decoy show. Please join us at the Perch Point Conservation Club for our one-day event. This is classic decoy show featuring both traditional, regional categories as well as IWCA categories. The St. Clair Flats show features "Market Gunner" contests that have always allowed carved and raised primary feathers to capture the essence of the species, and continue to do so. 

    Some of the contests featured at this show include:

    • IWCA Style
    • Market Gunner, singles
    • Market Gunner, three-bird rig
    • Gunning Shorebirds
    • Cocktail Birds

    There is also a kids painting contest at 11 am. The class is open to kids 17 and under. The decoy to be painted will be a Canvasback Sleeper from The E. Allen Decoy Company, using Golden Acrylic paints with brushes & supplies from The Duck Blind. This years Kid’s Painting Class is sponsored by Lou & Anne Tisch from Lock Stock & Barrell, Inc and The E. Allen Decoy Company.

    This show also features a special offering in the action. Each year club members pick a specific species and members carve a donate birds to create a truely impressive rig. The 2012 St. Clair Flats Rig species is an Old Squaw and includes birds carved by the following members:

    • Jerry Stateler
    • Gary Hanson
    • Terry Desilets
    • Lou Tisch
    • Roland Garland
    • Jim Kirby
    • Paul Foytack
    Each decoy has been branded as a Limited Edition Carving, specifically for the 2012 Flats Show.
    Please plan on joining us this Saturday. Entries must be registered between 8:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m, and judging begins at 10:00am. 
    You can download the show brochure, rules and entry for here: 2012 SCFWA show brochure





    2012 Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Classic Wildlife Arts Festival 

    2012 PFDA "Classic" Wildlife Arts Festival 

    Friday July 13th - Sunday July 15th
    Double Tree Hotel - 2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, CA

    The PFDA and IWCA would like to extend an invitation for all to attend the 42nd annual Pacific Flyway Wildfowl Art Classic. We hope that you can join in on the celebration, in the heart of California’s duck country. Whether your interests are carving, collecting, fine art, hunting, fishing, or bird watching, this year’s “Classic” will bring you closer to the world of original wildlife art.


    Brad Snodgrass, Hen Red-Breasted Merganser, 2nd Best in Show Floating Decoratives

    The show features events, seminars and contests all weekend long at the Doubletree Hotel. The show features many IWCA contests as well as some contests very unique to the PFDA and the west coast. Including:

    • The Jinx Troon Painting Contest: always fantastic as carvers compete in a timed painting contest.
    • U. S. Fish and Wildlife Competitions: male Gambel’s Quail and a male yellow headed blackbird
    • N. American Sea Ducks / Mergansers: This year is a Red Breasted Merganser.
    • CWA “Carver of the Year” - This year is a Northern Spoonbill.
    • Dick Troon Carving Competition - a hand tool carving contest of a kingfisher.
    • Mike Ward Memorial - a special memorial competition for a hen wigeon.

    And this just scratches the surface of the events at the show. Please see the show brochure for full details.

    Download and read the show brochure carefully for information regarding carver’s eligibility, rule changes, new competitions, and mail-in requirements: 2012 PFDA Show Brochure

    You can also download the registration form here: 2012 PFDA registration form


    2012 Calgary Wildfowl And Art Show

    New for 2012, the Calgary Wildfowl and Art Show:

    Friday July 6th - Sunday July 8th

    Inglewood Community Centre and Recreation Grounds 
    (Wildfowl Carving Competition, Fine Art Festival & Sales)
    1740 24 st SE Calgary, Alberta

    Glenn McMurdo, Hen Wood Duck

    This show is the first ever in Calgary to be combined with other artists who participate in all types of art. It is the show’s intent to provide a venue large enough to attract the General public to come and enjoy a weekend filled with many types and styles performed by various artists. Our show will display art done with Oils, Acrylics, Wax, Bone, Antler, Fine Print, Book Binding, Jewellery and many others. It will allow the general public to perhaps purchase a special piece from any one of the various participating artists and vendors.

    COMPETITION AND SHOW: Calgary Wildfowl Carving and Arts Festival

    Inglewood Community Centre and Recreation Grounds
    (Wildfowl Carving Competition, Fine Art Festival & Sales)
    1740 24 st SE Calgary, Alberta

    Slovenian Hall (one block west)
    (Friday Social and Saturday Night Banquet)
    2335 16A SE Calgary, Alberta

    SHOW TIMES - 2012:

    Friday    July 6th from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM
    Saturday    July 7th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Sunday    July 8th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

    $5.00 per adult or $10.00 per family


    Keith LeVoir - Show Chairman
    PH 403-861-6846

    2012 Decorative Carver of the Year standings are updated

    The standings for the 2012 Decorative Carver of the Year have been updated with the results from the first three contests this year.

    You can view the current standings here: DCOY standings as of June 22nd, 2012

    Debbie Van Vliet, Chickadee - 1st BOS, Lifesize Non-Floating, Novice Class


    New photo galleries are up.

    New photo galleries are posted and availble now in the gallery section.

    Now posted are the photos from the 2012 ODCCA

    Al Fulford, BOS Decorative Floating Open Division - 2012 ODCCA

    As well as the 2012 Rappahannock River show

    Ames Belote, BOS Bench Division - 2012 Rappahannock River


    And, as a reminder to everyone in case you missed any of the galleries or results getting posted, don't forget to like us on facebook and follow us on twitter. As soon as photo galleries, show results, and news entries are posted, you'll get notified in your facebook/twitter feed. You'll never miss another update again!


    2012 ODCCA Show

    We're a little over a week away from the ODCCA show. The show is held, as always, at the Holiday Inn Westlake, 1100 Crocker Road, Westlake, OH on March 16th, 17th, and 18th.

    Joe Brewer's Best of Show entry in the 2011 Shooting Stool (Wildfowlers Rig) contest

    If you've never made it to this show, you really owe it to yourself to attend. There are contests and demonstrations that go on all weekend long, starting on Friday, some running well into the night, and continuing until the conclusion of the Wildfowler's Contest in the pool on Sunday. See the show's new website for more information on the events of weekend as well as detailed rules for every contest.

    The Wildfowler's contest is a classic gunning bird competition and if it's not the biggest gunning bird contest in the country, it's certainly in the top two and it's a sight to see.

    Andy Chluspa, Best in Show Shorebirds, 2010 ODCCA

    There are also IWCA contests in style, decorative, and shorebirds as well as unique carving and painting contests that run for the weekend. Don't forget as well, the 2012 Bob Sutton IWCA Style and Youth Championships are being held at this show. It will be quite a weekend of top-notch contests.

    The show also attracts a nice mix of vendors. There will be booths that completely fill the huge ballroom at the hotel, with many more spilling out into the surrounding halls. It's a good time to stock up on those supplies so don't forget your wallet.

    The show really has a unique and fun feel to it that you have to attend to appreciate. So please plan a trip to Westlake OH, March 16th - 18th, whether you have birds to enter, or simply just want to experience the show.



    Photos posted from the 2012 California Open

    The photos have finally been posted from the 2012 California Open and we have hundreds of them. Check them out at the photo result page where we have Laurie J McNeil's wonderful Common Loon palm frond entry as the featured photo for the gallery.

    Visit our photo gallery and enjoy.


    2012 Rappahannock River Waterfowl Show

    The Rappahanock River Waterfowl Show is coming up on March 17th in White Stone, Virginia. It is a unique art festival showcasing all forms of wildfowl art. 

    James Richmond, Best in Show Buoy Decoys, Division B, 2011 Rappahannock River

    This particular show a few contests that are quite unique, in addition to the typical contests you are accustomed to seeing. Some of the more unique contests include:
    • The 2012 IWCA Canvas Decoy Championship. This contest is open to everyone, and follows the IWCA Canvas decoy rules. 
    • Buoy Body Decoys - The first and only buoy competition in the country. The body must be made of some type of float, and must retain the appearance of a buoy. There are two divisions within this contest. Division A requires that the head must be a silhouette and paint should be simple. Division B requires a fully carved head and allows more advanced painting.
    • Foam Decoys - The only rules in this contest are that the body must be made of some type of styrofoam and the decoy must self right. Unlimited painting and head/bill detail are allowed.
    • The show features IWCA Working, IWCA Style and IWCA Gunning Shorebird competitions as well.
    Mail-in entries are allowed. You can visit the Rappahanock River show profile on our site for more details on show contacts, or you can visit the website of the Rappahanock River Show itself.
    Show brochures and entry forms are available for downloads at the following links:

    Show Flyer
    Entry Form