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Monday
Oct092017

Tom and Darlene Westbrock Retire from IWCA Board of Directors

In 2006, Tom Westbrock was elected Treasurer of the IWCA and has served in the position for 11 years.

Tom's wife, Darlene has filled in for the Secretary for the IWCA, taking and publishing minutes from the annual board meetings when the secretary could not attend, and also served as Ballot Clerk during the 2008 election at the annual board meeting.

In 2012, Darlene graciously stepped up to take over the membership portion of the Secretary's job, knowing the burden it would have on the newly elected Secretary. Darlene has managed the memberships (individual and affiliate) for five years.

Tom and Darlene became lifetime members of the IWCA in 1990 as wildfowl carvers. Over the years, their wildfowl carvings have won numerous awards at the many IWCA Afffilate Shows and the Ward World Championship.

We at the IWCA will miss having Tom and Darlene on the IWCA Board of Directors, and we look forward to seeing them and their wildfowl carvings at the IWCA Affiliate Member Shows in the future. The IWCA is grateful for the many years these two wonderful people have dedicated as volunteers to the IWCA and we wish them well in their retirement!

Tom and Darlene Westbrock - IWCA Awards of Appreciation - Presented on behalf of the IWCA by Brad Snodgrass at the 2017 Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show in Vancounver, WA The IWCA is still looking to the positions of "Treasurer" and "Membership Chair". If you feel you could fill either position, or know of someone who can, please contact our President Monty Willis, and he can fill you in on the details! 

Monday
Oct092017

Announcing the IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week - Colin Everett

Just in from our President Monty Willis:

"Colin you might not know who I am, but today I am naming you my Carver of the Week, Monty Willis, President of the International Wildfowl Carvers Association! Please have your Grandfather give us your last name and congratulations on becoming this weeks wildfowl carver!"

Gene Everett teamed up with his 11 year old Grandson to carve this decoy for donation...

"My Grandson and I teamed up on this Scaup. Colin is 11, I carved the head and he did the body. He painted 90% and I painted a few of the finer details. The decoy is being donated to a youth waterfowl event as an auction item to support their effort."

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

Colin Everett - IWCA President's Wildfowl Carver of the Week

CONGRATULATIONS Colin! From all of us at the International Wildfowl Carvers Association!

Tuesday
Oct032017

2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship Results Posted

The 2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship held in Vancouver, WA on September 10th at the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show have been posted. Best of Show images to follow shortly...

Congratulations to the 2017 Champions of the IWCA Working Decoy Division!

1st Best of Show - Tom Matus - Kuna, ID - Common Merganser Hen

2nd Best of Show - David Luoma - Tallamook, OR - Cormorant

3rd Best of Show - Tom Matus - Kuna, ID - Gadwall Hen

The complete results can be viewed by clicking the link below...

2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship Results (Complete)

Wednesday
Aug302017

IWCA Board Positions to Be Filled - Treasurer & Membership Chair

The IWCA is looking for volunteers to step up for the important positions of Treasurer and Membership Chair for the organization. Job descriptions and duties are outlined at the following link....

Job Descriptions

We look forward to hearing from you... Thank you for your consideration!

Tuesday
Aug222017

2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship - September 9 & 10 - Vancouver, WA

The Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show will be host to the 2017 IWCA Working Decoy Championship on September 9 & 10 in Vancounver, Washington. We hope to see you and your entries at the show!

 Date: September 9-10, 2017
Location: Vancouver, Washington

 

1st Best of Show - $200 ~ 2nd Best of Show - $100 ~ 3rd Best of Show - $50

Contact: Don Baiar ~ E-Mail: dbaiar@comcast.net

Mail-in entries will be accepted.

More details can be found at their website: http://columbiaflywaywildlifeshow.com/

Sunday
Jun252017

2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship Results Posted - 6/24/2017

The results for the 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship have been posted! Congratulations to the winners!

Click Here for Complete Details

Wednesday
Jun142017

2017 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Standings as of June 14th Posted

The 2017 IWCA Decorative Carver of the Year Standings have been posted. Next IWCA Affiliate Member Show offering Decorative Divisions for novice and intermediate levels will be the Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show - September 9-10 in Vancouver, Washington.

Click Here for Current Standings

Monday
Jun122017

The Big Wild Radio Interview Promoting IWCA & Wildfowl Carving

Radio interview with Dan "Gundy" Gunderson host of The Big Wild Radio Show and Laurie McNeil, offering great information about the IWCA and Wildfowl Carving...

Sunday
May072017

PRESS RELEASE - 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship - 06/24/2017

The International Wildfowl Carvers Association Announces the 2017 Style Decoy Championship at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center Harkers Island, N.C.

Press Release Date: May 5, 2017

- The International Wildfowl Carvers Association (I.W.C.A.) will hold its 2017 Style Decoy Championship, hosted by the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center and the Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild, on June 24, 2017 at 2:00 P.M.

 

This contemporary duck decoy competition celebrates the “Art of the Decoy” through works by the finest artists in the decoy carving today. Visitors will be able to see and ask questions about one of the oldest functional art forms still practiced in the United States at this free event.

Details regarding how to enter the competition are available at IWFCA.com or via email at pamdmorris@coresound.com.

“The International Wildfowl Carvers Association is excited the 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Championship Competition is being held at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center. I want to encourage our carvers to participate in making this year’s competition one to remember!” – Monty Willis, President, IWCA

- Two additional duck decoy based competitions are slated to happen the same day, June 24, 2017: the 11th Annual Kent Hood Memorial Core Sound Hunting Rig of Six and the Kent Hood Foundation Superior Craftsmanship Carving Competition. Hunting Rigs consist of six decoys made by one or more individuals and are floated in Back Sound. The Superior Craftsmanship competitors will carve a decoy using hand tools only to be judged when the time limit expires. Details regarding how to enter these competitions are available at CORESOUND.com, DECOYGUILD.com or via email at pamdmorris@coresound.com.

Rules & Registration Forms

Download 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Information/Rules.PDF

Download 2017 IWCA Style Decoy Registration Form .PDF

“This Core Sound Hunting Rig of Six was organized to be a fun event and to show different styles of working decoys from across the country. So team up and get a rig together for the biggest, most fun rig contest in the country. Good luck to all!” - Bob Sutton, original organizer of the Rig of Six.

Contact: Pam Morris
Core sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center
1785 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
252.728.1500 x25
pamdmorris@coresound.com

- The International Wildfowl Carvers Association, better known as IWCA, is the outgrowth of a group of carvers from all parts of the country who met in 1986 to find a way to establish competition rules and procedures that would be uniformly fair for all carvers. The organization was officially formed in 1988 with a mission to promote development of wildlife art and the uniquely American art of the decoy.

- The mission of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center is to establish a facility that will enhance the community, state and region by creating a resource which brings together the historical, cultural, artistic, environmental, and educational elements needed to preserve the rich waterfowl heritage of eastern North Carolina associated with the Core Sound area.

- The Core Sound Decoy Carvers Guild’ mission is to safeguard and preserve the memory of those pioneers who helped define the Core Sound decoy carving heritage by offering an honest view of the past, while increasing awareness and appreciation of waterfowl, and providing demonstrations and workshops so that the decoy carving heritage will continue on to the next generation.

Saturday
Mar182017

2017 IWCA Style Shorebird Championship Results - Posted

 The results for the 2017 IWCA Style Shorebird Championship are in... Congratulations to the winners!

 


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