About Prairie Canada Carvers Association Inc.

Over twenty fve years ago, a group of wildlife enthusiasts got together and founded the Association with a goal of promoting an appreciation for wildlife through carving.

Today, Prairie Canada’s goal remains the same and we continue to support and promote our deep appreciation of wildlife through our annual Show and Competition. Over the years, our competition has grown to showcase a variety of carvings, including waterfowl, song and shorebirds, fish, traditional carvings, as well as, stone, bark, bone, and antler carvings. The Prairie Canada Carving Competition has not only grown in size, but has developed into one of North America’s premiere competitions.         

Our show has been featured in Wildfowl Carving and Collecting magazine, published in Pennsylvania, USA on several occasions. This is a wonderful accomplishment, as only a few competitions from across North America are featured in this publication each year!


When sending out our newsletters and information regarding the upcoming events, a number of mailings have been rejected. If you are on our mailing list, but have not been receiving anything, the email information that we have on file is likely out of date. If you have any changes to email addresses, phone numbers or home addresses, please send this information to Doug Danell so that we may update our database.

If you would like to receive this information and are not on our mailing list, or know of someone who would like to receive this information, please send a note with your name and contact information to Doug Danell.

Happy Carving!



2015 Information

29th Annual Show and Competition!

(see Rules document for more info)

Friday, April 17, 2015
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Sunday, April 19, 2015

2015 Show Poster

Canad Inns Polo Park
Ambassador Rooms 1 & 2
1405 St. Matthews Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba





Featured Workshop:

(see Rules document for times, locations and more details)

Lana Cowell

“Painting a Male Yellow-rumped Warbler”
April 15, 16, 17, 2015

Downloads: (PDF format)

2015 Rules document

Registration information for the competition, registration for workshops, banquet tickets and hotel room discount information can be found in the rules document.


Banquet tckets and Workshop registration can be found in the center of the Rules document.

Please mail completed Pre-Registration forms and documents to:

Don Young, 64 Roslyn Cresent, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0H7


Competition Results

Please note that categories that appear to be missing had no entries.

Please report any missing results to Don Young .

(All documents are in PDF format)

2015 Awards Listing

2014 Awards Listing

2014 Best of Show winners













Carver's Award of Excellence

The Carver’s Award of Excellence was established in 2006 to acknowledge individuals, organizations and businesses for excellence and achievement in promoting and engendering the art of carving in North America. It was designed, quite simply, to pay tribute to those who have done special things to foster carving.

Recipients must be nominated for recognition from the carving community. They should have made a long term commitment to the advancement and promotion of carving, ideally leaving a lasting influence upon the community.

Please consult this document for more detailed information.


Please use this document if possible (in Microsoft Word format)

Nominations should be submitted in writing to :

(email by clicking on name, or mail to the following)

John Frye, 139 Lodge Avenue, Winnipeg, R3J 0R6 

Recipients to date include:

2006: Dr. Frank Baldwin of Lockport, Manitoba
2006: Hugh McVarish of Winnipeg, Manitoba
2007: Bill Palmer of Winnipeg, Manitoba
2008: Ron Davidson of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2008: Les Barrow of Thunder Bay, Ontario
2009: Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre
2009: Harvey Welch of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2010: Cam Merkle (Razertip Industries)of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
2011: Pat Godin of Paris, Ontario



Carving Clubs & Instructors

Prairie Canada is pleased to enclose the 2011/12 list of Manitoba carving competitions, courses and clubs. Please distribute as you see fit.

If you know of any Manitoba clubs or events we have missed, or if the information provided needs updating, please forward the information to Ted Muir.

2015 Manitoba Club List

Pattern Book

Our 25th anniversary pattern book will make for a wonderful Christmas present for novice carvers.  This book is now available through Artists Emporium, Windsor Plywood (Main St, Century St and Pembina Hwy), Canadian Woodworker (Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon and Surrey), Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Centre gift shop, Fprt Whyte Alive, Island Woodcraft Supplies and Razertip Industries.

Copies can also be obtained by contacting Tom Park.


Prairie Canada is pleased to provide a variety of workshops. Please feel free to print and share as you see fit.

Workshop details can be found in the latest newsletter.

Getting started in Wood carving

A Guide for Beginner Wood Carvers

(all documents are in PDF format)




Sponsors needed

Events like the Prairie Canada Carving Championship are expensive undertakings, costing in the range of $17,000 to $20,000 a year to host. So it is no surprise that PCCA has relied upon sponsors to remain financially viable. In this we have been very successful as noted by the impressive array of organizations/individuals that sponsored the show and competition in 2013. However sponsors come and go, so if you know of individuals or organizations that potentially could support your show please contact Ted Muir at (204) 237-1385. PCCA will do all the approaching if need be, but we need your help in identifying potential sponsors

2013 PCCA Sponsors and Partners

A special note of gratitude is extended to the 2013 slate of sponsors and partners. We simply couldn't have a show witout your generous contributions and support.

Gold ($1000 plus)

Manitoba Arts Council

Silver ($500 to $999)

Jim Richardson Antique Decoy Purchase Award
Morgan Whiteway BOSS Purchase Award
Razertip Industries Purchase Award




Bronze ($200 to $499)

Adanac Carving Club - Carvers' Choice Award
Al Witfield Working Shorebird Purchase Award
Artists Emporium
Canad Inns Polo Park
Canadian Woodworker
Dremel Tools
Ducks Unlimited Canada
Les Gens de Bois - People's Choice Award
Lee Valley Tools
Manitoba Wildlife Federation
Preferred Perch
Ted Muir Purchase Award
Professional Grinding
Richard Whittom Duck Head Purchase Award - First Place
Wildfowl Carving Magazine
Windsor Plywood


Copperfield Books
Fan Carvers World
Manitoba Pork
Manitoba Wildlife Rehabilitation Organization
Oak Hammock Marsh Carving Guild
Robert Taylor & Jennifer LaBelle
Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation
Foredom Tools
Chipping Away



Board Members

Ted Muir(Chairperson)

Don Young (Rules)

Please mail completed Pre-Registration forms and documents to:

Don Young, 64 Roslyn Cresent, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L 0H7

Board members:

Lynda Baxter
Dennis Brown
Susan Cowtan
Doug Danell
John Frye
Tom McCormack
Jean Mousseau
Ted Muir
Tom Park
Evelyn Strempler
Don Young