$2500 in Prizes for Artists Who Wood!

Winner holds hummingbird carving

Proud winner of the 2018 Open Section

The Forestry Corporation of NSW sponsor the “Artists Who Wood” competition and exhibition for the seventh year in a row.

The Eden Whale Festival is excited to announce that Forestry Corporation of NSW will once again be sponsoring the annual “Artists Who Wood” competition.

The competition is a major feature of the annual festival taking place November 1-3 and features the regions most talented woodworkers.

The 2019 festival marks 7 years of partnering with Forestry Corporation of NSW on this event!

We are delighted to work with them again and recognise their commitment to supporting the local woodworking community and the Eden Whale Festival.

Thanks to the generous support of the Forestry Corporation of NSW, the competition also offers a huge prize purse of $2500 total!

Tourism, Forestry and the Eden Whale Festival, an important relationship
Winner holding woodwork.

Beautifully hand turned work – 2018 Unplugged Winner

Brendan Grimson from the Forestry Corporation of NSW said “Forestry Corporation are proud to be associated with the Festival as it is also a great way to celebrate Eden’s rich history with the Forestry Industry”.  

“Forestry Corporation of NSW has over 100 years of sustainably managing the renewable forests that surround Eden as well as delivering numerous other services to the NSW public”, notes Grimson.

Additionally Grimson acknowledges the important relationship the festival, forestry and tourism have, “This is a perfect way to highlight the beauty of native hardwood which is an integral part of this town”.

The Whale Festival is also fantastic opportunity for visitors to the area to venture out and explore the State Forests of the Sapphire Coast”.

Burl and resin hardwood table.

Under 18 winner shows exceptional skill

2019 categories and previous winners

Three categories will be available for woodworkers to enter– Open, Unplugged and School/TAFE (under 18).  

There is no competition theme, let your imagination fly! Any item maybe entered providing it is made primarily from wood. 

The ‘Unplugged’ category allows for those woodworkers that have used unpowered hand tools to show off their skills.

Each year the talent that is displayed at the Artists Who Wood competition amazes judges and the general public.

Competition winners are well rewarded for their hard work thanks to the Forestry Corporation of NSW.

Prize allocations are: open winner $1000, open runner up $300, unplugged winner $500, unplugged runner up $200 and school winner $500.

2018 Open Winner – Hummingbird and Flower

Congratulations again to last year’s competition winners:

Open winner – Paul Buckland

Open runner up- Dallas Cocks

Unplugged – Les Hite

Unplugged runner up – Ian Jarvis

Under 18 winner – Zac Swan

We look forward to seeing what our talented woodworkers produce this year.

Entry forms along with conditions can be downloaded here or picked up from the Eden Visitor Information Centre.

Any enquiries can be made through our contact page.



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