23rd Annual Klingspor's Woodworking Extravaganza

Woodworking Extravaganza

October 20-21, 2023

2023 Grand Prize Gift Card Giveaway

$2300 Grand Prize Gift Card Giveaway!

Register at the show for the grand prize and many other door prizes!


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About Woodworking Extravaganza

Each year in October, Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop sponsors and hosts the ONLY woodworking show of its kind in North Carolina, Woodworking Extravaganza, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory, NC. Folks from the surrounding fifteen states travel to attend. In 2010, for example, over 4,500 consumers attended the woodworking event.

The show is held two days on a Friday and Saturday toward the end of October when the autumn leaves begin to turn. As the mornings start to become crispy cool and the evenings turn darker sooner, the autumn’s colors make the show’s appeal more than just a sales event.

Many vendors host their own booths and offer expert advice. The show provides hands-on demos as well as those you can stop by and watch. Some hands-on demos are also provided for children.

While strolling through browsing all the woodworking tools, accessories and equipment, you’ll see the baskets of apples that sit at various areas of the sawdust scattered floors.

Those APPLES are FREE!

CRUNCH – as you hear someone taking a bite from their apple. The BUZZ of the turning of wood as you watch the demo. The chatter – of the conversation you’ll enjoy as you talk to others about your woodworking projects or other topics. The intercom announcing another event you had wondered about. ALL OF THIS AWAITS YOU.

We hope you’ll be apart of the Woodworking Extravaganza!

Extravaganza Apple Bite

Power up your creativity and show off your skills

Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop and Arbortech have joined forces to bring you a carving sweepstakes just for power carving! We want to see the innovative, creative, and downright incredible things you can make from wood using a power carving tool for 2023’s Carve It Up Sweepstakes!

Show us your skills and take a chance at prizes valued at over $5000.

Saturday, October 21st
Show Hours 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Hickory Metro Center, 1960 13th Ave Drive SE Hickory, NC​

Set up and Registration:
Friday, October 20 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, October 21 7:00 AM - 8:45 AM

Judging begins at 9 a.m. Saturday


Entry Fee is $20 per carver. Payable to CVWC at the time of registration. Check or cash only.

Youth Category 36 will not be charged an entry fee unless carvings are entered into other categories

Please complete the entry form prior to registration.

  1. Entry form must be completed for all entries.
  2. Up to five carvings per category except cat 35.
  3. Entries must have been completed since 1/1/2021.
  4. All entries must have been handcrafted by the person entering. Roughouts are permitted only in the roughout category.
  5. Molded feet and glass eyes are permitted. Use of plastic, fabric, metallic additions, or any other non-carved item is not permitted. Non-wood materials are permitted on the base or habitat, provided they are handcrafted.
  6. The CVWC reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed to be "not good taste, or offensive".
  7. Entries will be returned to the exhibitor at 4:00 p.m. on the day of the show.
  8. Entries are submitted at the discretion and sole risk of the entrant. CVWC will not be financially responsible for loss or damage regardless of cause.
  9. All entries must be hand-delivered.
  10. The final placement of the entry into the proper category is at the discretion of the show referees.
  11. The decisions of the judges are final.
  12. The artist’s name shall be obscured with tape. However, you are encouraged to place name cards or business cards on your carvings after all judging is completed.
  13. The Show Committee has the right to add, delete, or subdivide categories.
  14. Realistic - Exactly proportioned carving in the round.
  15. Stylized – Fully carved with careful deliberate, flowing, curved, and oval surfaces. Simplicity, beauty, and identification with minimal natural details. Realism is not the objective.
  16. Caricature - imitation of a person or animal in which certain striking characteristics are exaggerated in order to create a comic or grotesque effect. The subject must be carved in the round.
  17. Habitat is not a category subject. Subjects that do not qualify within any category are considered habitat. Example: a dragonfly and a fish in a scene. The dragonfly does not qualify the carving as a group since there is no insect category.
  18. No CVWC blue ribbon carvings can compete unless the carving is entered in a higher division than previously entered.
  19. Group carvings are any combination of carvings within a category. Must be mounted on a single base. For judging purposes, the dominant subject will determine the category in which the multi-subject group will be placed.
  20. CVWC has the final decision over any and all competition-related questions and placement.
  1.  Show Theme - "Spooktacular”
  2. Caricature up to 8" - (Excluding base) From bottom of feet to top of head. Single subject.
  3.  Caricature over 8" - (Excluding base) From bottom of feet to top of head. Single subject.
  4. Animal Caricature - Any single subject or size.
  5. Caricature Group - 2 or more subjects or any combination from categories 2 through 4. No roughouts permitted.
  6. Caricature Busts - Any subject.
  7. Roughout - Any subject(s), non-instructor-assisted carving carved from a roughout.
  8. Bottle Stoppers - Any subject, must be affixed with a cork and displayed in a bottle.
  9. Ornaments - Any subject, must be hanging on a stand that is made or purchased.
  10. Santa’s - Full-bodied, caricature or realistic, any style.
  11.  Wood Spirits - Human-like faces carved on the surface of bark, limb, or knot, etc.
  12. Human Figure - Realistic, proportioned, man, woman, or child. Single or Group.
  13. Human Busts - Realistic, proportioned head and partial shoulder of man, woman, or child.
  14. Mythical / Fantasy - Any myths, folktales, or imaginative fiction genre.
  15. Songbirds - Realistic - e.g. Robin, Wren, Woodpecker, etc.
  16. Ducks - Realistic - e.g. All Ducks, Geese, Swan, etc.
  17. Gunning Decoy - Contemporary and "Antique Style" judged in hand.
  18. Birds of Prey - Realistic - e.g. Hawk, Owl, Falcons, Eagles, etc.
  19. Game Birds - Realistic - e.g. Dove, Turkey, Quail, etc.
  20. Sea / Shorebirds - Realistic - Tern, Pelican, Gulls, Plovers, etc
  21. Feathered Groups – 2 or more subjects or any combination of categories 15 -20.
  22. Animals - Realistic, proportioned, e.g. Deer, Rabbits, Dogs, Buffalo, (includes reptiles), etc.
  23. Aquatic Animals - Realistic, proportioned, e.g. Fish, Sea Mammals, etc.
  24. Animal Group - 2 or more subjects or any combination from categories 22 through 23.
  25. Carved Found Wood - Wood found in its natural habitat e.g. driftwood, roots, limbs, stumps, knots, etc.
  26. Stylized - Any subject that retains identity with minimal detail.
  27. Cottonwood Bark - Any carving made exclusively from cottonwood bark (excludes base).
  28. Walking Sticks / Canes - Any style, any subject.
  29. Cypress Knee - Complete knee, any subject, any size. No inserts, attached or glued are allowed.
  30. Chip Carving - Precise, regular, triangular, or wedge-shaped wood chips to form engraved patterns.
  31. Relief Carving - Dimensional images carved in the front of a flat surface or background
  32. Pyrography - Uncarved art created with burning tools on wood or paper.
  33. Miniature - Any style, any subject. Carving (including base) must fit inside a 2-inch cube.
  34. Miscellaneous - Wood carvings not listed in any other category.
  35. Swap - Any style, size, or subject, painted or natural.
  36. Youth -This new category has been added to encourage young carvers to expand their skills by participating in organized competitions at a level appropriate for their age group. Age groups are 11 and under, 12 to 14, and 15 to 17. There will be no entry fee for youth contestants. (This Category Only).
  37. IWCA Style Shorebird Championship. Rules can be found at IWFCA.COM. Mail-ins must be received no later than Wednesday, October 18.
  38. IWCA Young Guns Championship Rules can be found at IWFCA.COM. Mail-ins must be received no later than Wednesday, October 18.

Please Note: Categories 15, 16, 18, 19, and 20 may be divided into Local and IWCA. IWCA Decorative Live Size Non-floating rules apply along with advancement points awarded for novice and intermediate. Must be an IWCA member for IWCA categories. Rules at IWFCA.COM

Every category except 1, 34, 35, and IWCA categories will be divided as:

PAINTED - Any entry where a pigmented finish is applied to the wood grain. Paint or washes on any surface designates the carving as painted, e.g., stain or paint on the bill of a duck will be judged as "painted"

NATURAL - Any entry that is uniform in natural wood grain, Non-pigmented clear coats, or sealants is allowed.

You cannot enter a division lower than the highest one you previously entered in a competition.

NOVICE - Open to carvers who have been carving for less than five years and have not won Best of Novice, Best of Intermediate, or Best of Open at any carving competition. A carver who has won Best of Novice at any carving competition must enter carving(s) in the INTERMEDIATE or OPEN division.

INTERMEDIATE - Open to carvers who have not won Best of Intermediate or Best of Open at any carving competition. A carver who has won Best of Intermediate at any carving competition must enter carving(s) in the Open division.

OPEN - Open to carvers who want to compete at the highest level at this competition.

There will be great carvings at the raffle for $1 a ticket or 6 for $5, etc.

If any contestant attending the show would like to donate a small carving to our cause, we will gladly accept it. Just bring it to the show and give it to the folks at the raffle table during registration. The drawing will be about 2:30 PM on Saturday, 22nd. You do not have to be present to win as long as your name and phone number are written on the ticket. Winners are required to make arrangements to pick up their carving.

First, Second, Third, and Honorable Mention ribbons will be awarded in each category.

Best of Novice:
1st $75, 2nd $50, 3rd $25

Best of Intermediate:
1st $125, 2nd $100, 3rd $75

Best of Open:
1st $350, 2nd $250, 3rd $150

Special Prize Sponsored by

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop

Best of Show $500

Best of Show Theme (category 1)
Best of Open $75
Best of Intermediate $50
Best of Novice $25

Best of IWCA Style Shorebird Championship
1st $300, 2nd $200, 3rd $100


See the winners from the extravaganza 2022.

Prize Winners from 2022

Ken Honaker – Taylors, NC
Grand Prize $2200 Klingspor’s Woodworking Shop Gift Card

Randall Howe – Claremont NC
Festool Cooltainers

Guy McHenry – Pfafftown, NC
Festool Cooltainers

Ron Sinclair – Marion NC
Festool Cooltainers

Jamie Matthews – Morganton, NC
Festool Cooltainers

Odell Witherspoon – Morganton, NC
Triton Router

Sarah St Cyr – Oak Ridge NC
IsoTunes Air Defenders

Mitchell Stearns – Hildebran NC
Fuji Sprayer – Semi Pro 2

Past Extravaganzas

Watch videos from years past and browse photos

Once you've experience the past...

We hope that you’ll make plans to attend an upcoming Woodworking Extravaganza! Each year, we make certain to offer not only great deals and sales for the woodworking enthusiast but also FREE activities the entire family can enjoy!  



Each year, popular woodworking clubs offer FREE demos and expert advice along with some booths where you can learn more about the club.
Wood Turning

North Carolina wood carving clubs are present each year offering FREE demos and expert advice. Some clubs may have a booth with displays and more club information. If you have a hobby in wood turning, don’t miss the expansive wood turning offering with clubs and FREE demos. We know you enjoyed Michele Parsons, Wood Aristry, wood burning demos! Each Woodworking Extravaganza has woodworking related demos that go beyond only wood carving or turning.

Learn more about the woodworking clubs that have participated in past Extravangazas by visiting our Woodworking Clubs page.

Contact Us

Our Retail Stores are located in North Carolina

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop


270 Rutledge Rd Unit A,
Fletcher, NC 28732

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop


107 Edinburgh S Dr. Suite 151,
Cary, NC 27511

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop


856 21st St Dr SE,
Hickory, NC 28602
828.326.WOOD (9663)

Klingspor's Woodworking Shop


532 Hanes Mall Blvd,
Winston Salem, NC 27103
336-768-WOOD (9663)


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