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Design In Wood

The information below is from the 2019 Fair, and it will give you an idea of what to expect in 2020. Please check back soon!

Enter Your Woodworking Creations

Woodworkers can enter furniture, models, musical instruments, clocks and other woodworking creations for cash awards and ribbons in the San Diego County Fair Design In Wood competitive exhibit.

The Fine Print

Want detailed information about this competition? Check The Fine Print for the answer, or download the Entry Information flier.

The Design In Wood exhibit is open to all woodworkers, 18 and older. Work must be the creation of the artist whose name is on the entry registration. Work that is not eligible:

  • Works previously displayed in this exhibit
  • Projects made from kits or under the supervision of an instructor
The processing fee is $20 per entry. Processing fees are non-refundable.
You may enter up to three entries, all classes combined.
Design In Wood is a juried show. You must enter digital images of your entry: front, side and isometric views. From these photos judges will determine which works will be accepted into the show.
Yes. If you would like to sell your artwork, indicate the price during the entry registration process. If you do not want to sell, mark NFS (Not For Sale) in the price field during registration, or leave the price field blank.

Listing a sale price authorizes the Fair to supply prospective buyers’ contact information to you. The sales transaction is strictly between the artist and prospective buyers; the Fair has absolutely no involvement beyond giving you this information. Additional details about selling your work is in the Design in Wood Entry Information.

This exhibit is open to ages 18 and older. Teens can enter their individual woodworking projects in the Industrial Arts exhibit. Woodworking instructors at schools can enter projects produced by students of any age in Student Showcase.

Get in touch online or call us at (858) 792-4207.

Our Partners

Sincere and heartfelt thanks to our valued partners.

Entry Information

Entry deadline: Entries are closed for this competition.
Exhibit dates: May 31-July 4, 2019.
Results posted: On June 7, 2019 (see below).
Exhibit pick-up date: Saturday, July 6, 2019.

See What It’s About

Our thanks to the International Wood Culture Society, which created this 5-minute video of the 2015 Design In Wood exhibit.

What To See And Do

Learn more about all the fun activities in this exhibit during the Fair!

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