San Diego County Fair

Design In Wood

Enter the 2016 Design In Wood exhibit now.

2016 Design In Wood Entry Information [PDF format]
2016 Design In Wood Step-By-Step Entry Instructions [PDF format]
2016 Local Rules [PDF format]
2016 State Rules [PDF format]
2016 Entry Deadline: Friday, April 29 by 11:59PM
Entry delivery for accepted entries: Thursday, May 26, noon-8:00PM
Exhibitor awards: Thursday, June 2, 7:00-9:00PM
Exhibit Dates and Location: Friday, June 3 through Monday, July 4
North Mission Tower

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This competition and exhibit, in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association, features more than 300 entries in 25 different classes. Woodworkers from all over the world compete in the largest show of its kind anywhere (according to Fine Woodworking magazine). The exhibit includes exquisite traditional, contemporary and art furniture, musical instruments, carvings, clocks, models and more. Many entries are museum-quality, and many are for sale directly from the woodworker artist.

Expert woodworkers demonstrate scroll sawing, wood turning, model making, carving and children's chairs are built in a 19th-century woodworking shop using traditional hand tools. In addition there are specialized demonstrations such as violin making from 6:00-8:00PM.

Design in Wood from Wood Culture on Vimeo.


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Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email Someone is available to assist you Monday-Friday from 9:00AM to 5:00PM