San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Design In Wood

This competition and exhibit is done in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association. Woodworkers from all over the world compete for honors in the largest show of its kind anywhere (according to Fine Woodworking magazine). Exquisite furniture, musical instruments, carvings, clocks, children's toys and more — many museum quality — are included. Many pieces are for sale directly from the crafter.

Hours: Fair opening to 10:00PM. The exhibit stays open until 11:00PM Fridays and Saturdays and until midnight on July 4.
Location: North end, Mission Tower

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Thank you to our 2014 Design In Wood Donors

American Furniture Design Co.
American Woodworker
& Woodwork Magazine
Apollo Sprayers, Inc.
California Carvers Guild
Carolyn R. Beres Memorial Award
Fine Woodworking Magazine
Frost Hardwood Lumber Co.
Maritime Museum of San Diego
San Diego Fine
Woodworkers Association
San Diego Scroll Saw Club
Society of American Period
Furniture Makers
Urban Forest Design Company
Wood Magazine
Woodcraft Magazine
Woodworker West Magazine
Woodworker's Journal

Design In Wood
competition results

Listed by Class [PDF]
Listed by Name [PDF]
Listed by Zip Code [PDF]

What To See In The
Design In Wood Exhibit

Visit the 18th-century Children's Chair Shop. Volunteer woodworkers build children's chairs using traditional tools and donate them to various children's charities. They have made more than 1,400 chairs since 1987.

Watch demonstrations by violin makers, woodcarvers, woodturners, and other masters of the woodworking craft.

Get behind-the-scenes information on a daily docent tour. Check the Fair program for times.

Vote for your favorite piece and see last year's "People's Choice Award" winner.

Design In Wood
competition is now closed

Deadline for online entry registration is May 2, 2014. All entries must be submitted online by 11:59PM (PST) or postmarked by May 2.
: Saturday, June 7, 7:00-9:00PM.
: Monday, July 7, noon-8:00PM.

Competition information

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General Information
Online Entry Instructions
Local Rules
State Rules


If you would like to receive reminders on deadlines and other entry information, please sign-up for the Del Mar Fairgrounds mailing list.


Please contact the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 or email