San Diego County Fair
Contests & Competitive Exhibits  

Design In Wood

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

This competition and exhibit is done in collaboration with the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and features more than 300 entries in 24 different classes. Woodworkers from all over the world compete for honors 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 and 19th-century carving. Children's chairs are built using traditional hand tools during the day with specialized demonstrations in the evenings. Scroll down for more information.

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What To See In The
Design In Wood Exhibit

Visit the special Balboa Park display made of wood, and see artifacts and photos from the original 1915 and 1939 Expositions.

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 model 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.

Observe and learn about different types of woodworking demonstrations and clubs you can join in San Diego County.

Design In Wood
competition is now closed

Deadline for entering was May 1. Delivery dates and other information for those who have already entered are included in the competition information.

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Competition Results

PDF documents open in a separate window Results by Class
PDF documents open in a separate window Results by Name

Thank you to our 2015 Design In Wood Donors

Apollo Sprayers, Inc.
California Carvers Guild
Carolyn R. Beres Memorial Award
Fine Woodworking Magazine
Maritime Museum of San Diego
Popular Woodworking Magazine
Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
San Diego Fine
Woodworkers Association
San Diego Scroll Saw Club
Society of American Period
Furniture Makers
Urban Forest Products
Wood Magazine
Woodcraft Magazine
Woodworker West Magazine
Woodworker's Journal


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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