San Diego County Fair

Design In Wood

Enter the 2016 Design In Wood exhibit now.

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Submit your entry today to win ribbons and prizes at the 2016 San Diego County Fair.

The entry deadline is April 29, 2016, by 11:59PM.

You must be 18 years or older to enter this exhibit. Younger than 18? Please see Creative Youth or Student Showcase.

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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]
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


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.



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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


Thank you to our 2016 Design In Wood Donated Awards

Apollo Sprayers, Inc.

San Diego Woodturners

California Carvers Guild

San Marcos Hardwood and Lumber

Carolyn R. Beres Memorial Award

Society of American Period Furniture Makers

Fine Woodworking Magazine

Urban Forest Products

Popular Woodworking Magazine

Woodcraft Magazine

San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association

Woodworker West Magazine

San Diego Maritime Museum

Woodworkers Journal

San Diego Scroll Saw Clubs