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Mint Tin Carving Contest


Tin01Every since the Carpenter Pencil carving contest a few years ago. I've been pondering the subject of the next carving contest. So at long last, Woodcarver Online Magazine is conducting its second mail-in carving contest. The subject can be anything you want (as long as its in reasonably good taste), the techniques whatever you please - chip carving, in-the-round, relief, pryography, painted, unpainted, etc. Use whatever wood you want - bassswood, butternut, cottonwood bark - whatever suits.

There is one little restriction for this contest. Your carving, or carvings, must fit in a closed, unmodified Altoids(TM) style mint tin.

Carvings entered in the contest will be shipped to the WOM offices in Flushing, MI, where they will be assembled for judging and photographed. There are no entry fees, but if you want your submissions back, you will need to include prepaid return postage. Carvings that arrive without prepaid return postage will be auctioned, with all proceeds to be donated to the Flint Children's Museum.

Tin02Winning carvings in a number of categories will be selected by a distinguished panel of judges.. There will be prizes, including specially commissioned t-shirts, coffee mugs and other gift items, books, and possibly some gift certificates.

Winning carvings will be announced in the November/December issue of WOM, and all entries will be featured in a photo gallery in that issue.

So what might one carve that fits into the mint tin? A tiny Nativity scene perhaps; a small chess set; A stack of five or six 1/8" thick pyro projects; a stack of 1/4" thick chip carvings; a whole tool box of small carved tools; three or four tiny little people; a small carved chain; a small bark woodspirit; several fish lures; and the list goes one, only limited by your imagination, skill and patience!


Tin03The Rules

Your carving, or carvings must fit in a closed, unmodified Altoids(TM) mint tin! The standard tin pictured has inside space that measure 3-1/2 " x 2-3/16" X 3/4". You carvings must be shipped in a fully closed mint tin. If there a variations from these diminsions, the tin pictured above will function as the standard.

You may use any variety of wood desired; metal or other materials are not permitted.

Your entry may include as many carving as you can stuff into the tin. You may submit an entry that a requires some assembly, as long as you provide instructions and no glue or fasteners are required.

Carvings must be clearly and permanently marked with the carver's name.

Each entry must be the original work of the entrant.

You may submit up to five (5) entries (mint tins) in any one category, with a total of no more than ten (10) in all categories.

Each shipment must be accompanied by a signed Entry Form.

  • Word version of Entry Form HERE
  • PDF version of Entry Form HERE

DUE DATES: All submissions must be postmarked by October 24 and received by November 1, 2010.

UPDATE - Due Dates extended one additional week - all submissions must now be postmarked by Saturday, October 30.

Submissions are to be shipped via US Postal Service to the address listed on the Entry Form.

If you wish to have your submissions returned, you must include a PREPAID, pre-addressed mailing envelope (do not send money, check, etc.)

Submissions that do not include prepaid return shipping will be auctioned, with ALL proceeds donated to the Flint Children's Museum.

An original design for the contest will be featured on clothing and other gifts available at the Carvers' Companion shop at CafePress. Photos of the winning carvings may be included.

By submitting a carving for the contest you agree that photos of your carving may be taken for use in promotional activities, including use on the Carvers' Companion/Woodcarver Online Magazine web site, as well as on merchandise that may be featured in the Carvers' Companion shop at CafePress

Judges will determine the most appropriate category for each submission; additional categories will be established as needed;.

  • Figurative
  • Relief
  • Chip carving
  • Plant/Animal/Fish
  • Other
  • Pyro only
  • Any other category as determined by the Judges

Decisions of the judges are final; there is no appeal process. If you have questions regarding the competition, they should be addressed before submitting your carvings. Please submit any questions to womeditorATcomcastDOTnet


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