Judges Cam Merkle (left) and Glenn McMurdo check out who quality of a wood carving of a sperm whale and giant squid during the Pacific Brant Carving, Art and Woodwork Show at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre on Saturday, April 7, 2018. The 2019 event takes place April 6-7. (File photo)

Popular Pacific Brant Carving, Art and Woodwork Show goes April 6-7 in Parksville

Event a part of Brant Wildlife Festival, which runs through April 20

The 29th annual Pacific Brant Carving, Art and Woodwork Show takes place April 6-7 at the Parksville Community Centre.

On Saturday, the event, sponsored by the Vancouver Island and Oceanside Wood Carving Clubs, runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $5, with children under 12 admitted free of charge.

The show is an integral part of the Brant Wildlife Festival, which runs through April 20.

READ MORE: Brant Festival kicks off, features more than 25 events

With a move back to Parksville from Sidney in 2015, the show has grown. New carving categories have been added (for 2019, carvings that accentuate leaves). Also new is the addition of woodworkers’ chairs, tables, desks, boxes and more for show and sale. Art Expo, a sale and show of work from local artists, will be on display.

Back for its third year is the Youth Painting Workshop for children aged six and up, which takes place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6. There is also a woodturning demonstration within the show, the question most asked being ‘how did they do that?’

Within the skill levels of youth, novice, intermediate, advanced and expert, there are a series of ‘Best Of’ awards and the judging of ‘traditional decoys’ takes place in a tank to ensure they all float correctly, self-right and resemble a real duck.

For those who might like to take something home, some carvings will be for sale and there are also raffles and a live auction for the ‘cocktail’ birds and larger carvings.

For more information, visit www.thebrant.ca

— NEWS Staff

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