Carving in the Park

 June 18 - 23 2019


AWCA’s Annual Summer Carving School

Welcome to the Alberta Wildlife Carving Association’s “Carving in the Park” Summer Carving School. “Carving in the Park” began in 2010 with the mandate of creating a summer program featuring the highest quality of instructors available.  Our 2019 program features three of the most outstanding North American Carvers including:

Pat Godin 

Pat Godin has won multiple World Championship titles in four World Class categories. Most recently honoured at the Ward World Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition with the title of Living Legend by the Ward Foundation.  At the 2018 World Competition, Pat won his sixteenth World title with his three bird ‘Shootin’ Rig of Pintails.

Dennis Drechsler   

Dennis is a marine woodcarver, Victoria BC -Dennis was introduced to carving in 1984 and has been carving professionally for the past 20 years.  Specializing in whales, sharks and dolphins, Dennis has competed in many of the woodcarving competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest, both in western Canada and the US, and to date has won seven "Best of Show" Awards.  Dennis won the Best of Division Award in the "Aquatic Vertebrates" category at the 2000 Ward World Championship woodcarving Competition with a carving of a Pacific Gray Whale and calf.

Jeff Krete

Jeff has won over 200 international awards at wildfowl art completions throughout North America. Jeff continues to produce many original pieces of wildfowl sculpture and is today recognized as a leading innovative carver. Jeff has won numerous Best in Show Awards at the Canadian National Wildfowl Carving Championships.

Classes are designed to expand carvers’ skills, abilities and understanding of three-dimensional wildlife art in an intimate class setting with classes generally being between 8 and 12 carvers . AWCA tries to keep costs, reasonable and has opted for 6 day courses rather than the usual 5 day format.

Classes are conducted at Whitecroft Hall 314, 52313 RRD 232 Sherwood Park, Alberta with the number of classes limited to two or three. This results in a very casual cozy atmosphere with an emphasis on making the experience as pleasant as possible for participants. The coffee is always on with home-baked treats as well as lunches. “Carving in the Park” also hosts an Saturday evening BBQ to allow participants and their families to get to know each other a little better. 


Course Sign Up


Those who attended “Carving in the Park,” 2018  have the first opportunity to sign up for the same instructor for 2019 or transfer to another class.

 If you are new!

 For more information – and Registration contact:

Bob Steele at