European Woodworking Show´╗┐

The Essex Region of the BWA hosted the inaugural carving competition at the show this year which was sponsored by Flexcut Carving Tools. Open to BWA members only, the winner received a trophy and cash prize of £750 and second place received £250. There were no restrictions on size, subject or number of entries per member and the competition were judged by visitors to the show.
The competition received 46 entries in total and nearly 1200 of the visiting public cast their votes. The winner was MICHELLE TOON whose carving "Green Sea Turtle - Diving" received a massive 373 votes (33%). It was carved using spalted beech and sycamore plus marine ply for the supporting stand. The runner-up was ANTHONY SMITH with the "Smith, coat-of-arms" which was carved in lime.