Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Request for Woodcarving Entries at Upcoming Maritime Contest
Woodcarvers from far and wide are invited to register for the 42nd annual Midwestern Model Ships & Boats Contest and Display at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. The event takes place May 19-20, 2018. The contest includes a “Nautical Crafts” category which includes the following types of entries: Models and craft items that are nautically related such as cannons, anchors, figureheads, nautical decorations, maritime carvings (figureheads, fish, water creatures, waterfowl) or crafts made from nautical items, etc. New at last year’s competition was the commemorative Gordon Stiller Best Maritime Carving award, and Gus Agustin from Arlington Heights, Illinois, was its first recipient. His pair of miniature Viking bookends, which also won the gold in the advanced nautical crafts category, featured a dragon head at the bow and a curled tail at the stern. Both carvings were made from 3/8- by 1- by 2-inch- high boxwood blocks. After using a benchtop scroll saw to remove excess stock, Agustin completed the carvings with a rotary tool and different micro burrs. He made the book from 1/8-inch-thick plywood, and duplicated the binding on the spine with cord. Using his computer, Agustin printed the jacket’s lettering on brown shipping paper, then glued it to the book. He fabricated the case from cherry wood and clear acrylic sheets trimmed with brass. Registration forms can be downloaded at http://www.wisconsinmaritime.org/special-events/midwestern-model-ships-boats-contest-and-display/ , by contacting Wendy Lutzke via email at email@example.com or by calling 920-242-4943.