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National Woodskills Competition

National Woodskills Competition, NZ's premier event for wood craft artists, with big cash prizes.


Woodskills Entry Form 2017 Click

Woodskills Brochure 2017 Click


In 2017 there will be over 15 categories for the artistic wood workers to consider:


NOTE: Please ensure you read the Brochures and Entry Forms thoroughly for any new changes.


First Time Entrants

This year there are two new categories for first time entrants:  Woodturning and Furniture 

College Students

There is a change to the College age category with Woodcrafting of any sort being encouraged by any College Students of year 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13.  Previous years has seen good levels of junior entries into the competition and the National Woodskills Trust would like to see even more enter this year.

Public Vote

The special category is named 'The Great Gatsby' with prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd placings, and will be judged by popular public vote.  Be adventurous in creating anything ranging from the practical to the bizarre that links in with the theme of The Great Gatsby set in the 1920s. The organising committee would really like to encourage entries to be really 'out there' - the more bizarre the better.

Entries can be left totally to the imagination but should predominantly be made from wood or wood products, however they can be painted or left 'au naturel'.

The number of entries will be limited and the organising committee reserves the right to reallocate entries into another category if required.

Kawerau Rotary Accolade

This category has been sponsored by Kawerau Rotary and will be awarded to the best Tarawera High School woodcraft entry.

Exhibition Opening

As with previous years, the Thursday evening (24 Sept.) prior to the official opening of the show will be an exclusive opportunity for sponsors, artists and the public to view the exhibits, the Exhibition Opening will also allow potential exhibits to be reserved for purchase once the weekend has concluded.