The first Artistry In Wood show was held in 1981 at the Dayton Convention Center in downtown Dayton Ohio. The show has been held every year since then with the exception of 1985 in which there were some technical problems that were beyond our control. The show was moved from the convention center to Hara Arena in 1983 and stayed at that location until 2002 when it moved to the Exposition Center at the Dayton international Airport.
This show which we believe to be the largest of its kind in the nation has grown to where it now has over 225 exhibitors filling 300 plus booths each year. Those exhibitors come from almost half the states in our country and Canada. We also believe that our show is very unique in that its proceeds are used to help support a local charity, The United Rehabilitation Services, which helps the handicapped of all ages. Since we started, A.I.W. has contributed over $120,000.00 to charity which we believe is unmatched by any other woodcarving or woodworking group in the nation.
A number of new innovations and improvements are in the plans to make the 2014 Artistry in Wood show bigger and better than ever. There are many categories in Wood Carving and Woodworking. If you are a carver or woodworker and wish to take part in the 2014 show, the registration will not be available until June! Please check back then. Returning artisans are given first priority and then new applications are considered on a first come basis. Commercial vendors engaged in woodworking or carving activity are also welcome. Artistry in Wood is a well-established show and an excellent place to show or sell your work, meet other artisans, attend seminars, and just have fun.
This year's Special Exhibit featured the Caricature Carvers of America's newest project, "Carving a 1930's Street Scene". Measuring just under 24 feet, the distinctive town consists of 11 buildings and over 120 carved caricature figures.