Design in Wood 2017

Entries for Design in Wood are now closed...

These links are provided for reference purposes:

Here is the Entry Information Brochure - with detailed information about the Exhibition

Visit the San Diego County Fair Design in Wood web page for complete entry information, including state and local fair rules.

Show Your Work

This is an invitation to show off your woodworking skills. Enter your projects and be recognized for your efforts. Compete for some of the over $20,000 in prizes and have over one million people see your work.

Enter the 2017 Design in Wood Exhibition

Design in Wood is an International Exhibition of Fine Woodworking co-sponsored by the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association and the San Diego County Fair. The 36th Annual Exhibition takes place June 2, 2017 to July 4, 2017.

The following is a list of Entry Classes: 

  • Class 1  Contemporary Woodworking - Furniture

  • Class 2  Contemporary Woodworking - Accessories

  • Class 3  Traditional Woodworking - Furniture

  • Class 4  Traditional Woodworking - Accessories

  • Class 5  Art Furniture

  • Class 6  Furniture Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC

  • Class 7  Made for Children

  • Class 8  Model Building - Scale

  • Class 9  Model Building - Not to Scale

  • Class 10  Musical Instruments

  • Class 11  Clocks

  • Class 12  Veneering/Marquetry - Furniture

  • Class 13  Veneering/Marquetry - Art

  • Class 14  Veneering/Marquetry Art - Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC

  • Class 15  Wood Turning - Face Work: Perpendicular to the ways of the lathe

  • Class 16  Wood Turning - Center Work: Parallel to the ways of the lathe

  • Class 17  Wood Turning - Embellished/Mixed Media

  • Class 18  Wood Turning - Laminated/Segmented

  • Class 19  Wood Carving - Animals

  • Class 20  Wood Carving - Birds

  • Class 21  Wood Carving - Marine Animals

  • Class 22  Wood Carving - Human Form

  • Class 23  Wood Carving - Open

  • Class 24  Scroll Saw - Intarsia

  • Class 25  Scroll Saw - Fretwork (pierced & unpierced)

Design in Wood is the largest juried woodworking exhibition of its type anywhere.


Who can enter?

The Design in Wood Exhibition is open to all interested adult woodworkers. Wood projects must have been created by the artist whose name appears on the entry form. Student work not allowed.


How many entries can I submit?

A maximum of three entries, all classes combined, may be submitted per entrant. Works previously displayed in this Exhibition are not eligible.


Is there a fee?

The processing fee is $20.00 per wood project entered. Processing fees are non-refundable.


How do I enter?

On-line registration is required. Late entries will not be accepted. No faxes.


Entry Registration: All entries must be submitted on-line through the SD County Fair website by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on Friday, April 28, 2017. Digital photographs must accompany each entry along with fees paid by credit card. There are step-by-step instructions to guide you through the on-line entry process. Check the Entry Information Brochure for complete entry information, conditions, awards, and other details.


If you need help with photography or the entry process - you may also make an appointment with the Fair Entry Office and bring in your project. A staff member will take a digital photo and assist with your online entry.


The people at the fairgrounds are available to help with entries. You may phone the Exhibits Office at 858-792-4207 Mon-Fri 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, or email The Fair Entry Office will be open extended hours, until 7:00 pm, on these Fridays - April 14, 21, and 28. Additionally, you may always contact me with your questions.


Important dates:

Entry deadline: Friday April 28, 2017 - 11:59 pm

Entry delivery day - for accepted entries: Thursday May 25, 2017 - 12 noon to 8:00 pm

Awards ceremony: Thursday June 1, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Fair runs from June 2, 2017 through July 4, 2017 (closed most Mondays and Tuesdays in June)

Entry pickup day: Thursday July 6, 2017


Contact Information

Ed Gladney

Coordinator, Design in Wood Exhibition

H: 858-484-4366

C: 619-251-4410

clientuploads/Ed Gladney-coordinator.pngFrom the Coordinator

Ed Gladney


Time to start working on your entries for the 2017 Design In Wood show. There are more chances for SDFWA members to be recognized, and we would like to see more member entries this year. The logo and theme have been finalized - Where the West is Fun.

Fair Planning Committee

We will start our fair planning meetings on the first Saturday of the month, January through May. Our monthly planning meetings are when we go over any changes from last year, schedule any work to be done for the coming year and plan our theme display. It takes a lot of volunteers from several different guilds to make this show happen every year so we could use your help. If you would like to be involved, please email me or just show up at a meeting.


Meetings start at 9:30am and will be held at Ed Gladney’s house – 10061 Riverhead Dr., San Diego 92129 (in the Rancho Penasquitos area).


Gladney residence < click for Google map