Design in Wood 2018

We had a great Exhibition this year - hope to see you in 2019...

The following links included for reference:

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

Visit the San Diego County Fair Design in Wood web page for complete entry information, including state and local fair rules, important dates, and a video of the 2015 Design in Wood Exhibition.


Check out the Exhibition photos here.

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 2018 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 37th Annual Exhibition takes place June 1, 2018 to July 4, 2018.

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  Chairs - Furniture Made for Seating

  • Class 7  Furniture Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC

  • Class 8  Made for Children

  • Class 9  Model Building - Scale

  • Class 10  Model Building - Not to Scale

  • Class 11  Musical Instruments

  • Class 12  Clocks

  • Class 13  Veneering/Marquetry - Furniture

  • Class 14  Veneering/Marquetry - Art

  • Class 15  Veneering/Marquetry Art - Designed & Executed by Computer - Laser and/or CNC

  • Class 16  Wood Turning - Face Work: Perpendicular to the ways of the lathe

  • Class 17  Wood Turning - Center Work: Parallel to the ways of the lathe

  • Class 18  Wood Turning - Embellished/Mixed Media

  • Class 19  Wood Turning - Laminated/Segmented

  • Class 20  Wood Carving - Animals

  • Class 21  Wood Carving - Birds

  • Class 22  Wood Carving - Marine Animals

  • Class 23  Wood Carving - Human Form

  • Class 24  Wood Carving - Open

  • Class 25  Scroll Saw - Intarsia

  • Class 26  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 27, 2018. 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 Friday April 27th. Additionally, you may always contact me with your questions.


Important dates:

Entry deadline: Friday April 27, 2018 - 11:59 pm

Notification of Acceptance: Notifications will be emailed by Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Entry delivery day - for accepted entries: Tuesday May 22, 2018 - 12 noon to 8:00 pm

Awards ceremony: Thursday May 31, 2018 - 7:00 pm

Fair runs from June 1, 2018 through July 4, 2018 (closed Mondays and Tuesdays in June)

Entry pickup day: Friday July 6, 2018 - 12 noon to 8:00 pm


Contact Information

Ed Gladney

Coordinator, Design in Wood Exhibition

H: 858-484-4366

C: 619-251-4410

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Ed Gladney


Time to start working on your entries for the 2018 Design In Wood show. The theme this year is “How Sweet It Is”.


Get ready for treats that will tempt all of your senses at the 2018 San Diego County Fair. Visitors will discover, with kid-in-a-candy-store wonder, just how sweet the San Diego County Fair truly is. It should make for some interesting theme entries!


Fair Planning Committee

We hold our fair planning meetings on the first Saturday of each 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


Ed Gladney

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