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2015 Show Report

by Donald Baiar

The City of Vancouver Washington’s spectacular Water Resources Education Center and Van-couver’s Feather and Quill Carvers hosted the 28th Annual Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show “Northwest Championship" on September 12th and 13th. The show drew 93 Carvers from 16 States and Canada. Perennial favorite and Grebe carving master Ted Smith of Napa Idaho bagged BEST OF SHOW honors with his entrancing Western Grebe. The Ducks Unlimited Judge chose Californian Anthony Donato’s lifelike Shoveler drake and the team from Audubon chose a striking Miniature Barn Owl by Kirkland Washington’s Tom Jones. Chairman’s Award was bagged by Novice Carver Ivan Lee for his stately Kestrel and Vancouver Mayor’s Award was taken by a Novice Oregon Carver, Dale Butts, for a well rendered Mallard hen. Talented Canadian Carver Dieter Golze took home Saturday’s People’s Choice for a wonderful Grey Jay on a stunningly real carved camp coffee pot and Judy Caldwell’s exquisite Bobcat Kitten playing with a moth earned People’s Choice on Sunday. The Coveted Carver’s Choice Award went to Mike Budesilich for an outstanding wall mount Kokanee grouping. The Will Hayden Awards for the best amateur carvings were awarded to Mike Bisceglia’s well rendered first place Ring-neck drake, Timeri Hanson’s fine Western Meadowlark in second, and Tony Pecolatto’s remarkable third place very large, Large-mouth Bass. The Water Resources Center Award folks picked Ken Johnson’s excellent Chinook Salmon as their favorite among a bevy of great fish carvings newly overseen and judged by members of the National Fish Carvers Guild. The top three finishers in our banquet Cocktail Bird Auction were Judy Caldwell’s tiny Fawn, Ted Smith’s little Eared Grebe, and Tony Donato’s 2” whimsical duck on a tequila bottle. F & Q thanks all who donated their items to help support our show.

The $1000 Best IWCA Style Purchase Award went to Gary Joe Bryan’s great Long-tailed drake, and the Feather & Quill $500 Purchase Award was taken by our favorite coastal carver Vern Jones for his convincing and rarely carved Hybrid Widgeon. The Best of Back Yard Birds $1200 Purchase Award went to Waterfowl Carving’s bird painting guru Jerry Poindexter for his pair of Oregon Juncos. The Best of Northwest Dr. Lyon $1200 Purchase Award was won by another frequent contributor to Waterfowl Carving, Jerry Simchuk, for his true to life Pine Siskin.

Feather and Quill would like to sincerely thank all those out of town and local carving enthusiasts for all their assistance in making the show a success.

Next year’s event will be held September 10 and 11, 2016. The species for Best of NW will be the McGillivrays Warbler. The 6” Trader subject will be a Green-winged Teal Drake. Regularly keep eye on our website: for 2015 reports, photos, next year’s show news, periodic updates, 2016 brochure, and contact information. Please “Like” our Facebook page: Columbia Flyway Wildlife Show & Competition.

Come enter Vancouver's CFWS next year on Sept. 10 & 11, 2016.

Contact: Donald Baiar: or Byrn & JoAnne Watson:

Photos by: Matt Furcron Photography, Phone: (503) 402-3379
910 SE 97th Ave
Vancouver, WA 98664

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