2024 Show dates will be January 12-13th... 2024 Entry application has been uploaded...2023 Award pictures have been posted

Thank you to everyone who participated or attended in helping us have another great show!!
the 2023 show pictures Have been posted. Just hover over the gallery tab and select 2023 gallery.


South West Florida
Wood Art Expo and Competition


Our 2023 Expo was a great success


The Southwest Wood Art Expo is an annual event that showcases the work of wood carvers and wood turners as they compete for the top spot.  One of the premier wood art shows in the country since 1986. A dynamic show with hundreds of entries for competition, vendors of all kinds (wood, tools, blanks, dust equipment, art supplies and more), demonstrations, raffle, artists' displays and sales.

Art Lovers: You will see hundreds and hundreds of beautiful sculptures and other wood art. For a sample click on the Gallery in the menu at the top of this page.

Competition and display tables: All the information needed to enter carvings/turnings or to acquire display tables are available right here on the website. Just click on the information you want in the menu at the top of this page and you can download the appropriate forms.


The Cost of Running a Show

To our valued Participants, Vendors and Guests,        We are sure you are aware of the unprecedented challenges over the last few years and those that continue with our current economic situation....

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2023 SWFL Wood Art Expo Recap

Last year I said, “The task ahead is to continue to put forth an exposition that is truly the talk of the town, to make it better, bigger and to keep bringing wood artists together.” …and then came...

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Meet Our Head Judge for the 2023 SWFL Wood Art Expo

Chau Pham is among the most admired woodcarvers, distinguished not only by his talent, but also by his approach to our art. He’s said “I feel it is not about winning or losing, its all about fun, a...

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Returning Woodturning Judge and Demonstrator Lee Sky

Lee has worked with his hands most of his life taking apart everything he could get his hands on as a child to building tree forts with neighborhood friends and working construction in his early te...

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Meet Chris Whirllock

Chris Whillock is from Faribault, Minnesota and will be one of the Judges for the wood carving entries. Chris has been in the carving world his entire life. When he was young, he would travel with ...

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Lou Currier, SWFL Woodart Expo President: 2022 Woodart Expo Wrapup

In an era where people are still learning how to live during a pandemic, our expo this year ended up happening right in the middle of the Omicron variant peak and we were worried about attendance.&...

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Cheri Bauer, PRW President: Reflections 2022 SWFL Wood Art Expo and Woodturning

For anyone who appreciates the beauty of wood, the 2022 Wood Art Expo at Charlotte Event Center in Punta Gorda was an incredible feast of “eye-candy” from wall-to-wall! The talent and e...

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2022 Pro demonstrator: Lee Sky

I’ve worked with my hands most of my life taking apart everything I could get my hands on as a child to building tree forts with neighborhood friends and working construction in my early teen...

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Get tickets now

Tickets can be purchased at the door the day of the event. 

Admission:  $7.00 per day or $12.00 for both days.



Click on the icon for a list of local hotels near the Charlotte Harbor Event Center.


A big thank you to our donors of merchandise. For a complete list check them out here.


Thank you to our demonstrators for the 2022 Expo! Check here for a list of demonstrations as they are scheduled for the 2023 show.

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