Port Townsend
Woodworkers Show

Entries are closed for the 2023 Woodworkers Show

The Splinter Group is seeking entries for the annual Woodworkers Show to be held November 4-5, 2023, at the American Legion Hall in Port Townsend. 

For 2023 we are continuing to encourage makers to create and display work made from locally harvested and processed wood. We will give preference to makers displaying  pieces made of this material.  The remaining lumber from the 2022 Valley View Harvest is air drying and will be available for the 2024 show. Other sources of local lumber. 

Submissions are sought from furniture makers, cabinetmakers, instrument makers, turners, carvers, artists and other woodworkers in Port Townsend and adjacent areas. Your work should  be well-crafted and of your own design. The show is juried for the quality of your work.

The purpose of the show is to increase awareness of the variety of skilled woodworkers in our area. You may leave business cards but we strongly recommend that you be present to sell your own work. We will not be selling your work for you. No commission will be taken on work sold.

Show hours are Saturday November 4, 2023, from 11:00am to 8:00pm (to coincide with the Port Townsend Gallery Walk) and Sunday November 5 from 11:00am to 3:00pm. 

If you need more than a space 8’ x 5’ please contact us to see if we have room. Just two booths provide wall space for hanging items, if you are not allocated one of these booths you will need to provide support for your work.

We ask exhibitors to deliver and set up their work Friday November 4th between 2:00-7:00pm. If you can’t set up your work on Friday please plan on setting it up between 9:00am and 10:00am on Saturday Nov 4th. You will need  to be fully set up by 10:00am.  Please remove your work on Sunday November 5th between 3pm and 4pm. 

The Emerging Artist category is for first time entrants who may have only 1-2 small pieces (with a display footprint no larger than 30”x30”). The work will be displayed in a collective Emerging Artist booth. The fee is $15.

The regular entry fee of $75 per entrant helps cover advertising and costs. 

This year we are introducing an on-line entry system but we still ask you to send us a check for your entry fee.

2023 Entry Form 

Please send your check to:
Port Townsend Woodworkers Show 2023,
℅ Tim Lawson, 1479 S St, Port Townsend, WA 98368 

Entries are due by September 1, 2023

We assess entries for quality and variety.

We will let you know whether you have been accepted by September 15th 2023.

Celebrating Local Wood

For the 2022 Port Townsend Woodworkers show we turn the spotlight onto Local Wood

As furniture makers, turners and as the customers of makers we have become accustomed to seeing pieces made of wood imported from elsewhere, whether that is Cherry from Pennsylvania or Sapele from South America. We'd like to encourage everyone, much like the Local  Food movement, to consider buying and making pieces made from locally sourced wood and made by local craftspeople.

At the 2022 show you'll see a variety furniture, bowls, spoons and other wooden ware on display that have been made from the lumber of two very special local trees. 

In 2021 Jefferson Land Trust conducted it's first timber harvest at Valley View Forest in Chimacum. The harvest was carefully planned to start the transition from forest that had been clear cut then grown back untended to a forest that is both a more natural and more diverse habitat. The Splinter Group is the grateful recipient of two trees from the harvest process

In December 2021 we had a Big Leaf Western Maple and a Red Alder dropped by a professional faller. The logs from these trees have been milled into boards. Some of those boards were in a dehumidification kiln, drying gently and were made available to makers in the summer of 2022. The rest of the boards will be air dried and available for the 2024 show.

Some of the limbs and other pieces from those trees, that would go to waste in a commercial felling operation, were given  to local carvers, the Strait Turners Woodturning Club and the Seattle Spoon Club