The Maine Wood Carvers Association, a private non-profit organization is a system of local chapters dedicated to promoting and encouraging wood carving and creating interest and skills within the State of Maine and beyond. Established in 1984 as the Maine Wildlife Wood Carvers Association under the leadership of Phil Foster, the initial meetings were held monthly at the Student Center at the University of Maine at Farmington. A logo contest was held and Tom Foley's entry was chosen.The first issue of the Maine Carver was published on August 4, 1984 by Steve Gwazdosky. Jim Fawcett took over as editor shortly after that and continued for many years. The newsletter's masthead was designed by Betty Foley. The newsletter serves as a vehicle to communicate with our widespread membership.

Sharon Miller coordinated the First Annual Down East Wildlife Carving and Art Festival held at the Samoset Resort in Rockland on August 2 and 3, 1986. The show was an exhibition, display, and sale geared to the collector of Wildlife Art. The only contest at the show was a duck head challenge. Contestants picked up a sawn-out blank and registered at the MWWCA booth on Saturday morning. The finished head was turned in on Saturday evening. After judging and the presentation of ribbons, the top four heads were auctioned off on Sunday during a silent auction. It was not long before our membership was composed of talented carvers from just about every corner of Maine. In September of 1989 the by-laws were changed to include Chapters around the State. The Chapters were charged with being responsible for their own meetings and programs freeing the Board of Directors to focus on public relations, competitions, shows, fund raising activities, and broader educational programs. Early Chapters included the Pine State Wood Carvers in Farmington, The Lovell Chapter in Western Maine, the Waterville/Augusta Chapter in Winslow and the Southern Maine Chapter in South Portland. At the October 1994 Downeast Wood Carvers and Wildlife Art Show at Thompson's Green in Ogunquit, a carving competition was added to the exhibition. The competition included open, novice and youth divisions. There was no intermediate division. The open division had cash awards plus ribbons in most all classes. The novice and youth divisions had only ribbons and trophies.

On June 26, 1996 at the MWWCA Board of Director's Meeting it was agreed that a ballot referendum be presented to the membership to change the name of MWWCA from Maine Wildlife Wood Carvers Association to Maine Wood Carver Association, because we realized we were no longer just an organization of bird carvers. The ballot went out with the July 1, 1996 Maine Carver. Thirty-three percent of the membership responded and voted 30 to 3 to change the name.


                Past Presidents


2014 - Present
2014 - 2014
Bob Grimm
Robert Moreau
Livermore Falls
2011 - 2014 Norma L. Wing Vienna
2010 - 2011 Charles  Friis Poland Springs
2007 - 2010 Robert Perry Sumner
2006 - 2007 David Brown Waterville
2004 - 2006 Loyd Clark Windsor
2003 - 2004 Wayne Edmondson Pittsfield
2001 - 2003 Richard Baldwin Damariscotta
1999 - 2001 James Wade Newcastle
1999 - 1999* George Gunning Windsor
1996 - 1999 Wayne Edmondson Bar Harbor
1993 - 1996 Erwin Flewelling Lincolnville
1992 - 1993 Walt Simmons Lincolnville Beach
1991 - 1992 Dick Young Belgrade Lakes
1990 - 1991 Lou Wilcox Belfast
1988 - 1990 Ed Beach Readfield
1986 - 1988 Warren Sivernail Harrison
1985 - 1986

Richard Knotts


1984 - 1985 Tom Foley Oxford

* position held for 2 mos.

              Founding Members

Member #1
Phil Foster Farmington
Member #2 Paul Beers  Gardiner
Member #3 Gordon Harde  Sidney
Member #4 Betty Foley Oxford
Member #5 Tom Foley Oxford
Member #6 Dick Berry  Skowhegan
Member #7 Ron Kostron  N. Vassalboro
Member #8 Mark Harde  Marlborough, NH
Member #9 Jim Fawcett  Poland Springs
Member #10 Gary Poisson  East Holden
Member #11

Steve Gwazdosky

Member #12 Fred Wingate  Hallowell
Member #13 Larry Chapman  Chesterville
Member #14 Richard Landry  Auburn
Member #15 Harold Hardy


Member #16 R.J. LaVallee  
Member #17 Coyer Brown  
Member #18 Howard Hennigar  Vassalboro
Member #19 Bernard Wilkinson  Casco
Member #20 Jeff Rose Livermore Falls

Phil Foster