The Idaho Woodcarvers Guild, Inc.is a nonprofit organization established in 1980 in Boise, Idaho, under the laws of the State of Idaho.
Since the beginning and to date the Guild has grown not only in membership but activities and events in which it participates and sponsors, with carving shows held in the past at the Karcher Mall in Nampa, and juried shows held at the Centre on the Grove in Boise, and now continuing with the Artistry in Wood Show at the Boise Convention Center on Vista Street (formerly the Holiday Inn) . By 1999, this show was the largest of its type in the Northwest. The show was recessed in the years 2006-2008. In 2009, the competition resumed with the collaboration of other local wood art clubs who formed the Idaho Artistry in Wood Association, which now sponsors an annual exhibition the last weekend of February in Boise.
The IWG conducts ongoing demonstrations and carve-ins around the valley, demonstrating the art and fellowship of woodcarving.
The following members have been honored by the Guild by being named to its Hall of Fame for exemplary dedication to the growth and well-being of the Guild and woodcarving as an art form. These honorees include:
Vic Otto, past IWG show chair and recipient of the Caricature Carvers of America award; Ted Smith, world class water fowl carver with several blue ribbons from the Ward Foundation in Maryland; Don Brigham, first Guild president and retired teacher who has given many carving students their first start; Doug Rose, one of the area's premier bird carvers;
Cleve Taylor, one of the members of the Caricature Carvers of America; Gary Smith, widely known woodturner and Guild contributor; and
Walt Mifflin, a prominent wildfowl carver and long-time contributor to the art of woodcarving. Our newest elected member to the IWG Hall of Fame is Gene Fuller, also a member of the Caricature Carvers of America.