Thanks to the generous sponsorship by Doug and Ellen Miller, the ODCCA is hosting two new Palm Frond Purchase Award Contests: Palm Frond Decoys and Palm Frond Decorative. Palm Frond contests also are featured in the Ward World Championship in Ocean City, Maryland, and the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Show held in Sacramento, California.
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Two New Palm Frond Contests at ODCCA Show
By Laurie J. McNeil, TheArtistry.com
Those who attended the 2017 Ward World Championships this year may have noticed a new division of competition, the Palm Frond Division.
This was a first-time event in honor of Bob Sutton, founder of the International Wildfowl Carvers Association, and the man who brought historic palm frond carving to the Pacific Southwest Wildlife Arts show in the California Open competition back in 1995.
You may ask – what is a Palm Frond?
A palm frond is basically the branch from a palm tree. The thick pod-like portion of the palm branch, which attached it to the tree, is the portion that is used for carving. The outer shell encases a soft cork-like center at one end. As you go toward the other end, the frond gets thinner and the center becomes very fibrous and quite strong.
The 2018 ODCCA Show in Strongsville is adding this esteemed palm frond division to their repertoire of contests and includes two competitions:
Palm Frond Decoys and Palm Frond Decorative. Those unfamiliar with palm fronds and the different types of palm frond creations may find themselves piqued with interest, especially when they read the rules.
The rules for the palm frond division are simple; the majority of the decoy or sculpture must be made of a palm frond or fronds. The challenge is to portray the “essence of the species” of the subject while retaining as much of the character of the palm frond itself, with no restrictions on painting.
Palm Fronds may be obtained from Daniel Montano, click here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information and detailed
instructions on carving a palm frond, visit
A palm frond is basically the branch from a palm tree. The thick pod-like portion of the palm branch, which attached it to the tree, is the portion
that is used for carving.
Old squaw in a preening position by Laurie J. McNeil. The curve of the palm frond lent itself to the tail. The head was carved from tupelo wood
and attached to the frond.
Shown above, Palm Frond unpainted Peregrine Falcon, and below, painted, by Laurie J. McNeil, TheArtistry.com