International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters


Welcome to IWCS - Advancing Information on Wood Since 1947

Founded in 1947, the International Wood Collectors Society is a non-profit Society devoted to distributing information on collecting wood, correctly identifying and naming wood specimens, and using wood in creative crafts.

People from all countries around the world are invited to join IWCS, enjoy the benefits of membership and discover more about nature's wonder material -- wood! Collecting wood and/or using wood creatively has to be one of the most unique hobby interests that you could ever pick. IWCS members around the world have formed a network for information exchange and mutual assistance.

All articles posted on this website are the expressed opinions of the contributing author(s), and not necessarily that of IWCS nor the officers of the International Wood Collectors Society.
Membership in IWCS gives you numerous benefits including - World of Wood, a 32 page bimonthly magazine; and Annual Directory of members, and access to wood, wood information and members in some 30 countries on six continents. View a sample issue of the May/June 2016 WOW

See the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
World of Wood

  • Dr. Nathan Gale's Urn
    Click the link to see the story and urn made from cocobolo wood by Allan Schwindt for Dr. Nathan Gale's ashes. Dr. Gale's health is failing fast. Story is posted on the CRAFTS page. Posted 04/25/2016


  • Wood Collectors Society
    Interested in reading some of the early WCS (before we became international!) Bulletins? Corporate Membership Coordinator, Eric Krum has scanned several of the bulletins and they are posted in the Members Section. - 04-18-2016


  • Sunset at Lake Yale
    See more 2016 Lake Yale meeting photos
    by Jim Ciesla.

  • May/June 2016 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section of the website. 05/18/2016

  • Penn State Wood Pro News

  • Go Wood blog

  • Members Only Specimen List - Ian McLaughlin, IWCS member from Australia, is moving and downsizing and has donated yet more of the Australian wood specimens that he has so nicely prepared. See full story ... As of 09/28/2014

  • IWCS Student Membership Application now includes the "student friendly" rate of $15 USD per year.

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