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!

World of WoodCollecting 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.

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 2014 WOW or see the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
  • IWCS Annual General Meeting - "Timbers and Treats" to be held in September, 2014 in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada
    A celebration of trees and wood in history, health, art, craft and collections. Host trees: Pinus strobus and Acer saccharum

  • Call for IWCS Publications Committee Chairman: IWCS is searching for a candidate for the position of Chair of the Publications Committee. The current Committee Chair, Chuck Holder, is retiring after seven years service in that position and 17 years on the IWCS Board of Trustees. This is a volunteer position made by appointment of the President with approval of the Board. Duties involve responsibility for all IWCS publishing activities including the bimonthly publication World of Wood and the Annual Membership Directory. The Publications chair is a member of the IWCS Executive Committee and Board of Trustees. If you are interested in serving in this position, please make your interest known to IWCS President Elaine Hunt or request a copy of the relevant Roles and Responsibilities document for a detailed outline of what is involved.

  • old wrenchesArticles of Interest on the Web that members may find interesting or inspiring. If you know of an article that other members might enjoy send it to for approval to add it to the website. 03/30/2014

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

  • Australia 2014 Newsletter 77 is now available. 06/08/2014

  • July-August 2014 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section. 07/09/2014

  • IWCS President Elaine Hunt announces Trustee acclamations of Wes Kolkmeier #9231 to the position of Trustee, Central Region, USA.03-04-2014

  • IWCS is looking for an energetic volunteer to run the All-Mail Auction. Although called the "All-Mail" auction, the auction may be run via other formats (on-line, e-mail). Please touch base with your local trustee, Garry Roux, Bob Chastain, or Art Lee if you want to know more about the position. 01-19-2013

  • Member Listings and Requests - Listings by members of wood, wood specimens or other items wanted or for sale

  • Listings of all IWCS Wood Data Sheets ever published.

  • Wood Specimen Kit Availability: See the Wood Collecting page; or click here for a link to the IWCS Wood Specimen Kit order form with instructions for selecting and ordering wood specimens from IWCS. Gary is a professional Urban Forester/Sawyer and takes great pride in preparing high quality wood specimens, all properly seasoned, clean, well milled, free from dirt and defects and accurately identified and labeled. 06-04-2013

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