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.
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.
What's New at IWCS?
From Chuck Ray...
A couple of weeks ago, I was passed on an email with pictures from a Penn State student asking about the species of a log on display at a local bike shop. He wanted to know, because the log was the object of interest in a contest - guess the weight of the log and win a mountain bike. It looked like an oak, but I decided to stop by the shop since I go by it every day on the way home, just to confirm. See full story ...09/23/2013
Ernie Ives Marquetry Fund Raiser - by Pat Powers #4228-L
Howdy fellow woodies! Now we all have an opportunity to own another work of art and help IWCS treasury at the same time. Mr. Ernie Ives of the UK donated one of his beautiful pieces of marquetry as a fund raiser. Shortly after his donation, Ernie passed. He was a great asset to IWCS and we will miss him. This may be your only chance to own one of his masterpieces. See photo on the back cover of this issue. The piece that Ernie donated is a 12-sided plate with a cork backing. It is 12 across and is made to hang on the wall or display on a flat surface with the proper stand (not included). The rim is a dark brown wood (like walnut), and the main center wood is light colored (possibly maple). The inserts are various colored woods. There are 7 flowers, 9 large leaves and 6 smaller leaves. It has a semi-gloss finish, and the workmanship is excellent.
Ticket prices are $5 each or 6 for $25 (US FUNDS ONLY!). Send a check to Pat Powers, 9923 Blue Springs Rd., Harrison, TN 37341, made out to IWCS. Your tickets will be mailed back to you.
The drawing will be held at the IWCS meeting in Lake Yale, Florida in February, 2015 after the craft auction on Saturday night. You do not have to be present to win!!! If you win and could not be there, it will be shipped to you.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat email or call 423-344-4201.
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
DUANE KECK - Welcome to Duane Keck to the position of Publications Chair, which began Oct. 1, 2014.
Duane lives in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and is a longtime member of IWCS. His interest in wood began at an early age with a 4-H forestry project. He has a degree in Forestry (Wood Technology) from Purdue University, Indiana, USA and one additional year of training in Pulp and Paper Technology from Western Michigan University, USA. For the past 60 years Duane's hobby has been tree identification (dendrology). He currently has a xylarium (wood collection) of over 118 temperate and 244 tropical zone samples for use as a reference and wood study. 10/06/2014
CHUCK RAY - Thank you to Chuck Ray for coming forward and taking the position of All Mail Auction Coordinator.
Chuck is the Trustee for the Northeast Region, USA and is an Associate Professor, Wood and Forest Science at the College of Agricultural Sciences at Pennsylvania State University, USA. 10/06/2014
JOHN BURRIS and DAVE MOUAT - Thank you to John Burris, Trustee, Great Lakes Region and Dave Mouat, Trustee, Southwest Region, as they will continue in their position for another term. 10/06/2014
Here's something of interest! Wood Science-1013-Lignin - A video on one of the principal components of wood, and what makes it wood, specifically...lignin.
See IWCS member Chuck Ray at WoodPro at Penn State Extension. There is a wealth of information there.
From Chuck Ray...
On my way back from Pittsburgh, I stopped in to meet Earl and Connie Deemer. They live just a couple of hours from me here in Pennsylvania, and have been active IWCS members since the 1980's. This was my first chance to meet them, and they invited me in for a visit and a look at Earl's woodworking and carving. They graciously agreed to let me shoot a video of the tour so that I could share it with you on our IWCS YouTube channel. Enjoy!
Donation by Dr. Nathan Gale by Allan Schwindt #8209-L.
I should tell you about an interesting wood story that has developed in recent weeks.
Some years ago I became friends with Dr. Nathan Gale of Ashland Oregon. At the time he was a member of IWCS and I believe I met him at one of our NW chapter meetings. He had spent a number of years in the 90s, in Panama where he was on a US govt. project. He was also very much into collecting a lot of the local woods there and he became very fond of Cocobolo and the many things the local craftsmen were making with it. As a result, he stockpiled quite a lot of Cocobolo lumber and carvings which were all shipped to Oregon later. See full story ...
Members Only Speciment 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. You may know that there was an updated list in the most recent WOW but the attached listing has several in addition to those. You know the drill - order by item number, first come, first served. Payment will go to the IWCS treasurer, Kris Troyer.
**The following wood specimens are in limited supply (1 30 of each) and are available to IWCS members only on a first come first served basis. Limit of one of each specimen per order. Please send your requests to Gary Green, 9923 N 800 E, Syracuse, IN 46567, USA or . Please order by item number. I will fill the order and send an invoice with shipping costs and instructions for payment to the IWCS. Cost is US $5.00 each. All specimens have been donated and all proceeds will help underwrite the costs of running the IWCS. Thanks to you and to the donors! If you have rare or unusual material to donate for future listings let me know. As of 09/28/2014
Articles 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. 09/22/2014