International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

Welcome to IWCS - Advancing Information on Wood Since 1947

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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. Although the founders started IWCS with a strong emphasis on academic collecting of wood species, the availability of such a variety of wood and its inherent beauty quickly lead to crafting.

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.
  • Interested in reading some of the early IWCS journals (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

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  • Guide to Wood Microtomy
    Guide to Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016



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  • Now available, Southern African Wood (ISBN 781920217587, Briza Publications, Pretoria, RSA), authored by IWCS members Stephanie Dyer (#9380), Danielle James and Barry James (#9381). It is a fully illustrated guide to the properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species. A handful of leather-bound collectors editions remain for $140.00 US dollars plus shipping and handling, and the standard hard cover books are $46.60 US dollars plus shipping and handling. These are discounted 20% for IWCS members. Non-members will be charged $168.50 + S&H for the collectors edition and $57.57 + S&H for the standard. Each copy will be signed by the authors. All copies will be shipped from Pennsylvania, USA. Reserve your copy today by contacting our Northeast Regional Trustee, Mark R. Peet. E-mail: . Posted 10-24-2016

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  • Oct 2017 Membership Directory is now available in the Members section of the website. 11/03/2017

  • Nov/Dec WoW journal is now available in the Members section of the website. 11/10/2017

  • World of WoodMembership 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 2017 WOW

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

  • 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. As of 04/06/2017

  • Members Only Specimen List - By Gary Green. 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 04/06/2017

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

  • IWCS Wood Data Sheets. Listings of all ever published.

  •  Charles David Ray, Ph.D.Penn State Wood Pro News by Charles David Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Forrest News from Wood Pro Resources. Updated 04/06/2017

  • Go Wood blog The world of wood and ecosystem science, presented by Penn State Extension. Get a wealth of wood information here. Updated 04/06/2017

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