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.
  • Chuck Ray
    Information From Chuck Ray...

  • 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

  • Dennis Wilson (order info) will make available these last available books:
     - Useful Woods of the World - $10 + postage of $4.25
     - More Useful Woods of the World - $10 + postage of $4.25
     - A Man of the Woods (Richard Crow biography) - $10 + postage of $3.90

    All three books are a total of $30 plus postage of $7.00."
    post until 05/30/2015


  • IVES FUND-RAISER RESULTS - Reported by Pat Powers
    posted 03/16/2015


  • Nathan Gale DonationDr. Nathan Gale Donation by Allan Schwindt #8209-L.
    I should tell you about an interesting wood story that has developed in recent weeks. See full story ... until 02/15/2015

  • 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

  • Jamison Cooperage, Cork, IrelandArticles 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. 12/03/2014

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

  • March-April 2015 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section of the website. 03/17/2015

  • Listings of all IWCS Wood Data Sheets ever published.

  • IWCS News Down-under Newsletter-81 - The newsletter for IWCS AstralAsian Region. 03/12/2015

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