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.
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 2015 WOW-Part-1 and May/June 2015 WOW-Part-2

See the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
World of Wood  World of Wood
Pages 1-16 (left) and 17-32 (right)

    According to Article V of the IWCS Bylaws, Section 1, nominations may be made by Society members. No nominations were received by the March 15, 2015 deadline. After discussion with the Board of Trustees, the cutoff date is being extended to August 15, 2015.

    The terms ending in October, 2015 are:

    1. Canadian Region Trustee (Robert Ritchie)
    2. U.S. Central Region Trustee (Wes Kolkmeier)
    3. Remaining term of President-elect

    To nominate a person (you may nominate yourself) notify in writing, The Chairman of the Nominating Committee, Garry Roux. If nominating another person please verify that he or she is willing to serve in that capacity. Notification should be signed by one or more Society members in good standing. Send nominations to Garry Roux, 521 Hoecker Dr., Collinsville, IL 62234 USA or e-mail to .

    Regional trustees must be nominated from the membership of the respective Region.

    A brief summary including information and qualifications on each candidate should be attached. posted 06/2/2015

  • July-August 2015 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section of the website. 07/11/2015

  • A new listing from Caroline Arbuckle. I'm looking for wood specimens. See Member Listings and Requests page. Remove: 06-30-2015

  • A new listing from Tom Nehil of 11 sets of microscope slides prepared by Mr. Ernie Ives on the Member Listings and Requests page. Posted: 04-27-2015

  • Penn State Wood Pro News

  • Go Wood blog

  • 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

  • Ernie Ives - Marquetry Fund Raiser
    by Pat Powers #4228-L

    Ernie Ives
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     Howdy, and I hope you are all having fun!

    The new owner of this excellant marquerty by Ernie Ives of the UK, is Romaletta James! Special thanks to Bill and Judy Calderwood who voluntered to deliver the plate to Romaletta on their way home from Lake Yale!

     This project added $1185.00 to the IWCS Treasury.
    Total expense to IWCS was $0.00!

    Donations were from the following:

    # of Donors 




    LY 2014  



    Mail in






    LY 2015


    Total 46



    Opal and I would like to say thanks to all the donors and supporters of this event.  Also, Kris Troyer for handling of the PayPal process, Mihaly Czako, Editor of WOW for his coverage and to Elaine Hunt, Art Lee, and Gary Roux for their help. post until 07/30/2015


  • 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

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

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