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 2013 WOW or see the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
What's New at IWCS?
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
June 26-28, 2014 IWCS Northeast Regional Meeting, will be held at Williamsport, PA. USA. Hosted by: Chuck Ray, Trustee NE Region. More information will be coming on the web site and the next issue of WOW. Questions or comments or to help contact Chuck Ray, or call 814-865-0679.
February 11 - 15, 2015 Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest - Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Eustis, Florida.
I know that the 2014 meeting at Lake Yale just ended, but it's never to early to think about the next meeting. The people in charge are planning already.
Bob Chastain and John Burris are doing the program and would like anyone that would like to give a class , demonstration or technical session to get in touch with them. Even ideas for the meeting are welcome.
Marilyn Nunan and Elaine Hunt will be doing the registration. Start thinking about helping out at the registration desk and at the auctions. Volunteers are always needed and welcome.
Judy Chastain will be working on the ladies craft classes.
There will be updates in each issue of WOW and on the web site.
Mark it on your calendar and plan to attend. It's a time to renew friendships, make new ones and learn more about the wood we love and how we can use it in different and wonderful ways.
Please feel free to contact any of us:
-- Elaine Hunt 352-726-1717
-- Bob & Judy Chastain 765-942-2661
-- John Burris 765-344-1568
-- Marilyn Nunan 765-362-7752
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, Melvin Talley, or Art Lee if you want to know more about the position. 01-19-2013
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