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.

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.
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)
  • I am a survivor (only just) of the wide brown sweeping plains of inland Australia. My name is Bowyakka Bilby and I'm letting you know what is in store for you when you come to Charleville, Queensland in September 2016.
    Boyakka Bilby from Australia
    Boyakka Bilby (BB) Part 1
    , and Part 2. posted 01/18/2016

  • Computer Pattern Recognition by Morris Lake.
    It is inventor Jean-Claude Cerre's work that has enabled me to carry that further and recommend the potential for computer pattern recognition using his system and macro photography as a possible method of identification. Click the link for the full article. Wood Identification Project 1 photo
    remove 02/18/2016

  • Choose ‘Life with Rainforests’ - by Morris Lake.
    The question that I want to raise is unfortunately one that is very seldom discussed. In fact it’s one that is rarely raised — nor discussed at all — and yet it’s vital to our life on this planet. The question is: Are trees — and in particular, rainforests — vital to our life on this earth? And I ask each one of you to put your hand up if you have raised this question just once in the past year?
    Wood Identification Project 2
    remove 02/18/2016

  • 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

  • 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

  • Trees Have Social Networks
    Trees Have Social Networks
    .PRESENTING scientific research and his own observations in highly anthropomorphic terms, the matter-of-fact Mr. Wohlleben has delighted readers and talk-show audiences alike with the news — long known to biologists — that trees in the forest are social beings. 01/31/2016

  • Why We Can't Live Without Rubber
    Why We Can't Live Without Rubber
    . As global car sales soar, the demand for tires is transforming Southeast Asia’s landscape. New plantations of rubber trees are lifting some out of poverty—but may also spark an ecological disaster. 01/20/2016

  • Hardwood Bathtubs
    Hardwood Bathtubs

  • Tallest American Chestnut Trees Found in Maine
    Tallest American Chestnut Trees Found in Maine

  • If you know of an article that other members might enjoy send it to for approval to add it to the website.

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