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 2014 WOW or see the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
What's New at IWCS?
Ernie Ives Marquetry Fund Raiser - by Pat Powers #4228-L
Howdy fellow woodies! Now we all have an opportunity to own another work of art and help IWCS treasury at the same time. Mr. Ernie Ives of the UK donated one of his beautiful pieces of marquetry as a fund raiser. Shortly after his donation, Ernie passed. He was a great asset to IWCS and we will miss him. This may be your only chance to own one of his masterpieces. See photo on the back cover of this issue. The piece that Ernie donated is a 12-sided plate with a cork backing. It is 12” across and is made to hang on the wall or display on a flat surface with the proper stand (not included). The rim is a dark brown wood (like walnut), and the main center wood is light colored (possibly maple). The inserts are various colored woods. There are 7 flowers, 9 large leaves and 6 smaller leaves. It has a semi-gloss finish, and the workmanship is excellent.
Ticket prices are $5 each or 6 for $25 (US FUNDS ONLY!). Send a check to Pat Powers, 9923 Blue Springs Rd., Harrison, TN 37341, made out to IWCS. Your tickets will be mailed back to you.
The drawing will be held at the IWCS meeting in Lake Yale, Florida in February, 2015 after the craft auction on Saturday night. You do not have to be present to win!!! If you win and could not be there, it will be shipped to you.
If you have any questions, please contact Pat – email or call 423-344-4201.
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
See IWCS member Chuck Ray at WoodPro at Penn State Extension. There is a wealth of information there.
Donation by Dr. Nathan Gale
by Allan Schwindt #8209-L.
I should tell you about an interesting wood story that has developed in recent weeks.
Some years ago I became friends with Dr. Nathan Gale of Ashland Oregon. At the time he was a member of IWCS and I believe I met him at one of our NW chapter meetings. He had spent a number of years in the 90’s, in Panama where he was on a US gov’t. project. He was also very much into collecting a lot of the local woods there and he became very fond of Cocobolo and the many things the local craftsmen were making with it. As a result, he stockpiled quite a lot of Cocobolo lumber and carvings which were all shipped to Oregon later.
Another interesting wood that he shipped home was Lignum Vitae which was in the form of “Old Railroad Ties.” He told me the story of where he had acquired these ties, which I believe you’ll find interesting. The trees had been harvested in the late 1840’s and cut into railroad Tie dimensions. Then, in 1851-1855, the French used them in building the railroad which was to serve in the construction of the Panama Canal. Of course, the French abandoned the project later and it was not taken up again until the early 1900’s. In 1913, the rails were removed and the area flooded to create Gatun Lake, (then the largest man-made lake in the world.) The Lignum Vitae ties remained submerged until about 1995 when Dr. Gale and several US Army folks salvaged a lot of them. Surprisingly, after being submerged for 82 years, much of the wood is still quite sound.
In recent months, at the age of 95, Dr. Gale’s health is failing and he is now in a care facility in Ashland. His wife, Ellie had called me about disposing of his wood and since I had done quite a few projects for them, she wanted me to have the wood. A friend and I drove there a couple of weeks ago and brought home about 400 board feet of Cocobolo and a number of the short pieces of railroad ties. I now have 14 of these pieces, 10” – 14” in length, some with spikes still in place.
I am now hoarding this wood in preparation for several projects and other possible distribution. Dave Mouat recently suggested that one of them should possibly go to the Smithsonian as a permanent part of their wood museum. I thus tried to contact a person in the Smithsonian, but as yet have not had any response. I have also undertaken a few of my small projects with the Lignum Vitae such as; my Leaf Pins, a Heart Shaped pendant and a few of the buttons. These items are quite striking and with the history attached make them a desirable collection item. I plan to make some of these available to the Lake Yale meeting auction in 2015.
Members Only Speciment List - The following wood specimens are in limited supply (1 – 30 of each) and are available to IWCS members only on a first come – first served basis. Limit of one of each specimen per order. Please send your requests to Gary Green, 9923 N 800 E, Syracuse, IN 46567, USA or . Please order by item number. I will fill the order and send an invoice with shipping costs and instructions for payment to the IWCS. Cost is US $5.00 each. All specimens have been donated and all proceeds will help underwrite the costs of running the IWCS. Thanks to you and to the donors! If you have rare or unusual material to donate for future listings let me know.
Articles 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. 09/01/2014