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 2013 WOW or see the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
  • 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

  • Our father Curtis E. Lynn passed away July 17, 2013. He was also known as GUMDROP, C.E. Lynn, Ed Lynn and to others, Butch. We found a 2014 Wood Collectors Directory and are contacting those of you who are in his surrounding area.
    He was a collector of many woods, both native and exotics. We, his daughters, are having an auction on Saturday, April 19, 2014. The auction starts at 10 a.m. There is ample parking in the back field with easy access to the sale barn. In the coming days pictures of that and more items that my father collected over his lifetime will be for sale. Those pics will be available at
    Alongside the huge collection of wood several tools are to be auctioned as well. We would like these items to go to people who have the true appreciation of wood and be able to make projects from it as our father did our entire lives. 03/31/2014

  • old moneyArticles 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. 03/30/2014

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

  • Australia 2014 Newsletter 75 is now available. 03/16/2014

  • Mar-Apr 2014 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section. 03/17/2014

  • 2013 Northeastern Regional Newsletter is available. 11-16-2013

  • Mary Holder Passed Away Jan 28, 2014. 02-04-2014

  • W.H. "Wimpy" Powers Passed Away Jan 24 2014. 03-03-2014

  • Ron DeWitt Passed Away Aug 28, 2013. 11-16-2013

  • Mike Simacek & Erik Both Passed Away. 11-16-2013

  • IWCS President Elaine Hunt announces Trustee acclamations of Wes Kolkmeier #9231 to the position of Trustee, Central Region, USA.03-04-2014

  • 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

  • Member Listings and Requests - Listings by members of wood, wood specimens or other items wanted or for sale

  • 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

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