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?
Nov-Dec 2013 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section. 11/9/2013
August 29, 2013 - Message from Elaine Hunt, our New President of IWCS Greetings Everyone!
Life is full of surprises. It was only in the March/April issue of WOW that I was introducing myself to you as your new President-elect. I was expecting to be in that office for a year to a year and a half learning all I could. Now here it is 6 months later from when I volunteered, I am your new president. I believe I am Read more...
The IWCS Board has approved the appointment of Mihaly Czako PhD, #5220-L, as Editor, World of Wood effective March 1, 2013. Mihaly is well known in IWCS as a member for some 22 years and having attended many meetings and contributed numerous demonstrations and Read more...
Corporate Membership - a new package of benefits for Corporate and Donor members in IWCS has been introduced which will make this type of membership much more attractive to such members. These benefits are described in Article I.7 of the IWCS Bylaws. Corporate Membership fees are:
On-line Journal: USD $125 per yr., $325 per 3 yrs., and $450 per 5 yrs.
Hardcopy Journal: USD $150 per yr., $375 per 3 yrs., and $525 per 5 yrs.
May 6-12, 2013 South Africa Annual Meet Hebron Haven, Lion’s River near Howick, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The conference consisted of two days of presentations, two days of field visits and an open day on the Saturday which included displays.
IWCS President Elaine Hunt announces the acclamation of :
Ramsey Pattison to the position of Trustee, United Kingdom, replacing Bob Goddard. Ramsey is a long standing member and Read more...
Jean Sumner accepts appointment as new SE Regional Trustee.
My life with wood began at an early age watching my dad build, turn and repair useful items for our house. Before I began my own wood career, however, my life included living in Maryland, Guatemala, Germany, Wyoming and Colorado; Read more...
A Message from the Outgoing President – Melvin Talley
To IWCS Members: I would like to resign as President. I am in bad health. I am sorry but I realize this is what is best for IWCS. It has been an honor to serve as your President. Wished I could have done more and a better job. Melvin Talley President. Read more...
July 4, 2013, Appointments: IWCS President Melvin Talley announces the acclamation of Chuck Ray to the position of Trustee, US NE Region. Chuck is an Associate Professor, Wood and Forest Science at the College of Agricultural Sciences, at the Pennsylvania State University. He believes in the need to continually learn more about wood in all its aspects and to share this knowledge with the public as reflected in his blog/website. As of July 4, 2013 he takes over this trusteeship from retiring Trustee, Ron DeWitt for the term ending October 1, 2015. Chuck has also been appointed an Associate Editor for the World of Wood as of the same date.
IWCS Annual General Meeting - "Timbers and Treats" to be held in September, 2014 in Hutsville, Ontario, Canada A celebration of trees and wood in history, health, art, craft and collections. Host trees: Pinus strobus and Acer saccharum Read more...
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