One of the of best ways to share your experiences with and/or learn more about forests, trees and their wood from botanists, dendrologists, wood collectors, woodworkers, and other wood lovers, is to attend a local, regional, or international meeting (also called "woodfest") of the Society.
Members and guests come to hear or see programs about wood, talk about wood, view demonstrations on woodworking, tour interesting woodlands and/or wood-related operations, and choose from hundreds of wood specimens at the auction.
If a meeting in your area is not listed below, please volunteer to host one - you can learn the procedures from experienced hosts listed on this page. Meetings can be planned on a small scale. Even so, do not be surprised if members from other countries attend your meeting. IWCS members include botanists, dendrologists, wood technologists, wood collectors, wood workers, and people who just admire the beauty and versatility of wood. Everyone is welcome to join us!
Click on image to enlarge Chris Nothnagle gave a hands-on demonstration of making your own cutting board at the 2019 meeting. Chris will be giving another demonstration at the 2020 meeting.
The meeting agenda has classes, workshops, technical sessions and demonstrations scheduled. If you have never turned and want to learn or just improve your skills, instructors, tools and lathes will be available. You can make a small finished project to take home.
Regis Miller will be giving a separate, 2-day long wood identification course during the meeting. See more details in WoW and on the IWCS home webpage.
Plenty of wood will be available to buy either directly off the mill during the week, or at the wood auction all day Thursday. We will have a mill on site and will sell a log or part of a log and cut it to your specifications. See a log you like and negotiate the price and cut dimensions with the on-site volunteer IWCS sawmill sales person. Last year, we had western red cedar, sycamore, recovered sunken cypress logs and an enormous camphor root ball, which was cut into large bowl blanks and slabs. If you have a log to donate to the auction, please contact Art Lee or Eric Oman.
Silent auctions will be held daily from Monday through Thursday, where donated items from our sponsors and hundreds of pieces of rare/interesting pieces of wood from our members will be auctioned. One of our members found a source of rosewood recovered from a marimba/xylophone company in Indiana. If the rosewood had any defect, such as a knot, the company cut it out of the bar. These cutoffs are perfectly sized for small turning projects like pens and ornaments.
The craft auction will be on Wednesday evening. Items for the craft auction are hand-crafted, homemade, woodworking tools or exceptional/rare wood donated by our members. Don’t forget to bring your crafts to display in the auditorium. Tables will be available and limited sales of hand crafted items are allowed. We have members and visitors who would love to see your beautiful craftsmanship.
Bring a big vehicle or trailer if you are looking for large slabs, bowl blanks or board lumber. Depending on interest, we will have an informal group trip to a local oyster/seafood restaurant in Eustis. Lake County Farmers’ and Flea Market (10 minutes from Lake Yale) is held every Thursday morning, and Renninger’s Farm and Flea Market in nearby Mount Dora is open Saturday to Sunday. You can fish Lake Yale from the dock right behind the cafeteria, or gator-watch (from a distance) near the pond behind the Lake Yale conference center office.
Other Events of Interest
Statement on IWCS Liability for members traveling to Society activities
(As found in the December 2003 issue of World of Wood )
The following, written by an attorney, and reviewed in 1998 by the Board of Trustees, has been edited so the information applies to all meetings, wood collecting trips, tours, and other IWCS activities, domestic and international.
"The International Wood Collectors Society has limited resources and cannot afford a liability insurance policy. Therefore, anyone who attends an IWCS meeting, and/or any pre-meeting and post-meeting activities, by attending such events and activities hereby agrees to the following: "
"1) Travel has risk and those who attend meetings and any related activities assume any and all risks involved, including, without limitation, the risk of bodily injury, death and/or property damage; and 2) To release the IWCS and its officers, trustees, employees, and agents, including the meeting hosts, trip coordinators, and leaders from, and agree not to sue any or all of them on account of or in connection with any claims, causes of action, injuries, damages, costs or expenses arising out of attending the meeting and any related activities, whether or not caused by the negligence or other fault of the IWCS."