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!
Due to the current concerns about Covid-19, the AGM meeting in Alpena has been postponed until next year.
Please check back for additional information.
IWCS Events by Countries with Active Chapters
AustralAsian Click map image above for Google Map of area Click image for enlarged map of New Zealand
The October 26 - 31, 2020 Australasian IWCS Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre has been postponed to 2021.
Regional Trustee Ian Heffernan and meeting organizer, Ron Allen, have rebooked the Adelaide AGM for the 18 - 22 October 2021.
Hope to see you then!
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Great Lakes Region
The February 15 - 19, 2021, IWCS Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest
Monday thru Friday Breakfast
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Eustis, Florida, USA
Program - Don Smith: 352-636-5253,
Registration – Elaine Hunt: 352-726-1717,
Plans are moving forward for the meeting, even though things are uncertain at this time. I know the meeting is 7 months away and we are all hoping there is not a new serge of Covid-19 this fall or winter. Lake Yale (lybcc.com) is finally open and they are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe. The other concern with the pandemic, are members going to feel safe traveling to and staying at Lake Yale.
Don and I will keep you posted on developments as they come to light.
Here are some things to look forward to:
A workshop by Chris Nothnagle, don’t know what he has in mind yet, but as we all know, it will be good.
Kris Troyer will give a class on making a small note pad holder.
Jack Blakeman, how to make a violin.
Sharon Baiardi, the basket lady will be back.
Ed Herst, wood identification/dendrology
Franck Johannesen, wood turning demo’s. Platter and the use of dessicant beads for drying. Vortex bowl.
There will be open, hands on turning for those that want to learn or improve their skill. Learn from a fellow member.
There will be plenty more to do with as Don gets more members to volunteer. If you have any ideas or would like to give a class, workshop, demonstration or technical session be sure to contact Don.
The registration form will be in the Sep/Oct issue of WOW and on the web site in August.
Stay Safe and Hope to See You in February!!!
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."