International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

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Greetings to all IWCS members.

More and more information is coming to us every day about the spread of Covid-19. But my main concern is the safety of each and every one of you.

We all know what to do to protect ourselves. I for one am staying home and I know a lot of you are doing the same. Even though we are to practice social distancing, there is no reason we have to cut off friends, neighbors and family. Now is the time we need each other, especially the older folks. We can phone, text, email and even video chat to each other on our phones or computers. If you do venture out to the grocery store, see if a neighbor is in need of anything. If so, you can leave it outside their door and they can get it once you leave. Your smallest gesture of caring could brighten someone's day.

Oh yes, don't forget to wash your hands.

Until this is over, please watch over each other, help when you can and remember to pray for all of us, wherever we may be.

God Bless You All,


Elaine Hunt

1st Past President IWCS



Request for vouchered chestnut samples to assist with a joint American Chestnut Society and Pennsylvania State University research project. *-- Letter from Chuck Ray --*

  • IWCS Jan 31, 2019 - Hazards, Planning and Preparing for Working With Wood. 01/31/2019

  • Making Wood Chips
    Making Wood Chips

    Display of wood crafts at the First State Woodturners (FSW), woodturning display at the Delaware State Fair. Submitted by by Eric Krum. 08-17-2019


  • John Hampton

    John Hampton Article in PDF format - taken from WOW Journal. 03-13-2019


  • Now available, Southern African Wood (ISBN 781920217587, Briza Publications, Pretoria, RSA), authored by former IWCS members Stephanie Dyer (#9380), Danielle James and Barry James (#9381). It is a fully illustrated guide to the properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species. A handful of leather-bound collectors editions remain for $140.00 US dollars plus shipping and handling, and the standard hard cover books are $46.60 US dollars plus shipping and handling. These are discounted 20% for IWCS members. Non-members will be charged $168.50 + S&H for the collectors edition and $57.57 + S&H for the standard. Each copy will be signed by the authors. All copies will be shipped from Pennsylvania, USA. Reserve your copy today by contacting our Northeast Regional Trustee, Mark R. Peet. E-mail: . Updated 05-25-2018


  • 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. As of 08/06/2018


  • Guide to Wood Microtomy
    Guide to Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016


There can’t be a soul on the planet who hasn’t heard about the devastating bushfires in Australia. One can’t help but wonder about acquaintances and their safety. When Roger Pletcher #8016, our Great Lakes Region Trustee called in early January to see if I’d heard from any of our Australian members I decided to make some inquiries by email. I hoped and fully expected to hear that everyone was quite well and far from danger. This wasn’t quite the case.

Several reported that they had traveled to Canberra for the Christmas/New Year’s holiday where the smoke was so bad they spent their holiday mostly indoors. Remember, this National Capitol City was where the Australasia AGM was held last October. John Lyons #9737 reported that wife Susie’s nephew and family including their one year old were amongst the thousands stranded in seaside Mallacoota and were to be air lifted to safety by the military.

Harry Dennis #9260 had some of the most alarming news. Christine and I stayed at the home of Harry and wife Ester for a couple days after the AGM. He reported that a portion of our scenic motor route from Canberra to their home had been burned including a sugar pine arboretum that we visited. Fire was 50 km from their home and their car was packed so they could leave on short notice.

Eugene Dimitriadis #4686HL sent a detailed report that as of mid-January there was no report of an IWCS member who had lost life or property. Eugene has a short article on page 4 explaining how you can make legitimate contributions for disaster relief. We are a tight-knit society and our hearts go out to fellow members across the globe.

At this writing Christine and I were anxious to get going to the Winterfest Meet in Eustis, Florida, USA. Elaine Hunt #8174 worked feverishly on short notice to get everything put together for this most important meet. We all owe Elaine our gratitude.

I’ve been working on what I felt would be a short list of Florida woods I hoped to collect either before or after the meeting. This short list is turning out to be quite an extensive list. As I recall, more tree species grow in the state of Florida than the remaining 49 states combined. Regardless of what, if anything is collected, it will be nice to get away from the cold and dreary Indiana for a couple weeks.

Lastly, although it currently doesn’t appear much different, our website has been upgraded so that it can more easily be viewed on a smart phone and will be simpler to add or change content. In the near future we will be adding articles from past WoW’s in hopes of attracting new members. Ad space will generate some revenue. Have a look:



  • Australia Burns
    The fires in Australia as the world knows are enormous
    , damaging to all life here and they are ongoing.


  • Know Your Trees
    Delight in the splendor of spring trees at Rowe
    — their bark, their buds, the beginnings of new leaves and flowers—and learn to know them by name!

    Please join me as we get to know trees across a range of scales, from cells to forest ecosystems, and through expanses of time. You will learn about the identifying characteristics and growth processes of trees, and explore what makes this sense of “knowing” feel so potent, so vital—how learning names and practical facts can open a window into deeper understanding and connection. When the weekend is over, you’ll be able to walk through a typical forest and actually know what you are seeing.


  • Omi Center in Ghent New York The Omi Center in Ghent, New York, has wood paneling salvaged by the Hudson Co. from mushroom farms. (Hudson Co.) Sawkille Co., based in Rhinebeck, New York, salvages tree trunks, turning them into stump tables and seating. They can be bleached, stained or custom dyed. (Sawkille Co.) 03/09/2020

  • Bodgers Ball 2020Bodgers Ball Feb 2020
    We will be holding the second annual US Bodgers Ball to be held on June 26-28, 2020 in Wisconsin. It will be a fun time of green woodworking, chairmaking, spoon carving, blacksmithing and more and we would love to have you attend.

  • Spotted Lanternfly
    Questions about Spotted Lanternfly 
    Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about spotted lanternfly, including their damage to plants, how to manage them on your property, and what you can do to help!

  • Seedling Order Form
    Seedling Order Form inside.
    In the September 2019 issue of the Missouri Conservationist is their 2019-2020 George O. White State Forest Nursery Seedling Order Form. For more information and to order seedlings online, visit

    Orders are accepted online September 1, 2019 thru April 15, 2020. (no phone orders are accepted) Check out the online catalog for all available seedlings.

  • Ghost Forest Emerges
    Ghost Forest Emerges
    - As the morning sun cut through a veil of fog, an ancient forest emerged from the sand, covered in sea life and enshrouded in mystery. Known as the “ghost forest” of Neskowin, this group of some 100 stumps and snags is all that’s left of a 2,000-year-old stand of Sitka spruce, once buried by an earthquake, now revered as one of the most remarkable natural phenomena in Oregon. 08/21/2019

  • Penn State Xylarium
    Penn State Xylarium
    - As well as a flourishing library, the school by 1909 had a wood collection containing specimens of nearly all of Pennsylvania’s native trees and large shrubs. For each species, cross sections and radial and tangential sections had been prepared to show the gross appearance of the wood. The next step was the preservation of samples in alcohol and glycerin so that sections suitable for microscopic examination could be cut. These latter sections were to be especially useful in the study of timber physics (wood technology)." E.H. Thomas, “A History of the Pennsylvania State Forestry School, 1903 – 1929.

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

  • IWCS Wood Data Sheets. Listings of all ever published.

  •  Charles David Ray, Ph.D.Penn State Wood Pro News by Charles David Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Forrest News from Wood Pro Resources. Updated 04/06/2017

  • Wood blog Forest wood, timber, lumber, biomass, energy wood, pulp wood, wood furniture, wood buildings, and anything else woody you can think of. Because, well, wood is good. And you'll agree if you visit Go Wood every so often. So, read... enjoy... comment... share... and Go Wood! Updated 10/18/2018

  • Searchable index of articles published in the last nine years. As of 03/06/2011

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