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! 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.

All articles posted on this website are the expressed opinions of the contributing author(s), and not necessarily that of IWCS nor the officers of the International Wood Collectors Society.
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 2016 WOW

See the searchable index of articles published in the last nine years.
World of Wood
  • Now available, Southern African Wood (ISBN 781920217587, Briza Publications, Pretoria, RSA), authored by 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 $51.00 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: Posted 10-24-2016


  • Hearne Hardwoods
    2016 Hearne Hardwoods Open House
    - Sept 30 10AM-5PM and Oct 1 10AM-4PM at 200 Whiteside Drive, Oxford, PA 19363
    Posted 09-02-2016


  • Donald E YounglundDonald E Younglund - died July 7, 2016, at the age of 86. Born September 15, 1929 and raised on a dry-land farm in Garden County, NE. Donald graduated from a one-room county school in 1943, and one year of high school in Oshkosh, NE. Retired Wichita Public School Administrator. Posted 08-04-2016


  • Mikaila's Map
    Allan Schwindt's Wooden Maps
    - How it started.
    Posted 07-11-2016


  • ThumbDrive
    Earl Deemer's Thumb Drive
    - Earl not only hand carves thumb tacks but is now hand carving Thumb Drives as well. Story is posted on the CRAFTS page.
    Posted 07-12-2016


  • Morris Lake
    Interesting article on Morris Lake that mentions the IWCS
    . posted 05/29/2016


  • Patti DickherberPatti Dickherber #8719 - Elected IWCS Secretary/Treasurer, June 01, 2016. posted 05/18/2016


  • I am a survivor (only just) of the wide brown sweeping plains of inland Australia. My name is Bowyakka Bilby and I'm letting you know what is in store for you when you come to Charleville, Queensland in September 2016.
    Boyakka Bilby from Australia
    Boyakka Bilby (BB) Part 1
    , Part 2 and Part 3. posted 05/14/2016

  • 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. 02-04-2016


  • Dr. Nathan Gale's Urn
    Click the link to see the story and urn made from cocobolo wood by Allan Schwindt for Dr. Nathan Gale's ashes. Dr. Gale's health is failing fast. Story is posted on the CRAFTS page. Posted 04/25/2016


  • Wood Collectors Society
    Interested in reading some of the early WCS (before we became international!) Bulletins? Corporate Membership Coordinator, Eric Krum has scanned several of the bulletins and they are posted in the Members Section. - 04-18-2016


  • Sunset at Lake Yale
    See more 2016 Lake Yale meeting photos
    by Jim Ciesla.

  • May/June 2016 WoW journal is now available in the Members Only section of the website. 05/18/2016

  • Penn State Wood Pro News

  • Go Wood blog

  • Members Only Specimen List - Ian McLaughlin, IWCS member from Australia, is moving and downsizing and has donated yet more of the Australian wood specimens that he has so nicely prepared. See full story ... As of 09/28/2014

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

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