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Michael Blankenship Wood Turning Demonstration   Michael Blankenship Wood Turning Demonstration

Michael Blankenship was an invited lecturer/demonstrator for the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. He is a completely blind wood turner. He was a woodworker all of his life but never turned wood into bowls until he became blind in 2003. He taught himself to turn wood by listening to videos. Michael gets his wood to turn his unique and one of a kind bowls from urban logs or trees that would have ended up in landfills. He believes in recycling logs to make useful and beautiful bowls.

Michael has been demonstrating for varies symposiums and clubs throughout the country. He has been showing his techniques and methods so that all turners despite their disabilities won't give up their love of turning as well as inspire others to start turning.

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.

  • Elizabeth Desrosiers    Violet OmanClick on images to enlarge
    (left) Elizabeth assembling all of her photos between breaks at the 2018 AGM meeting in St Charles, MO. (right) Violet Oman shows off one of the finished butcher block cutting boards. Violet and her husband, Eric, provided all of the materials and taught the class on making the boards. - 10-10-2018

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  • Garry Roux    Garry RouxGarry is holding the models for display. Click on images to enlarge
    Garry Roux and a team of volunteers spent several months making scale models of the keel boat used during the Lewis and Clark expeditions in 1804. Each couple attending the St. Charles meeting received one of the scale model boats.
    Up until they reached the Mandan villages in present-day North Dakota, the Corps of Discovery traveled in a keel boat specially designed for the task. Built in Pittsburgh, the keel boat traveled down the Ohio River until reaching the Mississippi River and eventually, St. Louis. Once upon the Missouri, the boat had to be pulled upstream, an arduous task by any standard, usually making around five miles a day. - 10-11-2018

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  • NEW -->Index of Shrubwoods. Index of articles in the WoW of Shrubwood series. - 05-11-2018

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  • Feb 2018 Membership Directory is now available in the Members section of the website. 05/05/2018

  • July August WoW journal is now available in the Members section of the website. 07/09/2018

  • 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

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  • 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



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  • 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



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  • World of WoodMembership in IWCS gives you numerous benefits including - World of Wood, a 32 page bimonthly magazine; and Annual Directory of members, and access to wood information and members in some 30 countries on six continents. View a sample issue of the May/June 2018 WOW

  • 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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