International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

For those who have never been to Lake Yale, the grounds are beautiful, 289 lakeside acres, and everything is within walking distance. You can park your vehicle and not get back in it until time to leave. The accommodations are hotel-style rooms and there is a RV campground with full hook-ups. If mobility is a problem, there are a couple golf carts for your use or you can rent your own.

Beautiful Sunset

Don't forget, the days of the week have changed. Monday will begin early with setting up and registration starting at 9 am. Rooms will not be ready until after 12:00, but that shouldn't stop us from getting the meeting started. There will be something to do that afternoon. Friday will be the last day with breakfast and any packing up and cleaning that needs to be done, we have the building until 12:00 noon.

Dave Barriger will be giving a turning demo you will not want to miss. From start to finish, he will turn a 30-inch (~ 75-cm) platter that will be placed in the Craft Auction upon completion. Chris Nothnagle will be back with a workshop and you will leave with a scotch tape holder you have made. Joe Sanders will be turning mushrooms in his demo. Eric Oman will be leading a workshop on making a cutting board.

Sonya Barriger will be giving one of her beading classes and Pam Munger will be back with her laminated bookmarks. Christine Henning will be giving a chip carving class. This is your chance to learn something new and have fun in the process.

John Davis will be returning to entertain, teach you to carve, and sell you the tools you need to get started. Get ready for the Egg-A-Scope, Jack LaForge is bringing back his class and space is limited. Sign up at the registration desk ($25.00 fee for materials). There will be hands on woodturning for those who want to learn to turn.

Robert Ritchie will be conducting a class on "How to Collect and Press Plant Specimens Related to Preparing ID Vouchers for Wood Obtained in the Field". Robert will also be doing a craft class on making a mobile. He is asking everyone to bring small pieces of wood, driftwood, copper wire, feathers, small stones, etc., that can be used in the mobile. Sounds like a lot of fun.

I have a couple other things up my sleeve that I know you will enjoy. So, come on down to the meeting and see what they are.

Ed Bryant will have his Wood-Mizer sawmill running and there will be plenty of wood to buy, either directly off the mill or at the Wood Auction on Thursday. To purchase wood, you must pay the $40.00 registration fee and the $10.00 Lake Yale fee.

The Craft Auction will be on Wednesday evening. Donations for the auction should be handmade and woodcraft items, woodworking tools, WoW collections, and exceptional or rare wood.

The Recycled Wood Contest is again on the schedule and Garry Roux will be there with the Silent Auction.

There is still a lot of planning to do and a schedule to fill. If you would like to give a class, a demonstration, or if you have any ideas, contact Elaine. Let me know what you would like to see, hear about, and do while at the meeting.