International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

Sunday, August 18, 2019, from 1-4pm located in Grafton, Illinois. Knotty-by-Nature. Check out their website and Facebook page for more information. Thank you Garry Roux for organizing this event on such short notice!
All, On Sunday, the St Louis area IWCS members went to Grafton, Illinois and toured Knotty By Nature Hardwood, a specialty wood shop with a large selection of common and exotic live edge slabs, lumber, antiques, and beautiful wood products, most pieces designed and handcrafted by veterans and cancer survivors. Owner Dan Bechtold took the time to show us all around. Iím not sure how he multitasked like he did, as he took time out here and there to make a few sales! His shop was under water for 42 days May through June of this year. It was hard to believe, but the water lines on the windows told the story for sure.

His resin coated tabletops including the walnut burl that was out of a creek bed for over a hundred years, cedar, eucalyptus, monkeypod, and the walnut top with the gorgeous pearl white river were all showstoppers just to name a few. We ended the day with a late lunch at Beasly Fish just down the road.

Many thanks Garry for setting up this event, we all had a wonderful day. We had 16 members and 2 guests in attendance. Thanks to everyone for the great turnout with just one week notice!

Violet Oman IWCS Central Region 636 248-0070

Knotty-by-Nature Hardwood
Updated 08/27/2019



Knotty By Nature Store Front, Grafton, IL

 Garry Roux #6466L and Lloyd Marshall #9124, Black Mora Slab
Garry Roux #6466L and Lloyd Marshall #9124, Black Mora Slab

 handcrafted gift items, many by Veterans and cancer survivors
handcrafted gift items, many by Veterans and cancer survivors.


 handcrafted gift items, many by Veterans and cancer survivors



 handcrafted gift items, many by Veterans and cancer survivors



Eric Oman # 10063, Garry Roux# 6466L, Lloyd Marshall # 9124.


Garry Roux # 6466L, Don Iverson # 10217,  Lloyd Marshall # 9124 admiring the white pearl resin river table of beautiful Bubinga resting on a spalted sycamore slab.




Their generous supply of gorgeous slabs!

Their generous supply of gorgeous slabs!


Knotty By Nature owner Dan Bechtold starting his shop tour, Garry Roux, Don Iverson, Burton Noll # 9358, Lloyd Marshall

Mike Luecking #8570SU, Shelly & Garry Roux admiring the well polished with clear resin, sunken 100 year old walnut burl.


John Ferreira #8802, Garry Roux, Dan Bechtold, Lloyd Marshall, Burton Noll, Eric Oman, Ken Bald # 10198



Sunken over 100 years, walnut burl finished in a clear resin
Ken Bald, Burton Noll, John Ferreira, Lloyd Marshall, Elizabeth Desrosiers # 9940, Garry Roux, Dan Bechtold




Dan with another walnut burl 


handcrafted gift items, many by Veterans and cancer survivors


More slabs!


Mike Luecking, Garry Roux, Lloyd Marshall and John Ferreira with the Black Mora


Brad Storrs, and all with the Sequoia Redwood 


Garry, Eric Oman, John Ferreira


Elizabeth and guest Kylie discovering their chosen cedar half round was a match!


More slabs!


Elizabeth, Denny Krupinski #9623 and John Ferreira 


Elizabeth, Terry Luster #10196, Burton, Mike,Garry, and Dan


Violet Oman #10063, Shelly Roux, Garry Roux, Lloyd Marshall with the Black Mora


Denny Krupinski # 9623 Blessing another impressive slab of Black Mora


Everyone enjoying a late lunch at Beasly Fish in Grafton


Black Mora