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Highlights of the February 18 22, 2019 Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest

John and Gary Size up the Camphor Log

Gary, the IWCS president cuts in to the crotch. Proceeds from the wood sales go directly into the IWCS operational budget.

"Thank you to all of the donors who supported the IWCS South East regional meeting at Lake Yale, Florida. Your donations help support IWCS's mission of advancing information on wood. Click here to view corporate donors."
  • IWCS Jan 31, 2019 - Hazards, Planning and Preparing for Working With Wood. 01/31/2019

  • John Hampton

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


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


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

  • May/June  2019 WoW

    May/June 2019 WoW
    journal is now available in the Members section of the website. 05/18/2019


  • May/June 2019 WoW

    May/June 2019 WoW
    journal is now available for all Members to read. 05/18/2019


  • 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


Gary Green-PresidentCALL FOR OFFICERS

This call or request is rather unprecedented as most of the following positions are nominated and elected within their respective regions.

Several current officers have held their offices for a number of years and are acting as interim officers until a replacement can be found. A couple have stated that they will soon retire from their positions, replacement or not.

Ordinarily, a trustee, for instance, whose term was about to expire would either chose to re-nominate him/herself for another term or seek someone else who would run, then a regional election would be held. The issue has become that there are now fewer regional meetings and not as much personal interaction within the regions. The Canadian region is vast with members few and very far between.

I know there are interested members out there as I was approached by one at the Florida, USA meet in February. If you have interest you can nominate or re-nominate yourself, contact your Trustee or contact me. Of course, you can nominate an interested party from your region. Here are the vacancies, current and upcoming:

Trustee, Australasia, beginning October 2019. Trustee, Canada, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, UK, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Northwest, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Southwest, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Southeast, beginning October 2019.

In addition, Greg Reed, Endowment Fund Chair, would like to pass this position on to someone else. Geographic location makes no difference and Greg states this position requires little time.

I'm often asked, "what is a trustee supposed to do?" The short answer I provide is, "make sure everyone in your region is happy." For more information turn to page 46 of the 2018 Membership Directory.  05-18-2019


  • Just a Piece of Wood
    Just a Piece of Wood
    - Innovative and interesting pieces of wood art. Thirty Three Wood Art Sculptures from everywhere found in an email.

  • Cryptococcosis lung disease caused by the inhalation of fungal sporesCryptococcosis is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of fungal spores of two species of Cryptococcus: Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Cryptococcosis effects humans and animals (e.g., Australian koalas). 01/30/2019

  • Almost Extinct Tree Could Provide Powerful Cancer Fighting Properties Almost Extinct Tree Could Provide Powerful Cancer Fighting Properties 01/28/2019

  • Michael Blankenship Wood Turning Demonstration Michael Blankenship was an invited lecturer/demonstrator for the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. 01/12/2019

  • Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It didn't work. Too much pine and not enough saw mills spell years of depressed prices for plantations. 10/11/2018

  • 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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