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
  • 2016 Membership Survey - a detailed PDF document with the break down of the survey has been added to the Members Only section of the website.


  • 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


  • Encouraging Membership

    2016 Year of Encouraging Membership
    - Getting the Word out via Wood Related Shows and Gatherings by Eric Krum#9467 & Mark Peet#9804L.
    In this year of action to increase the membership of the society several of us are working to get word out to the public about the society by participating in wood related shows and gatherings. Results have been positive with many people showing an interest in wood during the show and subsequently joining the society. Setting up an IWCS booth with a display was easy with help from Elaine Hunt and Dennis Wilson. Dennis Wilson recently assumed the job of Show Coordinator, if you know of a show or fair in your area contact Dennis at . Posted 10-28-2016


  • 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 $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: . Posted 10-24-2016


  • Donald E Younglund Donald 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


  • 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. Charles Ray
    Dr. Charles Ray and his work with the Penn State wood collection.
    By Bill Hallman.

  • Wolves in Yellowstone National ParkWolves Introduced in Yellowstone. In 1995, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, along with Canadian biologists, captured 14 wolves in Canada and placed them in Yellowstone National Park, where they had been extinct since 1926. Over the next few years, the number of wolves rose, but that was the least of the changes that took place in Yellowstone. 02/07/2017

  • Trees Need Time To ChillTrees Need Time To Chill. If These Trees Don't Get Time To Chill, Farmers Will Be Out On A Limb. 02/07/2017

  • Mystery Of White Trees Among California's Redwoods May Be Solved. Albino redwoods are white because of a genetic mutation. A researcher in California thinks he might have figured out what purpose the trees serve in the forest.01/22/2017

  • Scientists Work To Bring Back Once-Thriving American Chestnut Tree. The American chestnut tree used to make up a quarter of the forests in the eastern U.S., but disease decimated these trees in the last century. Now there's an effort to restore the American chestnut.01/22/2017

  • Sequoia Tunnel Tree Brought Down by California Storm
    A powerful winter storm in California has brought down an ancient tree, carved into a living tunnel more than a century ago. The "Pioneer Cabin Tree," a sequoia in Calaveras Big Trees State Park, saw horses and cars pass through it over the years. More recently, only hikers were allowed to walk through the massive tree.

  • Monkey Puzzle Tree
    Effective January 2, 2017:
    The entire genus Dalbergia spp. (except for Brazilian rosewood (Dalbergia nigra), which is listed in Appendix I), the three bubinga species of Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, and Guibourtia tessmannii, and kosso (also called African rosewood) (Pterocarpus erinaceus) have been listed in CITES Appendix II and CITES documention may be required for import and re-export of these species and items made from them.

    Also see this PDF document Fish and Wildlife Service

  • Protect Our Forests ForeverHelp protect the health of forests for all, forever. 10/14/2016

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