International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters


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Future Wood Meetings

One of the of best ways to share your experiences with and/or learn more about forests, trees and their wood from botanists, dendrologists, wood collectors, woodworkers, and other wood lovers, is to attend a local, regional, or international meeting (also called "woodfest") of the Society.

Members and guests come to hear or see programs about wood, talk about wood, view demonstrations on woodworking, tour interesting woodlands and/or wood-related operations, and choose from hundreds of wood specimens at the auction.

If a meeting in your area is not listed below, please volunteer to host one - you can learn the procedures from experienced hosts listed on this page. Meetings can be planned on a small scale. Even so, do not be surprised if members from other countries attend your meeting.  IWCS members include botanists, dendrologists, wood technologists, wood collectors, wood workers, and people who just admire the beauty and versatility of wood. Everyone is welcome to join us!

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IWCS Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes States USA

September 5 - 8, 2017 Great Lakes AGM Meeting - Farmstead Inn Conference Center in Shipshewana, Indiana USA.

2017-agm-registration.pdf

Great Lakes Meeting Photo Time is moving right along and the 2017 IWCS Regional Meeting will be here before we know it. The date is Tuesday, September 5th through Friday, September 8th, 2017, and will be held at the Farmstead Inn Conference Center in Shipshewana, Indiana ( www.Farmsteadinn.com ). Lodging is available at the Farmstead Inn at a discounted rate for the convenience of those attending the meeting. Be sure to mention IWCS when making your reservation. Additional lodging options include: Super 8 ( www.super8shipshewana.com ) and the Van Buren Hotel ( www.thevanburenhotel.com ). Continental breakfast is offered at each of these locations and all are conveniently located near the conference center.


Campground options are: Shipshewana Campground North Park (shipshewanacampgroundnorth.com) and Shipshewana Campground South Park (www.Amish.org).

Davis Mercantile - a unique shopping experienceAttendees are responsible for making their own reservations for lodging. Lunches are not provided and will be up to the individual to arrange. There are many nearby eating establishments to accommodate everyone's taste.

Evening meals will be arranged and reservations and payment will be part of the registration process. One of those meals will be an Amish home-cooked Thresher's meal at an Amish home. This will be an opportunity to ask questions you may have regarding the ways of the Amish and their traditions. A meal enjoyed together at a local Shipshewana restaurant will also be an enjoyable time. Friday evening's meal will be followed by a 70th Anniversary Cake for dessert and a time for reminiscing and celebrating IWCS's 70 years.

A local attractionPlans are underway for this to be an informative, interesting and fun- filled time with a saw mill on site, wood demonstrations, craft classes, member displays, a craft auction, items for sale and of course a wood auction. Be sure to bring items to share. Free time will be available to enjoy the surrounding attractions: one of the largest Flea Markets in the mid-west, the Hudson Auto Museum, Amish transportation and sightseeing - the horse and buggy.Menno-Hof, and an Antique Mall ... just to name a few and all within walking distance of the conference center.You may want to come early or stay longer since you will not see everything in the few days of our meeting.

Hope to see you in September 2017. Watch for more specific details.


IWCS Events by Countries with Active Chapters

AustralAsian
Australia Click map image above for Google Map of area
New Zealand map
Click image for enlarged map of New Zealand

September 4 - 11, 2017 Northland Conference, New Zealand.

Aukland, New Zealand

Program Details

Registration Form

I have attached a map of the North Island with my view of what I think might interest you:
• general – hobbits, museums
• arts – galleries, buildings, installations
• wood or timber – craft and arboretums
• places of significance to New Zealanders

At the conference venue I will have brochures or more detail on each of these places of interest.

New Zealand Places of Interest - PDF file.



Canada
Canada

United Kingdom
United Kingdom
 
EuroAfrican

Africa
  Click on map image to enlarge



United States

Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes States USA

September 5 - 8, 2017 Great Lakes AGM Meeting - Farmstead Inn Conference Center in Shipshewana, Indiana USA.

2017-agm-registration.pdf

Great Lakes Meeting Photo Time is moving right along and the 2017 IWCS Regional Meeting will be here before we know it. The date is Tuesday, September 5th through Friday, September 8th, 2017, and will be held at the Farmstead Inn Conference Center in Shipshewana, Indiana ( www.Farmsteadinn.com ). Lodging is available at the Farmstead Inn at a discounted rate for the convenience of those attending the meeting. Be sure to mention IWCS when making your reservation. Additional lodging options include: Super 8 ( www.super8shipshewana.com ) and the Van Buren Hotel ( www.thevanburenhotel.com ). Continental breakfast is offered at each of these locations and all are conveniently located near the conference center.


Campground options are: Shipshewana Campground North Park (shipshewanacampgroundnorth.com) and Shipshewana Campground South Park (www.Amish.org).

Davis Mercantile - a unique shopping experienceAttendees are responsible for making their own reservations for lodging. Lunches are not provided and will be up to the individual to arrange. There are many nearby eating establishments to accommodate everyone's taste.

Evening meals will be arranged and reservations and payment will be part of the registration process. One of those meals will be an Amish home-cooked Thresher's meal at an Amish home. This will be an opportunity to ask questions you may have regarding the ways of the Amish and their traditions. A meal enjoyed together at a local Shipshewana restaurant will also be an enjoyable time. Friday evening's meal will be followed by a 70th Anniversary Cake for dessert and a time for reminiscing and celebrating IWCS's 70 years.

A local attractionPlans are underway for this to be an informative, interesting and fun- filled time with a saw mill on site, wood demonstrations, craft classes, member displays, a craft auction, items for sale and of course a wood auction. Be sure to bring items to share. Free time will be available to enjoy the surrounding attractions: one of the largest Flea Markets in the mid-west, the Hudson Auto Museum, Amish transportation and sightseeing - the horse and buggy.Menno-Hof, and an Antique Mall ... just to name a few and all within walking distance of the conference center.You may want to come early or stay longer since you will not see everything in the few days of our meeting.

Hope to see you in September 2017. Watch for more specific details.

 

Northeast Region 
Northeast States USA


Northwest Region
Northwest States USA

Central Region
Central States USA

Southeast Region
Southeast States USA

April 22, 2017 Virginia Meeting – Jean Sumner's Nautilus Shell house 5900 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Riner VA 24149 USA

When: April 22, 2017, 9:00 until 5:30 (or when the auction is over)

What: Auction of the contents of my barn and basement now full of burls, lumber, and small chunks of domestic and exotic species as well as turning and general woodworking tools. The sale will benefit the IWCS as well as help me prepare to move.

Cost: $10.00, includes lunch

Jean Sumner's Unique Spiral HomeCome to my home in southwest Virginia to see my unique spiral home modeled after the chambered nautilus shell. Built by my husband, Lloyd, and me, the house contains hundreds of species of wood, almost all cut on our own Wood-Mizer sawmill. We gathered the quartz for the chimney from the ridges flanking the Little River, a tributary of the New River. Although the house has been a labor of love, it is time for me to move on, and I need to empty my woodturning shop, my basement and my barn before putting the house on the market.

Wood AuctionI hope you will come help me and IWCS by participating in this wood and tool sale, sharing a day of camaraderie with others who love wood, and visiting my special home before it is sold. Plus, there will certainly be bargains. Among the items to be sold are a log of Brazilian rosewood, cut and imported decades ago; chunks of cocobolo, ziricote, bubinga, lignum vitae, and more; stacks of walnut, cherry and oak lumber cut on our band mill in the early 1990s; black cherry and red maple burls; and lots of bits of unusual species from the US, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. Some special pieces, on which I retain a reserve, will be sold through a silent auction. Proceeds from all other wood sales will go to the IWCS.

Wood AuctionIf you want to make a weekend of it, contact me for suggestions about restaurants, as well as the local music scene, wineries, hiking and other activities nearby (or google the New River Valley. We have a famous old time music event at the Floyd Country Store on Fridays (come do some flatfooting!), the Blue Ridge Parkway and Virginia Tech all within easy touring range.

Wood AuctionPlan to stay Friday and Saturday nights at The Pine Tavern in Floyd, Virginia, just 20 minutes from my rural home. David and Robin are holding a few rooms for us for April 21 and/or 22, but only until March 15, so don't delay making your reservations. www.thepinetavernlodge.com There is also the Hotel Floyd, and a variety of chain motels in Christiansburg. Those who are staying over may want to go to dinner as a group on Saturday. One option is Buffalo and More in Riner, serving a variety of dishes from their own local bison. There are other good choices for dinner in Floyd, Christiansburg and Blacksburg.

Rates at the Pine Tavern Lodge where all rooms are really suites: King, $93.50; 2 doubles, $88; Larger, fancier accommodations including a 2 bedroom cottage ($137) are also available at this time, but are not being held.

I need a little advanced notice of who is coming in order to plan for food and parking. Please pre-register by contacting me at , 540-382-1974, or 5900 Chestnut Ridge Rd, Riner VA 24149. Checks can be made out to Jean Sumner. Directions and more details about the area when you register. Feel free to email me with questions.

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Southwest Region
Southwest States USA



Other Events of Interest

   


Statement on IWCS Liability for members traveling to Society activities
(As found in the December 2003 issue of World of Wood )

The following, written by an attorney, and reviewed in 1998 by the Board of Trustees, has been edited so the information applies to all meetings, wood collecting trips, tours, and other IWCS activities, domestic and international.

"The International Wood Collectors Society has limited resources and cannot afford a liability insurance policy. Therefore, anyone who attends an IWCS meeting, and/or any pre-meeting and post-meeting activities, by attending such events and activities hereby agrees to the following: "

"1) Travel has risk and those who attend meetings and any related activities assume any and all risks involved, including, without limitation, the risk of bodily injury, death and/or property damage; and 2) To release the IWCS and its officers, trustees, employees, and agents, including the meeting hosts, trip coordinators, and leaders from, and agree not to sue any or all of them on account of or in connection with any claims, causes of action, injuries, damages, costs or expenses arising out of attending the meeting and any related activities, whether or not caused by the negligence or other fault of the IWCS."