International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

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 AGM Meeting

Annual AGM Meeting

Central Region
Central States USA

August 22 - 26, 2018 Annual General Meeting,
St. Charles, MO.

2018 AGM in St. Louis MOThe AGM for 2018 will be held in St. Charles, MO at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

There will be wood demonstrations, wood and craft auctions, instant gallery, vendor tables, and lectures.

All wood collectors, woodcarvers, woodturners, wood crafters and wood lovers are invited!

2018 AGM in St. Louis MOSt. Charles is a beautiful historic city across the Missouri River from St. Louis. It was also one of the starting points for the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the stomping grounds of Daniel Boone. There is great shopping in Historic St. Charles and beautiful trails and parks for walking. Please mark your calendars to attend this meeting.

More info to follow. Visit our website at or our FB page at "IWCS St. Charles MO Annual General Meeting 2018" and coming editions of World of Wood.

2018 AGM Registration Form

AGM Meeting Schedule

Graeme Briton from Australia is looking for a roommate for the St. Charles, MO AGM in August. His contact info is

For more information:

Wes Kolkmeier 314-359-4127

Patti Dickherber 314-740-6593

IWCS Events by Countries with Active Chapters

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United Kingdom

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United States

Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes States USA


Northeast Region 
Northeast States USA

MAY 13, 2018 - Northeast and Southeast Regions are co-hosting a one-day meeting on Sunday at the Wharton Esherick Museum in Malvern, Pennsylvania just west of Philadelphia and adjacent to the Valley Forge Historical Park.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the meeting has been cancelled.

The meeting will include:
  • Tour of the Studio & Museum
  • "Identification of woods used by Wharton Esherick" by Dr. Chuck Ray from the Pennsylvania State University
  • Tree Identification walk on the Esherick Estate led by Mark Peet, a former USDA Forest Service Forester
  • Wood specimen and craft displays (some items will be available for sale)
  • Class on turning a Lidded Box by Eric Krum
  • A wood and craft auction

Register for the meeting here:

Wharton Esherick has been called the link between the Arts and Crafts Movement, the dean of American craftsmen and the foundation of the current Studio Furniture Movement. On awarding him its gold medal for Craftsmanship, the American Institute of Architects noted, "He led, not followed, the Scandinavians." His legacy lies not in establishing a style, his designs were too unique, but in pioneering the way for successive generations of artists working in wood to exhibit and market their original, non-traditional designs.

Esherick's interest in wood began in 1920 with the carving of simple representational designs on frames for his paintings. This led to carving woodcuts - he carved some 400 blocks, illustrating nine books - and carving on furniture. In the early 1920's he began sculpting in wood, then considered solely a craft medium. By 1926 his sculpture was being exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and he began construction of an organic, Arts and Crafts style studio. The tour will include his home and office shown below.

NE & SE regional meeting

He created furniture that would pass as sculpture, and sculpture that functioned as furniture, bridging the gap between art and craft. His early furniture was shaped after the parts were assembled, providing a sculptural flow from element to element. His wooden works span the fifty-year period from 1920 until his death in 1970; from the organic forms of the Arts and Crafts period, through the sharp edged crystalline shapes of Expressionism to the curvilinear free-forms for which he is best known. He welcomed commissions for one of a kind furniture and interiors, not for the income but for the joy of creating new, exciting forms for everyday uses. His mind worked (he would have said played) constantly at solving the design and functional problems. Esherick's work is on display in the museum.

NE & SE regional meeting
Come join in the fun and the chance to learn about trees and wood of Pennsylvania on 13 May 2018. Arrive on Saturday and make a weekend of your trip. Some of the local attractions:

  • The Center for Art in Wood []
  • Valley Forge Park []
  • Philadelphia is about 20 miles away (Eat a cheese steak, visit the Liberty Bell!)
  • American Helicopter Museum []
  • American Treasure Tour []
  • The John James Audubon Center []

IWCS meeting starts at 0900. Parking is limited at the museum (1520 Horseshoe Trail Malvern, PA 19355) and the Farmhouse (¼ mile away at 2175 Diamond Rock Road Malvern, PA 19355). As part of the registration fee, coffee, bottled water, and donuts will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be provided around noon at the Farmhouse. Lodging and other meals are on your own.  Non IWCS members are invited to participate in the meeting. Visitors not registered for the meeting but interested in bidding during the wood and craft auction, must pay a $5 fee for an auction number.

Visit the Wharton Esherick Museum web site for more information.

DATE AND TIME: Sun, May 13, 2018 - 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT

Address: Wharton Esherick Museum, 1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA 19355

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IWCS meeting starts at 0900. Parking is limited at the museum (1520 Horseshoe Trail Malvern, PA 19355) and the Farmhouse ¼ mile away. As part of the meeting registration fee, coffee, bottled water, and donuts will be provided in the morning, and lunch will be provided around noon at the Farmhouse. Lodging and other meals are on your own. Non IWCS members are invited to participate in the meeting.

Nearby Hotels:
* Extended Stay America 300 S Morehall Rd, Malvern, PA 19355 (610) 240-0455 OR
* 400 American Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (610) 962-9000
* Valley Forge Casino Resort 1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (610) 354-8118
* Springhill Suites 875 Mancill Mill Rd, King of Prussia, PA 19406 (610) 783-1400
* Residence Inn 600 W Swedesford Rd, Berwyn, PA 19312 (610) 640-9494 OR
* 10 General Warren Blvd, Malvern, PA 19355 (484) 899-7800

Northwest Region
Northwest States USA

Central Region
Central States USA

Southeast Region
Southeast States USA

Southwest Region
Southwest States USA

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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."