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 demon-strations, wood and craft auctions, instant gallery, vendor tables, and lectures.

All wood collectors, wood-carvers, 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

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

September 16 - 23, 2018 Conference General Meeting, City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia

Contact: Charles Broadbent ()

More information to come.


United Kingdom
United Kingdom

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United States

Great Lakes Region
Great Lakes States USA


Northeast Region 
Northeast States USA

Northwest Region
Northwest States USA
See Southwest Region

Central Region
Central States USA

Southeast Region
Southeast States USA

February 18 - 22, 2019 Monday thru Friday Breakfast
Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest,
Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Eustis, Florida, USA

REGISTRATION: Elaine Hunt, , 352-726-1717

PROGRAM: Chris Nothnagle, , 434-842-2045

2019 SE Meeting Registration Form

We are halfway through the year and February will be here before you know it and we don't want you to miss out. So start making plans to attend the biggest US meeting IWCS has.

   There will be plenty to do with different types of classes, workshops, technical sessions and demonstrations. Open, hands on turning is always popular. If you have never turned and want to learn or just improve your skills, this is your chance.

   Duane Keck will be conducting his classes on "A Study of Parenchyma for Use in Wood Identification" on Tuesday morning and "A Study of Rays and Pores for Use in Wood Identification" in the afternoon. There will be 37 wood species to examine. Also he will give a discussion on "Bamboo, The Good and the Bad". If you like Nevada Rye's pecan brittle you can learn how to make it yourself. Nevada will be giving a class, with samples.

   There will be plenty of wood to buy either off the mill or at the Wood Auction on Thursday. I am back in the logging business for the meeting. So far, I have sycamore, cherry and plenty of camphor (photo of camphor logs below). Ed Bryant will be there with his Wood-Mizer sawmill, cutting all the logs that will be donated to the meeting.

   The Craft Auction will be on Wednesday evening. Remember that items for the auction are to be hand crafted, homemade, woodworking tools and exceptional or rare wood.

   Don't forget to bring your crafts to display in the auditorium. We have visitors that would love to see your beautiful craftsmanship and so would our members.

   If you have any ideas for the meeting or would like to give a class or demonstration contact me or Chris. Some of our best ideas have come from you.

Camphor Logs
Camphor Logs

Southwest Region
Southwest States USA

September 14, 2018 Friday
Southwest/Northwest Regional Meeting,
Mammoth Lakes, USA - starting at 10am

Friday, Sept 14, at 10 am: The highlight of the trip will take place at a sawmill located a mile or two west of U.S. 395 in the outskirts of Mammoth Lakes, California.

Mammoth is an internationally famous ski area and year round vacation spot.

The owner of the sawmill will demonstrate his sawmill, talk about logging in the area as well as selling his wood to whoever is interested. He has 2 foot wide boards of the exceedingly rare foxtail pine, western white pine, Jeffrey pine, red fir, an 8" X 8" beam of bristlecone pine, and a few other species.

After the sawmill tour, we will meet at 4 pm in Bishop (40 miles away) for trades, sales, talks, and good cheer.

At 9am on Saturday, the 15th, Alan Curtis (IWCS Northwest Trustee) and I will depart Bishop for a tour/hike of the bristlecone pine forest, located an hour away at 10,000' elevation.

There are numerous accommodations in Bishop as well as in Mammoth.

Please RSVP to me if you plan on coming and I'll send directions.

Dave Mouat IWCS Southwest Trustee

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."