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!
You are all invited to come back (or to come for the first time) to experience our renowned "Hoosier Hospitality" at the 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of IWCS, September 16-19 (Monday -Thursday) in Shipshewana, Indiana, USA. Roger and Lynn Pletcher # 8016 will host this year's meeting, as they did so ably two years ago. The AGM this year will feature several new tours and more choices of hands-on activities and educational opportunities.
The management and staff at The Farmstead Inn and Conference Center are providing even more space for us this year. They are happy to welcome us back; and have commented on the friendliness and thoughtfulness of those "woodnuts" who attended the AGM two years ago.
Shipshewana and environs is home to one of the largest Amish/Mennonite communities in America. Each summer tourists from around the world come to experience the culture, food, and craftsmanship of these industrious , largely agrarian folks who settled here about the time of America's "Civil War" (sorry, "War between the States" for our southern friends).
Monday, Sept. 16 we will assemble and spread out our examples of woodcraft skills and experiments for others to examine and gain new ideas. After the evening meeting there will be opportunities to visit our friends while enjoying cider and doughnuts.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, Gary Green's WoodMizer will be making piles of sawdust as logs are deconstructed to make the boards and other chunks for the wood auction to be held on Thursday. Bring your own logs to be sawn, knowing that the wood sale is a major fundraiser for IWCS. The traditional silent auctions will provide you with an opportunity to bid on exotic woods and other items useful in your woodworking and wood collection activities. Bring your surplus wood and related items to donate for the silent auction. One of the new tours planned for this year will allow you to observe how upscale carriages are made and embellished. These ornately decorated showcases of fine Amish craftsmanship are in sharp contrast to the deliberately "plain" style of buggy for general use within the Amish community.
For those of us who choose to remain at The Farmstead Inn and Conference Center there will be demonstrations of woodworking skills, as well as several craft classes where you can choose to make bangle bracelets, wooden rings, paraffin balloon luminaries, pinecone trees, or felted wool wreathes to take home with you. A local herbalist will present an extended discussion about trees and herbs useful for producing soaps, salves, and oils, as well as the use of plant and tree materials for culinary purposes. As a result, we might end up looking at trees in an entirely new way. Finally, this will be the inaugural year for the annual IWCS apple peeling contest. Bring your favorite sharp knife and lots of patience to see if you can make the longest continuous peel from one apple.
The Tuesday evening meal (for those who signed up for this at registration) will be in nearby Topeka, IN at The Carriage House. This will be a "Threshers " meal served family style and prepared by the Amish family who owns the farm where the meal is served.
As you can tell, there will be plenty of time for visiting and for interesting activities.this year. The time will pass all too quickly before the final meal is enjoyed and a group picture is taken to serve as a reminder of our attendance at yet another successful AGM. Y'all come back, you hear?
IWCS Events by Countries with Active Chapters
AustralAsian Click map image above for Google Map of area Click image for enlarged map of New Zealand
October 14th - 19th 2019 IWCS AUSTRALASIAN CONFERENCE Meeting based at Ibis Styles in Eaglehawk, Canberra, Australia. 06/21/2019
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."