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

IWCS Events by Countries with Active Chapters

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

Only a few more months and February will be here. So, start making plans and get your registration in early. We don't want you to miss the largest meeting IWCS has each year.

Lake Yale,, is on 289 wooded lakeside acres (~115 ha) in central Florida, USA. Hotel style rooms, Maguire Auditorium, which includes all the classrooms, the cafeteria and sawmill are all within walking distance of each other. If mobility is an issue, we have golf carts for our members to use or you can rent your personal golf cart for the meeting. Check the registration form for cost. Come join us and make new friends, see old friends and enjoy all the meeting has to offer.

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

Duane Keck (#9086) will be conducting his classes on "A Study of Parenchyma for use in Wood Identification" on Tues- day 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". Dave Barriger (#6214) will be giving his presentation on "How a Tree Grows."

If you like Nevada Rye's (#1212) pecan brittle, you can learn how to make it yourself. Nevada will be giving a class, with samples. Sharon Baiardi, "Basket Lady", will give her class on basket making. Come join in and make a basket to take home. Sonya Barriger (#6214) will be doing a beading class that is enjoyed by all that attend.

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, sweet gum, cherry and plenty of camphor. Ed Bryant will be there with his Wood-Mizer sawmill, cutting all the logs that have been 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. Let's fill the auditorium with the beauty of wood.

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 come from you.

Lake Yale Grounds
Lake Yale Grounds

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."