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

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 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.


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

Central Region
Central States USA

Southeast Region
Southeast States USA

FEBRUARY 19-23, 2018 - Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Eustis, Florida, USA

Program: Elaine Hunt, , 352-726-1717
Registration: Patti Dickherber, , 314-740-6593

2018-se-regional-meeting-registration-form.pdf Registration Form.

It's time to register for a fun filled meeting. February will be here before you know it.

For those who have never been to Lake Yale, you are in for a surprise. The grounds are beautiful, 289 lakeside acres, and everything is within walking distance. You can park your vehicle and not get back in it until time to leave. The accommodations are hotel-style rooms and there is a RV campground with full hook-ups. If mobility is a problem, there will be a couple golf carts for your use or you can rent your own. Check the registration form for the price.

Don't forget, the days of the week have changed. Monday will begin early with setting up and registration starting at 9 am. Rooms will not be ready until after 12:00, but that shouldn't stop us from getting the meeting started. There will be something to do that afternoon. Friday will be the last day with breakfast and any packing up and cleaning that needs to be done, we have the building until 12:00 noon.

Be sure to bring your items for display! We have talked to people about the meeting all year. The visitors and new members want to see the wonderful woodworking that you have done. Let's try to fill the auditorium; we don't want people leaving disappointed.

Beautiful SunsetDave Barriger will be giving a turning demo you will not want to miss. From start to finish, he will turn a 30-inch (~ 75-cm) platter that will be placed in the Craft Auction upon completion. Chris Nothnagle will be back with a workshop and you will leave with a scotch tape holder you have made. Joe Sanders will be turning mushrooms in his demo. Eric Oman will be leading a workshop on making a cutting board.

Sonya Barriger will be giving one of her beading classes and Pam Munger will be back with her laminated bookmarks. Christine Henning will be giving a chip carving class. This is your chance to learn something new and have fun in the process.

John Davis will be returning to entertain, teach you to carve, and sell you the tools you need to get started. Get ready for the Egg-A-Scope, Jack LaForge is bringing back his class and space is limited. Sign up at the registration desk ($25.00 fee for materials). There will be hands on woodturning for those who want to learn to turn.

Robert Ritchie will be conducting a class on "How to Collect and Press Plant Specimens Related to Preparing ID Vouchers for Wood Obtained in the Field". Robert will also be doing a craft class on making a mobile. He is asking everyone to bring small pieces of wood, driftwood, copper wire, feathers, small stones, etc., that can be used in the mobile. Sounds like a lot of fun.

I have a couple other things up my sleeve that I know you will enjoy. So, come on down to the meeting and see what they are.

Ed Bryant will have his Wood-Mizer sawmill running and there will be plenty of wood to buy, either directly off the mill or at the Wood Auction on Thursday. To purchase wood, you must pay the $40.00 registration fee and the $10.00 Lake Yale fee.

The Craft Auction will be on Wednesday evening. Donations for the auction should be handmade and woodcraft items, woodworking tools, WoW collections, and exceptional or rare wood.

The Recycled Wood Contest is again on the schedule and Garry Roux will be there with the Silent Auction.

There is still a lot of planning to do and a schedule to fill. If you would like to give a class, a demonstration, or if you have any ideas, contact Elaine. Let me know what you would like to see, hear about, and do while at the meeting.


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."