International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

In response to the requests of wood collectors, the International Wood Collectors Society endeavors to supply wood specimens of 80 species. Prepared specimens measuring 0.5 x 3 x 6 inches are available in kits containing up to 44 specimens. Whether used for studying wood structure or identification, these specimens will prove to be a valuable resource of information to collector, tradesman, craftsman, teacher, or hobbyist alike. Specimens are shipped in a padded cardboard box and are numbered to correspond to the list below. Also included is an eight-page wood identification bulletin with an identification keys and photos. Click link: pdf/wood_specimen-list-06-2020.pdf

Welcome to IWCS - Advancing Information on Wood Since 1947

September 23-26 2020 AGM in Alpena, MI at the Alpena Ramada

Due to the current concerns about Covid-19, the AGM meeting in
Alpena has been postponed until next year.

Please check back for additional information.

Alpena Michigan AGM


The October 26 - 31, 2020 Australasian IWCS Conference and Annual General Meeting at the Adelaide Hills Convention Centre has been postponed to 2021.

Regional Trustee Ian Heffernan and meeting organizer, Ron Allen, have rebooked the Adelaide AGM for the 18 - 22 October 2021.

Hope to see you then!

Australasian AGM


The February 15 - 19, 2021, IWCS Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest

Monday thru Friday Breakfast

Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center near Eustis, Florida, USA

Program - Don Smith: 352-636-5253,

Registration – Elaine Hunt: 352-726-1717,

Plans are moving forward for the meeting, even though things are uncertain at this time. I know the meeting is 7 months away and we are all hoping there is not a new serge of Covid-19 this fall or winter. Lake Yale ( is finally open and they are taking every precaution to keep everyone safe. The other concern with the pandemic, are members going to feel safe traveling to and staying at Lake Yale.

Don and I will keep you posted on developments as they come to light.

Here are some things to look forward to:
  • A workshop by Chris Nothnagle, don’t know what he has in mind yet, but as we all know, it will be good.
  • Kris Troyer will give a class on making a small note pad holder.
  • Jack Blakeman, how to make a violin.
  • Sharon Baiardi, the basket lady will be back.
  • Ed Herst, wood identification/dendrology
  • Franck Johannesen, wood turning demo’s. Platter and the use of dessicant beads for drying. Vortex bowl.
  • There will be open, hands on turning for those that want to learn or improve their skill. Learn from a fellow member.
  • There will be plenty more to do with as Don gets more members to volunteer. If you have any ideas or would like to give a class, workshop, demonstration or technical session be sure to contact Don.

The registration form will be in the Sep/Oct issue of WOW and on the web site in August.

Stay Safe and Hope to See You in February!!!

WOW May June 2020 May/June 2020 WOW Journal is now available.

Greetings to all IWCS members.

More and more information is coming to us every day about the spread of Covid-19. But my main concern is the safety of each and every one of you.

We all know what to do to protect ourselves. I for one am staying home and I know a lot of you are doing the same. Even though we are to practice social distancing, there is no reason we have to cut off friends, neighbors and family. Now is the time we need each other, especially the older folks. We can phone, text, email and even video chat to each other on our phones or computers. If you do venture out to the grocery store, see if a neighbor is in need of anything. If so, you can leave it outside their door and they can get it once you leave. Your smallest gesture of caring could brighten someone's day.

Oh yes, don't forget to wash your hands.

Until this is over, please watch over each other, help when you can and remember to pray for all of us, wherever we may be.

God Bless You All,


Elaine Hunt

1st Past President IWCS



Request for vouchered chestnut samples to assist with a joint American Chestnut Society and Pennsylvania State University research project. *-- Letter from Chuck Ray --*

  • Meets Postponed Until Next Year
  • IWCS Jan 31, 2019 - Hazards, Planning and Preparing for Working With Wood. 01/31/2019

  • Jim Zoellner

    Jim Zoellner
    . Masterpiece in the Making. Garry Roux started a "friendly" competition between Bob Dickherber (member 8719) and Jim Zoellner (member 8364). At last count Bob came in with 7000+ pieces against Jim's 5251. Jim went back to work. It was never Jim's intention to let it be known what he was working on,however, here we are.... Now see his completed masterpiece... 06-29-2020


  • Making Wood Chips
    Making Wood Chips

    Display of wood crafts at the First State Woodturners (FSW), woodturning display at the Delaware State Fair. Submitted by by Eric Krum. 08-17-2019

  • John Hampton

    John Hampton Article in PDF format - taken from WOW Journal. 03-13-2019


  • Now available, Southern African Wood (ISBN 781920217587, Briza Publications, Pretoria, RSA), authored by former IWCS members Stephanie Dyer (#9380), Danielle James and Barry James (#9381). It is a fully illustrated guide to the properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species. A handful of leather-bound collectors editions remain for $140.00 US dollars plus shipping and handling, and the standard hard cover books are $46.60 US dollars plus shipping and handling. These are discounted 20% for IWCS members. Non-members will be charged $168.50 + S&H for the collectors edition and $57.57 + S&H for the standard. Each copy will be signed by the authors. All copies will be shipped from Pennsylvania, USA. Reserve your copy today by contacting our Northeast Regional Trustee, Mark R. Peet. E-mail: . Updated 05-25-2018


  • IWCS Wood Specimen Kit order form with instructions for selecting and ordering wood specimens from IWCS. Gary is a professional Urban Forester/Sawyer and takes great pride in preparing high quality wood specimens, all properly seasoned, clean, well milled, free from dirt and defects and accurately identified and labeled. As of 08/06/2018


  • Guide to Wood Microtomy
    Guide to Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016


I can imagine that regardless of where you live on this wonderful planet you are being bombarded with news about COVID-19, both bad and good. In Indiana, USA our governor has imposed a stay at home order with travel only to essential stores and services permitted. As a homeowner and woodworker, I adapted quite well to the order. In the last couple of months, I have processed every bit of wood destined for wood specimens — thousands of them. They are now all cut, sanded, labeled and re-shelved in alphabetical order. My for sale list increased from 17 to 27 pages. I never had to leave my shop and my letter carrier will pick up orders.

Spring has arrived and brought with it dozens of outdoor tasks. An amateur woodworker/full time landscaper contacted me stating that she was laid off and I immediately put her to work cleaning flower beds, trimming hedges and bushes, mowing the lawn and mulching. I’m in the process of removing dirty gravel from my driveways and applying new limestone. Soon I’ll have a lawn to be proud of. I go to bed happy but tired — certainly not lonely and depressed.

Then we have the September AGM in Alpena, Michigan, USA to look forward to. The board and I are already working on proposals for the business meeting. Northern Michigan will be beautiful with fall colors on display. Christine and I plan on going on the self-guided lighthouse tour and make the ferry trip to Mackinac Island — no cars on this Island. If you haven’t already done so, send in your registration. Dennis and Tamara Wilson have been hard at work with preparations. Be assured that if it becomes necessary to cancel the meet, you will be fully refunded.

The business of the IWCS continues as usual. Final preparations for the new Directory are underway and the 2020- 21 budget has just been approved. Dennis Wilson will take the helm as President at the September AGM. Rick Long #9978 from Alabama will run for Vice President, unopposed unless someone else has interest. Rejean Drouin, #6683 has stepped in as our new Canadian Trustee. Thanks, Rejean! This leaves us in urgent need of two positions: President Elect and All Mail Auction Coordinator. It is also past time to come up with a venue and hosts for the 2021 AGM. Please contact me or your trustee if you have interest; we will be happy to provide you with details.



  • What's New in Woodworking
    What's New in Woodworking.

  • Aussie Firefighters Save World's Only Groves Of Prehistoric Wollemi Pines
    Aussie Firefighters Save World's Only Groves Of Prehistoric Wollemi Pines.

  • 60000 year old forest underwater
    Scientists uncover 60000 year old forest underwater
    and think its preserved trees may help pioneer new medicines.

  • Australia Burns
    The fires in Australia as the world knows are enormous
    , damaging to all life here and they are ongoing.

  • Know Your Trees
    Delight in the splendor of spring trees at Rowe
    — their bark, their buds, the beginnings of new leaves and flowers—and learn to know them by name!

    Please join me as we get to know trees across a range of scales, from cells to forest ecosystems, and through expanses of time. You will learn about the identifying characteristics and growth processes of trees, and explore what makes this sense of “knowing” feel so potent, so vital—how learning names and practical facts can open a window into deeper understanding and connection. When the weekend is over, you’ll be able to walk through a typical forest and actually know what you are seeing.


  • Omi Center in Ghent New York The Omi Center in Ghent, New York, has wood paneling salvaged by the Hudson Co. from mushroom farms. (Hudson Co.) Sawkille Co., based in Rhinebeck, New York, salvages tree trunks, turning them into stump tables and seating. They can be bleached, stained or custom dyed. (Sawkille Co.) 03/09/2020

  • Bodgers Ball 2020Bodgers Ball Feb 2020
    We will be holding the second annual US Bodgers Ball to be held on June 26-28, 2020 in Wisconsin. It will be a fun time of green woodworking, chairmaking, spoon carving, blacksmithing and more and we would love to have you attend.

  • Spotted Lanternfly
    Questions about Spotted Lanternfly 
    Get the answers to the most frequently asked questions about spotted lanternfly, including their damage to plants, how to manage them on your property, and what you can do to help!

  • Seedling Order Form
    Seedling Order Form inside.
    In the September 2019 issue of the Missouri Conservationist is their 2019-2020 George O. White State Forest Nursery Seedling Order Form. For more information and to order seedlings online, visit

    Orders are accepted online September 1, 2019 thru April 15, 2020. (no phone orders are accepted) Check out the online catalog for all available seedlings.

  • IWCS Student Membership Application now includes the "student friendly" rate of $15 USD per year.

  • IWCS Wood Data Sheets. Listings of all ever published.

  •  Charles David Ray, Ph.D.Penn State Wood Pro News by Charles David Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Forrest News from Wood Pro Resources. Updated 04/06/2017

  • Wood blog Forest wood, timber, lumber, biomass, energy wood, pulp wood, wood furniture, wood buildings, and anything else woody you can think of. Because, well, wood is good. And you'll agree if you visit Go Wood every so often. So, read... enjoy... comment... share... and Go Wood! Updated 10/18/2018

  • Searchable index of articles published in the last nine years. As of 03/06/2011

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