International Wood Collectors Society

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Dennis WilsonWith this new year it is my hope that we all have confidence to make plans to attend our two large meetings this year. If you have not made plans to travel to Lake Yale please contact meeting organizer Don Smith. It may not be too late to make those arrangements. The Lake Yale meeting is always a pleasant time with great displays, classes, demonstrations and lots of wood to bid on. This year there will be some wood that was gathered by Yale University during World War II to be tested by Yale for use as substitute war materials. The supply lines were cut from Africa and Asia so woods used by the military were not available. The remaining wood was made available to the IWCS and was sold in the early 1960s. The wood is from Central and South America and are difficult to obtain now. The wood is donated by the estate of Alan Bugbee who was one of the original sales organizers. It is a great opportunity.

If you cannot attend the Lake Yale meeting some of the same wood will be at the 75th Anniversary Meeting of the IWCS in Texas, November 2022. This meeting is being planned by President Elect Mark Duff along with some of his former co-workers. It is shaping up to be a meeting worthy of our 75th Anniversary. Look for further information including the meeting registration form in upcoming World of Wood issues. Now is the time to begin planning to attend.

In this year’s budget we projected that we will need 2-3 local meetings to bring our budget into balance. Those local meetings are always a great time and offer a chance to obtain some wood and member craft items in the auction. Now is the time to plan to host a meeting this coming year. No matter if you have never hosted a meeting before just contact your local Trustee or myself and we can help guide you. That is my personal plan for this year, and if I can do it you can also.

Late last year we separated the positions of Secretary and Treasurer to reduce the work load of the combined jobs. Now, all dues renewals and new memberships need to be sent to the Treasurer, Judy Miller. If you do not remember and send renewals to Secretary Christine Henning, it will only delay the processing of your renewals. If you do send your membership renewals to the wrong person be assured that it will be processed.

This month will be the end of the Matching Fund Drive. I and the rest of the Society am grateful to all those that donated to this fund. If you remember at the start of the Matching Fund Drive we had several very generous donations to help the Society make it through a year that we could not have any fund raising meetings. Even though the donations were large we could not operate the entire year without taking money from our Endowment Fund. This was the reason to create the Matching Fund Drive to provide an avenue for our membership to step up and support the Society in a material way. While we did not meet the original goal we came to about 90% of the goal. That is excellent. Thanks to all who helped out in a difficult year. Of course if any would like to make any more donations please send them to Judy Miller and note they are for the Matching Fund Project. We will keep track of them but will not be reporting in our Scorecard in each issue.

Note to Contributors
Please submit articticles as you complete them. They could be placed into future editions so each edition will present a balance of topics. Last minute changes before February 15 for the March/April 2022 issue.

"Note from Don Smith:
The SE Winter Meeting at Lake Yale Florida has been confirmed and will proceed as scheduled on February 14 - 18, 2022. Lake Yale has extended our registration due date to Jan. 3, 2022. Now is your last chance to get registered and join us for a great time with friends and making sawdust together again."
IWCS Scorecard as of 30 September 2021
Number of members: 552 Matching Fund Goal: $17,000
General fund balance: $38,508 Donations to date: $ 14,150
Average monthly expenses: $ 3,642 % To Goal: 83 %

IWCS Website Update

You may have noticed that the IWCS website has remained somewhat static over the past year. The website has been undergoing an update, with a majority of the current content transitioning to the new site. The format change will hopefully make it easier to edit and add announcements. The testing and changeover is occurring in late November or early December. You will receive a notice in December 2021 from Dennis Wilson asking you to log onto the new site and establish your members only access to view the World of Wood and member directory archives. The upgrade is a work in progress. If you see omissions or errors, please let me know! Thanks! Art Lee #7984L


Jan February 2022 WOW
Jan/February 2022 WOW Journal is now available in Members Only.
IWCS Directory September 2020
IWCS Directory September 2020 is now available in Members Only.

January/February 2021 Members' Listings and Requests is now available

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

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 --*

  • September 20-23, 2021 Dennis and Tammy Wilson will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Sept. 20-23, 2021 at the Alpena (Michigan) Ramada Inn. Additional information will be posted.


  • February 14-18, 2022 Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Eustis, FL. Early registration is recommended by November 1, 2021. registration form

    Well, we missed having a 2021 SE Regional meeting. Here is your chance to see old friends and make new ones in 2022. Escape to sunny Florida, USA from the colder regions of the world! We plan on having great crafting and woodworking demonstrations, raffles, daily silent auctions (rare woods, tools and supplies), and the Monday - Friday wood auction. Buy custom cut slabs, boards or bowl blanks straight off of the portable mill. Find rare wood specimens. Talk (and purchase directly) with crafters and wood artisans. Take a morning off to shop at the farmer's market and flea market. Get some fresh seafood in the nearby town of Eustis. Lake Yale (accessible from the meeting facility) is a fishing and bird watching paradise.
    Hope to see you there!"


  • Other Meets are Postponed In 2021
  • 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


  • 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


  • 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.

  • 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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