International Wood Collectors Society

A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters

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Dennis WilsonGreetings IWCS members. My name is Dennis Wilson, I assumed the Presidency of the IWCS at the close of our annual business meeting in September. I know many members do not know me, so I thought I would provide a brief summary of my history with the Society. I joined the IWCS in 1977, 43 years ago. I have served as All Mail Auction Coordinator, Secretary Treasurer, Vice President, President Elect, President Archivist, and now, President for the second time. You can see my history with the Society is a long one.

At this year’s annual meeting we all learned that the Society’s general operating fund would be out of money in February, 2021. The Board of Directors made the difficult decision to withdraw $25,000 from our Endowment Fund to use for continued operations. This will sustain the Society, as it currently stands, until the end of the fiscal year, 31 May 2021.

Some of our members have risen to this challenge. Bill Cockrell, who handles the physical mailing of the World of Wood to all members, paid the entire postage cost for one mailing out the previous issue of his own pocket as a donation. Gary Green, our Past President, has paid to have our Membership Directory printed. Our sincere thanks to these members for their donations.

We also have a couple members who have made a major commitment that we are using to begin a Matching Funds drive. Please see the introductory article on page 11 in this issue. The Society’s largest expense is providing the World of Wood to our members. I believe the journal we currently receive is the best it has ever been. My thanks and congratulations to Willem Hurkmans, the Publications Chair, Mihaly Czako, our editor and all of our Associate Editors for a wonderful job. We do not want to see changes to our journal but that may be necessary in the future. Please join the momentum to supplement our income with a matching donation.

As I begin my term I want to keep, you, our membership apprised of our current status as a group. I am starting what I call our Score Card that will have basic facts that affect our Society. These basic numbers will allow all members to see and understand how we are doing.

IWCS Scorecard as of 31 October 2020

  Number of members: 594 Matching Fund Goal: $17,000
  General fund balance: $26,279 Donations to date: $450
  Average monthly expenses: $3880 % To Goal: 2.6%



September 22-25, 2021 Dennis and Tammy Wilson will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22-25, 2021 at the Alpena (Michigan) Ramada Inn. Additional information will be posted.

The Richland Library (Columbia) is starting up the STEAM educational library program series again, online, virtually. Richland Library is starting with a program about Herbaria (scientific plant specimen repositories) hosted by the Curator of the U of SC Herbarium (Columbia, SC, USA). One does not have to have a library card; you are able register as a guest. To register, go to and click "Register" and then on the page it brings you to click "Continue as a Guest" and fill out the required information. An email address needs to be provided in order for you to access the program on Zoom. Adults can attend as well as children and if anyone has any questions, please send email to ( If the registration limit (25) has been reached, please sign up for the waitlist and send an email to We are able to accommodate an extra 30 participants as silent observers using the provided email. See also the attached copy of the Instagram post, where you can follow us.
Come learn about basic plant identification and what a herbarium is.


January/February 2021 WOW
January/February 2021 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 --*

  • May 01, 2021 Great Lakes Region
    Bob and Judy Chastain are planning a one-day Great Lakes Region meeting on 01 May 2021 at their farm in Ladoga, IN. The meeting will begin at 9:00 am. More information will be posted. Questions?


  • September 22-25, 2021 Dennis and Tammy Wilson will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Sept. 22-25, 2021 at the Alpena (Michigan) Ramada Inn. Additional information will be posted.


  • Other Meets are Postponed Until 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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