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,
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 --*
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Meets Postponed Until Next Year
February 17-22, 2020 The IWCS 2020 Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest at the Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Eustis, Florida, is the most attended US IWCS meeting. This year, it will be held Monday afternoon through Friday breakfast, February 17 – 21, 2020. The registration form is on page 30 of the September-October 2019 World of Wood and on-line at https://www.woodcollectors.org. 05/02/2020
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 by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016
May-June 2020 President's Message
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.
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. 03/11/2020
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 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. 02/10/2020
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! 02/09/2020
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 mdc.mo.gov/seedlings.
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.
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