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Highlights of the February 18 22, 2019 Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest

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John and Gary Size up the Camphor Log

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Gary, the IWCS president cuts in to the crotch. Proceeds from the wood sales go directly into the IWCS operational budget.


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  • IWCS Jan 31, 2019 - Hazards, Planning and Preparing for Working With Wood. 01/31/2019

  • John Hampton

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

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  • Index of Shrubwoods. Index of articles in the WoW of Shrubwood series. - 05-11-2018

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  • Feb 2018 Membership Directory is now available in the Members section of the website. 05/05/2018

  • Jan/Feb 2019 WoW

    January/February 2019 WoW
    journal is now available in the Members section of the website. 11/24/2018




  • 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

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  • 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



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  • 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



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Gary Green-PresidentAs of this writing, having returned from the Florida, USA meeting only 36 hours before, my brain was still reeling with ideas from fellow members and ideas I took to the meet to see if they would be met with support. The RV was mostly unpacked but the truck was still full of wood and items from very successful auctions at the meet.

It may seem mundane to many, but included in my cargo was a piece of corkwood, Leitneria floridana, which is about the size of a walking stick. In my message found in the November/December 2018 issue, you might remember reading that I spent hours researching this species and where it might be found and declared that I wouldn't return home from my next trip without a specimen in hand. So, I'm delighted at my find and will be able to resume my Indiana address. Once I've opened and read the backlog of my mail, I'll get to work on an article about how I accomplished this.

The meet was a wonderful success, thanks to the efforts of several members, but mostly those of Elaine Hunt (#8174) who has hosted and co-hosted this Florida meet several times. Elaine made it clear that she would not host this meeting next year, so there was a bit of pressure for someone to step up. Art Lee (#7984L) agreed to take care of registrations if someone would take care of programs. Next afternoon, I was out for a cruise around the Lake Yale grounds when Eric Oman (#10103) approached to say that he and Art had signed the paperwork to secure the date for next year's meet and said, "Let's just do the program". The "let's" part would be his wife Violet and his neighbor and new member, Don Iverson, and myself. I didn't think fast enough on my feet and agreed to help. I can only hope that the five of us will be able to pull off what Elaine did single-handedly. Look for a write-up on this year's meet to be written by Don's wife, Margie Iverson.

Several weeks ago, Allan Schwindt (#8209L) sent an email stating that I had made a commitment to "Make IWCS Great Again" which was embroidered in white on a red baseball cap that I wore to my "inauguration" at the St. Charles AGM. So, he wanted to know what I was doing to fulfill that promise. I actually have several irons in the fire, but asked what suggestions he had and indeed he had several. We talked on the phone a couple times and settled on one idea for the time being; a "Member Spotlight, Meet Your Fellow Member" series in WoW. Not only did Allan conceive the idea, he agreed to be the chairman of a committee of writers. You'll see more about that on page 4. Thanks Allan!

I won't attempt to name every member who worked IWCS booths at The Woodworking Shows that are held annually in several larger cities in the USA, but I know that Violet and Eric Oman and their crews enlisted several new members at the St. Louis and Kansas City shows, and Don Smith (#9577) recruited several at the Orlando show. This is great but something has been bugging me. We work very hard to recruit new members but little effort is made to make sure our current members are made to feel wanted and not forgotten. Many new members are allowed to fall between the cracks, never to be heard from again. Allan's idea is step one. Eric and I discussed how he will create a list of non-renewing members to be distributed to our Trustees who will contact those members in their respective regions to make sure all is well with them. It seems that too often a member simply forgets to renew, even after three reminders. Soon I will have 2,000 IWCS business cards, pre-printed envelopes and stickers to be applied to the envelope in three varieties: in green, "YOUR MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL IS ENCLOSED"; in yellow, "YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS ABOUT TO EXPIRE"; and in red, "YOUR MEMBERSHIP HAS EXPIRED". Needless to say, we will not give up on a member.

We're looking for someone to host our 2020 Annual General Meeting. If you've given it even a fleeting thought then dismissed it, please give it some consideration then contact me. We have plenty of members with experience in hosting and organizing meetings, so be assured that you will not have to go it alone and start from scratch. I've been in contact 4 World of Wood March/April 2019 with an individual in Puerto Rico who is in the tree plantation and lumber business who has all but begged us to have our AGM there. On the outside it sounds great but there are issues with logistics and safety that would have to be worked out. Also, a meeting in a relatively remote location such as this would likely not be well attended. Dennis Wilson (#2324L), Brian Baker (#4163) and I conferred at the Florida meet and have pretty much decided to go on a fact-finding trip. Picture us in plaid Bermuda shorts and Hawaiian shirts sipping on pink drinks topped with little umbrellas! More realistically, picture us in work clothes digging through piles of logs salvaged from hurricane Maria.

Lastly, at Florida I once again brought up the idea of getting our IWCS presence on the web. We're now nearly 1/5 of the way into the 21st century but still using 20th century means to get the word out. It would take pages to elaborate on this so I'll hold that for later, but I've been in contact with member Eric Meier (#9701) who has a very successful website, the Wood Database, who feels we're being left out and will go by the wayside. I've also talked with a local pro on this, Curtis Smeltzer, who has shared the basics with me and is ready to get started. This is going to be a huge undertaking but Curtis actually prefers that we have volunteers from within do most of the work. I already have one volunteer, Dennis Wilson and another giving it some consideration. In a nutshell, we would begin posting our WoW articles starting with the present and working backwards. Every time someone would click on an article, they would first be greeted with an invitation to join. Other ads that would accompany the article earn us money when the article is viewed. Agree with it or not, it's something that we have to do — that was the consensus with members I spoke with. Unless I get some compelling reason why we shouldn't I'm going to jump into this with both feet!   03-21-2019

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  • Just a Piece of Wood
    Just a Piece of Wood
    - Innovative and interesting pieces of wood art. Thirty Three Wood Art Sculptures from everywhere found in an email.
    02/16/2019


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  • Almost Extinct Tree Could Provide Powerful Cancer Fighting Properties Almost Extinct Tree Could Provide Powerful Cancer Fighting Properties 01/28/2019


  • Michael Blankenship Wood Turning Demonstration Michael Blankenship was an invited lecturer/demonstrator for the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. 01/12/2019


  • Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It didn't work. Too much pine and not enough saw mills spell years of depressed prices for plantations. 10/11/2018


  • World of WoodMembership in IWCS gives you numerous benefits including - World of Wood, a 32 page bimonthly magazine; and Annual Directory of members, and access to wood information and members in some 30 countries on six continents. View a sample issue of the May/June 2018 WOW

  • 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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