International Wood Collectors Society

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Dennis WilsonYou may notice another difference in this issue of the World of Wood. This issue is being printed by a new supplier. Please read the more detailed article in this issue on the March Board of Trustees Meeting and the decisions made there.

In summary, the Executive Committee and the entire Board of Trustees have been focused on reducing costs to make the Society’s finance sheet more balanced. The new printer selected will reduce our direct printing costs by over 30%, improve our World of Wood, make color editing the World of Wood easier and faster and reduce the time it takes to get each issue to our members’ hands.

The elimination of multiyear renewals will plug a deficit that we have for each multiyear membership. It was a good idea when it was originally adopted, around 2002, I recall, but our cost structure is not the same as it was then and now is the time to eliminate that type of membership. Of course, current multiyear memberships will not be affected.

President Elect Mark Duff has accepted the task of investigating automatic translation software to try to reach out to non-English speaking people who share our interests. It is a totally untapped group of people who may become new members. Foreign language WoW would only be available as an online version.

In an effort to reach out to potential new members in the domestic US, Vice President Rick Long has agreed to develop a Powerpoint presentation that any member can download from the members only side of our web site to present to their local civic, school or woodworking group. The more people that are aware of the IWCS the greater the chance some will become members.

I want to announce that President Elect Mark Duff has agreed to host the 2022 Annual Meeting in Texas. This is very fitting since 2022 will be our jubilee year. Cow Creek, Texas is where Harold Nogle held the organizational meeting of the Wood Collectors Society, as it was later named. We want to make our 75th anniversary annual meeting a very special one. Mark has a lot of experience in meeting organization. He and others organized the 50th anniversary meeting. Now Mark has retired, and a lot of his previous support is not available to him. So, he needs help from us to make that meeting a great success. Please take the initiative and reach out to Mark now so he can begin his planning.

We are in need of members to step up and volunteer to represent their Regions as Trustees. We currently need Trustees in the Northwest, Southwest and UK regions. The former Trustees have graciously agreed to remain in office past their official end date. It is not fair to them for no one else in their Region to agree to serve. I have asked the Nominations Committee, headed by past president Gary Green to contact members in those regions to get candidates to agree to run in a Trustee election for the region they live in. If you are contacted, please consider taking a turn to represent your Region. If you would like to see the Trustee’s Roles and Responsibilities, please send me an email and I will send them to you.

Thanks to all that have contributed to our Matching Fund Drive. I am so grateful to those who have contributed, helping us during the past year when we have had to cancel all our meetings and the income they provide. Unfortunately, the rate of contributions has tapered off. If you have not taken the time to make a contribution, please do so now. Any amount will be welcome. It would be great to have a huge number of small contributions to reach our goal rather than hoping for a few large ones. Everyone is working hard to reduce our costs but at this time we need your help to preserve our current financial reserves as much as possible. You can contribute by sending a check, PayPal or your credit card contacting Christine Henning, our Secretary-Treasurer, making a note that your contribution is for the Matching Funds Drive. Thank you.

IWCS Scorecard as of 01 Apr 2021
Number of members: 598 Matching Fund Goal: $17,000
General fund balance: $36,893 Donations to date: $11,183
Average monthly expenses: $3,250 % To Goal: 67.7 %

September 20-23, 2021 Dennis and Tammy Wilson will be hosting the Annual General Meeting on Sept. 20-23, 2021 at the Alpena, MI, Events Complex (A-Plex). Additional information will be posted. Click here for the Alpena registration form.
Sept/October 2021 WOW
Sept/October 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 --*

  • 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 Saturday 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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