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Dennis WilsonOur Publication Chairman, Willem Hurkmans, and his team have been working very hard to try to ensure our World of Wood is delivered in a timely manner. In the past, much of the delay in delivering the World of Wood was due to a lack of material that the editor had available. If each capable person would consider authoring an article or even contacting Willem with your ideas, he can assist and guide your creation of an article. With your help we can have a reserve of large and small articles from a wide swath of our membership representing many interests which will assist Mihaly in completing a balanced issue in a timely manner.

I have also reached out to your Trustees for their assistance on another matter. All of our membership application forms have our former Secretary Treasurer, Patti Dickherber’s name, address and phone number on them. Rather than throwing all the remaining applications away I would ask that each member contact their respective Trustee and let them know how many of the old applications you have. Once we understand how many applications are in question, we will send out corrective labels with our current Sec. Tres’s contact information, to each member to update their application forms. I would also ask each member to strike out the line in the paragraph above the address that shows Patti’s telephone number.

This will allow us to:

1. Have a uniform looking application form

2. Prevent the waste of destroying the old application forms and save the cost of printing new ones.

3. Let us know approximately how many application forms we currently have, so we can prepare to print new ones when necessary.

I am excited and encouraged by the participation and generosity of our membership in our Matching Funds Drive. In the two previous issues you became aware of our Matching Funds Drive. Despite very little advertising, we are at 62% of our goal. Thank you to many of our Life and Honorary Members who were notified in their annual contact letter and in response to the previous notices in the World of Wood for donating funds. If you have not made a donation please consider doing so. This past year has been a financial hardship for many in the world, but for some the financial picture did not change that much. If your situation was such that you didn’t go to a meeting you normally would or are just in a position to send a donation, no matter how large or small, the IWCS can use your support. Just send it to our Sec. Tres. Christine Henning payable to IWCS and make sure you make a note that it is for the Matching Funds Drive. Thank you.

I am hopeful that 2021 will see a return to a more normal time, and the desire to get out to participate in and attend the Annual General Meeting as well as regional meetings. This will help us make up for the cancellation of all our meetings in 2020. Great Lakes Trustee, Bob Chastain, is already planning a regional meeting at his home in Ladoga, IN on 01 May ‘21. I hope to see many of you there. I and my committee are reviving the 2021 Annual meeting to be held in Alpena, MI on 20-23 Sep ‘21. Please note the dates have changed a little. The Ramada Inn of Alpena has informed me that they will no longer have conference space or meals available (see preview and registration of pages 30-31). We have secured another beautiful facility very close to the Ramada that everyone will enjoy. Come and enjoy the fall colors of northern Michigan and help make this meeting one to remember.

IWCS Scorecard as of 31 March 2021
Number of members: 594 Matching Fund Goal: $17,000
General fund balance: $32,610 Donations to date: $10,523
Average monthly expenses: $3,250 % To Goal: 62%

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.

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.


March/April 2021 WOW
March/April 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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