On Sunday, the St Louis area IWCS members went to Grafton, Illinois and toured Knotty By Nature Hardwood, a specialty wood shop with a large selection of common and exotic live edge slabs, lumber, antiques, and beautiful wood products, most pieces designed and handcrafted by veterans and cancer survivors.
Owner Dan Bechtold took the time to show us all around. I’m not sure how he multitasked like he did, as he took time out here and there to make a few sales! His shop was under water for 42 days May through June of this year. It was hard to believe, but the water lines on the windows told the story for sure.
His resin coated tabletops including the walnut burl that was out of a creek bed for over a hundred years, cedar, eucalyptus, monkeypod, and the walnut top with the gorgeous pearl white river were all showstoppers just to name a few.
We ended the day with a late lunch at Beasly Fish just down the road.
Many thanks Garry for setting up this event, we all had a wonderful day. We had 16 members and 2 guests in attendance. Thanks to everyone for the great turnout with just one week notice!
We held our meeting in the Raceview Complex at Charleville race track which has three excellent rooms with plenty of space to set up displays , sample swaps, auctions etc.
Our program included inspection of a wide range trees on Maryvale Station Morven including, Mulga, Emu Apple, Bowyakka, Poplar Box, Wilga, False Sandalwood, Native Orange and Silver Iron Bark to name a few. Local attractions in Charleville include Royal Flying Doctor Service Base, WW2 American Air Force Base near RFDS Hanger and School of Distance Education (incorporating School of the Air)to name a few.
October 5th - 9th, 2015 AustralAsian Conference and IWCS Australian Meeting on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
August 22, 2015 Northwest Chapter Summer Meeting - at Raymond, Washington.
We met at the home of John Hampton and Marlynn Jenkins at 10 am. John is a wood turner and has a brand new shop that he was proud to show us. Marlynn is the NW Chapter Treasurer.
July 20 - 23, 2015 AGM Northeast Meeting - held in State College, Pennsylvania, USA - on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University.
May 8 - 9, 2015 Northwest & Southwest Meeting - at the Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon (between Grants Pass and Cave Junction, on Hwy. 199.
October 22-27, 2014 AustralAsian Annual Regional Meeting - was held in Naracoorte, South Australia. The title of the 5 day event is Kanawinka, the aboriginal meaning 'Land of Tomorrow'. Kanawinka is the name of Australia's most extensive volcanic province of which the lower South East of the South Australia is a part.
October 14-21, 2012 AustralAsian Annual Meeting Busselton, Western Australia, located in the south west of Western Australia, in the Top 10 plant diversity areas of the world. The town is built around the Vasse and Wonnerup Wetlands, listed as Wetlands of International Importance for its water birds. Hosted by Charles and Lalleen Broadbent, retired forestry educational officer, and the rapidly growing group of Western Australian IWCS members.
June 23, 2012 NW Region Spring Meeting & Wood Auction at the Adna Grange, Adna, Washington
19 May, 2012 Jacksonville Regional Meeting, Wright Township Fire Department, Midland, Indiana Located on Highway 59 South of Jacksonville, Indiana. Bill & Myrtle Cockrell or Herb Stough and Don Lawson, meeting coordinators.
October 15, 2011, Great Lakes Gateway Meeting at Springfield, IL by Dan Schmoker.
October 8 - 10, 2011, EuroAfrica Regional Meet, Nevers, France. The meeting was held at the residence of Jean-Claude Cerre, 38 Rue de Chailloux, 58000, Nevers, France. Nevers is situated about 2.5 hours driving time south from Paris.
August 6, 2011 Saturday, Central Regional Meeting at Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri
June 4, 2011, Saturday, Sawmill Days Great Lakes Regional Meeting at Bob Chastain's home, Great Lakes Region.
May ??, 2011, McCauley Spring Picnic at The McCauley Project, a 1000 acre non-profit area for nature in Kampsville, Illinois on the Illinois River just off the confluence of the Mississippi, Missouri, and Illinois Rivers.
May 21, 2011, Saturday, at Jasonville Regional Meeting, Wright Township Fire Department, Midland, Indiana - Bill & Myrtle Cockrell or Herb Stough and Don Lawson, meeting coordinators.
May 7, 2011, Saturday - Northwest Spring Meeting at Adna Grange in Adna, WA.
April 9, 2011 Saturday. The Southeast Region had a half-day meeting hosted at the US Naval Academy Museum (Preble Hall) in Annapolis, Maryland. We toured the Ship Model Shop and learned about some of the building and restoration projects.
April 3, 2011 Sunday - Central Region Meeting at Woodcraft Store, 2077 Congressional Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.
September 4-5, 2010 IWCS EuroAfrican Region Startup Meeting - The first meeting of the IWCS EuroAfrican Region took place at the home of Dieter Becker in Neuwied, Germany.
August 15-20, 2010 Annual Meeting at the Ridgecrest Conference Center, near Asheville, North Carolina. Feature presentations included Special Guest Speaker, Bobby Goodson, star of the Swamp Loggers program on the Discovery Channel.
May 15, 2010 Jasonville Regional Meeting, Wright Township Fire Department, Midland, Indiana on Highway 59 South of Jasonville, Indiana. Registration started at 8 am. Registration fee of $9.50 per person was collected for morning coffee and doughnuts and a delicious country meal prepared and served by the men and women of the Wright Township Fire Department. A sawmill was onsite along with craft and other wood related displays. A wood auction as well as a craft and miscellaneous wood craft auction was held.
March 26-28, 2010 Red Gum, Buloke and Red Wine—Revisited, Naracoorte, South Australia. An interesting three day program. Trips included visits to Alaman where 1500 trees were planted in 1999, Yugilbar, the home of David and Sandra Williamson, Yallum Park, Penola, the Rymill winery, then Mount Gambia and the famous slopes of the Leg of Mutton Lake and of course the beach house of Neville Bonney at Carpenters Rocks and the wood turner/sculptor Kelvin Freer—all in three days.
February 17-21, 2010 Winter Woodfest at Lake Yale, Florida. Hosted by Manley and Elaine Hunt.
The Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center located between Leesburg and Eustis Florida has 289 wooded lakeside acres. The facility has Hotel style rooms and an RV park with full hook-ups. The two multipurpose wings of the Maguire Auditorium were used for classes, demonstrations, and meetings. The Auditorium was used for Craft displays, wood specimen/samples, registration desk, and activity area.
October 3-8, 2009 Australasian Regional Annual Meeting, Ravenshoe, Queensland, Australia. Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland, situated on the Great Dividing Range some 50 kms inland from the coast. This unique setting affords Ravenshoe an environment which encompasses World Heritage Eucalypt forest to the West.
September 12, 2009 Great Lakes Regional Meeting - was held at the home of Bob and Judy Chastain, 3904 E. SR. 234, Ladoga, Indiana. 47954. Registration began at 8:00 a.m. EST. Demonstrations from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. Fried chicken was served for lunch and a wood and craft auction took place after the meal.
May 16, 2009 Spring Mid West Regional Meeting - Wright Township Fire Department, Midland, Indiana on Highway 59 south of Jasonville, Indiana. A sawmill was located onsite along with craft and other wood
related displays. - by Herb or Jaqueline Stough.
April 11, 2009 Saturday, Spring Meeting - Adna Grange Hall, Adna, Washington. There was the usual events plus distribution of five lesser-known woods.
October 11-15, 2008 Australasian Annual Meeting "Botanica—Adelaide" Belair, South Australia. Spent Sunday at the Highfields Wood Show and in the evening at the Goolwa and Victor Harbour. Tuesday Adelaide Botanic Gardens, etc. Wednesday small workshops and auction.
August 27-31, 2008 INTERNATIONAL WOODFEST at Hocking College Campus, Nelsonville, OHIO and organized by Mark Johnson. Many members enjoyed the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway that traveled from the college to Logan and back.
May 17, 2008 - IWCS Spring Midwest Regional Meeting at the Wright Township Fire Dept., Midland, Indiana on Hwy 59 South of Jasonville, Indiana. A sawmill was located on site along with craft and other wood related displays. Several demonstrations along with a wood and craft auction was held.
May 10th 2008 Spring Meeting at Westonbirt, 'The National Arboretum', Nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire, England GL8 8QS. The Arboretum is situated on the A433 approximately 3 miles south east of Tetbury. Westonbirt, part of the UK Forestry Commission, is well known to many of our members and the following quote is taken from their website:
"Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. An historical collection of over 3,000 different trees and shrub species many of which are rare or endangered in their native lands. Covering six hundred acres, the arboretum is an inspiring place to relax, get back to nature and indulge your senses."
It is home to one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world, celebrated not only for its diversity of species but also its maturity and unique planting style. Set out over 600 acres the Collection now holds around 3,000 taxa (different kinds) and over 15,500 individual specimens, many of them very rare, or the largest of their kind in the country.
May 2-4, 2008 Regional Woodfest at the Holiday Inn, Lake George N.Y. Theme; "Wood and the Adirondacks".
February 20-24, 2008 Winter Woodfest at Lake Yale Conference Center, Florida. Hands on classes, demonstrations, technical sessions, Ladies classes, wood and craft auctions, sawmill on-site and evening entertainment.
Jan. 12, 2008 - Northwest Regional Winter Meeting at the Antique Powerland Museum located at 3995 Brooklane Road NE, Brooks, Oregon 97303.
Australia Meeting at Neerim on November 14-17 2007. Eugene Dimitriadis and Victorian members organized the meeting at Neerim, Australia. Neerim is just north of Warragul and is located in a beautiful lush green part of Victoria-it's just beautiful all the time. The theme was "Forests and History of West Gippsland". Meeting was at the Algie Community Hall. Highlights included a barbeque on Wednesday evening; a variety of outings; a wood auction; and the Gippsland Grand Wood Show on Saturday, including an IWCS exhibit.
IWCS United Kingdom Meeting, October 6, 2007 hosted by Terry and Pauline Sawbridge at Shareshill. Ken Southall gave a talk and demonstration on sharpening edge tools (planes, chisels, scrapers, etc.) and Terry showed how he produces custom-made wooden portholes, now in demand by boatbuilders for enhancing the fibreglass hulls on most new boats.
IWCS Northwest Regional Meeting, September 22, 2007 in Florence, Oregon. The day began at the Davidson Mill site about 10 miles east of Florence where attendees were given a demonstration of making baseball bats on their NCR Lathe. The finish of the turned bat was excellent and each bat turned was precisely to planned dimensions. Click the link for more information.
IWCS SE Regional Meeting February 7-11, 2007 started the collectors' year off with a bang. February 7 through 11, wood fanciers descended on the Lake Yale Convention Center near Eustice, FL, for a round of demonstrations, the wood and craft auctions, and a lot of happy conversation with old friends. It's safe to say, a good time was had by all.
IWCS Midwest Regional Indiana Meeting Sept 9th 2006 at Jerry and Grace Humphreys' farm near Rockville, Indiana, was the scene of another successful Indiana "Hoosier" Midwest Regional meeting. Over 95 members and guests enjoyed the Humphreys' hospitality, the delicious food, and the interesting and educational demonstrations. Rodney Humphreys' tour around the farm was a special treat. The farm not only grows corm but a large variety of many native tree species as well.
IWCS Toowoomba Australia Woodfest Aug 30-Sept 5, 2006 at the James Byrne Centre, on the crest of the Great Dividing Range (a natural bush setting). Onsite accommodations included twin bedrooms with basin, common bathroom facilities on each floor. From Sept. 6 through Sept. 21, an optional tour by rail and road visited such destinations as the Queensland gem fields, a cattle and sheep station in the outback, and the Great Barrier Reef. The trip included many opportunities to view Australian trees, and even to collect local woods.
IWCS Mid-West Regional Meeting May 20, 2006, at Wright Township Fire Department, Midland, Indiana, Highway 59, south of Linton and Jasonville. There was a sawmill on-site, a craft auction, and demonstrations.
IWCS United Kingdom Branch Meeting May 6, 2006, Saturday, at the home of Ken and Pauline Southall, at Nettlestead, Suffolk.
IWCS Southeast Regional Meeting March 18, 2006, Saturday, at Fork Union Military Academy in the Middle School Gymnasium. One day local Meet with registration from 8:00-9:00, exhibits and demonstrations from 9:00-12:00, Craft and Wood Auction from 1:30 till finish. The Academy is 17 miles south off of Interstate 64 on Route 15 from the Zion Crossroads exit. Zion Crossroads is about 18 miles east of Charlottesville, VA.
IWCS SE Regional Meeting February 8-12, 2006 started the collectors' year off with a bang. February 8 through 12, wood fanciers descended on the Lake Yale Convention Center near Eustice, FL, for a round of demonstrations, the wood and craft auctions, and a lot of happy conversation with old friends. It's safe to say, a good time was had by all.
IWCS United Kingdom Branch Autumn 2005 Meeting October 8, 2005 was held at Bodenham Arboretum at Wolverly, Kidderminster, Worcestershire. The arboretum has been awarded National Heritage status and also a Centre of Excellence by the Forestry Authority. Over 2,700 species of trees and shrubs are well labeled and landscaped within 156 acres. U.K.
IWCS NW Regional Meeting September 17-18, 2005 its first Woodfest at the home of Judi and Allan Schwindt at Silver Lake, WA. With space for RVs, motor homes, and campers, we had a very enjoyable weekend. Don Avery, our past Chairman, brought his Wood-Mizer, and Bill Tarleton, (newly elected IWCS Trustee) from Lafayette, CA, brought his equipment designed for quarter-sawing lumber with a chain saw.
IWCS Annual Meeting & North Country Woodfest August 7-11, 2005 was held at University of Wisconsin at Madison, Wisconsin. Fellowship, tours forests, early logging sites, etc.
IWCS Great Lakes Region Spring Meeting May 21, 2005 was held at Wright Township Firehouse, Midland, Indiana (4 miles south of Jasonville on Road 59). Coffee and doughnuts at 8 a.m., noon lunch, woodworking demonstrations, craft and wood auctions.
IWCS United Kingdom Branch Spring Meeting May 21, 2005 was held at Shareshill, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdom.
IWCS Southeast Region & Winter Woodfest Meeting February 2-6, 2005 was held at Lake Yale near Eustis, between Ocala and Orlando, Florida. Displays of crafts, wood auctions, field trips, recycled-wood contest, presentatiohns, etc.
IWCS Northwest Region Winter Meeting December 4, 2004 was held at Fisher Grange, Vancouver, Washington. Catered lunch, displays, distribution of the Northwest Tegion's Lesser Known Species Project (since 1993!), and program.
IWCS Northwest Region Autumn Meeting October 2-3, 2004 was held at "The Barn" Center, Bandon, Oregon. Driftwood collecting, breakfasts both days, dinner Saturday, craft displays, business session.
IWCS Australia Region Meeting September 10-12, 2004 was held at Daylesford Victoria Caravan Park, Ballan Road, Daylesford in central Victoria, Australia. Daylesford area is in central highlands of Victoria with a history of aborigines, mining and timber-getting. Meeting held in clubrooms of Daylesford Football Club, Victoria Park. Sample treading, auction, evenings of fun, tour of local forests and features.
IWCS Southeast Annual Meeting & Woodfest August 26-29, 2004 was held at Shocco Springs Conference Center near Talledega, Alabama - in the foothills of the southern Appalachian Mountains! Tucked away among the dominant oak and pine trees are motel-like rooms, each with two double beds and private bath, campground with RV hookups, and dining and meeting rooms.
IWCS Northwest Region Summer Meeting July 10, 2004 was held at World Forestry Center's Magness Memorial Tree Farm near Wilsonville, Oregon. They had a catered lunch, displays and program.
IWCS United Kingdom Branch Meeting May 8, 2004 was held at Ken and Pauline Southall's home in Nettlestead, Suffolk, England. Activities included a pen turning demonstration by Ken Southall, segmented-bowl demonstration by Terry Sawbridge, wood exchange, talks between members, and wood-identification contest. They even had 2 California visitors, the Tarletons, who enjoyed their very first IWCS meeting and the Southall's hospitality for the night.
IWCS NW Regional Spring Meeting April 3, 2004 was held at Grange Hall, Adna, Washington. There was a catered lunch, displays, business session, and auction.
IWCS SE Regional Meeting & Florida Winter Woodfest February 4-8, 2004 was held at Lake Yale Convention Center, Eustis, Florida.
IWCS NW Regional Winter Meeting December 2003 was held at Fischer Grange Hall, 814 N.E. 162 Avenue, Vancouver, Washington. Catered lunch, craft and wood displays, fellowship and much more.
IWCS United Kingdom Branch Meeting October 11th 2003 was held at Ted & Pat Ingle's home at Radcliffe-on-Trent in Nottinghamshire, England. The day was fine and pleasantly warm for early6 October, allowing many members to enjoy the green turkey oak (Quercus laevis) bench-making demonstration organised by Richard W#ilson with the help of Hugh Jenkins.
In addition, there were demonstrations on using the drawknife and some unfamiliar tools. Both Richard & Hugh actively help to preserve Pepper Wood in Worcestershire. If any IWCS member would like more information about the woodland and the activities that go on, try visiting its web site http://pepperwood.info/ for pepperwood.info.
Other activities included a talk by Bob Goddard on unfamiliar hardwoods used in antique Chinese furniture, and Ken Southall gave us an excellent demonstration on parquetry techniques; the end result was a chess board made from cherry and walnut veneers, ready for glueing.