If you are interested in wood working, then chances are high that you just can’t get enough of different samples or various species of woods, or even the same wood with different graining. Each species of wood is so unique and the warmth that it reflects as having been a living tree is always amazing to view. As a craftsperson, I can only hope to unveil the beauty in each piece I create.
This brings to mind that many wood lovers have a collection. It may be a simple and humble collection of a dozen items or so, or it may be vast and categorized in a volume of hundreds of samples identified with the botanical name. Or, you may not even own a piece, but have an interest in wood and wooden items. What ever your interest and status, I invite you to become a member of the International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS).
The International Wood Collectors Society publishes a journal, World of Wood which features articles, many from members about collecting, identifying, visiting sites, scientific data, and other interests dealing with wood. The membership is global so the contents of each journal can be quite varied. They have organized meetings around the globe so that maybe you can attend one to meet fellow wood people like yourself. There is an auction for fundraising and they are currently looking for donations of craft items to offer to sell or auction to members or the general public. They can also teach you how to start a formal collection and supply samples that you do not already have to add to your collection. This is a NON-PROFIT organization, and donations of wood, wood items or of monetary form are greatly appreciated.
So please visit: http://www.woodcollectors.org and become a member! Your membership will include 6 issues of World of Wood and a great connection to some interesting and knowlegable people. You can tell them member 9241 sent you.
-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe