World of Wood 2015
"Wood Wind". Sculpture by Lester Rishel, Northern catalpa. On display in the Forest Resources Building, Penn State University
World of Wood 2015, the joint annual meetings of the International Wood Collectors Society and the International Association of Wood Anatomists, will be held in State College, Pennsylvania, USA, on the campus of the Pennsylvania State University. The official program will run from Monday, July 20th to Thursday, July 23rd. The IWCS Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Sunday afternoon, July 19th, and early check-in and reception will be open that Sunday evening. Our host tree will be the stately American Elm, Ulmus americana, of which there are many fine old specimens on campus.
The theme of the meeting will be “Back to School!” Attendees will be able to select from a menu the “schedule” of classes and events they would like to attend, and then we will spend the four days “attending college” just like our Penn State students do. The menu of classes will include, among others: wood identification; principles of wood collection, documentation, and organization; IWCS and IAWA history; Index Xylariorium and a survey of its collections; the Penn State wood collection; "My Favorite Wood" demonstrations by the Centre Region Wood Turners; "Wood Sculpting 101" by Earl Deemer; the Penn State herbarium; The American Chestnut Foundation; Society of American Foresters; a series of seminars on wood energy; certified wood marketing; bird-watching; wood appreciation; and forest woodlot stewardship. Many of the classes will have a definite “spousal interest” slant to them, and others will be led by spouses who have other interests.
In addition to and included in some courses will be an on-campus sawmill demonstration; tours of the Fisherman's Paradise trout hatchery, tree and shrub tours of the Penn State campus, an early-morning bird-watching tour led by Dr. Margaret Brittingham; and a sunset tour of the Penn State Arboretum. And for a change of pace, attendees will be able to visit the Palmer Museum of Art at Penn State, the Berkey Creamery; and the Penn State All-Sports Museum.
All classes and tours will be open to all attendees for the single price of registration. Non-IWCS or IAWA members who would like to attend World of Wood 2015 may do so; registration for non-members will include a small additional fee which will be applied to first-year membership in IWCS.
Evenings will be free for attendees to enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of a northeastern university town with all its charm. Of course, there will be our popular craft and specimen auction. Lunches will be served to attendees during the day as part of the registration fee. Breakfast and dinners, as well as lodging, will be left to individual attendees tastes and budgets.