|Wood collecting is a casual, laid-back hobby.|
Duane Keck, who describes himself as a "Tropical and Temperate Zone Wood Collector" on his business card, told me they hold their annual meeting at Lake Yale every year because of the unique collecting opportunities the area provides for collectors who come from all over North America. I met collectors from Indiana, Oregon, and New York at the meeting, and I'm sure their were dozens of other states and probably some provinces of Canada represented.
Several of the debaters questioned its authenticity on the look of the bark. And they expected me to weigh in. So I just gave them my best concerned scientist nod and a non-committal "It could be holly, but it does look a little fishy." After which I was summarily dismissed as a neophyte, and the debate continued without me.
|The real action begins.|
I only got to spend a couple of hours at the 4-day event, but left wishing I could have spent a lot more time out there. It looked like a great way to unwind and talk about the deeper meaning of wood with a bunch of fine folks. But my traveling buddy was a little itchy to move on...apparently, a wood auction is not quite as exciting as killing zombies in the latest version of "Black Ops 3". So I left, but am resolved to join the IWCS and attend next year's show.
|More interested in Zombies than Zebrawood.|
If you're looking to increase your knowledge of wood and perhaps even beginning your own wood collection, I would encourage you to check out the International Wood Collectors Society. After all, wood is more durable than stamps, and cheaper than gold coins.
Wood collection...it's not just for firewood, anymore.