Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Carving Club Events

Meeting Schedule

Carving sessions every Wednesday 8:30-11:00 am (Visitors always welcome).  Monthly business meeting - third Wednesday of the month, at 9:00 AM.  Ken-Rock Community Center/Sacred Heart Academy (large dining/meeting room)  3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois 61109     map and directions

At our meetings, carvers often bring in work they have finished.   We all get  to see and appreciate their results.  Friends and spouses of carvers are especially welcome to visit and meet carvers.

Club Activity Schedule

February  7 open carving
February 14 open carving
February 21 meeting & a demo by Gary Curl on Scandinavian Carved wooden spoons
February 28 open carving

March  7 open carving
March 14 open carving
March 21 meeting & the Art of relief Carving by Roger Benedict
March 28 open carving

April 4  open carving
April 11 open carving
April 18 meeting
and Painting wood carvings by Gordy Moscinski
April 25 open carving

May 2 open carving
May 9 open carving
May 16 open carving and meeting
May 23 open carving
May 30 open carving

The Values of Relief Carving

“For the March business meeting on the Values of Relief Carving by Roger Benedict.  A visual journey about the history and related issues to create a relief carving will be presented.  This presentation will not cover any demonstrations, but will focus on many points of information to encourage the appreciation of the art of relief carving.”

Roger Benedict

Classes at the Center for Learning in Retirement

Beginning Carving  Being able to create the figure of an animal, person, boot, hat or other object from a block of wood provides a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to beat. This 6-week course will provide participants with the ability to carve many different objects with their own personal touch. Class members will be charged $20 for wood blanks,. Carving tools will be provided for the first session and tools for purchase will be available (approx.). Gordy Moscinski has 25+ years of experience teaching students of all ages. Tuesdays February 6 thru March 13 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Place: RVC Bell School Road Center, room 2.  Fee $35.00

Your First Woodcarving  Join us for your first experience of woodcarving and take home your completed rosette carving. A $5 materials and tools fee payable to the instructor covers all needs for this class. Enjoy the thrill of woodcarving with direction from a wood carver with 25 years of experience. NOTE: For beginner carvers only!  Instructor is Don Stansfield. Monday April 16 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Place: RVC Bell School Road Center, room 2.  Fee $15.00

Carving Books With Carving Blanks Kits

Don Stansfield will have the book First Projects for Woodcarvers by Larry Green and Mike Altman with woodcarving blanks for the book's projects available as a kit for $30.00.  The projects are carving a boot, dog, and nativity.  Prices for individual items are: Book $12.00; Boot $2.25; Dog $3.00; Nativity $20.00.  This is a good beginner's book with good information on wood, tools, sharpening and good projects. 

He will have a similar kit available in the near future with the book Carving Small Characters by Jack Price.  This book has projects that are good learning experiences and a lot of fun.

Learning Seminar

 Michigan Wood Carvers, May 21 through 25, 2018 at the fairgrounds in Midland, MI 6905 Eastman Ave, 48642. 17 instructors.

Wayne Barton, Chip Carving advanced
Gary Bityk, Architectural fantasies in cottonwood bark
Carol Jean Boyd, Cyprus Knee carving
Doug Evans, Beginning Carving
Gary Falin, Charicature carving/hand
Dave Stirling, S. W. Owl-power
Leah Goddard, realistic animal, carve and paint, hand and power
Chris Howard, Native American/ power carved
Dick Lamphier, Realistic cariature; expressions and details/hand
Brenda Lodermeier, Wood burning
Floyd Rhadigar, Caricature carving
Dave Sharp, Realistic animal
Fred & Elane Stenman, Shaoolw relief/wood burning/painting
Bob Thurston, Caricature carving
Debbie Edwards, Realistic animals
Bruce Henn, Caricature carving

Michigan Wood Carvers website is


Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal
Friday Eve 6:00 pm to Sunday at 4:00 pm: February 16, 17, 18, 2018
$125 (plus cutouts, approx. $9 to $15)

All Things Painting with Josh Guge
Friday to Sunday: February 23, 24 and 25, 2018 - $185

Carving Caricatures with Floyd Rhadigan, Caricature Soldiers
March 9, 10 and 11, 2018.  Friday to Sunday: $185 plus roughouts: $15 to $55

Carving Fur,Hair and Curly Beards with Joe Land
Friday to Sunday: May 11, 12and 13, 2018 - $185 (+ a $24 material fee)

Medium Relief Woodcarving with John Engler
Friday to Sunday: May 25, 26 and 27, 2018 - $185 (prestenciled blanks are $35+)

Realistic Bird Carving and Painting with Josh Guge, Vermilion Flycatcher
Friday to Monday: September 14, 15, 16 and, 2018 - $270.00 + a $20.00 Material fee

The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722



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