Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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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


June 6   open carving
June 13 open carving
June 14  Club Picnic at Baumann Park 3 – 8 pm  (Thursday)
June 20 Knife Sharpening & Use of the Club's Machinery, with Denny Neubauer.
June 27 open carving

July 4  open carving
July 11 open carving
July 18 meeting and meeting
July 25 open carving

August 1 open carving
August 8 open carving
August 15 open carving and meeting
August 22 open carving
August 29 open carving

September 5  open carving
September 12 open carving
September 19 meeting and open carving
September 26 open carving


2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic

The 2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic will be held on Tuesday, 12 June, at Bauman Park in Cherry Valley, Il. from 3:00pm until sunset. Members attending should provide their own meal and may bring a dish to pass. The club will provide water and soft drinks. If members plan on grilling they may use the grills provided at the park, bring your own charcoal and starter. If you have any questions, contact Tony DeVito or Gary Lundquist.

Gary Lundquist

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.

Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

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

2018 Congress Seminar Registration  Maquoketa, IA

5 Day Class : Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15          $225.00
Chris Howard  -  Realistic Human Bust Carving
Janet Denton Cordell  -  Human Figgres, Animals
John Engler  -  Relief Carving and Painting
Vic Hood  -  Carving
a bust in butternut
Leah Goddard  -  Realistic Animal Carving

3 Day Classes: Wednesday, June 13, to Friday, June 15     $135.00
Carole Jean Boyd  -  Carving Santa Bottlestopper
John Guge, Carving & Painting a Rufous Hummmingbird
Denny Neubauer  -  Carving little people
Bruce Shostak  -  A beginners intro to woodcarving
Rick Harney  -  Portrait relief carving
Alec LaCasse  -  Realistic bark carving
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature Carving
Jan Jensen  -  Old world Chip Carving

2 Day Classes: Monday, June 11, June 12     $90.00
Alec LeCasse  -  Realistic bark carving
Jan Jensen  -  Old world chip carving
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature carving
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography

1 Day Class: Saturday, June 16                       $45.00
Denny Neubauer  -  Knife sharpening
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature carving

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The 52nd Congress will be held in Maquoketa, IA, the 2nd full week of June - 6/09/18 through 6/17/18.

The 2018 final schedule will be published closer to Congress.  The following tentative schedule is subject to change; please check back.

Saturday, June 9 & Sunday, June 10

Carry in carvings - times to be announced.  (Tentative times: noon-5:00 Saturday, noon-4:00 Sunday)


Monday & Tuesday, June 11 & 12

Closed Judging - showroom closed to all but IWC Board and volunteers


Monday, June 11 through Saturday, June 16

Seminar sessions:  Doors open for instructors at 7:30 am.  Students not admitted until 8:00 am, to allow instructors time to set up for the day, etc.


Wednesday, June 13

Show setup - showroom closed to all but IWC Board and volunteers

Thursday, June 14 and Friday, June 15

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 5:00 PM

Five and Three Day seminars in their last day


Saturday, June 16

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 5:00 PM

Saturday classes start at 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM

Judges Critiques Session 1:00 PM, in the back of Pearson Hall

Annual Awards Banquet, Pearson Hall  (Cash bar 5:00 PM, Dinner 5:30 PM)


Sunday, June 17

Competition Showroom open 10:00 AM thru 4:00 PM

Annual Membership Meeting, 10:30 AM, same area as Judges Critique

Judges Critiques Session 12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM, same area as Saturday

Silent Auction bidding closes at 2:30 PM, held right in the Competition Showroom

End of Show; carvings are released for pickup at 4:00 PM (Not before, so please don't ask).


Monday, June 18

Show breakdown and clean-up - volunteers welcome!


All carvings not picked up will will be re-packed, labeled and taken to the Woodcraft Shop for return shipping.  Please remenber that shipped-in carvings must have a prepaid return shipping label if they are to be returned by the same carrier.

All other items and displays related to the show must be cleaned out and returned to storage.  Anyone still in town that can help the Board of Directors and local carvers with the process, please come to Pierson Hall at at 8:30 AM.   Clean-up is usually done by noon; any and all help is greatly appreciated.


A few notes concerning the seminars:

  • We are fortunate that both seminar areas have concrete floors. We are asking everyone to police the area where they’re carving at the end of each day. That should keep the chips down to a reasonable level. On Friday when all the seminars wrap up, a thorough cleaning of all the seminar areas is necessary. Don’t think that “someone else will do it”. Everyone is responsible for the cleanup. 
  • If you are using a carving stand that sits on the floor, please bring something to set it on, like a carpet remnant or rubber pad. If you are clamping a holding device to the table, you need to cushion that also. We need your cooperation to make a good impression in order to be invited back for years to come. If you are going to be standing for most of your carving session, we recommend bringing some sort of floor mat to stand on for your comfort. You also may want to bring a comfortable chair to sit on unless a folding chair works for you. 
  • If your instructors are going to be painting or staining, we asked them to make sure the tables are covered very adequately in order to protect them. Please be very careful during the painting sessions to avoid any spills. 
  • Lunch is available daily!!! There is a snack bar located right in Pearson Hall. They will be open from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM daily to serve your lunch needs. You can’t get any handier than that! They will be serving sandwiches (Sloppy Joes, BBQ Pork, Chicken Salad, Polish Sausage, Hot Dogs), Pizza Slices, Soup, Nachos, Chips, Ice Cream Bars, Candy, etc. etc. The menu will vary somewhat daily. 
  • Lighting is not the best so you have to adjust accordingly. Bring your own supplemental lighting as well as a power strip and an extension cord. Please do not complain about the lighting; do something about it by bringing your own!
  • The two building we use are air conditioned!  Are you hot blooded? Cold blooded? It’s hard to regulate the air-conditioning to suit everyone. More than likely it will be cooler than warmer, so if you chill easily bring a sweatshirt, sweater or whatever. 

Mail In Carvings:

Ship mail-in carvings to The Woodcraft Shop, to arrive between May 14 and June 7.  Ship to: AWC, Ltd. c/o The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St., Bettendorf, IA 52722.   See packing recommendations on the Competition page to help ensure your carving arrives intact.

Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop - August 14 - 17, 2018

Wes Spadgenske will be leading a class in carving Lady Slippers, the state flower of Minnesota.
Dan Haack will teach carving caricatures and wood spirits.
Bob Harris will be painting and carving a Baltimore Oriole.
Larry Stenzel will be teaching Wood Burning Basics.
Dave Kublank  will teach a class in spoon carving.
Gordy Moscinski will teach a beginning carving class.
Denny Neubauer will be making a knife, a tin can forge and carving little people.
Elaine & Fred Stenman will be back to lead a class in low relief woodcarving.
Greg Wirtz will teach relief carving and will have multiple patterns to choose from.
James Thalacker will teach how to carve and burn a rainbow trout in basswood.
Lee Belanger will teach a class on carving a basswood "Whimsical Gnome Home".
Dorothy Huse and Sylvia Kendzior will be teaching a variety of gourd art.

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