Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Meeting Schedule

Carving sessions every Wednesday 12:00 -3:00 pm (Visitors always welcome).  Monthly business meeting - third Wednesday of the month, at 2:00 pm.  Ken-Rock Community Center (North 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.

Weekly Carving Session Time Changed!

Our weekly carving session meeting time has been changed from our Wednesday morning time period to Wednesday early afternoon, noon to 3:00 pm. This was done in an effort to cooperate with Ken-Rock and to eliminate or minimize the problem we have experienced with unexpected building availability. Ken-Rock has found it unsustainable to continue to open and staff the building in the mornings during the Winter, and even the Spring and Fall periods, when they have no other reason than to open and man the building for our club. The new Ken-Rock policy will be to open the building by noon on weekdays. The “bad weather” or “snow day” closings will continue to follow the Rockford Public School 205 closings.

Ken-Rock personnel will open the buildings by noon on weekdays and we will have access to our club meeting room on Wednesdays starting with their noon opening. We have use of the meeting room until at least 3:00 pm. In many cases I assume many members may not chose to arrive during the noon hour; and so I suggest we initially can schedule our monthly membership meeting and “Show & Tell” to start at 1:30 pm with normal programs starting at 2:00pm. The “drawing event” the first Wednesday of each month can also be held at 1:30 pm. I encourage members to plan their day to arrive between noon and 1:30 pm and leave not earlier than 3:00 pm. I believe we have had the room reserved for the time period of 8:30 am to 11:00 am in the past; some members arrived closer to 9:00 am and all leaving about 10:30 am. The new time period will give us a wider time period. The noon starting time will also permit the possibility of better weather and roadway conditions; also possibility of parking lot and sidewalk clearing. 

I hope all our members will be able to adapt to this new time period and find it a pleasant and preferable alternative. This does not preclude our need to continue to evaluate longer term alternatives. I personally do not wish to move at this point in time and want all to consider the real needs of our club meeting location and the benefits of our current meeting location. 

This change of our meeting time became effective Wednesday 6 February 2019. We now meet Wednesday noon to 3:00 pm in our current club meeting room at the Ken-Rock building.

Tyrone Johnsen

Club Activity Schedule

February 6 open carving
February 13 open carving
February 20 open carving and meeting
February 27 open carving

March 6 open carving
March 13 open carving
March 20 open carving and meeting
March 27 open carving

April 3 open carving
April 10 open carving
April 17 open carving and meeting
April 24 open carving

May 1 open carving
May 8 open carving
May15 open carving and meeting
May 22 open carving
May 29 open carving

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


 Class at the Center for Learning in Retirement

Beginning Woodburning This class will cover the basics of the wood burning tool.  It will include instruction on creating fine line detailing and sepia tones of shadowing as well as textures and color.  All burning will be done on a flat board.  Participants will need to have their own wood burner. Instructor Gordy Moscinski  March 5, 7, 12 and 14.  1:00 to 4:00 pm.  RVC Bell School Road


Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal. Caricatures and wooden wearables.  Friday evening 6:00 pm to Sunday at 4:00 pm: February 8, 9, and 10, 2019 $125 (plus whatever cutouts you choose to carve)

All things painting… with Josh Guge. Learn color theory and paint a Woodcock. Friday to Sunday: February 22, 23, and 24, 2019 - $185. Plus a $10 material

Carving Caricatures with Floyd Rhadigan. 60 different roughouts to choose from. March 8, 9, 10, 2019. Friday to Sunday: $185 (plus roughouts: $15 to $55)

Carving Realistic Human Faces in Bark with Alec Lacasse. Friday to Sunday: May 10, 11, and 12, 2019 - $174 plus $25 material fee

Medium Relief Woodcarving with John Engler. Friday to Sunday: May 24, 25 and 26, 2019 - $185 (pre-stenciled blanks are $35+)

The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722
For more information call toll-free 800-397-2278 or go to


Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Annual woodcarving

The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Annual woodcarving show is moving to the Oshkosh Convention Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this coming spring.  Our show date is Sunday May 5th, and our table fees will go up soon on January 1st.  The 2019 show is moving to a great venue that is about a 3 hour drive from Rockford with plenty of parking, a food concession, wood and tool vendors and we already have 33 tables registered.
A club table is only $25 ($30 after January 1st), and entitles six of your club members to have one entry each in the competition for judging.  A regular single artist table is also only $25 ($30 after January 1st), but entitles that artist to 4 entries for judging. 
This year with our move to Oshkosh, we hope to see some BlackHawk carvers here promoting their club and bringing their art to Oshkosh.  Our Show theme is "Everything you need to get started and grow in Woodcarving." We always have many pyrographers too.  Attached is our 2019 Table Registration form and our form for Judging Rules and Show Guidelines as well as a summary of show info.  
In addition, our club is sponsoring five upcoming classes. are in our December newsletter on our website with sign up forms and other information.   Betsy Popp will have a six day class on the Pygmy Owl (Feb. 28, March 1,2, 7,8, and 9).  Lee Belanger will teach a cottonwood bark carving class on a lighthouse (March 14, and 15).  One of your own, Denny Neubauer, of Denny Knife fame, will teach three classes: knife making on May 6th, Sharpening on May 7th, and carving "Little people" on May 8th. Please spread the word to your club and if anyone has any questions they should feel free to call me or send me an e-mail.
Cedric Richeson, Secretary Mid-Wis. Chippers Woodcarving Club. e-mail: tel. 920) 420-1225




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