Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XVIII, Issue 11, November 2011


...As you will note further down in the Newsletter the December Business Meeting and Christmas Party will be held on the second Wednesday, 14 December, rather than on its usual third Wednesday, 21 December.   The Executive Board and Party Committee felt that having the Business Meeting and Party on 21 December, four days before Christmas would be inconvenient during an already hectic week.  Also, as determined by the above listed guilty parties, the Christmas Party will be catered this year, but those of you who want  to bring a "dish to pass" may do so.  Bernie Budzynski will pass a sign up sheet for you to sign and note what you plan to bring, as usual.  That’s about it for this issue, keep making chips.


See you Wednesday, Gary Lundquist



bob colemanAt the meeting on October 19, Bob Coleman snuck in with a mask and hat so that no one could recognize him.  He proceeded to entertain those around him with balloon hats and animals. 



tod wisnerHere is retired newsletter editor Tod Wisner holding a Bob Coleman creation.


Many thanks to Tod Wisner for his long service in producing an excellent newsletter.  Those are hard shoes to fill!  It

 is always fun to read what everyone is doing and carving.  Tod surely has a way with words and is always so upbeat and positive.  STEVE TERRILL is his temporary replacement.





     JOHN BIBBY - 2003

John used to live in Belvidere.  He was an active member before he retired and attended BWC when the meetings were in the evening.  He was known as an excellent Chip Carver.  He carved plates, bowls, signs, chests, Christmas tree ornaments, and The Lord’s Prayer.  Elaine Terrell remembers that he co-chaired the 2004 show.  He did the lettering for the carved quilt that resides at Klehm Arboretum.  He won lots of first place ribbons at the shows.  He co-taught a class in Chip Carving with renowned Chip Carver Pam Grisham in Branson MO.  When John retired in 2008 or 2009 he moved back to his native St. Louis.  Thanks to Elaine, Bob Hallstrom, Tod Wisner, and Ray Olson for the information.



A man’s home is his castle in a manor of speaking.




      11/6   - Bernie Budzynski

      11/11 - Dolores Cascio

      11/20 - Richard Andersen

      11/25 - Ray Olson



      Gordy’s Beginning Carvers class is ongoing at CLR.  He has had many helpers, including JOHN SKAGGS and TONY DEVITA.




Tony Valdez had a heart attack but was soon to be released.  He is out of ICU.





Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Meeting was called to order at 9:00, with 51 members present.

STEVE TERRILL read the minutes from the September meeting.  The report was accepted and approved as read with the acknowledgment that Arne Larson is not Anne Larson.

JOHN SKAGGS’ Treasurer’s report was read by Gary Lundquist and approved as read.  Details are available to active members on request.

DONA WISNER presented her petty cash report.  There is a nice cash balance.

Membership Chairman DONA WISNER reported 4 new members.

Librarian, BERNIE BUDZYNSKI, reported that three of the five missing books have returned. 

Webmaster GORDY MOSCINSKI reported that the show pictures are up on the website and everything is up to date.


The meeting was adjourned at 09:37.




Bob Matthews has volunteered to be the interim Vice President for the next several months.  Thanks Bob!  After a nice round of applause, Gary took that as a sign of approval.


Steve Johnson, a new member (for 3 months) wanted to thank all of the new members that have stepped up to help him.  He recognizes that woodcarving is a dying art but this club is so helpful in taking care of and supporting new members. 



caricature  caricature2  carved old man

Bob Coleman showed a Caricature with a really large nose that he carved out of what seems to be Catalpa from a piece of trunk a friend gave him.  It has piercing eyes and really big buck teeth.

carved animals   carved lion


Mary Wilder showed four small critters she carved, a Mule is out of Cherry wood, an Owl out of Satinwood, a squirrel out of Chechen, and a Lion out of Red Canary wood. 


woodburned indian   adirondac chair

Bernie Budzynski showed miniature Adirondack chairs that hold napkins and a woodburning of an Indian Chief that is beautifully colored with paint pencils. 

carved jewelry

Marshall Field showed seven pieces of Jewelry he carved out of hardwood.  It took him 6 months.  He thinks it took much too long and never again will he do that.  He can carve soft wood in an hour.

See Larry Clark’s photos in the picture section.




Business Meetings & Special Events -

ð November 16 - Business Meeting, painting demo

ð  December 21 - Christmas Party

NEW YEAR -   2012

ð  January 18 - Business Meeting

ð  February 15 - Business Meeting

ð  March 21 - Business Meeting

ð  April 18 - Business Meting

ð  May 16 - Business & Meeting

ð  June 20- Business Meeting

ð  July 18 - Business Meeting

ð  August 15 - Business Meeting

ð  August 18 - Club Show, Tebala Center

ð  September 19 - Business Meeting



CARVING  CLASSES -These are classes within a 2 or 3-hour drive of Rockford.  Be sure to check ahead of time, because some of the classes fill up fast.  For  complete listings in all States, look in the different carving magazines.

Nov 19, 20, Bettendorf, IA, Chris Hammack, (Caricature Carvers of America) will teach caricature carving for experienced AND beginning carvers to advance your skills to the next level. $150 plus roughout costs (your choices).  The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684.

Dec 2-4, Betteneorf, IA, Rick Harney will teach “What a Relief it is to Work in Clay First.”  Learn to model your relief carving IN CLAY before you take tools to wood. $160, Some special materials required.  Call for more information before registering.  The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684.



Not one shred of evidence supports the notion that life is serious.



CARVING  SHOWS - Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.


January 21-22, 2012: Keokuk IA,

Tri-State Woodcarvers Show and Competition.  Holiday Inn Express, 300 Main St.  9am-5pm Sat. &  9am-4:30pm   Sun.  Free Adm.  Contact Dave Deming 319-524-6887.

      November 5-6, Belleville IL

Belleville Holzschnitzers 41st Mid-Western Woodcarvers Show Nov. 5 (9 to 5) and Nov. 6 (10 to 4) Belle-Clair Exposition Hall, 200 S. Belt East, Belleville, IL

March 17-18, 2012, Stevens Point, WI, Wisconsin River Woodcarvers 12th annual show, competition, & sal, Ramada Inn, 1501 Northpoint Drive, 9AM-4PM, both days.  Call Ron O’Kray 715-341-2214, or Greg Wirtz 715-4230471.



WANT ADS - Carving stuff only.  Free listings for individuals, clubs, and vendors (members and non-members ).


CLUB  COFFEE  MUGS - There are still some left.  These are genuine Blackhawk Woodcarving Club coffee mugs. $5.  (Club members get 20% discount))

CARVING TOOLS & EVERYTHING - Like new, hardly used.  To be sold as a package.  Price new = $550.  Will take $250.  Boyd Whitt, 13721 Chestnut Lane, Sun City, Huntley, IL 60142, Home=224-569-2742. Cell=608-334-5158.  See flyer attached here.

BASSWOOD - Michael Johnson of Johnson Hardwoods has some 4/4 bark on slab basswood for $2.25/Bdft. It was harvested last winter and dried. Don Stansfield has used it for relief work and reports it is very good quality. Also, he has some 8/4 basswood as well for $3.00/bdft. His phone is: 815‑684‑5411. His mill is about 6 miles west of Chadwick, Illinois, on Daggett Rd.



CIRCULATION STATEMENT:  This issue of the Blackhawk Woodcarver is mailed to 86 Active Members, 23 Associate Members, 10 Friends of Blackhawk, 19 Vendors (tools & wood), and 4 Carving Magazines. Total = 142.  Our Newsletter goes out USPO, First Class Mail, for most benefit to all.


OK, I am in serious trouble with formatting the newsletter.  If anyone has knowledge of automatic line drawing with Word, I could use consultation.  I decided to print this newsletter anyway even though there are lines not where I want them that I cannot move or delete.  Steve - your new newsletter editor.




P. O. Box 15488

Loves Park, Illinois 61132-5488


Open Carving every Wednesday

      (8:30-11am) except Dec 24, 25, 31; Jan 1; and July 4.

Ken Rock Community Center (Sacred Heart Academy, multi-purpose room)

3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109

Business Meeting, third Wed. of the month

Friends and spouses of carvers are especially welcome to come to meet and visit.  Carvers bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.”





Program for the November business will be “Painting Talk”.  This talk will explain the difference between painting, coloring and color matching.  A general talk on painting by, Gordy Moscinski.
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