Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XVIII, Issue 10, October 2011



Don Stansfield made his final report on the Show.  I think it was good enough to comment on it here.  Attendance was up over last year.  Net profit was the best we have ever had.  Everything ran smoothly.  (I heard no complaints.)   Don deserves a great big “Atta Boy!”

The only change I know of is Tebala plans to increase the number of pork chop sandwiches they will prepare for next year.

And that’s a good thing. 


See you Wednesday,

Gary Lundquist


GIRL SCOUTS’ cancelled soap carving  classes scheduled for October 1 at Camp McCormick.  Apparently, not enough girls were interested.  The Club members signed up to teach will not be needed.





#22 - How To Carve Caricatures

#28 - Religious Motifs In Wood

by E.J.Tangerman

#36 - Chip Carving Techniques & Patterns

by Wayne Barton

#44 - Knife Carving

by Ivan Willock

#70 - Carving Scrap Wood For The Kids

by Robert Endicott

(numbers shown are library ID numbers)

They have been borrowed out of our Club Library, and neither returned nor even signed out properly.  Bernie Budzynski passed out this information Wednesday morning, September 21.  Please help.

Our Club Library has 170 books, plus many video tapes, DVDs, and CDs on carving.  This is a mighty fine resource for Members.  Let’s not abuse it.



TWO TREE STUMP carving projects have been “laid at our doorstep.”

A local Native American group asked if we could create an appropriate carving out of a tree. stump in Beatty Park at Park Avenue & North Main St.  President Lindquist investigated.  Turns out it’s a catalpa tree.  This is not so good a material for an art object that would be left out in the weather.  We declined

The second request came from the Boy Scouts.  Seems they have a couple of dead trees they would like to have carved into art objects.  (I thought the Boy Scouts’ Carving Merit Badge would mean they have lots of talent around .)  We declined this one, too.

Carving tree stumps is a very tedious business.  While we have some carvers in our Club who have done this sort of thing (successfully) in the past, they were not interested in pursuing these two “opportunities.”  That’s another good reason why President Lundquist graciously declined the two invitations.




Did you know the technical name for a herd of jackasses is  “a congress” ?




10/6 - Nordine Bolstad

10/9 - Tony DeVita

10/28 - Carl Hicks

10/29 - Jack Basford




BOB MATTHEWS’ teal hen class at CLR started 9/15, and runs for six sessions.  He was also seen conducting a “rump session” of this class for Club members during a Wednesday morning carving on September 21.  Class members reported this class is fun — you can make lots of progress, and it really moves right along.

GORDY MOSCINSKI’S class on Beginning Woodcarving runs Sept 20-Nov 17 at CLR. 




CARL HICKS admitted himself into Swedish American Hospital, with severe abdominal pain.  After four days of tests and observation, they sent him home.  Pain killers and some other stuff will keep him until he goes back for an exercise in ”Intestinal Television” later in October.



PRESIDENTS  PAST - #4 and #5

roger benedictROGER BENEDICT served the Club as President in: 2001 and 2002.  Roger is well known for his relief carvings.  Two that come to mind are the large one in the main building at The Severson Dells Environmental Education Center here in Rockford, and an even larger piece, done on commission for The Clearing Art Center in Door County, Wisconsin.

Something many members may not know is that Roger carves exclusively with chisels and gouges.  NO KNIVES.  This is a technique he learned when studying woodcarving in Austria.  Watch him sometime when you get a chance.  It’s fascinating to see what he can do with just his chisels and no knife.



So long, it’s been a good ride.  I’m sorry to have to say that ths is the last issue of the Blackhawk Woodcarver I will be writing.

Special thanks go out for all the help (and patience) that Club members have given me.  Someone is often coming to me at a Wednesday session with news of a carving happening or a member’s health problem, or maybe just suggestions for what they would like to see in this Newsletter.

Folks have kept me supplied with all sorts of humor - all good, but some too long to use, and some too juicy to print.

Some of the most rewarding experiences of this Newsletter writing have been when  a member would tell me, “My wife always reads your Newsletter.  Sometimes, even before I do.”  It’s interesting how often this happened!

This decision is a personal health thing.  Mostly my eyes, but some other, more general “decrepitations” as well.

This Newsletter has been for me like a string connecting me with each of the readers.  I will miss that string.  Thank you for the privilege of being your Editor.

Tod Wisner



“If you open an umbrella inside your house,

all your babies will be born naked!”





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Meeting was called to order at 9:01, with XX  members present.

STEVE  TERRILL read the minutes from the August meeting, as recorded by Don Stansfield.  Report was accepted and approved as read.

JOHN SKAGGS’ Treasurer’s report was read 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.

DONA WISNER’s Membership  report listed 2 new members.  That brings the total up to 86 Active members and 25 Associate members.

Librarian, BERNIE BUDZYNSKI, has been in Florida visiting his daughter for a few weeks. 

Webmaster GORDY MOSCINSKI reported that the website was up to date.


The meeting was adjourned at 09:37.





Bob Coleman            Bob Matthews           Bunny Nordhiem


Bob Coleman                        Bob Matthews                        Bunny Nordhiem


Dave Meyer  Gail Dunlap

Dave Meyer                                                    Gail Dunlap


Donna Wisner    Tod Wisner    Ray Olson

Donna Wisner                     Tod Wisner                   Ray Olson


John Skaggs    Gordy Moscinski

John Skaggs                                                Gordy Moscinski


Jack Basford

Jack Basford





Business Meetings & Special Events -

ð October 19 - Business Meeting

ð November 16 - Business Meeting, Moscinski Painting Clinic

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

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.

Oct 7-9, Bettendorf, IA, Josh Guge will teach you “everything you wanted to know about airbrushing, but were afraid to ask.” $205.    The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684.

Oct 28-30, Bettendorf, IA, P.J.Driscoll will teach a class on Carving and Painting a Santa Claus ... P.J.’s style. $160 + $22 for the roughout.  The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684.

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, Bettendorf, 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.



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

October 22-23, Wheaton, IL, 31st Artistry in Wood show & competition at DuPage County Fairgrounds2015 West Manchester Rd.  Free parking.  10am to 4pm, admission $4, under 16 free.  Terri 847-458-2919,

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. -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, Johnson 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.

BAND  SAW - JET,  14" throat by 12" height work clearance.  Heavy-duty cast iron model with several extra blades.  VERY reasonably priced!

Call Jim Griparis at - 1-815-654-2495.




CIRCULATION STATEMENT:  This issue of the Blackhawk Woodcarver is mailed to 86 Active Members, 25 Associate Members, 10 Friends of Blackhawk, and 4 Carving Magazines. Total = 125.  Our Newsletter goes out USPO, First Class Mail, for most benefit to all.




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.”


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