Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XVIII, Issue 9, September 2011

               PRESIDENT’S CORNER -
    Congratulations to Bob Hallstrom and Don Stansfield and their Show Crew for the great job on the Blackhawk Carving Club’s 17th Annual Show & Competition!  By all standards, it was a fine success.
    Special thanks to our Club member workers who made it all happen:   admission table ticket sales - Lloyd Duerst, Larry Christensen, Art Sinden;  contestant sign-in staff - Elaine & Gale Terrell, Rosalie Wesley, Jack Basford, Wes & Judy Englund, Don Stansfield;  raffle crew - Tony DeVita Jeff Hartman, Tom & Johanna Backer, Judy Suit, Judy Englund, Marshall Field, Dona & Tod Wisner,;  photo gallery team - Larry Clark, Lisa Hanus, Gale Terrell; clean-up staff - Rosalie Wesley and others; lunch counter support - Arne Larsen.  And, of course, Bob Hallstrom was always working quietly in the background to make sure workers were where they were needed in the Show.
    If I have missed anyone, please excuse the oversight, it was certainly not done on purpose.  We have wonderful members - whenever something needs to be done, someone always comes forward to help.
    Here’s a toast to another successful Show, and a running start for next year!

        See you Wednesday, Gary Lundquist


3 canes - Lois/Paul Bachelor,  Sandy Olson (Elton’s wife),  Jeff Hartman
“Blackhawk” bark carving - Marilyn Drega
French Voyageur - Ron Ramlow
Indian bust - Sara Skaggs (John’s wife)
“Boy & Dog On Bench” from Rockwell painting - Don Clark
Fan Bird - Marilyn Drago
Fisherman & Bear - Marshall Field, Jr.
Life-size Pheasant - Ron Ramlow
Exotic rolling pin - Tony DeVita
Big Bass - Sam Baker
Blue Gill - Sally Serafin
Carved-Leaf Picture - Tony DeVita
Carved-Leaf Picture - Ralph Niedzwiecki

OUR CLUB RECIPE BOOK - Is coming along pretty well, but some of the members have not turned in their REQUIRED allotment.  Let’s get with it, folks!   Production is being handled by Johanna Backer, Elaine Terrell, and Dona Wisner. They need at least two recipes from each of us.  And not just naked recipes, either.  They will be the most interesting if there is some commentary about the recipe.  Like, why is it a favorite of yours?  Or where did it come from, and how did you get it?  Is there maybe a story there?
    This will be a great fund-raiser to sell at the 2012 Carving Show.  But we can’t sell a skinny book.

    GARY MEYER served our Club as President during the year 2000.  That year, the Club Show was held in the Kenrock Community Center.  They had to use both the main (dining/meeting) room and the gymnasium.  Good Show.  Unfortunately, your Newsletter editor had no photo available of Gary at press time

    “Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.”  Will Rogers

    9/22 - Sharon Knitter
    9/23 - Jeff Hartman
    9/24 - Hughling (Julie) Meier

    OLSON & TERRELL - Back in the photo section you will find a picture of the finished Indian head Ray Olson and Gale Terrell have created for the Discovery Center totem pole.
    OUR CARVING SHOW might be considered a Community Service, in that it certainly offers to Rockford a broad spectrum of sculpture culture.
    CENTER FOR LEARNING IN RETIREMENT at Rock Valley College has woodcarving courses every year - taught by members of our Club.
    OCTOBER 1, our Club is scheduled to conduct a soap carving session for the Girl Scouts’ Field Day at Camp Medill McCormick.

    This Club has done several projects for the community.  Some of our members may not be familiar with our past service.  So here is a shot at bringing them up to speed.
    Up at Macktown Historical site, there is a fine relief carving of the old stone trading post.  This was done and donated by Don Clark.  You see this handsome piece of artwork hanging on the wall directly in front of you when you walk into the administration building.

    EMIL LeBEAU is still pretty much confined to home, but outside of some gout problems, he’s getting along pretty well.  In good spirits, etc.
    RICH ANDERSEN suffered an accidental perforation during a routine colonoscopy in July, and was hospitalized for a while as a result.  Karen helped get him to visit the Show 8/20, but he wasn’t quite ready to jump back into a full schedule.
    JANE PHEIFFER, who has not been able to come to Wednesday carving for several weeks because of health problems, did manage to visit the Show 8/20.  As this is being written, we expect her back Wednesday, 8/31.  We sure hope so, Jane.  We’ve missed you.
     HUGHLING (JULIE) MEIER has been using a cane a lot lately.  He has been pestered by dizzy spells.  Nothing really catastrophic, but bad enough to require caution.
    BRIAN STEDER hobbled into the Club Show using a cane.  Good to see him back so soon after his operation.
    DOLORES CASCIO came to the Show, too.  She is recovering from carpal tunnel surgery.  She says she has to give up carving.  Watch for the announcement for her big sale of carving tools, books, and supplies.  We will have a complete list of everything in the Newsletter as soon as she gets it put together.   

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Meeting was called to order at 9:04, with 42 members present.
    DON STANSFIELD read Steve Terrill’s minutes from the July meeting.  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.
    Membership Chairman DONA WISNER reported 2 new members.
    Librarian, BERNIE BUDZYNSKI, has been in Florida visiting his daughter for a few weeks. 
    Webmaster GORDY MOSCINSKI had nothing new to report.
    PRESIDENT GARY LUNDQUIST announced that the Girl Scouts were so delighted with our soap carving sessions last year that they wanted us back again this year.  Naturally, we accepted.  The date is Saturday, October 1.  The place is Camp Medill-McCormick down on the back road to Byron.  Time is from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.  A free lunch will be provided for all Blackhawk carvers.
    Our members who took part last year reported that it was a hoot!  The biggest problem was keeping the girls’ mothers away from the carving tables.  This was a learning experience for the girls NOT for Moms!
    STEVE TERRILL was not present at the last business meeting (see the Secretary’s Report, above.), so we do not have a complete set of minutes like we usually bring to you in the Newsletter.

The meeting was adjourned at 09:37.

    A really nice bunch of work.
A picture of the finished Indian head Ray Olson        Salem Barker explains how he buffs carvings
 and Gale Terrell have created for the Discovery
 Center totem pole.

Bob Matthews                        Art Sinden                            Lonnie Hayes

Ralph Rossignol                   John Skaggs carving bench

Carving Show People Pictures
show 1  2 show 2  3 show 3                  
 4 show 4  5  show 5 
 6 show 6  7 show 7  8 show 8
 9   10 show 2
11   12

 13    14

#1 Judy Englund, Elaine Terrell, & Rosalie Wesley worked at the carving sign-in desk.  #2 Larry Christensen and Mrs. Dennis Neubauer listen as Mrs. Greg Wirtz explains something to Judy Englund.   #3 Part of the crowd examining the competing carvings after the judging.   #4 Herman Hollingsworth tening the Keen Age Karvers’ display.   #5 Lisa Hanus listens intently to Carl Hicks. 

 #6 President Gary Lundquist chats with the Tebala Shrine Temple member who was doing the pork chop sandwiches for us.  #7 - Gary Lundquist, Ted Faber, and Bob Hallstrom (back to camera) all listen closely as Ray Olson explains a complicated carving.  #8 - Tom & Johanna Backer visiting with friends at the Carving Show.

#9-David Arreguin watches Larry Christensen discuss money with Lloyd Duerst;   #10,#11, #12,#13 show some of the action at the Raffle Table; #10-Elaine Terrell, Judy Suit, & Dona Wisner have a slow moment; #11-Dona, Tony De Vita are selling while Marshall Field is buying; #12-Marge Simonds is buying tickets from Dona; #13-Jeff “hard sell” Hartman selling tickets; #14 shows Bob Capion’s project - the two carved leaf pictures.



Business Meetings & Special Events -

September 21 - Business Meeting
October 1 - Girl Scout Soap Carving
October 19 - Business Meeting
November 16 - Business Meeting, Gordy Moscinski will give a talk on painting.
December 21 - Christmas Party

NEW YEAR -   2012
January 18 - Business Meeting
February 15 - Business Meeting
March 21 - Business Meeting
April 18 - Business Meting
May 16 - Business & Meeting
June 20- Business Meeting
July 18 - Business Meeting
August 15 - Business Meeting
August 18 - Club Show, Tebala Center

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.
    September 15- Rockford, IL, Bob Matthews at Center for Learning in Retirement six-session class carving a Teal hen duck.  Call CLR at 815-921-3930 for times & prices.
    September 16-18, Bettendorf, IA, Bob Guge teaches Realistic Bird Carving & Painting - a Bluebird, $235 includes study cast, cutout, & eyes.  The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684.
    Sept 20-Nov 17, Rockford, IL  Gordy Moscinski will be teaching Introduction to Basic Woodcarving class at CLR.  Call 815-921-3930
    Sept 30, Oct 1+,2, Bettendorf, IA Charlie Arnold teaches Carving and Painting a “Bellamy Eagle” relief carving $135 + $25 materials charge.  The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  1-563-359-9684. 
    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, 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.

Dancing “cheek-to-cheek” is really a form of floor play.

CARVING  SHOWS - Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.
    September 17, Janesville, WI.  6th annual Rock River Valley Carvers’ show/sale at Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig Center, 1301 Craig Avenue.  10am - 4pm.  Mary Johnson, 608-754-3569,
    September 25, Utica, IL, Valley Carvers’ 25th Annual judged and juried Show & Sale.  Starved Rock State Park main lodge. 9am-5pm.  Free admission. Bob Wills, 190 West Willow St, Coal City, IL, 60416, or call 815-634-3086
    October 22-23, Wheaton, IL, 31st Artistry in Wood show & competition at DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 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 ).
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.
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, 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.

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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