Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XIX, Issue 4, April 2012

The President’s Corner

Happy April to all of you Woodcarvers.  

The spring is here a month early.  Soon we will be carving outside. 

Thanks to Roger for the wonderful class in relief carving.  Just walking around one could see how far everyone came. 

I was at the Midway Village Museum Center and stumbled across Bob Matthews painted relief carving of the mill building.  Next time you go there, stop and see it.  It is a piece of art! 

So keep those wood chips flying!  



It is a new year.  Time to renew your dues.  Cost is still $25.  See Dona Wisner

Eudemonia -= Happiness/Well Being!

Bob Coleman

greenhousecolemanBob Coleman and Gary Lundquist representing Blackhawk Woodcarvers, carving at Rock Valley Greenhouse on Saturday 3-24. 

Thanks, Guys!

Minutes (in brief)

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on March 21, 2012 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

The meeting was called to order at 9:01 AM by president Steve Terrill.

Minutes for February 15, 2012 read and approved.

Treasurer’s report given by John Skaggs. The balance is adequate dispite John’s trip.

Dona Wisner was ill and was not in attendance, therefore; no petty cash report no updated membership report and no attendance to her coffee preparation duties. Coffee duties attended to by Elaine Terrell and Steve Terrill.

Bernie Budzynski, Librarian, distributed a list of items checked out, but never returned: 8 books and 1 DVD. He urged those individuals to return said items. There are 25 carving DVDs and 2 DVD players ready for club members to check out.

Old Business:

President Steve Terrill is still waiting for an update from Frank Shearer regarding the Beatie Park Totem Pole.

Artisan 2012 Showcase scheduled for March 24, 2012 at Rock Valley Garden Center in

Rockford. Blackhawk Woodcarvers will be represented by Gary Lundquist, last year’s President and Bob Coleman, current Vice-President.

New Business:

Club Picnic scheduled for June 13, (note that this date is changed to June 14) 2012, at Sinnissippi Park located at 1410 North Second Street in Rockford, Illinois. See Tony DeVita for more details.

Steve Terrill has a couple of catalogues and some discount coupons for Flexcut tools that were supplied by Gordy Moscinski. There is also a Counted Cross Stitch kit available. Contact Steve if you are interested in any of these items.

Roger Benedict informed the group that the Macktown annual Gathering is April 27 through April 29, 2012. Friday, April 27, is designated as Kid’s Day. Macktown is located at 2221 Freeport Road in Rockton, Illinois. Please contact Roger if you would like to participate in this activity. Carvers are advised that representatives from our club should be attired in period costumes.

Gordy Moscinski suggested that we bring in old carving magazines and attach a membership form that we could make available for interested attendees at our August Carving Show.

Membership Directories-

For 2011/2012 are here.  See Rosalie Wesley.  They are a very reasonable $2.  They even have pictures!

April Birthdays   (that we know about). -

Larry Clark                         4-9
Franklin Johnson              4-10
John Skaggs                     4-19

April Program

Don Stansfield will conduct a carving class in April, after the business meeting.  He will teach us how to carve a “Scottie dog”.

No one is in charge of your happiness but you!

Who is this?

Club Paraphernalia

 Bob Hallstrom has Blackhawk Woodcarver Patches for $5. He can also order Shirts and Aprons. 

Steve has Blackhawk Woodcarver Coffee mugs for $4 (members) or $5 for non-members.  Decals are free!

Rich Anderson makes Name tags when he gets enough people signed up.  See Steve to get your name on a list.

Show and Tell

For Show and Tell,

Bunny Nordheim suggested that it would be appreciated if the show and tell items were held up as the carver told about their carving. President Steve Terrill and Vice-President Bob Coleman obliged and held up each item as requested.

Club Photographer, Larry Clark, carved several small trees out of scrap basswood, because he was finding it difficult to carve a pine tree that was to his liking. He tried a new method of Ivan Whitlock’s that he found easy to draw and carve. He stated it was similar to Roger Benedict’s style but also different. Larry will now use this carving as a sample for future pine trees.

Frank Lay shallow relief of two flowers carved in walnut were formed from the knots in the wood with the other as filler. He finished the piece with polyurethane. The second shallow relief had a split in the center that to Frank looked like the side of a tree; so he started the piece by carving the tree using the split as a guide. The next step was to create a road to a covered bridge and then for balance a house on the left side of the carving. The walnut stain on the piece was his own concoction. To a five gallon pail add walnuts and water; the more walnuts the darker the stain. Let water and walnuts sit a month. When they are rank, discard walnuts and use the remaining water for a penetrating walnut stain. The final item was a cotton wood bark house with frond flourishes with a shoe polish finish.

Vice President, Bob Coleman, used standard rolling pins to create his wood spirits. He paid particular attention to the beard and mustache using an intertwining method for a unique result. The finish is polyurethane.

Art Sinden carved an Indian head and a Santa head...

Marshall Field, Jr. carved more of the interlocking hearts, crown of thorns, and other hand sized pins of hardwood.  He takes them to the Field family reunion and gives them to the ladies. 

Art Brown created a shallow relief wooden apple imbedded in cork, The Laura Irish book, Relief for Beginners - simple projects, was his instruction manual. Diluted acrylic paint added color and the finish was 1/2 linseed oil, 1/2 mineral spirits with a touch of stain.

Classes at The WoodWoodcraft Shop (Bettendorf Iowa)

 Sharon Bechtold - Woodburning  (this lady is talented)  Apr. 21, 22, 2012

John Engler - Medium Relief Woodcarving - May 25, 26, 27 2012

John Engler - Painting your Relief Woodcarving - Sun. June 10, 2012

Classes at The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722.  800-397-2278

Dolphins are so smart that  within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish.

Gathering at Macktown

 Roger encourages us to participate in the “Gathering” at Macktown Old Settlers.  We need carvers to sign up.  Participants are expected to wear period clothing (1850’s).  Dates are April 27, 28, and 29.  See Roger Benedict for more information.

 Library books missing!

 Check your house:

How To Carve Characters in Wood
Chip Carving Techniques
Scandanavian Style Carving
Scrap Wood Projects for fun…
Gouge Chip Carving
Wood Projects
Wood Carvers Designers NoteBook
DVD Figure Carving


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

Apr 14-15: Waterloo, IA

39th Annual Iowa State Woodcarvers Show.  Waterloo Center for the Arts. Noon-5pm Sat. & 11am-4:30pm Sun. Contact Roger Beane, 319-283-2688,

Apr 14-15: Portage IN

36th Annual Duneland Woodcarvers Show, Woodland Park, 2100 Willowcreek Rd., Portage IN.  Saturday 10-5; Sunday 10-3.  $4 for 2 day pass.  Contact DaveKings: 219--988-5610,

April 21, 2012: Sheboygan Falls, WI 

Kettle Karvers Show - 375 Buffalo Street; 10-4; Adm. $2; Contact Bob Lawrence (920)458-4947; e-mail.

April 27-May 5: Milwaukee, WI

First Woodworking and Woodcarving Contest, in combination with 2012 Great TV Auction airing Live on Milwaukee Public TV.  Artistic Woodcarving and functional Woodwork. Cash Prizes.

April 29, 2012: Appleton, WI

Mid-Wisconsin Chippers 38th annual competition, show and sale at Monarch Gardens, 2311 W. Spencer St.; 10am to 4 pm. Adm. $2 .  Demos, vendors, food. Contact Jayne Neuenfeldt (920) 982-5582;

June 9-17: Maquoketa, IA

International Woodcarvers Congress, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Maquoketa IA, Enter Carvings June 9-10; Seminars June 11-15; Contact (563)-5052700 or (563)-676-8264;

August 18:  Rockford, IL

Blackhawk Woodcarvers’ 18th Annual Show/Competition and 2” Cube Carving Challenge at Tebala Shrine Temple.  Contact Don Stansfield, 1508 W Lincoln Blvd., Freeport, IL 61032; (815) 235-0075.

 September 15; Janesville WI

Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin hosts its 7th Annual show/sale at Rock County Fairgrounds, Craig Center, 1301 Craig Ave.; 10am-4 pm.  Free Adm.  Contact Jim Trumpy (608) 752-8139;

 September 30; Utica IL

Valley Carvers’ 24th Annual Show and sale at Starved Rock State Park Main Lodge; 9-5.  Free Adm.  Contact Bob Wills, 190 W. Willow St., Coal City, IL 60416; (815)634-3086;

 More listings are available in Chip Chats!

About Blackhawk Woodcarvers


Business Meetings & Special Events -

ð    April 18 -               Business Meting - carving a dog
ð    May 16 -                Business Meeting
       June 14-                club picnic
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
ð October 17 - Business Meeting
ð November 21 - Business Meeting
ð December 19 - Christmas Party

NEW YEAR -   2013

ð January 16 - Business Meeting
ð February 20 - Business Meeting
ð March 20 - Business Meeting


P. O. Box 15488 Loves Park, Illinois    61132-5488
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am) except July 4.
Ken Rock Community Center
(Sacred Heart Academy, multi-purpose room)
3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109

 Business Meeting; third Wednesday. 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.”



President - Steve Terrill,       815 393-4581
Vice Pres. - Bob Coleman,     815 988-1757
Secretary - Rosalie Wesley…815 738-2201
Treasurer - John Skaggs,      815 547-6951


Librarian - Bernie Budzynski, 332-2395

2012 Show Co-Chairmen - Bob Hallstrom, 815 963-1326 Don Stansfield,              815 235-0075

Webmaster - Gordon Moscinski,        815 874-7978

Club Website -

Membership Chair - Dona Wisner,     815 399-3169

Newsletter -Publishers - Bernie Budzynski  815 332-2395 and Gary Johnson 815 399-1697

Newsletter Writer - Steve Terrill, 815 393-4581

Photographer - Larry Clark, 815 262-9982

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