Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XIX, Issue 12, December 2012

The Presdent’s Corner
This will be my last President’s column. This past year has been quite a ride for me. What a wonderful club and a great bunch of people. I have thoroughly enjoyed being your president. I am constantly amazed at the talent of this group of woodcarvers. Everyone is constantly improving. Some of our carvers are very prolific and have done lots of great carvings. Personally, I have a lot of UFO’s but am planning on rectifying that. One of the things that makes us a great club is the way everyone is willing to help each other. That includes advice on tools, techniques, painting, who is the go-to person for a particular skill or knowledge, conducting classes both at the club meetings and outside. Besides all of that the club is a great social club. I will continue to enjoy all of this, but maybe I will be able to concentrate more on carving at meetings rather than lining up details. Thanks to all of you, and especially my fellow officers, John, Bob, and Rosalie!
Thanks to Will Rottman, Gordy Moscinski, and Bob Hallstrom for joining me at the Santa Lucia Fest on the 8th at First Lutheran. It was a great day. Will sold lots of carvings at very reasonable prices and got his picture in the Register Star on 12-10-12. We got many nice comments and will be invited back. Bob got to go home because there just was not enough room. They will try to do better next year.
Bob Matthews is planning a feather carving, burning and painting class, hopefully, the second week in January for 4 or so sessions.
Tony DeVita, Bob Matthews, and Arne Larsen are meeting to talk about how to better advertise our annual show with signs pointing the way. Thanks, men!
Don’t forget to keep those chips flying!   Steve

Merry Christmas to all!

December Birthdays (that we know about). -
Bob Hallstrom 12-5
Don Stansfield 12-14
Don Clark 12-15
Jayne Pheiffer 12-18
Tom Backer 12-29
Cheryl Delevan 12-29
Martha Fitch 12-31

Will Rotman at the Santa Lucia Fest at First Lutheran (from the RRStar)

Minutes (in brief)
Minutes from November 21, 2012

Minutes read by Secretary, Rosalie Wesley and approved by all members present.

John Skaggs, Treasurer, gave expenditure and balance report. We are solvent. Report approved.

Membership and petty cash report given by John Skaggs, Treasurer. Membership remains at 118. Petty cash is solvent. Reminder that membership needs to be renewed; the cost is $25 for the year. Report approved.

Gordy Moscinski, Web Master, gave a detailed report of web usage. During the timeframe 11/20/11 through 11/21/12 the web site received a total of 5,582 hits. Web site is working. Report approved.

Bernie Budzynski, Librarian, reminded club members to check the monthly newsletter to see if any of the missing library items might be in their possession. When books are returned, please put them in the correct sequence order and cross off your name on the card.

Old Business:
Elaine Terrell gave an update on the preparations for the December 5th, Club Christmas Party. .
This year’s party plans are on track, but this year’s planners would like to be replaced next year. If you would like to volunteer, your duties would be to set a date for the Club Christmas Party, contact the caterer, reserve date with caterer (done in October) and determine menu items. Night before party you and others on the committee set up the tables and chairs, clean the tables and chairs and prepare the goody cups. These numbered cups are matched with a corresponding number on selected chairs. Duties also include set up of the carry-ins and packaging leftovers from the catered items for those who would like to take them home. There are sure some additional responsibilities that may have been overlooked, but you get the general idea.

Progress on signs for annual carving show, given by Arne Larsen. Bob Matthews and Arne Larsen have talked to an individual willing to create 10 signs. These signs would advertise the annual wood carving show; the signs would indicate “Show Today!”; the address of the show. Still researching, who actually will do the signs. John Skaggs suggested they contact John Wood’s son and perhaps he would be do it for the club.

Roger Benedict gave a report from the Nominating Committee. The slates of nominees are: Bob Coleman - President, Bob Matthews - Vice President, Arne Larsen - Secretary and John Skaggs - Treasurer.

Gary Johnson, Publisher of the Newsletter, indicated if you would prefer to get your newsletter on the internet rather than a hard copy, let him know.

New Business:
President Steve Terrill suggested that perhaps the group would like to move the business from December 19 to December 5. Business meet will be on December 19th, but show and tell will be moved to December 5.
According to Denny Neubauer’s friend, Dennis Jackson, classes in Gretna Nebraska will be available from February 7-11th., 2013. Classes are $52.50 per day with two meals and lodging. There are a number of classes including: bark houses, spoons and knife handles, carving canes (with or without power), rattan reed baskets, roughouts, PVC Flutes, carve a fish, pine needle creations, baseball caricature and chip carving. See Steve for details.

Bob Matthews will be conducting carving class for club members next year. Bob‘s class will start the second week in January and will be taught in four class sessions.

For those interested, our beloved President has coupons from Flexcut for $10 cash back on a $100 purchase from your preferred store, catalog or website. See Steve to obtain you coupon.

A request has been received from the First Lutheran Church members to demonstrate woodcarving at their Santa Lucia event. The event is scheduled for December 8 from 9am until noon. The address is Oak and 3rd street in Rockford. See Steve for more details. Swedish items, reasonably priced will be for sale at the event.

On behalf of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers, Steve thanked Bob Hallstrom and Don Stansfield for teaching classes at the Center for Learning in Retirement.

Don Stansfield passed out 53 wooden blanks for club members to complete for Christmas tree ornaments. Along with the blank was a red instruction sheet, which read as follows: Carve a Christmas ornament using the provided blank and bring to the club’s meeting on DECEMBER 19. Prizes will be awarded for ornaments voted as the best entries. Rules are: 1. Finished ornament must be in the blank’s original width and length shape. 2. The predominant ornamentation must be the carving. 3. Finish can be painted or natural finishes. 4. Front and back must both be finished. 5. Only one entry per person.
Larry Clark notified the group that there is a show on channel 51 CMT, which is called The Chainsaw Gang. Check listings for show on Sundays. It comes on a 9pm and continues on the half hour till after midnight.

Don Miller of Severson Dells Education and Visitor Center located on Montague Road has talked with Steve about having a second carving show. Roger Benedict is coordinating the details. The show would be at their site, it would be free for the public and Severson Dells Members/Friends. They would set up tables and chairs, clean up, do PR, send out flier. They would do a write up in their Quarterly Newsletter, which has a circulation of over 2.000. They are proposing a Jan/Feb sign up to show interest. They are suggesting nature/animal themes for the carvings, but will leave that up to the individual carvers. Carvers are welcome to sell their carvings. More later...

Gordy Moscinski stated that Ken Rock would like some members of our club to conduct a carving class for kids at Ken Rock. They are willing to pay for this service and would like to do this in the Spring. See Gordy, if you are interested.

Bunny Nordheim distributed cards announcing The 3rd Annual Nativity Display and Concert presented by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The dates are - Friday, November 30th from 5pm to 9 pm and Saturday, December 1st from 3pm to 8pm. We were all invited to celebrate the birth of Christ by viewing more than 500 nativity on display from around the world and to listen to Christmas music from area choirs. The Church is located at 324 North University Drive in Rockford. The story teller is our own - Bunny Nordheim.



Have you given Dona or Elaine a recipe for the club cookbook?

Carving Competition Opportunity:
Don Stansfield passed out 53 wooden blanks for club members to complete for Christmas tree ornaments. Bring to the club’s meeting on DECEMBER 19. Prizes will be awarded for ornaments voted as the best entries. Rules are: listed on page 2 under the Minutes in Brief at the bottom of the page on the left hand column.
showtellShow and Tell:

Richard Prutz (Proots) had two items. The first was a rolling pin with carved barns with silos, churches and wind mills; it was different, but fun to carve. The second was titled Byron Dragway with the name Ken Lewis under the title. Richard carved a car and stop sign on the plaque. The reason for the plaque was that a neighbor got hit by a drunk driver, but survived and is still in a wheel chair. He still drives a stock car.

Larry Clark carved a Bottle Stopper titled “Willie the Wino”. He affixed it to a Beer bottle with the label - draft cider1202 Dark and Dry. Larry has created a new shaft for his knife. This time he replaced the inner tubing with 1/8 inch rubber gasket. When asked why he didn’t use magnets, he stated magnets affect later sharpening, because the magnetism is a factor in this process.

Gale Terrell brought in a box he purchase a while ago at an Amish store he thought was unique. There was a note attached and addressed to Bob. It read as follows - “Hey Bob, will you open this box, so I can get out. I am hungry and looking for somebody to chew on”. Inside the box was a fake mouse that sprang out when the top was opened.

Jerome Mais carved a nativity scene which he learned to carve at the CLR class taught by Don Stansfield. John Skaggs took the same class, but added a door to his manger.

Will Rottman carved a Walnut Love Spoon. He carved double hearts, double 8’s and grapes to give it detail. He finished it with a sealer and a nutmeg stain.

Don Christenson carved two items: a pot-bellied Bear and a weightlifter.

Bob Coleman carved a Santa in a rolling pin and 3 small houses with eye hooks on the top for hanging on the Christmas tree. The houses were ones he carved at a class he taught in Belvidere at the Ken Age Center on Thursday and Friday of last week. Three people signed up, but several people later complained that they were working and didn’t get to sign up and so the class expanded. The center charged $5 for the class and the material was supplied. The houses were out of cotton wood bark and took about an hour to carve.
Merry Christmas to All!

              swedish clock

We have been asked to demonstrate woodcarving at First Lutheran Church’s Santa Lucia event on December 8, 2012 from 9am to Noon. They are showing old time crafts. There is an opportunity to sell your carvings if you wish. Let Steve know if you are interested!

Want to save us Money? The newsletter is available on the website (
You can read it there in it’s entirety and save us either printing or postage. If you wish to do this, let Gary Johnson know to take your name off the distribution list!
Totems from Ralph Rosignol’s class this past summer.
Little person from Denney Neubauer’s impromptu class this summer.
Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.
February 2-3; Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Cedar Valley Woodcarvers’ Show at Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, 90 Twixtown Rd. NE. Free Admission. Saturday 9-5; Sunday 10-4. Maurie Vandewalle (319) 377-6520;

February 16-17; St. Charles, IL
Winter Wood Wonders at Kane County Fairground, 525 S. Randal Rd.; 10-4. All proceeds to wounded Veterans. Shelly Weiser (773) 405-2229

April 13-14; Waterloo. Iowa
40th Annual Iowa State Woodcarvers Show at
Waterloo Center for the Arts, 225 Commercial St. Saturday Noon to 5:00; Sunday 11:00 to 4:30. Steve Russell (319) 269-3450. Info and forms at

April 20; Sheboygan Falls, WI
Kettle Karvers’ 23rd annual show at Sheboygan Falls Municipal Building, 375Buffalo Street: 10 am to 4 pm. Bob Lawrence. 227 Brookfield Ct, Sheboygan, WI 53081; (920) 458-4947.

More listings are available in Chip Chats! (ed. Note - As winter approaches, be aware of the many shows coming up in Florida and Arizona for those of you who travel south.)

moneyTime to Pay your Dues for 2013!
See Dona Wisner (she will gladly take your money and maybe even write you a receipt.) Please note that there is a job opening for someone who can handle money and spreadsheets. - Our Membership Chair is Retiring.
Will Rottman at the Santa Lucia Fest at First Lutheran (from the RRStar)
Have you given Dona or Elaine a recipe for the club cookbook?

Missing Books (down to 8)
#10 - How to Design & make Wood Reliefs / Robert Skinner
#36 - Chip Carving Technique & Patterns / Wayne Barton
#44 - Knife Carving / Ivan Whillock
#64 - 1001 Design for Whittling / E T Tangerman
#79 - Scrap Wood Fun for Kids / Robert Endicott
#117 - North American Western Region /
The Audubon Society
#150 - Creative Chip Carving / Frank Mannims
#176 - Carving Authentic Birds / H. D. Green

P. O. Box 15488 Loves Park, Illinois 61132-5488
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am) except Dec 26.
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.”

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

COMMITTEES      (area code 815)
Librarian - Bernie Budzynski, 332-2395
2012 Show Co-Chairmen - Bob Hallstrom, 963-1326, Don Stansfield, 235-0075
Webmaster - Gordon Moscinski, 874-7978
Club Website -
Membership Chair - Dona Wisner, 399-3169
Newsletter -Publisher - Gary Johnson 399-1697
Newsletter Writer - Steve Terrill, 393-4581
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982

Business Meetings & Special Events -
ð December 5 - Christmas Party
ð December 19 - Business Meeting
NEW YEAR - 2013
ð January 16 - Business Meeting
ð February 20 - Business Meeting
ð March 20 - Business Meeting
ð April 17 - Business Meting
ð May 15 - Business Meeting
ð June 19- Business Meeting
ð July 17 - Business Meeting
ð August 14 - Business Meeting
ð August 17 Club Show, Tebala Center
ð September 18 - Business Meeting
ð October 16 - Business Meeting

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