Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XIX, Issue 1, January 2012

The President’s Corner

new year babyHappy New Year to all of you happy Woodcarvers.  This is a time to get a new lease on life.  Pick a project that will be a challenge for the new year.  There are many examples in the club of carvers who take a challenge and stretch themselves.  I hope to build the courage to be one of those.  I think of John Skaggs and how hard he has worked the past two Christmases to carve for his grandkids and then this year his kids.  Gordy Moscinski comes to mind with his relief carvings of the lake and Santa Claus plates, not to mention the tons of ornaments he carves and the classes he leads.  Bob Matthews is always showing another bird and Roger Benedict another  relief.  Bob Coleman seems to have a new carving every week.  I know I have left out many, but this space is too short to acknowledge all of the talented woodcarvers in our group. 

I want to sincerely thank Gary Lundquist for being an excellent president for the last two years.  He is a take charge kind of guy and we have seen lots of good things happen.  He has brought our community outreach to a new level with soap carving and other community experiences.  He will be a hard act to follow. 

I am just stumbling along but I want to listen to your input and always feel that I am reachable.  Let me know what your dreams are for what this club will be or what we are doing right or wrong

So keep those wood chips flying and make new friends.


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


Past Presidents

elaineElaine Terrell was our 9th president and served from 2005 through 2007.  The following is excerpted from a 2004 newsletter in a “Did ja’ Know” column. 

Say hello to Elaine Terrell 

Elaine is a Hometown kid, born and raised in Roscoe ... Eventually she found her way to Woodward Governor and met her man, Gale, and became happily wed; later having a daughter and thereafter three grandchildren.  Since retirement of six years ago (that was written 8 years ago), Gale introduced her to carving by taking her to a carving meeting… Then it was never the same, as Elaine became a devoted wood carver.  ….She became an active member of our carving club with continuous volunteered work.  Currently she is in her third term as secretary of the club… She became interested in chip (Continued on page 2) carving because the geometric designs were a reminder of the intricate work with Woodward’s aircraft components… Elaine finds ways to combine landscapes with chip carving as she uses photographs and sketches to achieve the final idea for her chip carving.  Taking a break from chip carving Elaine will also carve animals in the round… She loves 50’s music and good old rock and roll… 

While the article goes on, the Elaine we know is one of the first to pitch in for any project.  A good example is her participation in making the Christmas Brunch come off for the last three years.  She is a good carver and an excellent chip carver

She has won prizes in several shows for her chip carving.  She taught several classes in chip carving.  She also does crafts such as basket weaving with long needle pine. 

Elaine has been and continues to be a significant asset to the club. 

If you want more information, contact the Historian, Elaine Terrell

Minutes (in brief)

 Minutes of the regular monthly business of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on December 14, 2011 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

The Meeting was called to order at 9:03 AM by President Gary Lundquist.

For the sake of brevity the minutes of the previous meeting as presented in the newsletter were approved. 

An abbreviated Treasurer’s report was given by John Skaggs.  We have a balance.  (At least before Christmas, John is not making guarantees for after that.  Art Brown wanted to know where John was going with that money)  The report was approved. There was a request for an audit to which John agreed that we need one after the beginning of the year. 

In lieu of a Membership report, Gary had all new members from this past year stand.  There were quite a few new members present who got a very nice ovation. 

The Librarian’s report and the Webmaster’s report were dispensed with.  Gary noted that we will be replacing the VHS tapes with DVD’s after the beginning of the year.  Gary will also purchase a couple of portable DVD Players to borrow for members who do not have one. 

Gary recapped the slate of officers for 2012 presented in November by Roger Benedict for the Nominating Committee.  For next year, the slate of officers includes Steve Terrill as President’ Bob Coleman as Vice President’ John Skaggs as Treasurer; and Rosalie Wesley as Secretary.  Gary moved to accept the nominees as presented.  The motion was seconded and passed. 

Gary announced the procedure for the pot luck and catered brunch meeting. 

Don Stansfield announced that the project for after the January business meeting will be carving a small “Scottie Dog”.  He reminded people to bring a sharp knife and a sharp pencil.  We know that Don’s definition of sharp is much sharper than the majority of us rise to.  (Note that the Scottie Dog carving will be postponed to after the April meeting.)

Gary Johnson (who will publish the newsletter during Bernie’s Florida hiatus) announced that he brought extra copies for anyone who did not get one in the mail.

Lonnie Hayes acknowledged Gary Lundquist for doing a nice job as president for the last two years.  John Skaggs acknowledged the people who worked so hard to make the Christmas breakfast and party come off, including Bernie Budzynski, and wife Barb, Elaine and Gale Terrell and Tod and Dona Wisner. 


Christmas Brunch

christmasMany thanks to those who helped to make the Christmas Brunch a success.  Bernie Budzynski, Dona Wisner, and Elaine Terrell formed an ad hoc committee 3 years ago and have been organizing this event ever since.  They have dragged their spouses, Barb, Tod and Gale into the mix but we really know who runs the show.  This year finances allowed the event to be catered rather than a having members cook prepared dishes from GFS foods.

January Birthdays (that we know about).

Emile LeBeau-                    1/9               

Gale Terrell                        1/11


Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?


January Program

While Don Stansfield announced that he would conduct a carving class in January, he has graciously moved the class to April after the business meeting.

The January 18 program will be a representative from the Center For Learning in Retirement who will talk about the center and some of the options they have for classes and trips.  Their catalogue is coming out just before Christmas. 


show tell      Show and Tell   knife



teamsbark carving art box
dove woodspirt carved eagle
carved sheep teal hen
star of david kestrel    abe lincoln

John Skaggs showed five nicely carved and painted sports team plaques that he made for his children who are all sports nuts.  He found the difficult part was in the painting, not the carving. 

Tom Backer showed a bark carving of a fantasy tree house. 

Gordy Moscinski showed a stool that he carved for his sister in law with a woodburned design for “Brandy Lake”.  He also showed an art box that he created for his granddaughter complete with woodburned and painted designs including Tinkerbelle and a dolphin with her name Kiera on the front. 

 Richard Prutz showed a clock with the face of Jesus and a dove.  He would like to thank the hundred and one people who gave him advice and help. 

Bob Coleman showed a wood sprite that he carved from a fancy pear, but he had to sharpen up all his knives and gouges first. 

Jerome Mais showed four of the many sheep that he has carved (think Shaun the Sheep) and an Eagle head.  He also brought in the duck he did in the class with Bob Matthews. 

Nancy Peters did a Star of David in three dimensions for a friend who is Jewish.  It is of hardwood and has two interlacing triangles, one smooth and one textured for a nice effect. 

Brian Steder showed a full sized Kestrel with extended wings and fully burned and painted.  It looks ready to take off.  It is mounted on a wood burl.

Larry Christensen showed an Abe Lincoln carved and painted.

Bob Matthews showed a carved and painted Baltimore Oriole perched on a Silver Maple Branch with realistic leaves made of copper and painted, mounted on a butternut base. 

Will Rottman showed a nice relief carving of a grapes and a leaf. 


Classes at The Woodcraft Shop (Bettendorf Iowa)


Bob Guge - Realistic Bird Carving (Elf Owl)  January 6, 7, 8, 9, 2012

Josh Guge - Carve and Paint a Painted Turtle or a fish of your choice.  January 13, 14, 15, 16, 2012

Greg Wirtz - Intaglio Relief Carving (see Carving Magazine Holiday 2011, p. 40)  Jan. 27, 28, 29, 2011

Harley Refsal - Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving (think “Whittling Little Folk” and others)  Wed. Eve. @ 6 to Fri. Eve @ 5: Feb. 22, 23, 24, 2012  or  Fri. Eve. @6 to Sun. Eve @ 5: Feb 24, 25, 26, 2012.

Linda (Langenberg) Curtis - Carving and Painting a Panda (with a power carver) Mar. 2, 3, 4, 2012

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


Thanksgiving Divorce

A man in Phoenix calls his son in New York the morning before Thanksgiving and says, “I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are getting a divorce; forty-five years of misery is enough.” 

“Pop, what are you talking about?’  the son screams. 

“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer,” the father says.  “We’re sick of each other, and I’m sick of talking about this, so call your sister in Chicago and tell her.”

Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone.  “Like heck they are getting divorced.”  she shouts, “I’ll take care of this.”  She calls Phoenix immediately, and screams at her father, “You are not getting a divorce.  Don’t do a single thing until I get there.  I’m calling my brother back, and we’ll both be there tomorrow.  Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME? “ and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife.  “Okay” he says, “they’re coming for Thanksgiving and paying their own way.”

(Thanks to Bill Barr)



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.

Feb 4-5: 2012, Cedar Rapids. IA

The Art of Woodcarving Show and Competition.  Sponsored by The Cedar Valley Woodcarvers.  Longbranch Hotel and Convention Center, 90 Twixtown Rd. NE 9am -5pm Sat. & 10am-4pm Sun, Free adm.  Contact Maurie Vanderwalle, 319-377-6520,

Feb 18-19: St. Charles, IL

Winter Wood Wonders sponsored by Owl Hardwood Lumber. Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 S. Randall Rd.  10am-4pm Sat. & Sun.  $3 adm.

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.

March 31-Apr 1, 2012 Green Bay, WI  30th annual Woodworking Show and Sale.  Southwest High School, 1331 Packerland Dr.  Free Adm.  Contact 920-468-0123,

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

Duneland Woodcarvers Show, Woodland Park, Portage IN.  Contact DaveKings: 219--988-5610

June 9-17: Maquoketa, IA

International Woodcarvers Congress, Jackson County Fairgrounds, Maquaketa IA, Contact The Woodcraft Shop for information at 800-397-2278.


Good Judgment comes from Experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment

 - Will Rogers


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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

ð October 17 - Business Meeting

ð November 21 - Business Meeting

ð December 19 - Christmas Party



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, 815-332-2395

2010 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 - Gary Johnson 815-399-1697

Newsletter Writer - Steve Terrill, 815-393-4581

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