Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XIX, Issue 7, July 2012

 The Presdent’s Corner
Well it is now July.  Summer is here.  You won't be getting this until after the 4th so I hope you have a wonderful and safe fourth.
Many hands make light work.  It is so nice to have volunteers to take care of things to make this whole club work.  Thanks to all our helpers for the Midsummer festival. (see below)

A big thanks to Ralph Rossignol for teaching the Totem Pole class.  He will be heading back to where it is hot in Florida.
The show is coming up soon.  I hope you have all volunteered and will be there with your best work.  Don't forget to keep those chips flying!


Carving Class !
Ralph Rossignol from Florida (remember the canes for Vets from last summer) was here and is gone.  He taught a class on how to carve a miniature Totem Pole.  It was a race to try and get it done.  I do not think anyone finished while he was here, but I hope we all got enough information to finish them at home. Thanks Ralph! 

flagHappy Birthday USA!

Club Show at Tebala Shrine Temple an August  18th (our 18th annual).  Time: 11:00am - 4:00pm.  15 judging categories plus 3 for youth and novices.
2 inch Cube Challenge!
Time to work on your entries and something to raffle off!

July Birthdays
(that we know about)
Dona Wisner                7-7
Isabella Larsen            7-16
Tod Wisner                  7-21
Jerome Mais                7-22

Sick Bay
We wish a speedy recovery to Bob Matthews who had Hip Surgery on June 26th.

Midsummer Festival
The Midsummer Festival at the Swedish Historical Society was a success.  Thanks to Bob Hallstrom and Gary Lundquist for the planning.  Also to Tod and Dona Wisner, Lonnie Hayes, Gordy Moscinski and Steve Terrill who helped out with the carving/teaching.

Always borrow money from a pessimist.  He won't expect it back!

Minutes (in brief)

The meeting was called to order at 9:02 AM by President Steve Terrill.

Minutes for May 16, 2012 read and approved.

Treasurer’s report given by John Skaggs. We have money.  Report approved.

Petty cash report by Dona Wisner indicated a balance on April 30,  and a balance on May 31, 2012   Report approved.

Membership Chairperson, Dona Wisner, indicated that we have 91 active members and 20 associate members for a total of 111.  There a are two new members: Sherman Jones and Diane Johnson. Neither was present.

Dona Wisner indicated that a new book has been donated by Nancy and Art Peters to our library. The book is titled, “Caricature Carvers of America Presents - Carving an 1880s Western Train, It’s Passengers & Crew”, a Schiffer Book for Carvers. The donation is appreciated and those assembled acknowledged with a round of applause.

Web Master, Gordy Moscinski, had no report.

Bernie Budzynski, Librarian, indicated that before removing an item from the cabinet, fill out the appropriate card with the date and your name. Two books have been taken with no documentation of who is in possession of said items.

Old Business:

President Steve Terrill indicated that the Midsummer Festival sponsored by the Swedish Historical
Society was a success. He acknowledged and thanked those individuals from our club, who were instrumental in achieving this goal.

Those carvers were: Bob Hallstrom, who helped set up the connections and created a large number of wooden objects to be assembled; Gary Lundquist acted as liaison with Karen Hammarberg from the Historical Society and guided Steve on procedures for best display of the Blackhawk Woodcarver’s Banner and what tools, samples and patterns were needed; carving instruction was provided by: Gordy Moscinski, Lonnie Hayes , Dona Wisner and Tod Wisner; Lonnie Hayes provided a supply of large soap bars, that dove tailed with the carving patterns; Jerome Mais supplied wooden carving knives; Gordy and Tod assisted with the Dalla Horses - woodworking, assembly and painting and Gary Johnson introduced his grandkids to carving.

Tony DeVita, picnic coordinator, proclaimed the club picnic a success. The food was awesome, people came early and according to Tony “a good time was had by all”.

Special thanks given to Chuck Drewes, who supplied a backup grill.
Steve Terrill indicated that the date of next year’s picnic needs to be reviewed.  The date of the club picnic conflicts this year with the International Woodcarvers Congress, which is held in Maquoketa, Iowa, the second week in June. 

Don Stansfield reminded club members that the Blackhawk Woodcarvers 18th Annual Woodcarving Show is fast approaching. The date is August 18, 2012 from 11AM to 4PM.  Items for the door prizes and raffle are still needed. Sign-up sheets will be passed around for the workers needed to make this event a success. Direct all inquiries to Don Stansfield.

Don Stansfield reported that Mark Boyd is recuperating from his injury to his gloveless hand. It was a clean cut, indicating a sharp knife. The stiches are out and the splint is off. Doctor indicated another five and a half months for optimum recovery. Get well card passed around to members, signed and delivered.

Ralph Rossignol gave participants a choice of three totem poles to carve in his June 20 and June 27 classes.

Woodcarving Congress

These smiling people were in attendance at the International Woodcarving Congress in Maquoketa (just try to say that).  From Left, Don Hallstrom, Ray Olson, Don Stansfield, Larry Christensen, Mark Boyd, Dave Arreguin, Dona Wisner.  Not pictured, Photographer Tod Wisner.  Dave Meyer was also there.
wordcarving congress

 Show and Tell

Louie Jurisch used a lathe and a band saw to create a Suspended Bowl. He explained the procedure needed to create the legs, but though he made four; it is possible to make more and the shape of the legs is up to your imagination.

Richard Andersen carved a Rooster five years ago in vibrant colors and planned to do a hen and chicks at a later date. When his wife asked if he was ever going to finish this project it inspired him to continue on. In about two months he carved the promised hen and three chicks and matched the vibrant colors of the original rooster.

Bob Coleman carved a Woodspirit out a rolling pin. What makes it unique are the buck teeth.

“Lets Dance” is the title of intertwined figures carved out of basswood and finished with enamel paint. Father and Son Scottie dogs also out of basswood was carved, burned and this time finished with linseed oil. Both were carved by Richard Prutz.

Tony DeVita was a member of Denny Neubauer’s Little People class. Tony carved two little people and a little person bookmark. 

Dave Meyer attended the International Woodcarvers Congress held in Maquoketa, Iowa in June. He attended John Engler’s class and displayed the medium relief  basswood carving he created of a wooden cabin with stone chimneys.  Dave explained it was a five day class, but a seven and a half day project. 

Nancy Peters also attended a class; hers was in Evart, Michigan and was conducted by  Elaine and Fred Stedman. She carved a low relief with a barn in the background and in the foreground a red wooden wagon, a partial fence and for added farm atmosphere a brown donkey. Accents were created with wood burning.

Nancy Peters carved wooden spiral earrings; she darkened the inner portion for contrast and applied a Deft finishing spray. She carved a small Calla Lily and used traditional colors in an acrylic finish. To practice her carving fold skills, Nancy carved a cross draped in a shroud with multiple curves. The dove in the corner provided a light source that spills diagonally over the surface of the shroud and cross. To finish out her display she added a comfort cross.

 Will Rottman carved a Stubby Cowboy out of basswood and colored with watered down acrylic paint and finished with Minwax finish. Will is not resting on his laurels, he created his own rough out and is now carving a Slim Cowboy.  His advice to those who screw up the eye is an easy fix - make an eye patch.

Bob Mathews was at a Mexican restaurant in Arizona with his wife and saw a painting of a courtyard that caught his fancy. He took a picture and recreated the classic courtyard in wood. The photo and carving were the first of his three creations. Bob carved a cottonwood bark house in the round. He took two equal sized pieces of cotton wood bark, hollowed the inside, glued them together and then carved. He stated that Illumination can be created with battery powered lights.

Bob Matthews used basswood to create a Kestrel, hand carved in sections - wings, body, feet and then assembled. According to Bob, a colonoscopy of sorts was needed to attach the Kestrel to the wood enclosed granite. A wire protruding from the base proved a port for the slot under the tail feathers. This project from start to finish took a total of six weeks.

Chuck Drewes displayed two wooden candle stick holders and wooden salt and pepper shakers carved in the acanthus style. The candlesticks belonged to his Mother-in-law and the top two inches of one was in need of repair.  Chuck completed the repair and challenged us to determine which one he re-carved. All items are walnut. The salt and pepper shaker were carved with an Xacto knife and pocket knife using the pattern in the candle sticks as a guide. The salt and pepper shaker were completed 50 years ago.

Chuck Drewes also carved a model of the USS PCE 899. Pictures of the actual battleship accompanied the model.

 Dave Meyer carving at a class at Maquoketa.  Dave had his picture taken with his work to show how it should be done!  Good Job Dave!

 Dave Meyer suggested that Blackhawk Woodcarvers are every bit as good as the people in the Maquoketa Iowa International woodcarvers Conference.

suspended bowl  carved rooster
woodspirit scottie dogs carved little people

stubby cowboy courtyard  bark house kestrel
candelstick holders

dave Dave Meyer carving at a class at Maquoketa.  Dave had his picture taken with his work to show how it should be done!  Good Job Dave!

 Dave Meyer suggested that Blackhawk Woodcarvers are every bit as good as the people in the Maquoketa Iowa International woodcarvers Conference.

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

August 4; Oconomowoc, WI

Lake Country Carvers’ Show at the Lake Country Life Enrichment Center, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave.  10 am to 4 pm  - Free - Contact Bill MacKay (262) 542-2766.

August `15-18; Bremen Ind.       

Fourth Annual Indiana Woodcarvers Summer Camp at Pla-Mor Campgrounds, 2162 US 6 East. Contact Marcia Yrineo (574) 204-2856;

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.

August 24-26; Converse Ind. 

Annual CCA Caricature Carving Seminar.  Web Site:

September 1-2; Springfield, IL

Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers’ 22nd show at Illinois State Fairgrounds, 11th & Sangamon Ave.; Sat 10-5, Sun 10-4.  Adm. $3. (12 and under free).  Lee or Betty Legg, (217) 546-8792;

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!:


And That’s how the Fight Started!

 One year a husband decided to buy his mother-in-law a cemetery plot as a Christmas Gift…  The next year, he did not buy her a gift.  When she asked him why, he replied, “Well, you still have not used the gift I bought you last year!”


Midwest Scroll Saw Trade Show

Richland Center Wisconsin (Southwest part of the State)

Friday and Saturday August 3 & 4, 2012 - Classes, Seminars, Demonstrations, Contests, Door Prizes.  Fretwork, Intarsia, Woodcarving, Woodturning, Woodburning, and Woodworking of all kinds.

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 Business Meetings & Special Events -

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
ð April 17 - Business Meting
ð May 15 - Business Meeting
ð June 19- 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,       393-4581

Vice Pres. - Bob Coleman,     988-1757

Secretary - Rosalie Wesley…738-2201

Treasurer - John Skaggs,      547-6951



 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 Publishers - Bernie Budzynski 332-2395, Gary Johnson 399-1697

Newsletter Writer - Steve Terrill, 393-4581

Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
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