Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XIX, Issue 9, September 2012

The Presdent’s Corner

Well it is now September. You would not know it from the weather, however. With a little luck the weather will be getting cooler and we will all be eating apples,
Well, the annual show was a success, thanks to the many volunteers and carvers. Thanks especially go to Don Stansfield and Bob Hallstrom who spent many hours organizing and seeing that things went off smoothly.
I never cease to be amazed at the talent of our woodcarvers group. It is one thing to see show and tell items monthly but when you go to the show and see how prolific and talented our members have been over the years, it is overwhelming.
Don’t forget to keep those chips flying! Steve

September Birthdays  (that we know about). -
Carrie Lay 9/5
Jeff Hartman 9/23

In Memorium
We were sad to learn of the passing of Walter Gipe of Pecatonica who had been a long time member. He was 81. He was an avid carver and a regular attender to the Blackhawk Woodcarvers. Along with a number of club members he helped to carve an Indian out of a tree stump at Pecatonica Fair Grounds.

Minutes (in brief)
Treasurer’s report given John Skaggs. Report approved.

Petty cash report by Dona Wisner Report approved.

Membership Chairperson, Dona Wisner, indicated an increase in membership. There are now a total of 113 members: 93 active and 20 associates. The two new members are Scott Grey and Berland Hammer.

Web Master, Gordy Moscinski had no report.

Bernie Budzynski , Librarian, indicated that there are still 6 books missing from the library. The term missing indicates that the borrower failed to complete a sign out card. In the folder on the right side of the library cabinet under the tab, library books by number, there is a mark indicating the absent book. These items may be from someone that hasn’t attended in a while. Check and see if you are one of the culprits, if so return the book.

Don Stansfield reminded the group that the Blackhawk Woodcarvers 18th Annual Woodcarving Show is Saturday, August 18. Check to see what you signed up for and what time you are expected. You are welcome to stop by and just enjoy the show. Tebala sets up the tables. Friday is drop off day for carvings. The hours are 2-5 PM. Saturday’s show is 10:30AM to 4PM. See you all there.

Old Business:
President Steve Terrill thanked everyone ,who has been gracious enough to provide news and ideas for the newsletter.

Roger Benedict and Wes Englund have been working on the new sharpening system. Wes reported that the cabinet is being enlarged and the paint is drying as he spoke.

New Business:
Two of our woodcarvers will be teaching classes at CLR, Center for Learning in Retirement. Bob Hallstrom is teaching “Beginning Figure Carving”, which will feature 3 different figures: an angel, a Santa and a small male or female figurine. The classes will be Thursdays in October and November for 6 sessions from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.

Don Stansfield will be teaching “Carve A Nativity”. It will be a small nativity 8”x4.5”. The classes will be on Tuesdays in October and one in November and will be held from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm.

Elaine Terrell announced that the Christmas Party will be held on December 5th. this year.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:26AM

Rosalie A. Wesley

A mistake is not a mistake; It is a new adventure!
(Letter to:) Steve Terrill, President, Blackhawk Woodcarvers
Due to health issues, I have decided that I can no longer participate in the hobby of woodcarving. I will not be attending any more of the activities of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers. Arthritis in my hands and joints makes it very difficult for me to carve.
Joining the Blackhawk Woodcarvers was one of the best things I did in retirement. Every one of the members I have met through the years are the greatest. When I joined, Bob Hallstrom personally welcomed me to the club and made me feel right at home, got the information and had an apron made for me. Most of all I’ll never forget his genuine concern and comfort when I lost my son. I have learned so much about this hobby, and am amazed at the differences and individual talents that are in the club. I really loved all of the comments and suggestions about how to carve, sharpen knives, etc. The members are the greatest and I cherish the most the suggestions and the insults about my work from Gary, Jerome, and John. What a wonderful trip I have had.
Thank you everyone, John Winter

Missing Books (down to 6)
#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
#150 - Creative Chip Carving / Frank Mannims
Jane Pheiffer has moved: She is now in Independence Village. She wishes tp pass on that she misses the great people in the Woodcarvers Club. She sends her greetings to everybody. Her Address is:
Jayne C. Pheiffer
3655 N. Alpine Rd. Apt B 303
Rockford IL 61114

Show and Tell:
carved sheep
Julie Meier used Jerome Mais’ sheep carvings as inspiration for his white basswood sheep. Julie’s wife applied the acrylic paint and Julie finished the carving with two clear coats of lacquer spray.

Richard Prutz completed two shallow relief carvings. Both the green cobra and the American Indian were carved out of basswood and painted with acrylics. No finish was applied to either.

mugsArt Sinden carved “Mugs”, a small man with a cigar and a 5 o’clock shadow for a beard. The figure was carved from basswood, enhanced with acrylics and finished with Watco. The cigar was created from a toothpick.


carved santaDon Stansfield carved a realistic Hillbilly with a Santa Cap. What makes it interesting is the snuff in the pocket, the bandana , the shoes with laces and the caption “Noel Y‘ All”. The carving was made from Basswood, painted with acrylics and sealed with polyurethane.

carved flowerCarol Behning carved a medium relief carving of a flower. The pattern is one of Roger Benedict’s. Carol used 50% mineral spirits, 50% boiled linseed oil and Minwax stain to add coloration. She then applied a polyurethane satin finish, which she says looks like a semi-gloss. Carol was sitting on her porch while working on her carving, when a bird that had been eating mulberries pooped on the upper half of her carving. An 1/8 of an inch stain resulted and necessitated additional depth work to remove the stain.


carved frogWes Englund carved a frog playing a base fiddle, while floating down a river on a raft. Wes used cotton wood bark which he stained and painted with water base acrylics. No additional finish was applied.

carved canecarved caneCarl Hicks has been working on this particular cane off and on for two to three years. The bottom portion of the cane has an Indian design, about a third from the top he carved the head of a deer and plans on adding a deer antler to the top eventually. This is a work in progress.


Annual Show at Tebala
The show was a success! We made almost $600 in profit.  Many of our members were award winners, more than a few were winners multiple times.
In Advanced Level, members included: Ray Olson, Judy Deets, James Maus, Ted Faber, John Skaggs, David Meyer, Larry Christensen, Bob Matthews, Marshall Field Jr., Wes Englund, and Don Stansfield.
For Intermediate Level, members included: Mary Wilder, Larry Stensel, Jerome Mais, Hughling Meier, Richard Anderson, Lisa Hanus, Tod Wisner, Larry Clark, Jeffrey Hartman, Dona Wisner, Will Rottman, Judy Englund, Bernie Budzynski, Michael Petty, Chuck Drewes, and Bunny Nordheim.
Wes Englund not only won a Judges Choice award but also the People’s Choice award for his Troll Topped Walking Stick!
Great Job Guys and Gals!

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

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.

October 6, 7: Bloomington, IL
12th Annual Sculptures in Wood Show, sale, and contest. At Shirk Center, Illinois Wesleyan University, 302 E. Emerson St. Saturday 9-5, Sunday 12-4. Admission $3; Children with an adult free. Contact; Mike Hartzler (309) 662-4276;

October 20-21; Wheaton, IL
North Suburban Carvers’ annual Artistry in Wood show and sale at DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Rd.; 10 am -4 pm. Free Parking. Admission $5, under 16 free. Judy Kavathas (773) 775-8993

October 27-28; Danville IL
Kickapoo Karvers’ 31st Annual show at New Life Banquet Center, 1419 N Bowman Ave. Jim Van Duyn (217) 497-9859.

October 28, Madison WI
Capital Area Carvers and Badger Woodturners co-sponsor the 24th Woodcarvers/Woodturners Show/Sale at Olbrich Botanical Gardens; 9-4. Free Adm. Demos, Raffles. Bob Tomlinson (608) 635-4552,; Gordon or Mimi Bentley (608) 297-2972,

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

They Walk Among Us -

A noted Psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function where the past governor from up north happened to appear. The governor took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked her a question with which she was most at ease. “Would you mind telling me, Doctor, “ he asked, “how you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?” “Nothing is easier.” she replied. “You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track.” “What sort of question?” he asked. “Well, you might ask, “Captain Cook made three trips around the world and died during one of them. Which one?’” The governor thought for a moment and then said with a nervous laugh, ”You wouldn’t happen to have another example would you? I must confess I don’t know much about history.”

Just a few of the many donated raffle items by club members!

About Blackhawk Woodcarver


Business Meetings & Special Events -

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
ð   July 17 - Business Meeting


P. O. Box 15488 Loves Park, Illinois    61132-5488

Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am).  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


COMMITTEES   (all 815 zip code)

 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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