Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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                                      Volume XX, Issue 4, April 2013

The President’s Corner
The Blackhawk wood-carving club is off to a good start for the year, we are getting some top carvers for talks with the club, and it looks to be a fun year. We were at the Severson dells Saturday and had a good time by all, over 100 people and some carvers from around the area learned we are here. I am so glad the club is getting better every year. I would like to thank all of you for the support of the club and our carvers.
Bob Coleman.

In Memorium.

From the obituary:
Marshall O. Field Jr., 82, Rockford, passed away peacefully March 27, 2013, in his home. He was born July 26, 1930, in Monticello, Wisconsin, the son of Marshall and Frances (Bowers) Field Sr. He was a veteran of the Navy. Marshall married Opal Breezley in Markville, Minnesota on July 1, 1950. He was a machine repairman at Sundstrand Corporation for many years. Marshall was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a past member of Charles Street Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed collecting Native American artifacts, was a member of Blackhawk Carving Club, and was active in scouting with his sons for many years. Survived by his wife, Opal; sons, Steven (Mary) Field, Alan Field, Lary (Alice) Field, and Gerald (Pam) Field; grandchildren, Stacey, Greg, Lucas (Leann), Leann, and Jason (fiancée, Aimee) Field; sister, Darlene (Jack) Breit; and his constant companion, Pepper. Predeceased by his parents; brothers, Virgil, Ronald, and Eugene. Memorial service for Marshall will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 13, in Westminster Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. William Ward officiating. Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., assisted the family. Share online condolences at

We will all miss Marshall Greatly!


Some of Marshall’s carvings.

Happy Tax Day!

April Birthdays
(that we know about). -
 Larry Clark 4-9
Franklin Johnson 4-10
John Skaggs 4-19
Bunny Nordheim 4-21

Minutes (in brief)
Blackhawk woodcarver's meeting March 20th 2013.
The meeting began at 9 a.m. President Bob Coleman called the meeting to order.
Arne Larsen read the minutes of the preceding Feb. 20th meeting.
The Secretaries’ report was accepted as read.
Treasure. John Skaggs gave the Treasurers Report and it was approved as read.
Mrs. Donna Wisner gave her petty cash report.
Chuck Drewes gave his membership report and introduced our newest member Gary Victor.
Mr. Bob Mathews brought in the new signs we bought with his help and the sign committee.
Bob also told everyone about the speakers we will be having over the course of the year. He explained that we would like to pay four of them for their talk. He asked that $600.00 be set aside for that purpose. So we could pay them with costs not to exceed $ 150.00 per speaker. The motion was made to do this and a vote taken. It was approved unanimously.
Bob said he had chosen The Northern Ill. Raptors Rehab. & Rehabilitation to start in May. Then Susan Alexander an author of woodcarving book's for the next in July. She is a writer and very well versed in the wood carving field. Then In Sept. Mr. Josh Guge would do another. Bob Matthew’s recommendation was put into a motion, seconded and approved by the members.
Mr. Tod Wisner made a motion to change the postal service box. A vote was taken and approved we will change our present Post Office Box. Gary Johnson volunteered to do it and pick up the mail.
Roger Benedict talked about the Severson Dell's show and how persons were picked to show their work. He explained that there were 12 tables available for our club. He told everyone interested to contact him for information.
Mr. Bob Hallstrom told us that Klem Arboretum is having an upcoming show and that those interested should contact him or the Klem Arboretum. Bob also said that the Elgin Woodcarvers are having a show and invited us to do a soap carving table and asked for volunteers to go to Elgin and help out.
The meeting ended at 9:45 a.m.

Respectfully submitted; Secretary Arne M. Larsen.

Get your Picnic On!
June 4, 2013.
Sinissippi Shelter.
More to follow...

“3 and 3” Carving Drawing
Club members are encouraged to participate in the club’s monthly SHOW AND TELL and in the club’s ANNUAL WOODCARVING COMPETITION in August.
There will be a drawing for prizes for club members who have different carvings in SHOW AND TELL at least three (3) months from January 2013 through July 2013, enter carvings in at least three (3) Competition Categories at the 19th ANNUAL WOODCARVING COMPETITION in August 2013, and are awarded at least one (1) First, Second, or Third place in the competition. Any member who fulfills these criteria but enters in at least six (6) Competition Categories in the August show will have his/her name placed twice in the drawing. (A person can only win one prize in the drawing.) Categories are the same as listed in the ANNUAL WOOD-CARVING COMPETITION

1. Realistic Animals
2. Realistic Water
3. Realistic Winged Animals
4. Realistic Waterfowl…
5. Realistic Human Forms
6. Santas
7. Mythical
8. Caricatures
9. Reliefs of any kind
10. Bark Carving
11. Chip Carving
12. Canes / Walking Sticks
13. Stylized
14. Pyrography
15. Miscellaneous
16. 2 Inch Cube Challenge
17. Youth and Novice (3 categories)

Show and Tell
Bob Coleman gave the show and tell and called on:
Carl Hicks explained the 3 canes he'd made. One was a Cherry wood cane of Blackhawk, a couple cane made of walnut, and a Duck cane made out of walnut and pine.
Tom Backer did a relief carving of a cabin with silos and a large tree in Basswood.
Gordy Moscinski did a Woodburning of a fairy which he colored.
Tod Wisner's carving was a relief carving with a star and evergreen tree.
Bunny Nordheim did some small 3” tree carvings given her by another member and a small 3” man.
Frank Lay brought in a Tree trunk piece with a man carved in it and an Aviator bust done at a wood carving class he took in Iowa.
Chuck Drewes Carved seven Shawl Clasps that were nice. He's selling them now for $20.00 apiece. Lot's of sanding and polishing just as Marshall Field would have done.
Larry Stenzel carved two trout in the round with excellent painting. He also made three wildlife wood burnings that were impressive.
Jerome Mais Showed his pair of Stellar Jay birds that were so good. Wow!!!!!.
Art Sinden carved and painted a relief mask of a spirit. It almost looks real.


The VP corner
Bob Matthews would like to thank Bob Hallstrom, Don Stansfield, and Roger Benedict for their demonstration on tool sharpening on March 27. Job Well Done!
The following is a list of activities and/or presentations have been schedule as of 3/30/2013:
April 10th: Let’s do something with a Gourd with Gordy Moscinski
May 29th: Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education with Candy and Steve Ridlbauer and friends.
June 4th Blackhawk Woodcarver’s Annual Picnic at Sinnissippi Park
July 24th: Presentation on writing about carving and publishing carving tips with Susan Alexander.
Sept 4th: Discussions and demonstrations on air brushing with Josh Guge.
(Bob has a couple of other irons in the fire, but is waiting for confirmations.)

Severson Dells Spring Show
At the request of Steve Terrill, Roger Benedict arranged organized and carried out a wonderful Spring Carving Show at Severson Dells. Thanks to Don Miller of Severson Dells for offering the space, doing lots of advertising to his nature lovers and making us all feel at home. Thanks also to the Carvers, John Skaggs, Bob Hallstrom, Bob Matthews, Bob Coleman, Lonnie Hayes, Larry Stenzel, Larry Christensen, Denny Neubauer, Jerome Mais, Elaine and Gale Terrell, Tony DaVita, and Roger Benedict. Also present were the soap carvers who worked with kids and adults who wanted to carve something, Gary Lundquist and Steve Terrill. We had a nice turnout of over a hundred visitors who were anxious to talk and ask questions. We received many compliments. The Soap carvers were constantly busy with 2-4 carvers at almost all times.

Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.
April 13, 14; Portage IN
Duneland Woodcarvers Show, Woodland Park, Portage IN, Contact Dave Kings: 219-988-5610

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 - Be aware of the many shows coming up in Florida and Arizona for those of you who travel south.) See also: Classes at 1-800-397-2278 or Helli Mayr, European carving - March 12, 13, 14 / March 15, 16, 17 ; Sharon Bechtold Woodburning, April 20, 21; John Engler Relief Carving May 24, 25, 26

Celebrate Spring at “Artistry In Wood” Exhibit of one of a kind woodcarvings, featuring someof the best carvers in the Midwest; sales and carving demonstrations, Presented by the NORTH SUBURBAN CARVERS
Saturday April 27th - 9:00 to 4:00pm
Sunday April 28th - 10:00 to 4:00 pm
Cantigny Park, 1s 151 Winfield Rd, Wheaton, IL

Tony DaVita - Carving a relief at Roger Benedict’s CLR Class

About Blackhawk Woodcarvers
Business Meetings & Special Events -
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
ð November 21 - Business Meeting
ð December TBD - Christmas Party
ð December 18 - Business Meeting
NEW YEAR - 2014
ð January 15 - Business Meeting
ð February 19 - Business Meeting
ð March 20 - Business Meeting

P. O. Box 15488 Loves Park, Illinois 61132-5488
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am) except Dec 25, Jan 1
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 - Bob Coleman, 988-1757
Vice Pres. - Bob Matthews, 738-2201
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary - Arne Larsen, 398-8796

Librarian - Bernie Budzynski, 332-2395
2013 Show Co-Chairmen - Bob Hallstrom, 963-1326, Don Stansfield, 235-0075
Webmaster - Gordon Moscinski, 874-7978
Club Website -
Membership Chair - Chuck Drewes, 316-0398
Newsletter -Publisher - Gary Johnson 399-1697
Newsletter Editor- Steve Terrill, 393-4581
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
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