Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Volume XX, Issue 8, August 2013

The President’s Corner
No report this month.   
August Birthdays
(that we know about).
Nancy Peters 8-7
Elaine Terrell 8-8
Judy Englund 8-14

Midtown Event - July 19
The Midtown Fair was a success. We did soap carving and many children stopped. Many came back. We were never empty. Bob Coleman and Steve Terrill were there the whole day but we had help from Diane Johnson, Martha Fitch , Bunny Nordheim. And Carl Hicks. Plus we got free corn on the cob!

Elgin Country Club July 19
Several of our members did soap carving there. Ray Olson, Bob Hallstrom, Arne Larson, and Denny Neubauer. Thanks for making us look good.

Minutes (July 17th)
The monthly meeting of Blackhawk woodcarvers; July 17th 2013
We were glad to see our vice pres. Bob Mathews on July 31st return after some serious medical issues. He also had a nice wooden machinist box he bid off to lucky bidder Rosalie Wesley.
The meeting opened at 9 a. m. sharp with our Pres. Bob Coleman
Sec. Arne Larsen read the minutes from our June 19th meeting.
John Skaggs, our treasure, gave his report.

Bob Hallstrom spoke briefly about the soap carving show we were asked to attend at the Elgin Golf Club. Which Ray Olson Bob Hallstrom, Dennis Neubauer and myself. It was a great place and a lots of fun.

Bob Coleman thanked everyone for the sympathy card and those whom donated to the Anthony Valdez family memorial.
Donna Wisner gave her petty cash report.
Bernie gave the library report and said everyone should check to make sure all of the video’s checked out will be returned.

The photographer Larry Clark discussed our up and coming soon show and had signs and cards printed out for everyone. Thanks to Tod Wisner and Larry. Clark.

Don Stansfield spoke briefly about the need for help for working our show. He expressed the importance of helping to make the show better.
Chuck Drewes said “I believe we now have 112 member’s active and associated.”

I just wanted to take a minute to tell everyone that members whom you all know who have normally attended our meetings such as: David Arreguin, Lois Bachelor, Nordine Bolstad, Shirlee Calvert, Bob Capion, Donald. Christenson, and Don Clark who moved to Arkansas, Louis Cowan, Judy Deets, Cheryl Delavan Henry Draves, Judy Englund, Nancy Ewald, Bob Govig, James Griparis, Karen Hammarberg, Lonnie Hayes, Herman Hollingsworth, Ron Johnsen, Steve Johnson, Laura Keidaisch, Sharon Knitter, Albert Klingenberg, Clayton Lindscheid, James Maus, Hughing Meier, Linda Mensching, Jayne Pheiffer, Marjorie Simonds, Judy Suit, Lee Thomas, and last of all our John Winter have been missed. Please, those of you whom know these folks and members of our club, please call them if you know them or have done work with them, so we can find out if they are okay, and ask them to come back and visit and or carve with us.

Also at our last meeting, I did observe what I thought was a homeless person wandering around the parking lot and setting up on a bench outside our door. Please let me or one of the officers know about it. So we can notify the school {for the children} as well as ourselves and do lock up and don’t leave valuables in you cars. Still homeless are not thieves. Whomever please tell us about strangers. Thanks.

Arne M Larsen, Secretary                                                                                                                                    

Show and Tell

Bunny Nordheim showed her inlay carving she did.

Martha Fitch showed a lathe project or “Honey Draw” which was also pretty neat.

Tony DeVita, {the sign man} showed his fisherman.

Richard Prutz showed his fisherman, one of his best.

Larry Stenzel showed a traveling trophy and as he explained he’s setting up a business doing these things. Congratulations Larry.

Carl Hicks purple carving for his granddaughter was awesome.

Diane Johnson did a Santa’s head she’d been working on for a while and a deer antler horned cane. Pretty nice.

Wesley Englund showed the certificate for a show he’d been in in Texas. You go Wesley. Oh! And he displayed a great jackass that can kick like my wife.
Tod Wisner showed a carving he had done at a show at Maquoketa, Iowa in a class he’d attended there.

Louis Jurisch did a 1/3 size carving of a dove.

Scott Grey showed a wooden bowl he had Louis turn in.

Bernie Budzynski also showed a wolf he had done on a scrape piece of wood.

Bob Coleman had a couple of golf balls he carved. He recently sold one of them on the internet.

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

August 3, - Oconomowoc, WI
Lake Country Carvers Show at Lake Country Enrichment Center, 1306 W. Wisconsin Ave. 10am to 4pm; free admission. Terry Villwock (414) 617-3860

August 8-18, - Des Moines, IA
Iowa State Fair wood projects exhibit. Jerry Wilson (515) 285-2368 or (515) 720-6805

August 17 - Rockford IL
Blackhawk Woodcarvers’ 19th Annual Show/competition and 2” cube carving Challenge at Tebala Shrine Temple. Don Stansfield, 1505 W. Lincoln Blvd., Freeport, IL 61032; (815) 235-0075

August 23-25 - Converse, IN
CCA’s annual Caricature Carving Competition and Seminar.

August 23-25 - Amana, IA
Amana Arts Guild sponsors Woodgest at Amana Colonies RV Park. Handcrafted wood items, tools, and equipment, demos and sales. Free Admission. Contact (319) 622-3908.

August 31- Sept 1 - Springfield, IL
Sangamon Valley Woodcarvers present 23rd annual show in Illinois Building on Illinois State Fairgrounds. Saturday 10-5; Sunday 10-4. Admission $3. Lee and Betty Leg (217) 546-8792.

September 14 - Janesville, WI
Eighth annual Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin show and sale at Rock County Fairgrounds Blackhawk Center, 1301 Craig Ave.; 10-4. Free Admission Tom or Rosie Kautz (608) 868-4522;

September 29 - Utica IL
25th annual Valley Carvers’ judged, juried, show/sale at Starved Rock State Park Main Lodge; 9-5. Bob Wills (815) 634-3086.

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

About Blackhawk Woodcarvers

Business Meetings & Special Events -

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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