Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
Home   January 2012    2011  2012

Blackhawk Woodcarver
Volume XX, Issue 2, February 2013

The President’s Corner

January 17,2013

The Blackhawk wood cavers would like to thank all of the officer’s from last year, you all did a great job and I hope to follow in your footsteps. The Meeting was a Short one so the feather carvers could do the class; I saw a lot of nice feathers too. The Show and tell was a big successes and hope more bring in their pieces to show. Just hoping everyone a great new year and keep the knives sharp.

Bob Coleman

Happy Birthday George!

February Birthdays (that we know about).

Gary Lundquist 2-6
Art Sinden 2-24
Gordy Moscinski 2-26

bob scott

Bob Matthews and Scott Grey - Feather Class


Carol Behning works on painting the Redtail Hawk Feather she has carved and woodburned. Thanks to Bob Matthews for so ably leading this class. Many members participated and had a great time. We will probably see more feathers next week at Show and Tell. Thanks to Larry Clark for the photo.

Falling coconuts kill 150 people throughout the world every year --- 10 times the number of people killed by sharks.

Minutes (in brief)

Business meeting Jan16, 2013;

The meeting started at 9am. First our President Bob Coleman opened the meeting.
Secretary Arne Larson read the minutes from the Dec 2012 meeting. They were accepted as read. Thanks for everyone's patience with me.
Treasurer John Skaggs couldn't give the Treasurers report, because he had forgotten the financial records at home. Thanks John, you made me feel more comfortable. I was nervous for my first meeting.

Under new business; Vice President Mr. Bob Mathews gave his report on the signs the club is purchasing for our annual show in August.

He also explained how he had plans for some new projects for the club, such as the feather carving class, etc.
Don Stansfield talked briefly about a “3 in 3 carving contest”, and encouraged members to participate. As well as get more involved in our show and tell.
I hope to myself, but haven't put a carving in now for some time. I just haven't had anything to put in. But for those that do remember the first one is tough. All the others come simple.

Rodger Benedict had some tools for sale and then showed them on one of the tables. One was a roto tool, and the other a hand sander and cutter. If anyone was interested in either, contact me.
… Arne Larson, Secretary

“Road Trippin” by Denny Jackson

Denny Jackson is a friend of Denny Neubauer who had a chance to visit our club and wrote about the experience in his Christmas Newsletter.

“I can’t believe it has been almost two months since my wife, Breta, and I checked in to the Denny and Becky Neubauer’s Bed and Breakfast in Rockford. Not only are they gracious hosts, they are wonderful friends. It was fun that our trip included a chance to attend your club meeting with Denny, and meet some old, oops, I shouldn’t say “old” at a wood carving meeting, maybe I should say past friends from the Doane Experience, and enjoying a morning of carving.
Breta and I had been at the Daniel Boone Pioneer Festival in Winchester, KY, before we ventured to Rockford, and when we travel we like to keep our eyes open for possible Christmas presents. We stopped in Santa Claus, IN, at Santa’s Christmas Store. What a blast. Not that we spend a lot on presents, I did, however, come up with a way to hold down our Christmas bills. Yup! It’s called a paper weight. I had thought about buying stuff on time, but it seems by the time you get sick of it, you finally own it. It’s consoling though that today’s Christmas present is tomorrow’s garage sale. While we were at the store, I discovered a battery operated battery, for all those toys we buy the kids. The only problem was that the batteries weren’t included. Speaking of kids, two of our grandsons were staying at the house and when it came time for bed time prayers, one was asking for a new bike, a portable TV, and a Nintendo. The other brother said, “Why are you shouting? Santa’s not deaf.” “’No’ came the reply, ‘but Grandpa is!’”

I guess I should stop this rambling. Breta and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and we hope your pets enjoy your Christmas tree as much as ours do. Our dog loves the tree a lot. When he looks at it, it brings tears to the floor. Heh!

Thanks again for your wonderful hospitality at your club meeting. We hope to see you all again, soon.


“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: January 16th

chess board  woodburned box



Mary Wilder brought in a beautifully carved and detailed Nativity relief carving and two chess/checker boards of alternating squares of light and dark hardwood.
Louis Jurisch: did a small wood box with wood burned side panels.
Richard Prutz showed a painted relief craving of Chicago's skyline and an Indian smoking a cigarette.
Steve Terrill showed a scotty dog, a leaf/woodspirit, and a ball in cage carving. He also finished a Nativity scene from Don’s class
Bunny Nordheim had a stylized Angel from cottonwood bark.
John Skaggs carved and painted a nice plaque of the Pittsburg Steeler's football team's logo.
Scott Grey made two stylized birds finished natural and mounted on pole stands.
We left a sheet to vote on the show and tell and Scott Grey's display was voted best by the members present. Congratulations Scott!

Ode to the Belt Sander & This Cocobolo Sapwood
By Matthew Nienow

The belt kicks on with a whir & the whir Licks the end grain of the offcut with a hint of hesitation. A small wind of ochre dust sweeps off the belt before the belt comes back to where it was. The whole room swells with the scent of cinnamon & desire.  How imprecise the smell of desire.  The wood takes on a sheen, a gloss the grain can live behind without worry of being forgotten. A single knot blinks out of the small block and becomes the eye of a hummingbird, its beak bending around the edge of the wood, its small song captured in the annual rings. To think, this block was tossed in with the scraps. That the bird
could have been lost, Or burned.

From, a publication of the Poetry Foundation. Submitted by: Gary Curl, one of our new members

nativity scene

Carving brought in by Mary Wilder. What unbelievable detail!.

The Lawyer and the Blond

A lawyer and a blond woman are sitting next to each other on a long flight. The lawyer asks if she would like to play a fun game. The blond is tired and just wants to take a nap, so she politely declines and tried to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, that the game is a lot of fun. “I ask you a question and if you don’t know the answer, you pay me $5; you ask me one and if I don’t know the answer I pay you $500.”
This catches the blonde’s attention, and to keep him quiet, she agrees to play the game. The lawyer asks her the first question. “What’s the distance from the earth to the moon?” The blond doesn’t say a word; she just reaches into her purse and pulls out the five dollar bill, and hands it to the lawyer. Now it’s the blonde's turn. She asks the lawyer, “what goes up the hill on three legs, and comes down on four?” The lawyer uses his laptop, searches all references. He sends e-mails to all the smart friends he knows, all to no avail. After an hour of searching he finally gives up. He wakes up the blond and hands her $500. She takes the $500 and goes back to sleep.
The lawyer is going nuts not knowing the answer. He wakes her up and asks, “Well, so what goes up the hill with three legs and comes down with four?”
The blond reaches into her purse, hands the lawyer $5 and goes back to sleep.

One out of every three Americans is suffering from some form of Mental Illness. Think of two or your best friends. If they are OK, then it must be you - George Carlin

Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what is right.
Isaac Asimov


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

February 16-17; St. Charles, IL
Winter Wood Wonders at Kane County Fairground, 525 S. Randal Rd.; 10-4. All proceeds to wounded Veterans. Shelly Weiser (773) 405-2229

February 20, 21, 22; Or February 20, 21, 22; Bettendorf IA (first date is 6:00 PM)
Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harly Refsal. The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St., Bettendorf IA, 52722; $120 plus cutouts. 1-800-397-2278 or

March 1, 2, 3; Bettendorf IA
Realistic Animal Carving with Kirt Curtis - $235 includes roughout. The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State St., Bettendorf IA, 52722; 1-800-397-2278 or

March 9th, 10th, Cedar Rapids, IA
Discover The Art in Intarsia Expo - (sculpted wood mosaics) National Intarsia Carvers Assn. Contact Joannie West - 1-319-551-3126

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

Time to Pay your Dues for 2013! See Chuck Drewes our new Membership and Directory Coordinator (he will gladly take your money and maybe even write you a receipt.)

About Blackhawk Woodcarvers

Business Meetings & Special Events -
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
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


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.”

CLUB OFFICERS        (all have 815 as the area code)

President - Bob Coleman, 988-1757
Vice Pres. - Bob Matthews, 738-2201
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary - Arne Larsen, 398-8796

COMMITTEES             (all have 815 as the area 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 - Chuck Drewes, 316-0398
Newsletter -Publisher - Gary Johnson 399-1697
Newsletter Editor- Steve Terrill, 393-4581
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982

Home   January 2012   2011  2012