Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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              The Blackhawk Woodcarver
                                            Volume XX, Issue 7, July 2013

      The President’s Corner

We had a good Time with the classes, hoping everyone is having a good summer. We are still looking good as a group, we would like to hear more from members about the things they like to do.  And the carving show is coming up soon; hope to see your carvings on display.

Bob Coleman


In Memorium
Long time woodcarver Tony Valdez died on June 15, 2013, He was 92. He had a degree in engineering and was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Army. He owned a Jewelry business, worked as an Engineer , then worked for Ingersoll as a machinist and Draftsman. He later became a rocket designer for Aerojet Corp. Later he worked for Brunswick Corp. of Chicago where he was a Plant Engineering Manager, retiring in 1985. Besides Woodcarving, he was an avid fisherman, hunter, pilot, flight instructor, and motorcycle racer.
We wish condolences to his widow Annette, daughter Gelana, grand daughter, Gana, three great grandchildren, and six step-children.
We will miss Tony. He joined Blackhawk Woodcarvers in 2000. He preferred carving figures, He carved a 24” statue of Moses carrying the Ten Commandments which he donated to his church. We remember in 2010 when he announced that he flew a plane on his 90th birthday in August. RIP Tony.
Happy July!

July Birthdays
(that we know about).
Dona Wisner 7-7
Steve Johnson 7-17
Tod Wisner 7-21
Bob Coleman 7-22
Jerome Mais 7-22

Gary Curl carving a Seaman from Ray Olson’s Class

Missing Media from Bernie Budzynski
Book's 38 Patterns for wood carving - H.L.Enlow
90 Magic Relief Carving - Terry Evans
102 Carving Duck Decoys - Shourds & Hilman
Video's 20-V Magic Tree House - Rick Jensen
21-V Old Fashioned Santa - Ted Parker

Minutes (in brief)
The Black hawk Woodcarver’s meeting for June 19th
At 9am sharp Pres. Bob Coleman opened the monthly meeting of the Black hawk woodcarver’s.
Sec. Arne M. Larsen read the meeting’s minute’s for May 15th.
At 9:17am. John Skaggs read the treasure’s report.
Bob Coleman reported the death of Tony Valdez and a collection jar was put out for the family. After the collection was taken we had donated $27.00 for his memorial and a card.
Pres. Bob Coleman explained the by law’s that had been written up and had made up copies for us. Thanks to the nice person that did this for us all.
Bob shared mail from the North Suburban Carver’s Club advertising their show in October. He also had a note from Bob Matthews who is trying to get better. He wanted to remind us about the carving class with Denny Neubauer on July 3.  Bob also said that there was an upcoming lecturer Susan Alexander who writes for Carving Magazine. Who is coming to our meeting on July 24th to talk about Carving and publishing Carving Tips.
Our President Bob Coleman talked about Vice Pres. Bob Mathews recent heart problems and a card singed was sent to his house.
Tod Wisner discussed the nice time all that went to the Woodcarver’s International meeting had this last weekend. Much to my dismay, he said that several members were a part of the show and 3 had won ribbons. Tod said, Mary Wilder won a second place for her Bison Carving. Dave Meyer also won a ribbon for his relief carving. Thanks for representing our club
Larry Clark Our photographer said he has been working on our up and coming show posters and business cards and if there were other thing’s someone wanted to put in. Please contact him at 815 262 9982.
Bob Hallstrom spoke briefly about the Elgin Country Club Show coming up on July 19th and how they need woodcarver’s to assist in a soap carving exhibit. Also, the Midtown Show at 7th Street and 4th Avenue on July 13th.
Don Stansfield talked about the Michigan Woodcarver’s Association Michigan Festival of Gourds, September 13, 14, 15. Don encouraged people to turn in entries for the show two weeks early. He passed around a sign-up sheet for workers for the show. He asked people to not sign up for more than one activity at the same time slot. Bob Hallstrom made an appeal for donated carvings or other wood products for the raffle, our big moneymaker.
Also we all thank Jeffery Hartman one of our inlay carvers for all the nice sauces he has brought into our club. Jeff has done this several times so be sure to thank him.
Respectfully submitted,
Secretary Arne M. Larsen.
Don’t forget the Blackhawk Woodcarver’s
19th Annual Wood Sculpture Show!
Saturday, August 17th 2013
Public Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tebala Shrine Temple
7910 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL

“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)

The Law of Coffee: As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
The Law of Lockers: If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
The Law of Location: No matter where you go, you will be there.
The Law of Logical Argument: Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
Oliver’s Law: A closed mouth gathers no feet.

show & tell

Show and Tell

Martha Fitch finally finished a bark carving and wooden shoe. She finished them with wax shoe polish.

John Skaggs brought in his relief caring of apples and leaves from Roger’s class.

Arne M. Larsen’s carving of one of the wood blanks his wife gave to our club. And 4 gourds that he got from Louie and Gordy.
Jerome Mais did a basswood woodcarving with woodburning of a turtle from Carving Illustrated’s Spring Issue last year.
Carol Behning brought in Christmas ornaments she finally finished.

Larry Stenzel made a sign for selling his painting’s and woodwork.

A man who trusts nobody is apt to be the kind of man nobody trusts.
Harold McMillan

The VP corner
By Bob Matthews
[Bob is still in the hospital following Gall Bladder surgery on July 3. He has had complications. Tony DaVita and John Skaggs have seen him and may have more information. The schedule below is a recap of past information. SWT (ed.)]
The current schedule.
On July 3rd and 10th Denny Neubauer will teach you how to carve a miniature. I’ll get a signup sheet going at the next business meeting. Should be fun and bring you’re glasses, etc.
On July 24th Susan Alexander will give us a presentation on carving and publishing carving tips. Suggest you might want to offer her with some tips of your own.
August 17th Club Show. (see club show)
September 4th, discussions and demonstration on air brushing with Josh Guge.
Working on one more presentation, that should take place in October or November.
December, Christmas party.
I would like to thank every one for all your support with the club and hope everyone enjoys the summer.  We had a good Time with the classes, hoping everyone is having a good summer. We are still looking good as a group, we would like to hear more from members about the things they like to do. And the carving show is coming up soon; hope to see your carvings on display.
Bob Coleman
Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.

July 17-21 - West Salem WI
Coulee Region Woodcarver’s show at La Crosse, Intetstate Fair., Tom Ladwig (608) 582-4353.

July 20-21 - Converse, IN
Eastern Woodland Carvers’ 25th annual show at Borderman Park Gym. Saturday 11-5; Sunday 10-4, Gary Freeman (765) 251-3663.

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 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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