Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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                                      Volume XX, Issue 6, June 2013

The President’s Corner
It has been a fun few months. The raptor group was a good way to see the birds and understand their needs. The picnic was fun from what I have heard, Thanks to the committee for all your hard work. We are looking forward to all the new classes coming up for the rest of the year. The carving class with Ray Olson started this week and the class is doing a fine job.
Bob Coleman

Update on Bob Matthews: As most of us know, Bob had a Stroke on Wed. May 29th. This on top of his multiple other medical concerns recently. He was close to home and driving when he had a minor accident going slowly. A neighbor helped him as he was confused and disoriented. He went to the hospital and was administered the drug TPA in a very timely fashion. He did respond rapidly to the drug. He has no damage to his motor skills. His speech and comprehension improve. He came home on Friday May 31.  He continues to recover at home and is better each day. He continues to be waiting for gallbladder surgery which got put on hold. Karen continues to take good care of him.
Bob writes “I asked Karen on how am I am doing and she said that I'm doing OK. I find that I don't have the energy I used to have.  I have done some driving around Belvidere by myself and/or I have Karen as my copilot. My car is still in the shop getting repaired and/or painted. Hope to get it back this week.  We talked to our Doctor last week and we talked about getting some speech therapy. I have some trouble with words and comprehension.  I'm still carving every day with new projects and also have completed several since the last business meeting.  I don't think I will make this week’s meeting.

june rose        Happy June!

June Birthdays (that we know about). -
Dave Meyer 5-2
Nordine Bolstad 6-10
Gary Johnson 6-10
Chuck Drewes 5-26

Bad decisions make good stories

For Sale!
Bench wood Lathe.
Turn diameter 10 inches
Length 30 Inches
Live/Drill post Center
8 turning tools
1/2 HP Motor/ Belt Drive
4 speeds, Bowl Blanks (12)
Ray Olson 815-399-3672

Minutes (in brief) 
Blackhawk Woodcarver's May 15, 2013
Bob Coleman opened the meeting at 9am.
Arne Larsen read last month's minutes.
John Skaggs gave the Treasurers Report. He also told the members he paid the club’s insurance. John also told us that he wasn't changing the bank we use because it somehow would change our non-for-profit status.  Mrs. Donna Wisner gave her petty cash report with corrections.  Mr. Charles Drewes talked briefly about the membership and stated that there are still some unpaid members that he is talking to. He also introduced our newest member; Russell Lundberg. We have had 5 or 6 new members this month.  Bob acknowledged Opal Field’s Letter thanking us for our sympathy in the recent loss of her husband Marshal Field.
New business:
Bob Coleman introduced several By Law revisions and asked for a vote of approval for the same. It was requested that we vote on each issue individually. The 1st change was that the Secretary is in charge of getting and sending cards for our sick and deceased members. This was voted on and  passed.  2nd Change was an increase on the Annual Show’s Judge's fee. Up to $400.00 Total with an annual review of the fee. This was passed with discussion.  3rd Change was to increase the Program committee budget up to a maximum of $600 per year to be reviewed annually. This was passed.  4th Change was that the original Memorial gift of $25.00 for the family of deceased members would be dropped and instead it was recommended that we pass a hat for donations. Voted on and approved.  Louie Cowan asked for donations from our club for MDA. We passed the hat.  Elaine Terrell is donating an old HP printer/copier to the club.  Gordy Moscinski motioned the sign in sheet be put up by the entrance door. This was voted on and passed. He would also like that we announce how many people attended the meeting. Larry Clark talked a little on the signup sheet historically when members were awarded points for attendance.  Don Stansfield talked on our carver's show and encouraged more participation would help our show a lot. He has a sign up sheet for working the show. He spoke about the 3/3 carving's etc.  Bob Hallstrom is in charge of club Logo Clothing and Apron requests.  Bernie Budzynski said that Cherry Valley Library would like to showcase some of our carving`s with a Christmas theme. They would also request that someone would do a Santa Claus with several steps in how it is done. Let Bob know if you have things to display.  Gordy Moscinski notes that we have archived minutes on the website.                      cube

Louie Cowan with his MDA poster poses with Officers Bob Coleman, Arne Larsen, and John Skaggs.

“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 & tellShow and tell:

Arne Larsen showed a plaque he'd made for the sport's awards given out each year for the last 5 years for the Belvidere athletes.
Bunny Nordheim showed a bark carving that she dedicated to Gordy Moscinski thanking him for the Bark.
Louie Jurisch showed Scott Grey's Painted Gourd Bird House as Scott was not able to be here.
Bill Shogren showed a carved and painted Mallard Hen.
Larry Stenzel showed separate wood burnings of a Trout, Oriole, Butterfly, and Goldfinch that were each colored with water color pencils and coated with acrylic spray.
Don Stansfield showed two chip carved angles and a shallow relief carving of a Santa and design in a seasonal “Joy” sign. He used Rub On Polly with Burnt Sienna pigment.
Wes Englund did a dog chain and house that was a carving challenge from his Texas Club. He also did two spoons in Birch with woodburning and painting. The spoons were a group project and got a first place award.
Frank Lay did an inlay of apples and leaves he'd done in in Roger's class. He used Roger’s Witches’ Brew mixture and wipe on polly to finish.
Carol Behning burned and painted a gourd with a beautiful butterfly and design.
Jerome Mais Woodburned and framed a very nice Redtail Hawk.
Bilbo (Bob Coleman) showed his wood carving of a guy in a tree branch of Diamond Willow which he stained.
Donna Wisner showed off her wood carved earrings done by Gale Terrell.
bark house      mallard
trout  oriole
joy  apple
butterfly gourd          man in tree      hawk

md2      Louie Cowan for MDA

The VP corner
By Bob Matthews
Well my surgery is behind me so it’s back to business, or I thought so! By know must most of the members know I had a stroke on May 29th. I’m back home and the medication is working, so it will take several weeks before I get back to the club.
The current schedule.
I would like to thank the Northern Illinois Raptor Rehab and Education for the presentation on May 29th.
On June 5th Ray Olsen will teach you how to carve a caricature . I know a signup sheet has been passed around and I think there are some spots left.
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.

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

June 22-23 - Coon Valley, WI
Coulee Region Woodcarvers of La Crosse, WI., Present Norskedalen Woodcarving Show. Tom Ladwig (608) 582-4353.

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
Lqake 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
see carving show

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 John Engler Relief Carving May 24, 25, 26


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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