Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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                                      Volume XX, Issue 5, May 2013

The President’s Corner

I would like to thank every one for all your support with the club and hope everyone enjoys the summer. Carving class starts in a few weeks, still have a few openings.


I am the carving inside the wood.
I’d tell you my story if I only could.
I’d need one to help me and unshield my eyes
And open my lips through this wooden disguise.
To bring forth my being with keenness of knives
And Let live the story of two wooden lives.

One on the inside protected by the bark.
Where sheltered the rabbit, the squirrel, and the lark.
And slumbering quietly, I grew from the pith
Till now I am ready by age and by width
To transcend from the center and become something new
My second existence owed, Carver, to you

Release all my features, my hair and my chi8n.
My face will emerge then from deeply within.
My grain will direct you and give me a voice
But you will create me with freedom of choice
My spirit will help you by guiding your knife
Your love of wood carving will give me new life.

So listen with earnest and come feel the life
That shouts out to be born beneath one small knife.
Let the call of the wood intertwine us forever,
As the tree falls away through creative endeavor.
What was hidden comes forth now to live life anew.
My emerging life, Carver, I bequeath to you.

-Carrol Mrak, West Seneca, N.Y.
As published in Chip Chats Vol.60, Num. 3

may day    Happy May Day!

May Birthdays (that we know about).   
Rosalie Wesley 5-1
Roger Benedict 5-2
Lloyd Duerst 5-8
Wes Englund 5-14
Bob Matthews 5-21
John Hartwig 5-22
Steve Terrill 5-22
Larry Christensen 5-25
Chuck Drewes 5-26

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)
Pres. Bob Coleman opened the meeting At 9 a.m. Sharp.
The Sec. Arne Larsen read the minutes from the preceding meeting.
Treasure John Skaggs gave the Treasure’s report. John also asked if we could change the Bank used to deposit our moneys’. There was a motion to let him do the same; I really don’t think we voted on the motion.
Mrs. Donna Wisner gave her Petty Cash report.
Bob Hallstrom said that Elgin’s Carver’s Club notified him that their show would be on. July 19th . They need soap carvers for about 15 kids. Talk to Bob if interested.
Gordy Moscinski was doing his Santa Clause’s and told me next week would be the end of his class at RVC. Gordy also made the motion to get a historian appointed for the club. After some discussion it was resolved the Pres. will appoint one. Elaine Terrell has been volunteering as the Historian without compensation.
Martha Finch and Diana Johnson bought a calendar card for the Shrine Kids and won $100.00. Thanks to everyone who helps out this way. It help’s take the kid’s back and forth to our Shrine Hospital in Chicago.
Bob Coleman talked about the Cherry Valley Library and said they have a display case we could put things in. And we should check into it if one of us wants to put something in it. Ladies from the Discovery Center were asking for volunteers for Manic Mondays over the summer to do Soap carving. Bob has volunteer forms. He also noted that Gordon Long will give a talk at the Rock River Center (The Senior Center in Oregon) on May 7th from 9-10 AM. He will explain some of his tricks in woodcarving. Cost is $10. Bob has more information. Ray Olson will be giving a carving class on June 5th. The class will be carving a caricature. It will be open to 15 people. The cost is $10 and will last for 4 weeks. The Club’s Picnic will be June 4. There will be a sign up for what to bring. The Club provides soft drinks and charcoal. Bring your own meat and a dish to pass. The Picnic will be at Sinnissippi Park across from the Golf Course.
Don Stansfield passed out orange cards he had made up for our show in August at the Shrine Temple. He also had yellow card’s we could use to pass out to persons of interest in our club. The card’s cost 5 cents each. He will pass out more cards closer to the show time. Roger Benedict has volunteered to do publicity for the show.
Todd Wisner motioned to close the meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 am’ Arne Larsen

grillingGet your Picnic On!
Tuesday, June 4, 2013. from 4-9 pm.
@ Sinnissippi Shelter.
Bring a dish to pass meat to grill and place settings.
Club will provide soft drinks and charcoal.

“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 there were several good carvings shown:

Larry Stenzel’s fish and wood burning were great. He Carved and painted a Longnose Gar and a Bass and burned/colored a Trout using colored pencils.
Carrie Lay made a Gourd which she burned and painted with acrylics showing fall leaves; and she Woodburned and colored a Rose with leaves.
Frank Lay carved a design that he got from a magazine but modified it and made a framed relief design on Felt.
Carl Hicks made 3 cane’s; Betty Boop (painted), “The Right to Keep and Bear Arms” and a Wood Spirit.
Donna Wisner burned an Indian gourd design.
Bill Shogren carved a Robin out of Basswood.
And Mr. Todd Wisner carved and painted a Miniature Monk (Brother Anthony).
Larry Stenzel                            Larry Stenzel

Larry Stenzel
Carrie Lay                            Carrie Lay
Frank Lay                                                        Carl Hicks
Dona Wisner                        Bill Shogren                                        Tod Wisner  

I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather, not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

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:
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.)

A guy is driving around the back woods of Montana and he sees a sign in front of a broken down shanty-style house; “Talking Dog For Sale”. He rings the bell and the owner appears and tells him the dog is in the backyard.
The guy goes into the backyard and sees a nice looking Labrador Retriever sitting there.
“You talk?” he asks.
“Yep,” the Lab replies.
After the guy recovers from the shock of hearing a dog talk, he says, “So, what’s your story?” The Lab looks up and says, “Well, I discovered that I could talk when I was pretty young. I wanted to help the government, so I told the CIA. In no time at all they had me jetting from country to country, sitting in rooms with spies and world leaders, because no one figured a dog would be eavesdropping.”
“I was one of their most valuable spies for eight years running. But the jetting around really tired me out, and I knew I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to settle down. I signed up for a job at the airport to do some undercover security, wandering near suspicious characters and listening in. I uncovered some incredible dealings and was awarded a batch of medals. I got married, had a mess of puppies, and now I am just retired.”
The guy is amazed. He goes back in and asks the owner what he wants for the dog.
“Ten dollars,” the guy says.
“Ten dollars? This dog is amazing! Why on earth are you selling him so cheap?”
“Because he’s a liar. He never did any of that stuff.”

Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.
June 9-16 - Maquoketa, IA
47th Congress @ Jackson County Fairgrounds. Carol (653) 505-2700; Larry Yudis (563) 676-8264.

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

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 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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