Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXI, Issue 3/4, March & April 2014

Clearing Off The Bench
To be a judge or to be judged by a volunteered judge could become an awkward mutual feeling. It was a special carving day as three volunteered judges reviewed and presented their thoughts of several submitted carvings from the membership. I later asked the judges how they felt about this exercise with the following responses: “Found it hard to be a judge, especially about someone you know,” “smaller carvings caught my attention, be-cause the details were pronounced,” “had to sepa-rate analytical from artistic values,” “learned how to improve my own carvings,” “it was a good exer-cise, but now I really respect what a professional judge goes through,” and “a lot of work!” My obser-vation of those who submitted their carvings were gracious of accepting the critique.
A big thank-you goes to Denny Neubauer for pre-senting this program as well as his mentoring the volunteers before the judging exercise. And of course, hats off to those who volunteered to be judges---Dan Prutz, Steve Terrill, and Tim Wright.
Keep your tools sharp,
Roger Benedict

Happy April

March Birthdays
(that we know about). -
Sorry, No March Birthdays on our membership list.

April Birthdays
Larry Clark 4-9
Frank Johnson 4-10
John Skaggs 4-19
Bunny Nordheim 4-21
Marj Simonds 4-25

Still not too late to Pay your Dues ($25) for 2014! See Chuck Drewes

Dona Wisner Helps Scouts carve Soap Feb. 5th

Newsletter Editor’s note: Too much stuff going on. This will be a combined newsletter for March and April. This will be a test of a new schedule of every other month newsletters. There are a few other changes like shortening the minutes to a quick summary. We will try to see that the full minutes are available online. Give us your feedback on how you like it or do not like it.
Steve Terrill 815-393-4581 or Roger Benedict 815-988-3314

February 19, 2014 minutes in brief
Bob Matthews is planning a class to carve a Teal Duck in April and June. (more in this newsletter).  Don Clark now lives in Arkansas and has joined a woodcarving club there.
There was more discussion on standardizing nametags.
Don Stansfield proposed changes in the Judging at the next show to simplify the process. Vote on the motion was tabled.

March 5, 2014 Special Meeting in brief.
The purpose of this meeting was to discuss Don Stansfield’s recommendations for judging our next show. There was consensus to keep the judging structure as previously with the recommendation that the new chairpersons were allowed the freedom to devise a structure of their own to be discussed at a later date. Bunny Nordheim and Martha Fitch volunteered to co-chair the 2014 show. They asked for help and input from all of the woodcarvers.

March 19, 2014 minutes in brief
Congratulations to Tod and Dona Wisner for 60 years of marriage. Our condolences to Russ Lundberg’s family
in his recent passing. Gary Lundquist was at Cherry Valley carving soap. Bunny and Martha will coordinate this year’s show and will need help. Larry Clark will again be doing posters and cards for the show. Some members still owe dues. See Chuck Drewes. Bob Matthews will begin his duck carving class April 2. It is to be in two parts, carving in April and June for painting

Show and Tell February 19. 2014

Bob Matthews carved a Goldfinch in a natural habitat and a Green Wing Teal.

Colin Bystrom carved boots/shoes.

Don Stansfield carved two hardwood heart pins.

John Skaggs created three Santa Pins.

Roger Benedict carved a stylized bird relief freestanding

Richard Prutz carved and painted three rifles that he set in a tripod shape.

Larry Stenzel burned a Fish, Beaver and Rattlesnake.

Louis Jurisch carved and painted 7 butterflies of different
sizes and types.

Show and Tell  March 19. 2014

Barry Viktora made a donkey out of a 4x4 which he burned and finished with Minwax.  He also made a boot cane of “found” wood which he stained and finished.

Jack Basford carved a deep relief of a Clematis plant.

Larry Stenzel carved a fish tray out of butternut.  His first time with that wood. He finished it with Danish Oil.

Will Rottman carved two Love Spoons from Butternut with patterns he found.

Roger Benedict carved a very realistic portrait relief of a
friend to thank him for his generosity.

To Mary Wilder on her Leaf Carving at the Utica show
(Page 16 of March/April Chip Chats)

Club Picnic!
June 25 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
At Bauman Park In Cherry Valley
(note change in location)
Bring a fishing pole!
(More to come)

In Memorium
It is with sadness that we bid farewell to Russell Lundberg. He lost a courageous battle with cancer last week. He had only been with us a couple of years but he was well known and liked. Our condolences go out to his wife, Cynthia, his daughter Stacy, his son Daniel and all of his relatives.
He will be missed.

Our New Show Co-Chairs
Bunny Nordheim and Martha Fitch have volunteered to be the 2014 Chairpersons for our annual show. They seek lots of help and hope that you will contact them rather than waiting for them to contact you. They are anxious to hear from all of you to pick your part in making this year’s show a really great one.

Our very own Blackhawk Woodcarvers is featured in the
March/April issue of Chip Chats, the magazine of the National Wood Carvers Association.
pp 10, 11, 12. Check it out.

Report from the Activities Committee

March 22, 2014
From the desk of Denny Neubauer and Bob Matthews
Bob Matthews will conduct a class on the carving and painting of a Green Wing Teal. Bob will split the class into two sessions, the first part in April for the carving and the second part in June for the painting. Bob will provide the ma-terials required, the total cost is $20. Currently the class is full and Bob has a list of alternates, if in-terested talk to him. The class size is limited to 12 and the April schedule is planned for 2nd, 9th 23rd and 30th.
In May we are planning a discus-sion on Tips/Tricks/Tools that you can pass on to other member’s of the club. The idea is to allow club members to show the tools that they use in creating their projects, I.E. painting, power, and specialty hand tools.
Jerome Mais has developed a name tag kit which can be used to intro-duce new members to the club. We are also thinking about a session in May to introduce it to current members.
Denny and Bob

Upcoming Program Events
April 16 meeting: Greg Wirtz will talk on Intaglio Carving.
May 21 meeting: Denny Neubauer and Roger Benedict will talk about holding devices for carvers.
June 18 meeting: Carving Demonstration TBA.
July 16 meeting: A review of Judging by Denny Neubauer

February 5 Soap Carving at Cherry Valley

Carvers Coach Cubs
It was a dark and snowy night on February 5 when Gary Lundquist led the Blackhawk Woodcarver team of Jerry Mais, his wife Paula, Dona Wisner, and Tod Wisner through the cold and drifting snow to Cherry Valley Grade School. They were there to put on a soap carving seminar for the Tiger Den of Cub Scouts. Many bars of Ivory Soap be-came works of art by the 12 young Scouts before the even-ing was over.

A mother watches closely as her son carves

Mothers carve too

Jerome Mais shows Cubs and parents how to carve soap

Jerome explains a fine point of soap carving

Gary Lundquist shows the right way to carve soap

Gary Lundquist with Cubs

Paula Mais helps a Cub Scout carve

Dona Wisner coached these two Cubs

Dona Wisner explains fine points of carving a snowman

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

April 5-6Portage, IN.
Duneland Carvers present 38th Annual Show. Bob Stevens, 1343 Byington Ct. Crown Point, IN 46392. Sanford Pangburn
April 12 - Sheboygan Falls, WI
Kettle Karvers’ 24th show, sale, and compe-tition. Judy Larson (920) 395-5161
April 12-13 - Waterloo IA
41st annual Iowa State Woodcarvers Show. Steve Russell (319) 269-3450. www,neiawoodcarvers,com
April 26-27 - Wheaton, IL
North Suburban Carvers’ Members Only Artistry in Wood Show at Cantigny Park, 1s151 Winfield Rd. Saturday 9-4; Sunday 10-4. Dorothy (708) 366-6060; Jerry (630) 289-1466.
June 9-14 - Maquoketa, IA
48th International Woodcarvers Congress seminars. Carol (563) 505-2700; Larry (563) 676-8264
June 12-15 - Maquoketa IA
48th International Woodcarvers Congress show. Carol (563) 505-2700; Larry (563) 676-8264
More listings are available in Chip Chats!

Classes @ The Woodcraft Shop (In Bettendorf IA - / 1-800-397-2278)
March 28, 29, 30 - 2014 Habitat Making and Airbrushing with Josh Guge
April 25, 26, 27 - 2014 Advanced Pyrography with Sharon Bechtold (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday)
May 23, 24, 25 - 2014 Medium Relief Woodcarving with John Engler (Friday to Sunday)
Registration Blanks are available online (see above). Registration by mail only. Complete seminar brochure available online.

July 27-August 2 2014 - Crete, Nebraska
38th Doane Experience Carving, Woodburning, Painting, etc. ; 30+ instructors. Contact Maria Mulherin 402-289-3669  or Mary Ann Klinger 402-453-2393 or

October 10-12, 2014- Omaha, Nebraska
Mid-America Woodcarvers 40th Annual Show, sale and competition at the German American Society, 3717 So. 120th St. Con-tact Rich Wagner 402-218-7270

Help Needed!
We are looking for a new Newsletter Editor. It could be a two person job for a writer or writers and an editor who can format the copy to give to the publisher.  See Roger Benedict if interested. Talk to Steve Terrill for more information.

About Blackhawk Woodcarvers
Business Meetings & Special Events -
NEW YEAR - 2014
 February 19 - Business Meeting
 March 20 - Business Meeting
 April 16 - Business Meting
 May 21 - Business Meeting
 June 18 - Business Meeting
 July 16 - Business Meeting
 August 20 - Business Meeting
 August 16 Club Show, Tebala Center
 September 17 - Business Meeting
 October 15 - Business Meeting
 November 19 - Business Meeting
 December 3 - Christmas Party
 December 17 - Business Meeting
 January 21 - Business Meeting
 February 18 - Business Meeting
 March 18 - Business Meeting

P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11:00 am) 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 numbers have a 815 area code)
President - Roger Benedict 988-3314
Vice Pres. - Frank Lay, 677-1190
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary - Arne Larsen, 398-8796

Librarian - Bernie Budzynski, 332-2395
2014 Show Co-Chairmen - Bunny Nordheim, 633-1876
Martha Fitch, 399-2453
2013 Show Publicity - Roger Benedict 988-3314
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
Historian - Elaine Terrell 765-2886

8th Annual Good Time & Council Oak Woodcarvers Show
Saturday, APRIL 26th, 2014 - 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Marshall County Council on Aging - Life Enrichment Center 1305 W. Harrison Street, Plymouth, Indiana
Raffle, Demos, Competition, Chainsaw Artist - Jeff Postma
Vendor: Randy True - True Woodcarvings and Supplies
Exhibit Booths Available ($10)
All proceeds (after expenses) go to Marshall County Meals on Wheels.
See our finished group project - "The Swashbuckler" PIRATE SHIP

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