Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 1,  January 2015

Presidents Corner
What could be better than having a place to go and meet with some friends, work on your hobby and have a good time. Of course you know this happens every Wednesday morning with the Blackhawk Carving Club.
2015 is going to be another good year for the Club. The monthly programs will be entertaining and educational, as will the classes and workshops that are occasionally held on Wednesday mornings.
The August Club Show will be a great time to see some wonderful carvings, show off your own if you want, present the club to the community and just have a good time as woodcarvers do.
This is a great club! Looking forward to the new year.
Gary Curl

Blackhawk Carving Club P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126 Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am). 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 (815 area code)
President - Gary Curl 815-895-5106
Vice President - Frank Lay 677-1190
Treasurer - John Skaggs 547-6951
Secretary - Martha Fitch 399-2453

Committees (815 area code)
Librarian - Dawn Rozanas 229-8996
Show Co-Chairmen - Bunny Nord-heim, 633-1876 & Martha Fitch, 399-2453
Webmaster-Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Membership - Chuck Drewes, 316-0398
Newsletter Publisher - Gary Johnson 399-1697
Newsletter Editor– Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
Historian - Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Programs—Bob Matthews 544-2359 & Denny Neubauer 515-508-9524
Petty Cash—Dona Wisner
Directory Editor - Tod Wisner
Christmas Party - Rosalie Wesley
Picnic - Tony Devita

Club Activity Schedule
January 7 - open carving
January 14 - open carving
January 21 business meeting
January 28 - open carving
February 4 - open carving
February 11 - open carving
February 18 - business meeting
February 25 - open carving
March 4 - open carving
March 11 - open carving
March 18 - business meeting
March 25 - open carving
April 1 - open carving
April 8 - open carving
April 15 - business meeting
April - open carving April - open carving

January Birthdays (that we know about)
Mike Petty 1-1
Emile LeBeau 1-9
Elaine Terrell 1-11
Will Rottman 1-20

A blonde is eating out at a very fancy restaurant with her family. Right then she sees an ice carving of a dolphin by the wall. She says to the waiter, "I love that ice carving, but what do you do with it when it melts?"

Christmas Party
 If you missed the Christmas party you missed a good time of good friends, good food, and good fellowship. True, we get the same things every Wednes-day, but the Christmas party adds a little zip and zing, and we get to meet and mingle with our friends' other halves. You can't beat that with a stick!
I am always impressed by the men in our group who cook and bake, and todays spread represented more than a few of them. We had everything from pies to quiche all done by the guys, plus the goodies supplied by all the ladies, carvers and spouses alike. People ate till they popped, and then some. It was all really delicious, there were even a few healthy things to choose from, and how did they make that rainbow bread?
Roger made some presentations to some very deserving carvers and acknowledged the hard work by just about everyone in the club. If you weren't standing at some point to be acknowledged and honored it wasn't because you don’t do anything for the club. I have never before been a part of a group of people who are so willing to share and help you learn. You have each touched my life, and most likely the lives of many others in untold ways. I am proud to be a member of such a group.
Show and tell was more just 'show', but there were some really nice pieces on display for our spouses to see just what we're up to. The 'tell' part had to make way for the entertainment, a choral group from the school who entertained us with Christmas selections. They brought the true meaning of the season into the room with them.
A special thanks to Rosalie and her elves for the hard work that was done to put this all together. She did a splendid job, and I think we should all show our ap-preciation by voting her in as the lifetime chair for the Christmas party, all in favor, say 'I'.
May Christmas be forever in your heart. Bunny Nordheim

Time to Pay your Dues ($25) for 2015! See Chuck Drewes our Membership and Directory Coordinator
(he will gladly take your money and maybe even write you a receipt.)

Our president asked that I find and publish this recipe: Pomegranate, Kale, and Wild Rice Salad with Walnuts and Feta— submitted by Bunnie Nordheim
1 Cup pomegranate seeds
2 Cups chopped baby kale 2 Cups cooked wild rice ¼ Cup toasted walnuts ¼ Cup Feta cheese
½ Cup minced green onions
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 Tablespoons water
2 Tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
1 squeeze lemon or orange juice Prep the salad ingredients (chop, rinse, toast, etc.) Chill while making the dressing Mince the green onions in food processor. Add the other dressing ingredients and blend well. Toss the salad ingredients together, add the dressing and toss again.
(Note: I usually double the dressing recipe for this. Taste the dressing and adjust as you go. I especially like adding more apple cider vinegar. Enjoy!)

Lucia Fest
First Lutheran Church’s carving demonstration on December 13th was a success! Thanks Gary Johnson, Steve Terrill and Chuck Drewes
Picture submitted by Gary Johnson

Award Plaques were presented to past and present Carver of the Year.
2011 - Elaine Terrell, 2012 - Bob Hallstrom, 2013 - Don Stansfield, and 2014 - Denny Neubauer

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

Relief Carving Class
Roger Benedict will present a class to carve your personal face profile (cameo). The class will be Wednesdays beginning January 28 for five or six weeks. Fee is $25 for taking your processed photo, prepared basswood panel with waste wood removed and transferred face features.

March 17 thru April 21, 2015 Woodburning (Pyrography) Basics, Gordy Moscinski instructor. 3 hours per week for 6 weeks. Sign up thru Center for Learning in Retirement.

April 18 - Sheboygan, WI 25th Kettle Karvers Show at (new location) Lakers Ice Center, 1202 South Wildwood Ave. Sheboygan, WI

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

Show and Tell by Larry Clark


Jerome Mais                                                            Gordy Moscinski


John Skaggs                                        Bill Trosper


Will Rottman                                                            Will Rottman


Larry Stenzel                                            Larry Stenzel

Gale Terrell


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