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Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 4,  April 2016

Presidents Report


Sometimes good things just come out of the blue and fall together. I recently discovered the website “toymakingplans.com”. They offer plans which you simply download on the computer and print out on your printer. My wife has nieces five and seven years old. A friend has two sons age three and five. My brother-in-law recently gave me a DeWalt scrollsaw. Those things all seemed to fit together, so I thought why not give it a try. Now, my friend's kids have a half dozen toy cars and trucks, and I'm well on my way to completing a Noah's Ark for the nieces.

Toymakingplans.com have simple plans, more complex ones and a very helpful forum where toymaking is discussed from one end to the other. In fact, you can find pictures of some of my cars and trucks on the site's forum.

However, I think that family and friends can tolerate only so many toys in their homes. So, I plan to continue the fun of making these toys, but will try to find kids who would like to have a toy. Toys for Tots and women's shelters come to mind. Perhaps some of you members of our club would be interested in making a few toys and giving them to a worthy group in Rockford. Let me know if you're interested, and perhaps we could make it a club effort.

Gary Curl


Club Officers       (815 area code)
President - Gary Curl 
Vice Pres. - Frank Lay, 677-1190
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary - Martha Fitch, 399-2453

Committees   (815 area code)
Show Co-Chairmen -
Denny Neubauer  508-9524,  Bob Matthews 544-2359
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
Librarian temp -
Bernie Budzynski
Christmas Party -
Picnic -
Tony Devita

Soap Carving –Gary Lundquist

Door Prizes

Don't forget the Door Prize drawing on First Wednesdays. Bring something you don't need or want anymore, but know someone would be thrilled to win at the drawing.

Club Activity Schedule

April 6 open carving
April 13 open carving
April 20 open carving and meeting
April 27 open carving

May 4 open carving
May 11 open carving
May 18 open carving and meeting
May 25 open carving

June 1 open carving
June 8 open carving
June 14 Picnic at Baumann Park (see article below)
June 15 open carving and meeting
June 22 open carving
June 29 open carving

July 6 open carving
July 13 open carving
July 16 Carving Show at the Discovery Center (see article below)
July 20 open carving and meeting
July 27 open carving

Everything I Need To Know About Life, I Learned From Noah's Ark

One: Don't miss the boat.
: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
Three: Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the Ark.
: Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone may ask you to do something big. Five: Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
: Build your future on high ground.
Seven: For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
: Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs. Nine: When you're stressed, float a while.
: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.

Used by permission of “

submitted by Gary Curl


Woodcarvers Meeting of March 2016


     The minutes of February 17, 2016 were read by Secretary Martha Fitch.  There was one question regarding the voting on a motion by John Skaggs.  The question was tabled to be discussed in New Business.  With no further questions, the Minutes were approved.

     John Skaggs gave the Treasurer’s report.  Income and expenditures for the month of February 2016 were listed, and included the purchase of carving gloves to be used by the Club for hands on demonstrations and classes.  The report was accepted as read.

     Dona Wisner gave the Petty Cash report.  Total income and expenditures were listed and the balance for February given.    The report was accepted.

    The Membership report was given by Chuck Drewes.  Chuck is available to take any dues still not paid, and he will be happy to contact those who have not paid dues for 2016.


     Member Randy Gilley has not been seen for some time.  He was contacted and found to be ill.  A card needs to be sent to him.  


     Due to a question of procedure from the last meeting, Roger Benedict moved that the Treasurer be allowed to write a check for any amount under $1000.00.  When there is an expenditure of over $1000.00, then the Executive Committee or the Membership will determine the need for this expenditure.  A Second to the motion was called out.  During the discussion members noted that the current $500.00 amount was sufficient for the majority of expenditures. A vote was called for; the motion to change the amount of discretionary funds to $1000.00 was voted down.

     A Sunshine Committee could be appointed to send out cards to members who are ill or having surgery or have other issues.  Frank Lay suggested that each member needs to be in contact with their friends in the Club to know if someone is ill.  Please obtain a card and bring it in for signatures.  The Secretary will then be responsible to send out the card.  A few cards are available in the cupboard if there is a current need for one.

    The meeting was adjourned at 9:31 am.

Recording Secretary, Martha Fitch


April Birthdays   (that we know about)
9  Larry Clark
10 Franklin Johnson
19 John Skaggs

August 16-19 Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop in Boulder Junction, Wi.  Call Mary at 815-874-7978 or go to www.blackhawkcarving.com and go to Events.

Activity committee

Hey gals and guys we need your help with ideas for things to do and we will try to comply.  Is there something that you want to develop and show to the club, why not?  Don't be bashful, we are all here to learn from each other.

Denny and Bob


Our annual Woodcarver’s picnic will be at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley this year. It will be on June 14 from 3-8pm. Tony DeVita will have a sign up for a Dish To Pass. Bring your own meat and table service. Drinks will be provided. Directions- Go East on Harrison Street (Route 20) under the US 90/39 bridge to Mill Road (The first stop light) and turn Right. It is a short distance to the stop sign at State Street (in Cherry Valley) Turn Left. Go over the River and turn Right onto Walnut Street and you are right there. We will be at the Pavillion towards the end of the Park. Here is a link to Google Maps https://www.google.com/maps/@42.2316355,-88.9645645,15z


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is May 4th.


Discover Woodcarving
22nd Annual Show Discover woodcarving, Saturday July 16, 2016 at the Discovery Museum, 711 N Main St, Suite 2, Rockford, IL
Registration entries received Fri. 2-4, Sat. 8-9:30. Open to the public Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sponsored by Blackhawk Woodcarving club & The Discovery Center Museum
We are happy to announce that the Blackhawk Woodcarvers and the Discover Center Museum have joined forces to host the 22
nd annual Show Discover Wood Carving. Our mission is to promote the art of Wood Carving with enthusiasm, through education and by example. There will be hands on demonstrations from 10am to 4pm Soap carving, Beginner carving, and Wood burning along with demonstrations of hand carved fishing lures and Chain saw carving
For more information: Web Site: www.blackhawkcarving.com or E-mail neubauer.dennis@yahoo.com Denny Neubauer-515-508-9524


Missing Library  Books as of 4/1/16

The following is a list of library books that are missing from our library.  Please look around your home and workshop to see if any have been misplaced and should be returned.

#3   Wood Working                                        Miller & Zook

#6   Creative Carving                                     Dona Meilach

#7  Carving Yesterday & Today                    Smith & Horst 

#18 Carving Animals Work Book                   Mary Guldan   

#22 How to carve characters                         H. S. Anderson

#24 Whittling & Woodcarving                         E.J. Tangerman

#25 Whittling & Woodcarving                         H. Hoppe

#26 Faces & Figures in Wood                         E.J. Tangerman

#27 Unusual Carving                                     E.J. Tangerman

#28 Religious Motifs in Wood                         E.J. Tangerman

#51 Fish Decoys                                             James Cottle

#67 Design & Figure Carving                         E.J. Tangerman

#82 Whittling & Wood Carving                         E.J. Tangerman

#85 Faces  & Figure Carving                          E.J. Tangerman

#93 Animal Caricatures                                  Elma Waltner            

#119 Wood Burning with C. D. #3                 Cheryl Dow #3

#161 Special Painting - Birds                         Curtis Badger

#162 Texturing Birds                                        Curtis Badger

#168 Bird Eyes                                                 Curtis Badger

#169 Bird Heads                                           Curtis Badger

#170 Bird Painting                                         Curtis Badger

#186 Waterfowl Carving                                 Dan Williams

#189 Carving Shore Birds                             Dan Williams

#207 Woodcarving Made Easy                     J.I. Sowers

 Sent in by Bernie Budzynsk

My wife thinks I don’t need a new knife. . .   I thinks I need a new wife.   The Carver
submitted by Don Stansfield


Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark and comments by Martha Fitch


 Bob Matthews brought in a relief carving of a Native American and 2 wolves, carved in basswood.

 Roger Benedict displayed a 24” tall abstract figure carved from basswood.  It is titled “She”.


Gordy Moscinski displayed a butterfly and a leaf, both carved from veneer then burned and painted.


Louis Jurisch displayed a small dog carved from basswood.


Richard Prutz brought in 3 bears in different poses, carved from basswood.  He also brought in an electric guitar he made.  The body is carved & burned.


Tony Devita brought in 3 canes he had carved.  The canes are made from wood he found.


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