Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 8,  August 2016

Presidents Report

Dear Friends,

If you have not heard already, our Blackhawk Carving Show at the Rockford Discover Center was a great success. Denny Neubauer said about 250 people were in attendance. The soap carving, wood burning, beginners carving and fishing lure demonstration tables were all busy all day. Kids were having great fun woodburnng, soap carving and learning some basic carving techniques. Quite a few lures were given away at the fishing lure table. The carving display tables showed the usual talent of carvers. I haven't heard how much money we made from the registrations, but we had no charge from the Discovery Center and no other significant expenses, so I'm sure we came out ahead. There was a good feeling all day and everyone seemed to be having a good time. There was a lot of exchange between members and the public. If I may call out one of our esteemed members, John Skaggs got several people (including me) interested in chip carving. With the exception of those who would not be able to be at the Show, everyone I asked to volunteer to set up for the Show or help the day of the Show was willing to sign up, and they showed up. The Planning Committee spent a lot of time in the preceding months developing a great plan for the Show. So, I think the whole thing was truly a great success. Thank you all, for all you have done for our club.

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, 985-8575
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 Lundquis

Club Activity Schedule

August 3 open carving
August 10 open carving
August 17 open carving and meeting
August 24 open carving
August 31 open carving

September 7 open carving
September 14 open carving
September 21 open carving and meeting
September 28 open carving

October 5 open carving
October 12 open carving
October 19 open carving and meeting
October 26 open carving

November 2 open carving
November 9 open carving
November 16 open carving and meeting
November 23 open carving
November30 open carving

December 7 Christmas breakfest
December 14 open carving
December 21 open carving and meeting
December 28 open carving


August Birthdays   (that we know about)

 1   Richard Prutz
 8   Elaine Terrell
14  Judy Englund
28  Dennis Neubauer


Don Stansfield will have an inventory adjustment sale of carving tools on Wednesdays in August.  Great savings!

Thanks, Don


Blackhawk Carving Club - Minutes of July 20, 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:15 am by President Gary Curl.

Membership Chairman Chuck Drewes announced a new member, Patti Small.

The Minutes of the last meeting were read by Secretary Martha Fitch and they were approved.

Treasurer John Skaggs stated he forgot the Treasurer’s report at home, but said we are solvent and the show income and expenses look to be about even.

Dona Wisner gave the Petty Cash balance and receipts.  The report was approved.



Gary asked for a big round of applause for Denny Neubauer for his hard work on the Show held last Saturday, July 16th.  If you read the Club Mission Statement you will see that all our goals were met.  All those Members who attended and helped out really made it all work.  Denny asked that all Show Committee members attend a short meeting to discuss what needs to change to make improvements. 

During the Show the demonstration tables were always full.  No one cut themselves.  The soap carving table had steady numbers.  The kids had fun and so did their parents.    

Larry Clark expressed some concerns regarding the photography needs at the Show.  These concerns will be discussed in the Committee Meeting.



Tod Wisner brought cookies he baked himself, as a birthday treat. His birthday is July 21.

There is a scheduled Civil War re-enactment in Carpentersville.  Anyone who would like to show and sell wood carvings can do so, no cost for a booth.

The meeting adjourned at 9:30 am.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Martha Fitch, Secretary.


Classes at the Christian Hummul Co., 12446 W State Rd 81, Beloit, WI 53511. phone 1-800-762-0235

August 12-14, 2016 - 3 day class on a Bluegill with Josh Guge $195.00

September 19-22, 2016 - 4 day class on a Day Jumping whitetail with David Sharp $295.00


Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin, Inc. 11th Annual show and sale.  Saturday, September 10, 2016.   10:00am - 4:pm  Rock County Fair Grounds - Craig Center, 1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI.


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is September 7.


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.


Carving Show at the Discovery Center

I call it A Class Act; the 2016 Saturday carving show.  How anyone could not enjoyed themselves with the imaginary of openness, airiness, light, and the visitors of kids?  Kudos to all; the committee workers who made it happen, and the Discovery Center’s generosity.  Of course one must “tip their hat off” to Denny Neubauer who originated the whole shebang with his volunteered connection with the Discovery Center.  From my table vantage point I witness with joy the kids involved with wood burning, soap carving, and wood carving.  These activities speak for themselves and I look forward to next year’s show with continued success; and more of it!  So now I am off to the north woods and will see you all in September.

Roger Benedict


The soap carving, wood burning, beginners carving and fishing lure demonstration tables were all busy all day. There was a good feeling all day and everyone seemed to be having a good time.


Larry Stenzel and Bernie Budzynski doing woodburning with a group


Denny Neubauer, Show Chairman

 soap carving

Soap carving

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

gord carving gourd carving

Bernie Budzynski brought in his completed gourd basket that has an intricate pattern burned into the gourd.

 carved spoon

Gary Curl completed another spoon.  This one was carved in walnut that was used in an old pew.

 carved fish

Jude Suit brought in a fish and background she carved from Butternut wood.

 carved bench

Frank Lay staggered in carrying a 2 person bench he made from an old oak pew.  Frank carved several designs in the backrest.




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