Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXII, Issue 12,  December 2016

Presidents Report


Occasionally, meetings can have interesting implications. At our recent October meeting a motion was made, seconded, discussed and passed that we have the Christmas Breakfast catered (rather than be a pot-luck as was planned and being worked on).

During the discussion of the motion a member asked “if we could use some of the Club's excess funds to help others, such as public school art classes.” Later in the meeting a motion was made, seconded, discussed and passed that “The Executive Committee (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) do a study on how much the Club needs in funding each year, with the idea that we may in future expend Club funds in a manner to further wood art.”

The interesting implications of this meeting, to me, is the fun the Executive Committee will have with this task.

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 - Gary Lundquist
Picnic -
Tony Devita

Soap Carving –Gary Lundquis

Club Activity Schedule

December 1 Denny Neubauer will be teaching how to forge a knife out of a drill bit.  (see article on page 2)
December 7 Christmas breakfast from 08:30 am  to 11:00 am at Stockholm Inn.
December 14 open carving and meeting and Denny Neubauer will be teaching carving little people (miniature carving).  (see article on page 2)
December 21 open carving
December 28 open carving

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

February 1 open carving
February 8 open carving
February 15 open carving and meeting
February 22 open carving

March 1 open carving
March 8 open carving
March 15 open carving and meeting
March 22 open carving
March 28 open carving


December Birthdays
(that we know about)

 2 Larry Stenzel            22 Larry Onley
 5 Bob Hallstrom          29 Tim Backer
 7 Larry Rill                    30 Isaac Grover
14 Don Stansfield        30 Jim Foster
18 Jane Pheiffer           31 Martha Fitch


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is January 4, 2017.

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes November 2016

The meeting was called to order by President Gary Curl at 9:04 am.

Chuck Drewes was not present to give his report.

Martha Fitch read the minutes of the meeting held in October.  There were neither additions nor corrections.

John Skaggs reported on the status of the treasury, stating that no monies were received and he did pay several bills.  The end balance was approved.  John reported that the July show netted about $500.

Dona Wisner gave the income and expenditures of the Coffee Fund.  Her report was approved.


The Christmas Breakfast will be held at Stockholm Inn on December 7th.  The time is 8:30am to 11am.  Any item not present on the buffet table can be ordered and paid for separately by anyone who wants that item.


The next business meeting will be held on December 14th instead of the 3rd Wednesday of December.  December 21st is so close to Christmas that it will be difficult to gather a quorum, as protocol requires.

John Skaggs volunteered to check with Ken-Rock to see if the room is available on December 21st and 28th.         

The Nominating Committee met together several times to discuss and identify a list of new officers for 2017.   The list they provided is as follows:

President, Bob Matthews
Vice-President, Jerome Mais
Secretary, Steve Terrill
Treasurer, John Skaggs

A motion was entered to accept the list as the presented for all officers of the Club for the year 2017.  That motion carried.

A vote was taken to approve Bob Matthews as President, Jerome Mais as Vice-President,  Steve Terrill as Secretary and John Skaggs as Treasurer for the year 2017.  The vote was nearly unanimous.

A thank you was given to all present officers for the effort they put in during 2015 and 2016.

Recording Secretary, Martha Fitch


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.

I booked Mike Eickman from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (SBBO) to give us a presentation on January 25.  He will be at Ken Rock between 9 and 9:30 and suggested we setup the TV and he will have a laptop for Power Point.  I will talk to the school to see if they want to attend.  Also he will invite us to participate at their Birdfest Event in the Spring. 

Bob Matthews


Grace Lutheran Church’s Friday Fun Fest

We need volunteers to help with soap carving and wood working.  There will be 4 four week sessions on Fridays. Volunteers should arrive by 3:30 with session ending at 5:00.
Session 1, September 30, October 7, 14, 21  2016
Session 2, November 4, 18, December 9, 16  2016
Session 3, January 20, 27, February 3, 10  2017
Session 4, February 24, March 3, 17, 24 2017
Anyone with questions should talk to me Wednesday mornings. Richard Dunphey

The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa

Dave Sharp, carving & painting an African Lion
December 8,9,10 and 11, 2016 - &175.00 + $15 material fee.  For more information go to or call toll-free 800-397-2278

Blackhawk Carving Club
Denny Neubauer will be teaching carving little people (miniature carving).  November 30 and December 7, 2016 at Ken Rock Community Center (Sacred Heart Academy, Multi-purpose room) 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109.  Cost of supplies is $10.00.

Photographers needed!  Please feel free to snap a photo that might involve any woodcarving class or related event.  Attach the photo to an email and send to  You just might see it in the next newsletter.  It will be a good way to share what is happening with other members.

 beauty Beauty
No two creative, expressive humans have the same vision of beauty and will never produce identical works from the same pattern.

Denny Neubauer’s Studio, Rockford, IL
Denny Neubauer
taught a class on how to forge a knife out of a drill bit.  December 1st. It was at his studio at 1846 Second Ave, Rockford, IL. 61104.  (in the garage behind the house). Everyone was happy about the class.

 denny class

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


Larry Stenzel presented a wood burned and framed feather, on birch plywood.


Jerome Mais brought in a fisherman carved from basswood.

 wood lock       wood lock

Gary Curl has completed 2 Victorian style locks made from basswood and walnut.  They work!


native american

Bob Matthews brought in a deep relief carving of a large horse with a small child carved from basswood and also a mid relief carving of a Native American with wolves; also carved in basswood.

 pencil holder

Richard Dunphey presented a number of pen holders, carved from and painted, with pens inside. 


Louis Jurisch brought in a butterfly he carved, burned and painted from willow wood.


John Skaggs brought in a box of 11 of the same ornament, which he carved for family members this year.  All ornaments are carved from basswood. 


Bernie Budzynski brought in 2 carvings of a hand, showing the “ok” sign.  The carvings were done in Basswood.



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