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Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 7,  July 2016

Presidents Report


Do you remember what you signed up to do at the Carving Show on Set-up day, Friday, July 15th, or Show-day, Saturday, July 16th? Don't worry, I will have copies of the sign-up sheet available on Wednesdays, July 6th and 13th. If you haven't volunteered to help in some way there are still some things we could use help with. So, either way, if you've forgotten, or aren't signed-up, see me on Wednesday, or give me a call. (815-895-5106). Thanks. You are important to the success of the Show.

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 Lundquis

Club Activity Schedule

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

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


Woodcarvers Meeting of June 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:07 am by President Gary Curl.

Chuck Drewes stated that there was no update today, everything is the same.

The Minutes of the last meeting were read by Secretary Martha Fitch; there were no corrections.

Treasurer John Skaggs gave his report; they were approved as read.

Dona Wisner apologized for not bringing her official paper copy, but was able to give balances for the Petty Cash account.  No objections were given.


A report was given by Denny Neubauer regarding the upcoming carving show.  He has the form you need to get a table.  All table requests must be done in advance.  Please sign up to help, we need people and all help is appreciated. 


There were 4 visitors to the Meeting and all were introduced:  Elizabeth Small, Carrie Steele, Deacon Steele and Mirianna Steele.  A general welcome and invitation to talk to any members was given to them.

The picnic was a success:  the weather was perfect, a number of people attended and the food was wonderful.  Tony Devita was congratulated on ordering up perfect weather.  Tony brought in leftover water and sodas for any one to take.


Wes Englund says he is now at 95% of cure.  He still has 5 months of treatment to go.

Diana Johnson explained that she fell and broke her leg.  She is doing very well and expects to be released to drive and have limited walking ability on Friday.

Louis Cowan gave a report of the MDA Walk held in April.  The event raised $30,000.00, which was $10.000.00 more than expected.  Thanks to all members who contributed to this success.

Tony Devita announced that Vice President Frank Lay was not in attendance due to the passing of his aunt.

The meeting adjourned at 9:20 am.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Martha Fitch,

Recording Secretary.


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is August 3


July Birthdays   (that we know about)
   5  Ed Vitell                     17  Steve Johnson
   6  Randy Gilley              21  Tod Wisner
   7  Dona Wisner              22  Jerome Mais

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

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

 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 22nd 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:
go to carving show or E-mail Denny Neubauer-515-508-9524

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.


The 15th Annual Woodlanders Gathering, Rustic Arts and Nature Crafts Workshops. July 7-10, 2016. Shake Rag Alley School for the Arts, Mineral Point, Wisconsin

This unique event offers over 40 workshops to choose from, more than 20 talented instructors to work with creating rustic furniture, garden structures, woodcarvings, and other nature based projects using hand tools and natural materials like fresh green bendable willow, recycled wood, twigs and branches, gourds, stone, leather, plants, cement, metal, and more.

It all takes place at our non-profit school for the arts, Shake Rag Alley, in Mineral Point, Wisconsin, a beautiful rustic setting on 2.5 acres of lush gardens, with a natural spring and nine historic buildings.

The event is open to all levels of experience, from beginners to pros.  

One can register for any number of days. 

For more details:

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

Our annual Woodcarver’s picnic was at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley this year. It was on June 14th. The picnic was a success:  the weather was perfect, a number of people attended and the food was wonderful.  Tony Devita was congratulated on ordering up perfect weather.  Tony brought in leftover water and sodas for any one to take.


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

carved santa

Jerome Mais brought in a Santa carved from basswood.


Bob Matthews brought in 2 birds carved from basswood:  an American kestrel and a Rose Breasted Grosbeak.  Both mounted on appropriate natural settings.


Diana Johnson brought in 3 gourds she has cut, burned and painted.  They are bird houses.


Gary Curl brought in a spoon carved from basswood.  He says this is his best work.

 carved butterfly carved dog

Gordy Moscinski brought in a butterfly on a leaf.  Both the butterfly and leaf were carved and burned in walnut veneer.  Gordy also presented a small dachshund carved from basswood.


Judie Suit brought in a relief carving of an outhouse, that was also burned and painted on bark wood.


Larry Stenzel brought in a wood burning of a round barn, burned in excellent detail on plywood.

Wes Englund brought with him a walking stick remarkable enough that Gary Curl insisted it be added to the Show and Tell table.  There are several frogs carved into a Mesquite branch.  He stated that the carving is done in wet wood as it is hard to carve when dry. (no picture)



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