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Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 3,  March 2016

Presidents Report

Dear Friends,

The 2016 Blackhawk Carving Club Annual Show is going to have a new twist. A central part of the Show will be educational opportunities for the public. There will be soap carving for children, beginners woodcarving, woodburning, fishing lure making and chainsaw demonstrations.

As always, there will be tables to display your work. And, of course, you are encouraged to bring your really good stuff for the judging.

This will all happen on July 16th at the Discovery Center in Rockford. The Planning Committee has been working over the winter to make our 2016 Show a great event. If you have any questions or want to inquire as to how you can help contact any of the committee members: Denny Neubauer, chair, Bob Matthews, Martha Fitch, Larry Clark, Carol Behning or Bunny Nordheim

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)
Librarian - Dawn Rozanas, 229-8996
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
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

March 2 open carving
March 9 open carving and a lesson on  a band saw when making a 3-D cutouts for a bird and another for caricatures
March 16 open carving and meeting
March 23 open carving
March 30 open carving

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
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
July 20 open carving and meeting
July 27 open carving

Woodcarvers Meeting of February 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:03 am by President Gary Curl.


     Minutes from the last meeting were read by Secretary Martha Fitch.  There were 3 changes.  The minutes are now correct as changed.

     John Skaggs reported that there were no problems found by the audit.  John then gave a review of all expenditures and revenues of the past year. 

      Dona Wisner gave her Petty Cash report.  The expenditures and revenues for January were reported.  At this point President Gary Curl requested we compliment Dona Wisner for her hard work to provide Club members with coffee and cookies.  Every member responded with loud applause.


     John Skaggs entered a motion to revise the By-Laws with regards to the Treasurers’ duties.  Current By-Laws state that the Treasurer must get an agreement from the Executive Committee for any expenditure over $50.  John’s motion changes this to “at the Treasurer’s discretion”.  A discussion brought out the fact that regular payments are paid of over $50 and these bills cannot wait for the Executive Committee.  A motion was entered to change the amount to $500 before consent is needed.  This change was accepted.  The corrected motion was then read by the Secretary for clarification.   The vote for the corrected motion was taken, and the motion passed.

     Gary Curl asked how many members make up a quorum.  A discussion of various numbers followed.  A motion was entered by Arne Larson that the By-Laws should be revised to state that a quorum is any 3 or more members of the club at a regular meeting.  The motion was seconded.  The motion was passed.


     Will a Club Picnic be held this Year?  Tony DeVita answered that he is already planning the Picnic.  It will be held on June 14th (a Tuesday) at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley.  Bring your own meat and a grill if you want to grill, plus food to share.

     Gordy Moscinski asked if there will be a show this year.  The answer is yes, the Show will be held on July 16th (Saturday) from 10am to 4 pm at the Discovery Center.  Gordy noted that the information needs to be given to the magazine Woodcarving Illustrated by March 14th in order for them to publish this information.  Information needs to be given also to Chip Chats to be added to their list of Shows.

The Meeting adjourned at 9:28am.

Recording Secretary, Martha Fitch

The Slow Water Arts Festival is a two-day event located on the corner of E. Douglas St. and N. Chicago Ave. In downtown Freeport, IL. This two-day festival will feature original works of art, live music, activities, and a food & beverage market.

Artists can apply online at

The cost to participate is $120.  The non-refundable application fee is $20 and the booth fee for accepted artists is only $100 per space.  Applications are due by April 2nd, 2016.

Entries Due: April 2nd, 2016 by 5 pm
Email Notifications: April 22nd, 2016
Artist Acceptance Due: May 20, 2016 by 5 pm
Event Setup: June 24th, 2016 12-7 pm and June 25th 6-9:30 am 
Event Dates: June 25th, 2016 10-6 pm and June 26th, 10-5 pm

March 8 through April 26 Beginning Woodcarving Class. Through the Center for Learning in Retirement at RVC Bell school Road Center, Room 2. Time 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Instructor Gordy Moscinski.

March 10 and 17  Carving a Fantasy House. Through the Center for Learning in Retirement at RVC Bell school Road Center, Room 2. Time 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Instructor Robert Coleman.

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

From the activity committee 

Denny and Bob are developing a video presentation for March 9th.  The subject will be on the use of a band saw when making a 3-D cutout for a bird and another for caricatures.  Once again we will be using the TV to present the pictures along with a discussion about what is going on. 

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

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is April 6th.


Pack 602 Cubs Carve Soap
October, 2015, Gary Lundquist led a team of Blackhawk Woodcarvers to South Beloit Prairie Hill Elementary School to teach Cub Scouts in Pack 602 the finer points of carving soap.
    The weather that night was cold, but the school gym was warm ... thank goodness, because school gyms are notoriously cool and drafty.
    Pack officials there to help included Pack Leader Amy Ramon, Den Leader Joe Coldwater, Committee Chairperson Stacey Bryant, and Cub Master Vince Porter.  Their involvement in actual carving of soap was impressive.  And welcome!
    Too often, our Club carvers arrive at a soap carving session, and are met with a horde of children but only one or two adults to help manage the little rascals.  Without adequate management, a bunch of kids can turn rambunctious and easily get out of hand.  Satisfactory learning is not possible unless there is a modicum of polite sociable behavior.  Pack 602 is a great example of how it should be done.
    That night, the adults helped to make the soap carving session a real success.  There were 14 Webelos and Bear Cub Scouts and 13 adults (parents and Pack leaders)  to watch over and help their kids.  Such a fine ratio of adult supervision to soap carvers is most unusual.  As one of our carvers instructed a Cub, the parent learned faster and would carry on the teaching by explaining to the Cub after our woodcarver teacher moved on to the next Cub. 
    Gary Lundquist had Dona Wisner and Tony DeVita and Tod Wisner working with him.  Everything worked out really well.  Tony had a “stroke of genius” - Halloween was coming soon, and he suggested all Cubs carve a pumpkin.  The pumpkin was a simple project, and having everyone working on the same thing made teaching easier, too.  This theory is being carried on to future soap carving teaching sessions.


Tony, Dona, and Gary set out carving tools   Tony DeVita gives this Bear Cub advice on and unwrap Ivory soap bars                           how to carve details


Bear Cub pays rapt attention to Gary’s             Dona Wisner carves a detail, three Cubs     demoatration and explanation                             and two parents watch closely



Webelos Scout deadly serious about that        The teachers and their class: Dona, Tony, bar of soap                                                    the Cubs, Gary, Tod.  P & H on the gym                                                                      wall for Prairie Hill

Discover Woodcarving

22nd Annual Show Discover woodcarving

Saturday July 16, 2016

Discovery Museum

711 N Main St, Ste 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:

Web Site: or


Denny Neubauer-515-508-9524


Carving Magazine

Basically the magazine publisher went out of business and I ... Chris Whillock lost my job (my father did as well). A few people think that the Whillock's owned the magazine and we didn't, never have, ZERO financial interest. We started it but it was always owned by All American Crafts, we just received monthly pay for being editor ... which I did out of my Minnesota home. The publishers were in New Jersey. I had only been to the offices once in 2007 when my sister died. I was told on a Friday in August 2014 and they closed up office that next Monday.

Some folks think that we took their subscription money and blame Whillocks .. but this is NOT correct. We lost our jobs and my father is owed over $100. This came up because some jerks emailed me demanding money back. 1.5 years later and some people still don't listen very well.

I was an employee ... not an owner. we were shocked just like everyone else.

Please help spread the correct information, and let me know of anyone spreading anything false ... I'd love to talk with them!

My cell 507-339-0336 - Chris Whillock

Submitted by Judy Englund

Show and Tell pictures by Gordy Moscinski and comments by Martha Fitch 

Gary Curl carved and painted fishing lures, complete with hooks


Frank Lay carved a tiny intertwined 3-legged stand from basswood.


John Skaggs also brought in fishing lures.

Jim Foster brought in a roadrunner carved from butternut and a wood burned bison on bark wood.


Roger Benedict brought in 2 large relief carvings:  1 is an Art Deco style relief of the Miami, FL skyline and the other is large sign saying “BETHZATHA”.  Both are carved in basswood.


Bob Coleman brought in a wood burning of a Clint Eastwood cowboy. 


Don Stansfield brought in a fancy cowboy.

Don Stansfield brought in 4 pendants:  1 cut from walnut, 1 made with an antique silver spoon handle, 1 cut from purple heartwood, and 1 Norwegian heart basket carved from basswood.


Gordy Moscinski brought in 3 pendants carved in inter-connecting rings from basswood and butternut.


Bob Matthews brought in a lighthouse carved from cottonwood bark.


Richard Dunphey brought in 3 figures he carved from basswood: a woodcutter, an elephant named Bambi and Hairy the Sign-holder.

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