Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXII, Issue 11,  November 2016

Presidents Report


What are some of the things you've done with wood besides carving and burning? Recently, I bought a book about the abacus. Very interesting reading. However, I soon realized that to understand how to use the abacus you have to have one.

So, I went down to the basement and made one—out of wood. The abacus is capable of doing addition, subtraction, division, multiplication and even square roots, into the billions. That is, for the person who knows how to use it. Not me. I can only make one.

But, who would have thought, mathematics and wood. I'm sure you've done some interesting things with wood, in addition to carving and wood burning. I brought my abacus to Show and Tell. Just Show, no Tell for me. Bring some of your non-carving or burning projects to the next Show and Tell.

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

November 2 open carving
November 9 open carving
November 16 open carving and meeting
November 23 open carving
November 30 open carving and Denny Neubauer will be teaching carving little people (miniature carving).  (see article on page 2)

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

November Birthdays
(that we know about)

  6 Bernie Budzynski
10  Dawn Rozanas
20 Richard Andersen

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

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes October 2016

The Meeting was called to order at 9:04 am by President Gary Curl. Chuck Drewes reported no new members. Martha Fitch read the minutes of the last meeting.  No one had any changes or corrections. John Skaggs reported that he had no bills pending and wood sales were approved. Dona Wisner reported the expenditures and income from the Coffee fund.


Larry Clark has completed the photo CD’s and detailed information from the Carving Show of July 16th.  He gave this information to Martha Fitch to write the article to be sent to Chip Chats.  A round of applause was called to give thanks to Larry for his hard work.  A report needs to be done of the income and expenditures from the last Show.


A motion was entered that we have the Christmas Party catered by Stockholm Inn.  The motion was seconded, and the discussion included having the party at Stockholm Inn, and having a buffet there.  We need to schedule this right away in order to get the date and time we want to have.  Gary Lundquist was asked to be the lead for this activity. 

Bernie Budzynski asked if we could use some of the Club’s excess funds to help others, such as Public School Art Classes. It was moved by Don Stansfield that the Executive Committee 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.  This motion was seconded and approved.  The matter has been given to the Executive Committee for further review.

The meeting adjourned at 9:32am.

 Minutes respectfully submitted by Martha Fitch, Secretary.

 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.


Grace Lutheran Church’s Friday Fun Fest

We need volunteers to help with soap carving and wood working.  There will be four 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

Chris Hammack, Caricature Carving
November 26 and 27, 2016—$185.00 plus roughouts

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 14, 2016 at Ken Rock Community Center (Sacred Heart Academy, Multi-purpose room) 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109.  Cost of supplies is $10.00.

Denny Neubauer’s Studio, Rockford, IL

Denny Neubauer will be teaching how to forge a knife out of a drill bit.  It will be on December 1st.  The cost will be $25.00. It will be at his studio at 1846 Second Ave, Rockford, IL. 61104.  (in the garage behind the house)  Any questions call Denny at 515-508-9524


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


Chuck Drewes brought in basswood pieces carved to look like a dragon head and tail.  These are to be mounted on a miniature Viking Ship.


John Skaggs displayed a candle holder/centerpiece he made from pine.


Gary Curl showed a wood burned project: it is an abacus.


Frank Lay brought in a carved walking stick made from Ailanthus wood.  He also carved an oak toilet seat he found with flowers.


Gordy Moscinski brought in a feather he carved from pine and painted blue.


Louis Jurisch displayed a butterfly he wood burned.


Tony Devita carved a Jack-o-lantern from basswood.


Jeanne Williams displayed basswood Christmas ornaments and a giraffe carved in basswood.


Scott Grey also carved a feather and a ginkgo leaf from tupelo gum wood.



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