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Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXII, Issue 10,  October 2016

Presidents Report

Dear Friends,

Many of us like to see records set. That's one of the interesting things about sports.

In wood carving and burning there is a unique set of record categories. What's the shortest time it took to carve or burn something? What was the longest time it took to finish a project? How long did an idea percolate until it was started, or abandoned? Or, how long till that idea started percolating again? What was the most difficult thing you ever tried to do? The best one for me is how long has a started project sat on a shelf waiting to be finished? My record is a little over a year, and it's still sitting there. But, that's not very long from things I've heard on Wednesday mornings.

There are undoubtedly categories I haven't thought of. And, I bet more than a few of our club members are setting on some world class records.

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

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

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


October Birthdays
(that we know about)

  6 Nordine Bolstad
  9 Tony Devita
  9 Carrie Lay
10 Judie Suit
11 William Shogren
14 Carol Behning
17 Mary Wilder
29 Jack Basford


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is November 2.


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes -- September 2016

At 9:02 am the meeting was called to order by Secretary Martha Fitch. Both President Gary Curl and Vice-President Frank Lay were not in attendance.  Treasurer John Skaggs was not in attendance.

The reading of minutes and reports were tabled to the next meeting.  A motion was entered to adjourn the meeting was entered and seconded.  As part of the discussion, 2 items of note were brought up:  1- Don Stansfield reminded everyone that he is teaching a Beginning Carving Class at CLR.  He did not know if the class had been filled. 2-Bob Matthews brought in wood for sale.  It was left over from the show, and all money belonged to the Club.  He requested that interested persons make him an offer.  He wanted to no longer have this wood stored away.

The Meeting adjourned at 9:10am.

Minutes respectfully submitted by Martha Fitch,

Ron Wells ,fellow carver and knife maker and teacher at the silver dollar city in Branson. passed away September 23, 2016.

Condolences can be sent to:
Bertie Wells, HCR 32
Box 1411
Mt. Judea, AR 72655

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

Sharon Bechtold, woodburning
October 22 and 23, 2016 - $170.00
9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday

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


The Woodcarver

This is a story of a woodcarver who lived in a house in a forest with a rabbit and a housemaid.

Among the duties of the housemaid was to dress the rabbit each morning as he was unable to dress himself.  One day, after they had had their breakfast and the rabbit was dressed, the rabbit and the woodcarver went out into the forest to find wood that would be suitable for carving.  They soon found what they agreed was a wonderful piece of wood just perfect for a wood sculpture.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t agree on what to carve.  The woodcarver wanted to carve a mother sheep feeding her lambs.  The rabbit wanted to see the piece become a wooden Dutch shoe.  Finally, they agreed to let the housemaid decide, so they went back to the cottage and explained their problem.  The housemaid decided to flip a coin: Heads would mean that the woodcarver would carve the sheep, tails would mean that the shoe would win.  You can imagine the suspense when she flicked up the coin, caught it and peeked….

Wood ewe or wooden shoe?  Only the haredresser knew for sure.


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


Louis Jurisch brought in this outhouse.

 wood spiirit              wood spirit

Steve Terrill brought in his carving of a wood spirit.

 fairy house                  pumpkin house

Bob Matthews brought in 2 bark carvings: a crazy house and a pumpkin house.


Gary Johnson brought in his completed Duck carving.


Larry Stenzel brought in a wood burning of a squirrel.  An attached card had the following story:  Discovered behind the lesser Sphinx in Egypt.  They will soon open the crypt under this odd structure.  Who knows what treasure will be found?




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