Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXII, Issue 9,  September 2016

Presidents Report

Dear Friends,

I've noticed recently how loud it is at our club gatherings on Wednesday mornings. I think there are several reasons for this. First, we meet in a large room with hard tile floors, hard block walls and windows with no curtains. These things cause sounds to bounce, in a bad way, all around the room. Second, there are usually 30 or 40, or more, of us trying to have conversations with one another.

So, it's loud. Some say it difficult to hear or be heard. I often say that. But, is this a bad thing? I say no it's not a bad thing, all things considered.

Think about what's going on in this loud room. People are having a good time: catching up with friends, learning a new way to do something, showing a person a new way to do something. Or, just having a good time talking with an old or new friend. Or, sitting and carving or burning away on a piece of wood.

So, in my opinion, these are some of the reasons we come together in this often loud room on Wednesday mornings.

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

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

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


September Birthdays   (that we know about)

   5  Frank Lay

   7  Nancy Peters

  17 William Trosper

  23 Jeff Hartman


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes -- August 2016

The meeting was called to order at 9:05 am by President Gary Curl.

The Membership chairman was not in attendance so we had no membership update.

The minutes from the July meeting were read by Secretary Martha Fitch.  No corrections or additions were noted.

John Skaggs gave his Treasurer’s report.  He stated that the Club is still solvent and then gave the specific numbers for deposits and withdrawals.  His report was approved.

Dona Wisner was asked to give her Petty Cash report.  Dona first stated that cookies were brought by Mike Rutter.  There was a spontaneous round of applause for Mike.  Dona then gave the amount of cash income and the expenditures for coffee and cookies for the previous month.  Her report was approved.


There was no unfinished business reported.


Denny Neubauer entered a motion that the Club will host our next Show at the Discovery Center on July 19, 2017.  With the date to be changed as determined in future meetings.  There were several calls to second the motion.  A discussion of the motion followed.  It was pointed out that the Show looked more like a civic program, because of the lack of competition.  It was noted by Denny that most shows are now going to a non-competitive show or not holding a show at all.  Several people noted that they enjoyed the non-competitive format better.  Gary Curl stated that we had better participation at this last show that at the previous show.  Denny noted that the Club Mission Statement is that the Club will promulgate and promote carving.  This was the primary result of the Show held on July 16, 2016.  There were many positive comments from attendees that they want to do more carving and wood burning.  The Discovery Center leadership wants the Club to do another show next year, associated with some other activity they will have. It was noted that the date of July 19 is a Wednesday so that will change. 

There was a vote taken on the motion, and it was unanimous that Blackhawk Woodcarving Club will hold a Show at the Discovery center next year, with the date to be determined.

Bernie Budzynski let everyone know that the Woodturning Club is now meeting at the Court Street Methodist Church, 215 N Court St, Rockford on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.

The Meeting was adjourned at 9:30am

Minutes respectfully submitted by Martha Fitch,


Classes at the Christian Hummul Co., 12446 W State Rd 81, Beloit, WI 53511. phone 1-800-762-0235

September 19-22, 2016 - 4 day class on a Day Jumping whitetail with David Sharp $295.00

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 Wisconsin River Woodcarvers  The Show, Competition and Sale will be in Stevens Point, WI at the Holiday Inn on September 17 and 18, 2016.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and those 12 and under are free. The hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday. Go to events for more information. Plus for a recap of previous shows visit our website at, or call Ron O’Kray at 715-341-2214 or 715-570-2534(cell) or Greg Wirtz at 715-423-0471 or 715-323-2035(cell).


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is October 5.


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.

Musky Carvers in Boulder Junction, WI.


Several members of the club attended the Musky Carvers workshop in Boulder Junction, Wi in August. Gordy Moscinski taught a class in beginning carving.  Sue Watson, pictured to the right above, was in the class and completed several projects.  The workshop had 106 carvers and 10 instructors for their 20th Annual event.

Submitted by Mary Moscinski


The Nominating committee for the new officers are:
Bob Matthews, Dona Wisner, and Bob Coleman


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


Bernie Budzynski brought in a candle holder he turned on a lathe.  Different types of wood were glued together so that a pattern is made of the light and dark hardwoods.


Bernie also brought in a decorative plaque, burned on barkwood and painted.

 carved outhouses

Louis Jurisch brought in 2 out houses, carved and burned on basswood.

 chip carved crosses

Gary Curl brought in 2 chip carved crosses from basswood.

 chip carved cross

Don Stansfield brought in a finished necklace.  The pendant was chip carved in basswood.

 carved santa

Jerome Mais completed a Santa, carved from Basswood

chip carving

John Skaggs brought in a completed chip carving, carved from basswood.

 British phone booth         cottonwood bark              Cottonwood bark

Wes England showed a British phone booth, carved from basswood and also a  carving of a Motel 6 showing different levels, a car, and other details.


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