Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 2,  February 2017

Presidents Report

Most of you know by now that my wife broke her left hip on last Christmas eve.  We also think that during her fall or during early therapy, she also suffered a severe groin strain.  Her doctor has ordered three weeks of bed rest with medication for pain and the strain.  She is slowly improving, however is very weak and will need a lot of therapy to get her strength back.  Her doctor is also very concerned of another fall because of her new partial hip, history of several spinal fusions and osteoporosis. 

At this time I have to concentrate on my wife’s recovery and help her regain her health.  I have notified Jerome, John and Scott of my decision to resign as president.  Thanks all of you, for your prayers, phone calls, and cards.

Bob Matthews

 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

February 1 open carving
February 8 open carving
February 15 open carving and meeting
February 22 Roger Benedict said that he is having a Relief Carving Class at the club starting February 22 and continuing until everyone is finished.  Cost will be $ 10.

March 1 open carving
March 8 open carving
March 15 open carving and meeting
March 22 open carving
March 28 open carving

April 5 open carving
April 12 open carving
April 19 open carving and meeting
April 26 open carving

May 3 open carving
May 10 open carving
May 17 open carving and meeting
May 24 open carving
May 31 open carving

June 7 open carving
June 14 open carving
June 21 open carving and meeting
June 28 open carving


Carving Fun
Every time I do a carving there are variations that happen.  Sometimes it’s fun to do the same carving twice to see how these slight variations look.


February Birthdays
(that we know about)
   6  Gary Lundquist
 21  George Tolliver
 26  Gordy Moscinski


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is March 1, 2017.


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes January 2017

The Meeting was called to order at 9:00 by John Skaggs, Treasurer in the absence of President Bob Matthews and Vice President Jerome Mais.

John promised a short meeting presented by the Bobsy Twins.  John did a quick treasurers report.  We are still solvent after paying Stockholm Inn for the Christmas Party and rent on the space. 

Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting.  The minutes were approved.

Chuck Drewes reported on Membership.  We are still collecting dues.  We have recently taken a number of people off the rolls who were not paid.  We currently have 72 members.

Dona Wisner reported on Petty Cash and we are still solvent. 

Old Business:

Elaine Terrell reported that Rosalie Wesley recently had eye surgery.  She will have the second cataract removed in two weeks.  Elaine sent a card.  She has a supply of get well and sympathy cards. 

John reported that Bob Matthews is not here because his wife suffered a broken hip and he is the caretaker.

Elaine reported that Gary Curl after having back surgery had an embolism and had to return to the hospital. 

Arne Larson asked for prayers as his wife has just retired. 

Will Rottman reported that he had a birthday this week and is now 89.

New Business: 

Roger Benedict said that he is having a Relief Carving Class at the club starting February 22 and continuing until everyone is finished.  Cost will be $ 10. 

Denny Neubauer has requested we find someone to run this year’s carving show.  If we do not get a volunteer soon we will have to let the show go for this year. 

There was a request to review the newly elected officers: 

Bernie Budzinski noted that we have a woodturning demonstration scheduled for February 22 and said that he will see that is rescheduled. 

There will be a talk from Mike Eikman at Sand Bluff Bird Observatory about Bird Banding next week, January 25. 

Meeting was adjourned at 09:13. 

Respectfully Submitted
Steve Terrill

 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.

Blackhawk Carving Club, Rockford, IL
A shallow relief carving class will be begin on Feb 22nd, Wednesday mornings, in our meeting room.  Number of sessions will be as necessary to complete your carving.  The subject is a fruit arrangement of a branch with leaves and is 6 x 9 inches of basswood.  Palm tools will be a good choice for your carving.  Cost is $10 a board, pattern is free.  Class leader is Roger Benedict


The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa

Josh Guge, realistic bird carving and painting. Friday to Monday: January 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017 -$290.00 (plus a $30 material fee).
Harley Refsal, Scandinavian flat plane carving. Friday evening 6:00 pm to Sunday at 4:00 pm: February 17, 18, and 19, 2017 - $125
Josh Guge, all things painting. Friday to Sunday: February 24, 25, and 26, 2017 - $185.00
Floyd Rhadigan, carving caricatures. Friday to Sunday: March 17, 18, and 19, 2017 -  $95.00
Denny Neubauer, sharpening class and carving miniatures. Saturday and Sunday: April 8 and 9, 2017  - $95.00.
John Engler, medium relief woodcarving. Friday to Sunday: May 26, 27, and 28, 2017 - $185.00.
Josh Guge, realistic bird carving and painting.  Fridan to Monday: September 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2017 –  $270.00 + a $20.00 material fee.

For more information call toll-free 800-397-2278 or go to


Grace Lutheran Church’s Friday Fun Fest
We need volunteers to help with soap carving and wood working.  There are only two, one week sessions on Fridays. Volunteers should arrive by 3:30 pm with session ending at 5:00 pm.
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

 carvingThis carving was completed for Severson Dells director, Don Miller who retired in December. 

Roger Benedict


Printer Paper

     I recently purchased some Store Brand paper for my laser printer.  On the back of the package I saw a list describing the many uses for the multipurpose paper.  “This Multipurpose Paper is great for multiple original copies, memos, projects, reports, faxes, E-mail, invoices and other office printing needs.”
     E-mail?  And to think I’ve been sending E-mail for years without the proper paper.

Submitted by
Elaine Terrill


Bonus for Carving

One great additional bonus of carving is that for a period of time you can forget your immediate troubles and escape to a world of creating something with your own hands.  You can enjoy and share for years to come the results of your effort.

Submitted by Gordy Moscinski


Hughling H. "Julie" Meier 1927—2016, of Loves Park, died peacefully Wednesday, December 21, 2016. Julie was born September 24, 1927, in Oregon, Illinois to Grover and Johanna (Britsch) Meier. As a young man, he proudly served his country as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in World War II. He loved woodworking and was a devout follower of the Lord. He took most pride in being a husband, father, grandfather, and friend to all, and always greeted everyone with a firm handshake you would not soon forget. Many remember him as always wearing a smile and having a jovial spirit. Simply put, he was a man among men. We will miss our fellow carver.
A Celebration of Life will beheld from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 5, 2017, in the Loves Park
VFW, 2018 Windsor Road, Loves Park, IL 61111, with a brief memorial service at 1 p.m., with military honors. 

Submitted by Chuck Drewes


Sand Bluff Bird Observatory. 

Mike Eikman gave a nice talk and slide show of birds observed and banded at the Sand Bluff Bird Observatory.  He has been a volunteer for 27 years there.  They currently have 45-50 volunteers that staff the banding activities every weekend.  They catch birds in nets that go up the end of February.  As birds are snared in the nets they are removed and placed in mesh bags and taken inside to be banded.  They are approved to band all but Hummingbirds and Bald Eagles.  This year they have caught 3768 birds with 105 species represented.  He gave a very nice talk about the process with many great pictures of some of the common and rare birds they have caught and banded.  He presented interesting facts about many of the birds.  An example is that Cardinals are actually gray but reflect light to appear red.  Indigo Buntings are actually black.  Kudos to Mike for a great presentation and Bob Matthews for arranging the presentation. 

Submitted by Steve Terrill

 cane                 cane

Carol Behning showed a Raccoon peeking out of a Driftwood log she found along the North Shore of Lake Superior.  It is sitting on rocks which are actually carved and painted wood.

 ale hen rooster

Don Stansfield showed an Ale Hen Rooster that he will be teaching at CLR in March.


Center for Learning in Retirement

Carving a Scandinavian Ale Hen Candle Holder
Chickens are a common Easter decoration in Norway and Sweden. This candle holder is patterned after the festive ale hen bowl.  Class participants can be at an level of carving experience, and will carve the project with a carving knife and gouges. NOTE: There will be a $15.00 materials fee payable to the instructor.  A Kevlor safety glove will be required and can be purchased at the first class.
Teacher is Don Stansfield. Dates are Thursdays, March 2, 9, and  16
Time is 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Place is RVC Bell School Road Center, Room 2.  Fee is $20.00 


Beginning Woodburning
This class will cover the basics
of the wood burning tool.  It will include instruction on creating fine line detailing and sepia tones of shadowing as well as textures and color.  All burning will be done on a flat board.  Participants will need to have their own woodburner. For suggestions on what type of woodburner to purchase, contact Gordy. NOTE: Supply fee of $20 for first two wood pieces.
Teacher is Gordy Moscinski.  Dates are Tuesdays/Thursdays, February 7, 9, 16 and 21.Time is 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Place is RVC Bell School Road Center, Room 2.  Fee is $20.00 


One of the sad things about carving is that in general people think if the first carving isn’t good they aren’t an artist.  When we swim we expect to learn and get better, when we ride a bike we expect to fall at first, carving is really no different.  The more you do and practice the better and easier it becomes.  Be patient, remember experience is the master of life.

Submitted by Gordy Moscinski


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