Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIII, Issue 1,  January 2017

Presidents Report

Good-bye 2016 and welcome to 2017, and it sounds to me that we will very busy. Also our incoming VP will be in Florida for the first a couple of months so I will do the Show and Tell unless I can get a volunteer.  

I will be bringing several old items for discussion in our January Business Meeting, scheduled for the 18th.   I’m doing this so that you can prepare your thoughts for the discussions.  However, my wife Karen broke her left hip on Christmas eve, so I might have to delay this discussion until our February meeting.

First:  The Show Committee needs new blood.  We need a new chairman to run it and several others have expressed the need to take a break. 

Second:  I have received several letters on what to do with excess funds and what can be done with them.  One of them has several suggestions:

  Helping members with the cost of going to a carving classes at CLR.Instructor’s fees at CLR and Ken-Rock, Monetary fees to those members helping with outside organizations (i.e. soap carving)’
Full catered Xmas Brunch. 
The amount of the fees would be set by the executive committee.  Another letter was totally negative on the idea.

Third: Donations to charity organizations like GIGI Place.
Fourth:  The executive committee to develop and set an annual budget.
Fifth:  Verify the list of Committees in the Newsletter.

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

Happy New Year

Club Activity Schedule

January 4 open carving
January 11 open carving
January 18 open carving and meeting
January 25 Sand Bluff Bird Observatory by Mike EIckman (see page 3)

February 1 open carving
February 8 open carving
February 15 open carving and meeting
February 22 Wood Turning by Don Hyson and Bernie Budzynski.

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


January Birthdays
(that we know about)

 1  Mike Petty
 11  Gale Terrell
 20  Will Rottman


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


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes December 2017

Minutes of the regular monthly business of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on  December 21, 2016 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

The Meeting was called to order at 08:154. by John Skaggs, Treasurer in the absence of President Gary Curl and Vice President Frank Lay.

John dispensed with the minutes of the previous meeting in the absence of the Secretary, Martha Fitch.

John turned the meeting over to Roger Benedict to present the Carver of the Year Award to Carol Behning.  Roger read the declaration on the plaque that highlighted her 5 years of membership, good carving skill, excellent vision, great attention to detail, participation in the Show Committee, and tireless work at the show to make it a success. 

There was no Old Business.

There was no New Business. 

There was a request to review the newly elected officers: 

Bob Matthews, President -  Jerome Mais, Vice President

Steve Terrill, Secretary -   John Skaggs, Treasurer.

Treasurer: John Reported that we were solvent at the end of October and have since paid Stockholm Inn for our Christmas Party and the rent for out carving room.  Roger noted that we paid for 67 members for the Christmas Party but only 47 attended.  That drove the cost per person to $ 14. 

Elaine Terrell noted that we have two people who will receive cards for their upcoming surgery.  Gary Curl will have surgery on his back for a ruptured disc.  Al Klingenberger will also have surgery. 

There was a request to find out why Nancy Peters is not receiving a newsletter.  Chuck Drewes indicated that she did not pay her dues for 2016, but she is now paid.  Chuck will see that her e-mail address is added to the Newsletter distribution.

Dona Wisner reported that Petty Cash is solvent. 

Chuck Drewes had nothing to report on Membership.

There was a motion to adjourn the meeting which was seconded and approved.

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.

Grace Lutheran Church’s Friday Fun Fest

We need volunteers to help with soap carving and wood working.  There will be 4 four week sessions on Fridays. Volunteers should arrive by 3:30 pm with session ending at 5:00 pm.
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


I booked Mike Eickman from Sand Bluff Bird Observatory (SBBO) to give us a presentation on January 25.  He will be at Ken Rock between 9 and 9:30 and suggested we setup the TV and he will have a laptop for Power Point.  I will talk to the school to see if they want to attend.  Also he will invite us to participate at their Birdfest Event in the Spring.   February 22nd – Wood Turning by Don Hyson and Bernie Budzynski.

Bob Matthews


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

Attention Snowbirds
We want to hear from you.  Tell us about a carving group or a class that you have attended.  Or send a picture of a warmer climate to


 Christmas Party

Forty-seven members, including spouses, attended a buffet breakfast on December 7 at Stockholm Inn.  Thank you Gary Lundquist for arranging a good get together.



There are 336 dimples on a regulation golf ball.

Show and Tell pictures by Larry  Clark and comments by Steve Terrill


Tyrone Johnson, new to the club showed Santas for Christmas Ornaments that he learned to carve in Don’s class this fall. 


Gordy showed Christmas Ornaments he carved from the pattern in the winter issue of Woodcarving Illustrated.  They were birds in a wreath.


Jerome Mais showed 2 ornaments, a Chicadee from years ago and a Cardinal from now. 


Bernie Budzynski showed Puzzle Pieces he made that families are like puzzles.


Bob Matthews showed a Canadian Goose he had carved in ’87 but which had split.  He was able to repair it and repaint it. 


Steve Terrill showed a Santa Ornament that he carved in ’13 from Don Stansfield’s class and has now finally painted.


Roger Benedict showed his Relief carving of the Statue of liberty with the saying “It Hurts”


Tony DaVita carved and painted a “little People” Santa. 


One ship drives east and another drives west with selfsame winds that blow.
It’s the set of the sails and not the gales that tells them where to go.

Like the winds of the sea are the winds of fate.  As we voyage along through life.
It’s the set of the sail that decides it’s goal, and not the calm or the strife.

Happiness does not depend on outward things, but on the way we see them.





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