Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 7,  July 2017

Presidents Report

In 2013 I carved a bird for my sister and her husband.  But let me start over at the beginning.

 A number of years ago my brother-in-law, Paul retired from the Army and he and my sister moved to Divide Colorado.  They moved into a beautiful environmentally friendly home that Paul had designed.  It’s in the mountains with a view of Pikes Peak from their front window.  On a visit to there home, I had noticed a unique bird there that I had never seen before.  It was a large bird, slightly bigger than Robin but smaller than a Crow.  It has a black head and chest with a vivid iridescent blue body and tail.  I was told that it was a Stellar Jay.  I learned  that the species was unique to the upper levels of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and Canada.
A couple of years later, I thought it would be nice to do a carving of the Stellar Jay for their home.  So after researching information about the bird, I carved two.  One as a practice bird for myself and one for them.  In 2013, I completed them, I gave one to Paul and Joanne for their home and one I kept.  I  brought it into the club for Show and Tell in 2013.  I entered it in the Clubs Show that fall and received a second place award .  Which brings us to today.  Joanne and Paul stop by for a visit last weekend.  Joanne had brought a BIRD along as a thank you for the Stellar Jay.  It’s a colorful whimsically quilted bird.  As she said, I am not a wood carver, I am a quilter.  It’s a great gift and has found its place among my carvings.  Its was so nice to be remembered.

So ---- Let the chips fly and see you at the club!

Jerome Mais

 steller jay 

Blackhawk Carving Club

P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am).  Ken Rock Community Center (Sacred Heart Academy, Multi-purpose room) 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109
Business Meeting; third Wednesday. of the month. Friends and spouses of carvers are especially welcome to come to meet and visit. Carvers bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.”

Club Activity Schedule

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

August 2 open carving
August 9 open carving
August 16 open carving and meeting
August 23 open carving
August 30 open carving

September 6 open carving
September13 open carving
September 20 open carving and meeting
September 27 open carving

October 4 open carving
October 11 open carving
October 18 open carving and meeting
October 25 open carving

November 1 open carving
November 8 open carving
November 15 open carving and meeting
November 22 open carving
November 29 open carving


Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop

August 15-18, 2017 in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. Teachers include: Wes Spadgenske, Dan Haack, Bob Harris, Echo Keller, Sophie Kubisiak, David Kublank, Gordy Moscinski, Denny Neubauer, Elaine & Fred Stenman, Greg Wirtz, James Thalacker, Dorthy Huse and Lee Belanger.  For the full layout go to 

The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa

Josh Guge, realistic bird carving and painting.  Friday 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

Rock River Valley Show

The Rock River Valley show in Janesville.  Applications for a table are available.  The show will be Saturday September 9 from 10-4.  See Jerome Mais for applications.

July Birthdays (that we know about)

  3  Patti Small
  5  Ed Vitell
  6  Randy Gilley
  7  Dona Wisner
17  Steve Johnson
21  Tod Wisner
22  Jerome Mais
22  Bob Coleman

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes June 2017

Minutes of the regular monthly business of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on June 21 2017 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.
Jerome Mais opened the meeting at 9:05. 

Jerome started with an announcement that Sue Meyer of Fairdale, IL called and indicated she had a large Cottonwood tree down and wanted to know if we needed some bark.  Tony and Jerome went down and stripped a lot of wood off the tree that was over 10 ft. in diameter.  They gave that bark at the last meeting (6-14-17).  People were able to get all that they wanted.  If someone who got some of that bark was interested in carving something for Sue, she would appreciate that as she has no idea what cottonwood bark carvings are like. 

Jerome talked with the management at Sacred Heart about the broken door.  He did not know that the door was not fixed.  The building is owned by a different person and they lease the building so it is hard to track down the actual owner.  Jerome will keep trying to get the door fixed. 

Tyrone Johnsen is not present because he is picking up his wife from the hospital.  Her artificial hip has come apart again and they worked at putting her out to pop her hip in again and she is ready to come home. 

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

John Skaggs reported on our financial situation.  We continue to be solvent. 

Dona Wisner reported on Petty Cash and we continue to have enough money to buy cookies. 

Chuck Drewes had nothing to report on membership.  For all of those who are Veterans he wanted to inform them of the Vets Roll program out of Beloit.  It is a 4 day all expense paid trip to Washington DC to see all of the monuments there.  There is an application available on line.  He will answer any questions about the program. 

Old Business:  Jerome looked at the Facebook page with his wife’s help.  Tyrone reported to him that we have already had over a hundred hits. 

Jerome opened a discussion about the interest in having a Christmas Party this year.  Tod Wisner thought that it was a fun event.  Steve supported the event and would prefer it at the club where interaction is easier.  Bob Matthews thinks we should have a party whether it is careered or pot luck.  Don Stansfield has felt our previous parties have been very successful.  He thinks that a potluck is better than spending money on catering.  Arne made a motion to have a Christmas Party.  The motion was seconded by Tod.  Suggestions include that we have it at the club, that we have simple coffee cakes and other finger food.  We should bring in older carvings to show spouses what we do.  Volunteers included:  Arne Larson, Jerome and Paula, Tod and Dona, Tony thinks that Pizza should be included in the finger food category just as long as the sausage has fennel.  The motion passed. 

Bob Matthews has information for all who come to Belvidere that Karen has started driving again. 

The meeting was closed at 9:40. 

Respectfully Submitted, Steve Terrill, Secretary

  Club Officers       (815 area code)
President - Jerome Mais,  398-7904
Vice Pres. -
Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary -
Steve Terrill,  708-0471

Committees   (815 area code)
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
Membership  - Chuck Drewes, 985-8575
Librarian - Bernie Budzynski
Petty Cash - Dona Wisner

Webmaster and  Newsletter Editor- Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Newsletter Publisher, Gary Johnson 399-1697
Historian - Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Programs - Bob Matthews 544-2359 & Denny Neubauer 515-508-9524

Picnic - Gary Lundquist

Soap Carving –Gary Lundquis

gallery  Roger Benedict was juried-in at the Francis Hardy art gallery for their annual jury show. There were 173 artists entered and 72 were selected.  This is the fourth year Roger was selected.  The Francis Hardy Gallery is 67 years old and one of the highlights of Door County; the building is a 137 year old ware house sitting on a dock

 hardy gallery

Francis Hardy art gallery
The gallery is situated directly on the shore of Eagle Harbor and has been a pillar of the Door County art community since the mid-1900s, providing visibility in a non-commercial venue to new and established artists who may or may not have outside gallery representation. Over the years, the organization has grown from a small, volunteer-run facility to a multifaceted non-profit organization that draws more than 14,500 visitors annually, serves over 750 artists and youth each year and manages 75 volunteers.


Passed Treasured Carvings

Again, as a reminder, I would like to have our club members start bringing in along with regular SHOW and TELL items, some of your carvings that you have treasured from the past.  We all have carvings packed away or setting on a shelf that no one has seen for years except our spouses.  I will have an extra table set up so we can show our favorites on the Wednesdays that we have our meetings!

Jerome Mais

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.

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is August 2, 2017.

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


Larry Stenzel showed a fish carving that he made and painted probably 20 years ago.  It is out of Cedar and well painted.


Jerome Mais showed 4 carved Santas, all very different, out of basswood and painted.


Don Stansfield found a piece of aspen in his waste bin around 25 years.  He made and painted a patriotic pin with star and stripes fit for the fourth of July. 



Chuck Drewes showed a corvette carved out of Walnut after a rubber eraser given him by a friend.  It is yet to be finished.



John Skaggs showed a flock of chickens with candles stuck in their backs from Don Stansfield’s class that he forgot to bring in earlier.  He also showed a very intricate “old world chip carving” of a cross for the pastor of the Christ United Methodist Church. 


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