Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 5,  May 2017

Presidents Report

Why do I like to carve?
When I was a little kid at home in Wausau WI my dad owned and operated a small Auto Body Repair Shop which was located behind our home at the outskirts of town.  His small two stall garage was heated by a wood fired cast iron stove.  (Safety Laws were quite different at that time).  Dad would get wood to burn in the stove from the Curtis Window and Door Company in Wausau.  Once or twice a year a dump truck from Curtis would come and dump a load of small end cuts and knot cutouts from pine wood.
The family would then have to rush out and gather up the wood and stack it in the back room of the garage.  I don’t know how much help I was because I was always looking for the neat pieces for my projects.  I loved the wood piles – the smell of the wood, the neat pieces I’d find, the projects I’d think up for the pieces of wood. When I got older and joined the Boy Scouts, I got my jackknife.  The wood pile became a new friend.  I still have some examples of my early attempts at carving the pine wood pieces from the wood pile.  These were happy days I will never forget.

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!

So…….Let the chips fly and see you at the club!


Jerome Mais


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

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 annual picnic (see article right below)
June 21 open carving and meeting
June 28 open carving

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

May Birthdays (that we know about)

  1  Rosalie Wesley
  2  Roger Benedict   
8  Lloyd Duerst
14  Wes Englund     
21  Bob Matthews          
21  Colin Bystrom
22  John Hartwig         
22  Steve Terrell     
23  Jenne Williams
 Larry Christensen
 Charles Drewes
28  Art Valley


The Blackhawk Woodcarvers annual picnic

The picnic will be held on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, from 3:00pm until dusk at Baum Park in Cherry Valley, IL.  We will be at the pavilion by the tennis courts.  No grills will be provided other than the ones at the pavilion, if anyone wants to use them please contact Tony DaVita and he will provide charcoal and starter. The club will provide soft drinks and water.

submitted by; Gary Lundquist

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

John Engler, medium relief woodcarving. Friday to Sunday: May 26, 27, and 28, 2017 - $185.00.
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.


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes March 2017

Minutes of the regular monthly business of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on April 19, 2017 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

Jerome Mais opened the meeting at 9:16.  He apologized for not starting on time because the building was closed for a holiday and there was no one with a key!

Jerome started with mail. Flexcut has sent us their annual discount envelope.  See Jerome for details or a voucher.

The MDA muscle walk is coming up soon.  Luis Cowan explained the details.  There is now a vaccine for Muscular Dystrophy that can be given to infants and stop MD.  MDA continues to seek funds for research.  The Walk for MD will be 8:00 AM May 6 at Klehm Arbouretum.  Louis requests that we all sign his poster that he will sport at the walk.  Sign as a supporter whether you give or not. 

The Rock River Valley sent us information about their show in Janesville.  There are applications for a table are available.  The show will be Saturday September 9 from 10-4.  See Jerome for applications.

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

John Skaggs is up in Madison today with his wife and gave Jerome a copy of his report.  It looks good to Jerome.  He will have John report on it next meeting. 

Dona Wisner reported on Petty Cash and we continue to be solvent.  Dona brought in cookies but did not make coffee because of the delays in getting in. 

Chuck Drewes was not available for a report on membership as he left when the building was locked.

Old Business:  Jerome is looking for a committee of 2 or three people for making decisions about the Christmas Party with spouses.  With no volunteers, Jerome suggested when the Executive Committee meets they will assign a couple of people to that committee. 

Since the previous nominating committee is not available, we will need volunteers for vice president.  Roger Benedict, Gary Curl, and Gordy Moscinski volunteered.  Jerome asked for a report at the next meeting but Roger suggested they report today. 

New Business:  Gordy Moscinski has been e-mailing newsletters.  If you do not get one, get your e-mail address to Gordy. 

Roger Benedict showed a number of club members the 7 years of writing essays that he had printed as:”Clearing off the Bench”  He read the one about “Covenent of Carving” and “The Joy of Carving” and “Marooned on an Island”. Thanks, Roger for the words of wisdom.  Well said!

There was a report from the nominating committee that they presented Tyrone Johnson as vice president.  He was elected unanimously.  

The meeting was closed at 9:50. 

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

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is June 7, 2017.

New Facebook Page

I propose that the Club start a Facebook page to further increase its exposure and I believe add some fun for the membership and their family and friends. The Facebook page would not compete or duplicate the Website nor the Newsletter. Setting up and even maintaining the Facebook page is relatively easy and without any fees. I can and have done this. If you desire to see an example you can go to Fargo & Southern Railway Company on Facebook. This is my model train Facebook page where I put pictures of my visits to my friends’  model railroad layouts, my real train rides and activities, and share posts from other Facebook posts of relevance and interest.

I see this as an added way to get relatively easy exposure of the Club. I consider Facebook suited to posting a picture or two with a sentence or two to share our activities and art/craft work. Additions, editing, and changes are all easily and quickly done. We can share postings and pictures from other clubs, organizations, or individuals. It can be public and one does not have to be a registered Facebook user to view the page(s). Only registered Facebook people are able to post a comment.

I believe we can have more than one administrator to do the posting. This I would like to try. I believe what we really need is someone with a better quality cell phone camera than mine to shoot some photos and then post them. Easy to do from a cell phone with the picture on it. Taking the pictures with the higher quality camera as Club Photographer Larry Clark does is still relatively easy but it generally requires hooking the camera or card up to the computer and then posting through there.

I know that Larry Stenzel, Bob Hallstrom, Steve Terrill, and myself are all on Facebook so we all have some experience there. I maintain both my personal Tyrone Johnsen and my hobby Fargo & Southern Railway Company Facebook pages: plus I have set up and maintained a Facebook page for another organization.

I would be glad to answer any questions regarding this proposal.

Tyrone Johnsen


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.

Wes England carvings.  Sent by Elaine

 cane       cane


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


Larry Stensel brought in 3 woodburnings.  One, uncolored was a raptor diving with talons ready.  The other two were colorized butterflies on flowers.  All very well done. 

 carved wallet     candel stick

pintail duck

Jerome Mais brought in a wallet he had carved out of wood, one of his first in 2009.  It really looked like a real walled. It made you want to take out the money and leave the wallet.  He brought in a candlestick holder he carved in 1999 from a tree in his back yard.  He carved a pintail duck in 1988 before he joined the club. 

 Spanish church

Richard Prutz brought in a Spanish Church he carved of Basswood and woodburned to highlight details. 

 sailer  sailer

Gordy showed a fisherman sitting on a bench on a deck holding a carved rope loop.  To enhance the difficulty, he is looking down, with one foot forward and one back.  Great Detail!

 relief carving  sculpture

Roger Benedict showed his first relief carving from Gordy’s class in 1994.  What a start to a great career/hobby.  He also showed a curled modern art sculpture with a painted canvas behind for dramatic presentation. 

 canes  plum carving

Frank Lay showed 3 canes with pool cue shafts and saw handle handles.  Two handles were real and one he carved to be a saw handle of mahogany. He also showed the plum carving relief he did in Roger’s recent class. 

 chip carving

Don Stansfield showed two chip carved crosses of basswood with a finish of Danish oil and two coats of rub on poly.  He also showed a candle holder chip carved with holly and sporting a three inch candle.

 carved person    carved person

relief carving

Tyrone Johnson showed a well carved little person from Denny Neubauer’s class but he is still working on the finish.  He displayed a relief carving from Roger Benedict’s class that was very nicely done. 

 ale hen candle stick

Bunny Nordheim showed two Ale Hen candle stick carvings from Don’s class.  They were excellently painted and carved.

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


If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, then doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged, models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?


Why is it that when someone tells you that there are one billion stars in the universe you believe them, but if they tell you there is wet paint you have to touch it to check?


May the fourth be with you


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