Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 11,  November 2017

Presidents Report

Christmas Holiday Social

This month I would like to remind you that it is time to plan ahead for this year’s Blackhawk Wood Carvers Clubs Christmas Holiday Social Gathering. The club has decided not to have the Christmas breakfast brunch that we have had in the past few years. This year our club will have an social event that will have Christmas snack foods along with a club carving show in which Club members will be showing their carvings. The Christmas Social will take place at the Clubs normal meeting place at the Ken Rock Community Center on Wednesday December 13, 2017, at 9:00 AM. It is open to the Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club Members and their spouses. You will need to pre-registered during the November Club meetings to be allowed to attend the Social.

Finger Type Foods will be provided by you the Club Members. The sign up sheet will provide a place to list the food you plan to bring. This listing will help to provide a idea of the food that will be available.

Finger foods are bite size foods that can be picked up with your fingers or with a wooden picks. Please bring about 15 pieces and please try to avoid anything that is too difficult to eat or foods that are messy.

The Club will provide Coffee, Juice, Water.

Members will need to pre-register to show their carvings. This will allow us to have enough tables available.

Let’s all plan to attend and have a great Holiday gathering.

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

Jerome Mais

Club Activity Schedule

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

December 6 open carving
December13 Christmas Gathering (see below)
December 20 open carving and meeting
December 27 open carving

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

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

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


Metro Carving Weekend

Metro Chapter of the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association at The Fridley VFW #363, 1040 Osborne Road, Fridley, MN 55432.  November 11&12, 2017


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is December 6, 2017.


Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.


November Birthday(that we Know of)

     6  Bernie Budzynski

  10   Dawn Rozanas

   20   Richard Andersen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes October 2017

Minutes of the regular monthly business of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on October 18, 2017 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, IL.

President Jerome Mais opened the meeting at 9:07 am.

Announcements: Jerome Mais announced that our finished ghost carvings are due next Wednesday, 25 Oct, for display.

Don Stansfield had a number of blanks for members to carve a Christmas ornament.

Minutes of the September 2017 meeting: Tyrone Johnsen filled in for Steve Terrill. Tyrone read through the minutes. The minutes were considered approved.

Treasurers Report: John Skaggs reported on the financial activity of the past month. The club is financially solvent. The report was approved.

Petty Cash: Dona Wisner was out due to surgery and not expected back for a couple of months.

Membership: Chuck Drewes stated there was one new member; and 2018 membership dues will soon come due.

Old Business: Jerome reported progress on establishing a nominating committee for next year’s officers.

Denny Neubauer started a new class on carving a “goonie bird” or “dragon” eye glass holder.

Christmas Holiday Social: Dona and Tod Wisner had to drop from the organizing committee due to Dona’s surgery. Looking to add people to the committee and for set up the day before and clean up after. The date is Wed, 13 December 2017 with display set up starting at 8 and party at 9 to 11. Party will be open to all members and spouses. Members will be asked to bring “finger” food. This event will also act as our annual carving show and members are asked to bring their carvings for display. Members are asked to reserve the necessary table space they will need for display, e.g. whole table(s) or half table or estimated portion needed. This is to allow for planning and setting up sufficient tables for all needs. Plan to set up TV for video display. Need large extra hot water dispenser (like coffee urn) for hot water. Someone volunteer one.

New Business: Gordy Moscinski stated he brought in latest issues of WoodCarving magazine to be in the library.

Gordy Moscinski stated a relative has basswood tree available for pickup in Caledonia area.

Gordy announced that he plans to include a “Tips” section in the monthly newsletter and requested that members send in their written tips with pictures as appropriate. Gary Curl stated he would call Gordy and dictate his Tips (I assume Gary does not like to write – possible secretary candidate).

Jerome suggested Sell and Want to Buy ads also be added to the newsletter. Gordy stated all that was needed was input by the first Wed of the preceding month (also know as the deadline).

The meeting was adjourned at 9:38 am.

Respectfully submitted,

Tyrone Johnsen for Steve Terrill

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 -

Picnic - Gary Lundquist

Soap Carving –Gary Lundquis

The Blackhawk Club Christmas Gathering.

Its time to start to plan ahead for our annual Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club Christmas Holiday Social.

 This years Christmas Social will take place at the Clubs normal meeting place at the Ken Rock Community Center on Wednesday December 13, 2017. At 9:00 AM.

 It is open to the Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club Members and their spouses. You must pre-register and indicate what you will be bringing during the November Club meetings. Note - you will need to have pre-registered to be allowed to attend the Social.

 There will be tables available for use of Members who wish to display some of their carvings. Members will need to pre-register to show their carvings so that there will be enough tables available.

 Finger Type Foods will be provided by you the Club Members. The sign up sheet will provide a place to list the food you plan to bring. This listing will help to provide a idea of the food that will be available.

The Club will provide Coffee, Juice, Water.

 This is a Free Social so lets all plan to attend and prepare to have a good Holiday Social. Jerome Mais

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.

Tips and Tricks    Jigs and Twigs

Many of you have  figured out some easy or unique way of helping out your carving.  Send me some of your tips.  Pictures would help show it even better.

Gordy Moscinski 

Gary Curl made this woodburning turntable. It is completely adjustable at any angle.

Christmas Ornament Challenge

Design, carve, finish
Bring your ornament to the Blackhawk Christmas Social
December 13, 2017
Simple Rules:
1.  Ornament must maintain the original size and shape of the provided carving blank.
2.  Ornament must be carved and/or woodburned using a Christmas and/or winter theme.
3.  Enter as many ornaments as you wish.


1 5/8” by 3 3/8” 

Larry Clark

I have been a member since 1994 when the club first started. I started carving right after Christmas1991, when my brother Don gave me a present of a V-tool, bench knife, U-gouge and a shallow #2 gouge. He said as good as I was at sharpening a knife and how much I liked knives, that I should try carving. I told him that I have always been interested in carving and when I was in boy scouts I tried for a carving merit badge. My mother, God bless her, tried to get me some good wood for carving that wasn’t too hard to carve. What they gave her was balsa wood  which is way too soft and will just mush under the knife. With no one to correct the mistake, I lost interest. After the Christmas holidays my brother gave me some help carving a cowboy boot out pine, and that fall I enrolled into Gordy Moscinski carving class. The next year I enrolled in his class again figuring I could still learn more, which I did for he gave me a different type of wood Basswood WOW love that wood, and he gave me some different patterns to challenge me. Toward the end of that class someone came and asked Gordy about starting a club. Not knowing if there was enough of an interest he asked the class what they thought. We all said we would join. That was the beginning of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers. I have been carving ever since. I am still learning and take classes whenever I can, it is an ongoing process, but very rewarding. There is always a new challenge to try.

Larry L Clark


October Carving Project

The rules were as follows:

Use the rough cutout to make a Halloween Ghost

It can be used as a Pin, a necklace or a Refrigerator Magnet.
It can be Scary or Happy. Whatever you like.  Be creative and have some fun.
Paint it, and sign the back—Be proud of your little Ghost!
Bring your Ghost in for a special “Show and Tell” on October 25th.


Want to buy or sell

Wanted to buy: small dust collector—must be affordable for little old lady who only carves on off days. 
Bunny Nordheim   815-980-4939


If it's true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the others here for?


Art Sinden passed away in his sleep October 29.


Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark and comments by Tyrone Johnsen

Mike Ralter displayed his carved creation.



Don Stansfield displayed a number of carvings including a “Jerome Ghost”, and a number of various pumpkin Jack-O-Lanterns.


Colin Bystrom displayed a number of human figure carvings.


Richard Prutz displayed a panel carving of a wolf head.


Jim Foster displayed a carved fish on plaque used as a traveling trophy with his fishing friends; also a pair of miniature figures carved in 1908 which he obtained from the carvers relatives.


John Skaggs displayed his carved Nativity Panel Triptych from Don Stansfield’s class at CLR; also a number of chip carved Christmas ornaments.



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