Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 11,  November 2018

Presidents Report

The deciduous trees are displaying their wonderful colors. I noted one particularly beautiful view of a Maple with its bright orange-red leaves slightly overlapping a yellow leaved tree on one side and a still green tree on the other; all still holding their leaves. Now the cold and wind are accelerating the dropping of the leaves. As the leaves drop, the tree structure becomes more evident and the trees form can be more fully appreciated. Such also is the form and grain structure in the wood we carve. Of course, more pronounced and interesting in some species and pieces than others. And here, I wonder at how successful some are at utilizing the characteristics a piece in producing an interesting and beautiful carving.

I was pleased that both Elaine Terrell and Roger Benedict agreed to my request to form a nominating committee for our 2019 officers. They immediately set upon working toward establishing the proposed slate for 2019.

I was also very pleased when Gordy Moscinski informed me that his wife Mary Moscinski and Becky Neubauer along with their husbands Gordy and Denny will head up the 2018 Christmas Party. Gordy’s proposed date is the morning of Wednesday, 12 December 2018. Our plan is to hold the party in the Multipurpose Room at Ken-Rock as we did last year.

I was pleased to see how much interest the attending members showed in the presentation on the Carved Quilt made by the club back in 2002 and is on permanent display at Klehm Arboretum. We have identified the carvers of about half of the 44 carved squares. I hope we will be able to identify all some day. I also wish to do the same with the Carved Quilt which is on displayed at the Center for Sight and Hearing.

This month we will have our last formal presentation of the year. Roger Benedict will interview a panel of some of our experienced carvers on their journey into woodcarving.

We are set for another month of carving and fellowship.

Tyrone Johnsen

Club Activity Schedule

November 7  open carving
November 14 open carving
November 21 open carving
November 28 meeting and open carving
(see below)

December 5  open carving
December 12 Christmas Social
December 19 open carving and meeting
December 26 open carving

January 2 open carving
January 9 open carving
January16 open carving and meeting
January 23 open carving
January 30 open carving

February 6 open carving
February 13 open carving
February 20 open carving and meeting
February 27 open carving

March 6 open carving
March 13 open carving
March 20 open carving and meeting
March 27 open carving

Monthly Business Meeting and Program is Rescheduled

The monthly business meeting and program is rescheduled from Wednesday 21 Nov 2018 to Wednesday 28 Nov 2018.

Wednesday 21 November is the day before Thanksgiving and many members stated they would not be in attendance. I also will not be in attendance the next couple of meetings 14 and 21 Nov – out of town.

It also may be that the Rockford Public Schools will be on holiday the Wednesday, 21 Nov 2018, before Thanksgiving.

See you at the 28 November 2018 meeting and program.

Tyrone Johnsen


Christmas Holiday Social December 12, 2018

The annual Christmas Social will be held at 9:00 am on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. Members along with a guest are welcome.  We will have an egg bake provided by ABC catering.  We would like you to bring a dish to share. There will be a sign-up sheet available on Wednesdays at the carving sessions.  If you can’t sign up then, you may email, by November 28 to let us know you are coming.

Hope to see you then.

Christmas social committee


The Rockford Art Museum

The Rockford Art Museum is displaying Roger Benedict's carvings in the art annex and are on display until January 11, 2019.  There are 10 reliefs of which four are expressionism abstracts and six are reprehensive objects.  This display is part of an annual museum project to show a different Rockford artist every three months annually.  The art annex is open to the public.

Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

Santa Claus is Coming to Town Thanks to Carol Leavy
Saturday and Sunday: November 10, and 11, 2018 - $125 +cutout
Forge your own carving knife  From Start to Finish... Learn it all here with Denny Neubauer.  or 815-238-5296
 Saturday and Sunday: December 1, and 2, 2018 - $105
Realistic Bird Carving and Painting with Josh Guge in 2019, Pygmy Owl
Friday to Monday: January 25 to 28
The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA 52722
For more information call toll-free 800-397-2278 or go to

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

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is December, 5.

November Birthdays  (that we Know of)

 10 Dawn Rozanascake

16 Bernie Budzynski
20 Richard Andersen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes October 2018

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers, held on October 17, 2018, at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:00.

Minutes of the September 19 meeting were read by Larry Stenzel in the absence of Secretary Steve Terrill.  The minutes were approved as read.

Tyrone stated that the Christmas party in December will be in the large multi-purpose room we used to be in.  It is being fixed up and should be ready by then.  He said that we want to keep things as simple as possible, so we need many volunteers to pitch in.  We’ll use the same format as last year’s party.  John Skaggs suggested having our carvings set up in the meeting room and we eat in the big room.  Tony DeVita suggested that people might want to bring more regular food and fewer sweets.

There was some discussion about us being locked out two weeks ago due to a snafu.  One problem was that we didn’t have any contact info; we do now, so hopefully it won’t happen again.  At some point we may need to relocate but for now, this is our home.  Something to remember for this winter: if Rockford schools are having a snow day, so are we.  Even though it’s not a school anymore, the building won’t be open.  Elaine suggested that we get a schedule from the school stating scheduled closings.

Elaine Terrel and Roger Benedict are the nominating committee for lining up a slate of officers for the upcoming election.  John Skaggs will be stepping down as treasurer.

We had a slide show of the quilt made by Blackhawk Woodcarvers and on permanent display at Klehm Arboretum.  It was done in 2002 by over 20 members of the club to celebrate 150 years of Rockford.  It has 44 squares; the carvers of some of the squares have been identified; but a number have not been and current members are trying to recall who had carved them.  If you want to see the quilt, it’s at the visitor’s center at Klehm.


Submitted by; Larry Stenzel

Passed Treasured Carvings

At our monthly meetings members are encouraged to bring in SHOW and TELL items along with carvings that are tucked away from the past.  Even though you might be tired of looking at them, they may be teaching tools for others. Dust them off, bring them in!

Club Officers       (815 area code)
President - Tyrone Johnsen,

Vice Pres. - Louis Jurisch, 568-7096
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 -
Tyrone Johnsen, 397-927
Picnic -
Tony Devita

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.


Want to buy or sell

If you have anything that you would like to buy or sell send me an email and I will put it in the newsletter.   Gordy

Buy and Sell

1996 Craftsman 42" rider mower, one owner, low millage, driven around the yard twice a week. Asking $249.99 as is.

If interested, or know someone who would be, please contact Gary Lundquist at 815-332-4174.


Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark comments by Larry Stenzel

advent wreath

Bob Hallstrom carved an advent wreath


John Skaggs carved two small crosses

fall leaves

Carey Lay carved a thin-walled, very delicate gourd with fall leaves


 Frank Lay carved the face of a guy with a beret








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