Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 4,  April 2018

Presidents Report

Our club “Open House” is now firmly set for the last Saturday of April, the 28th. It will run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm and be held in our club meeting room. We have over 20 club members who have committed to participate by displaying their carvings and in some cases selling their carvings or supplies. Bob Matthews will, in addition to displaying his carvings, run videos on carving. Don Stansfield will be offering carving tools for sale in addition to displaying his carvings. Denny Neubauer will be displaying his miniature caricatures in addition to demonstrating tool sharpening and offering sharpening service. Gordy Moscinski will offer some rough outs in addition to displaying his carvings. We do have retired carvers who will be offering their tools and supplies for sale. This event will be open to the public but realistically we do not expect a large public visitation but holding it on Saturday will permit interested working people to visit us and view and learn about our club and the hobby of woodcarving. This will also be considered an open carving session which will also function as demonstrations to others and our visitors. Remember, we are all ambassadors of our club and the hobby of woodcarving. This will be a great opportunity for our own members longer time to view the work of fellow members and discuss these works. It is meant to be an enjoyable time for all.

The program this month on 18 April, has been changed from the “Painting Carvings” by Gordy Moscinski to “Scandinavian Carved Spoons” by Gary Curl. Gary will share with us some of the interesting background behind the carved wooden spoons.

Next month on 2 May, we will have prize winning woodcarver Carol Leavy from Iowa visit us and share her approaches on her composition, carving, and painting of her creative caricatures.

Club Activity Schedule

April 4  open carving
April 10 Rockford Art Museum Tour
April 11 open carving
April 18 meeting & Welsh Love Spoons by Gary Curl
April 25 open carving
April 28 open house 9 am—3 pm

May 2 Caricature Carving by Carol Leavy
May 9 open carving
May 16 open carving and meeting
May 23 open carving
May 30 open carving

June 6   open carving
June 13 open carving
June 14  Club Picnic at Baumann Park 3 – 8 pm  (Thursday)
June20 open carving and meeting
June27 open carving

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


Rockford Art Museum Tour

A guided tour for the Blackhawk Woodcarver members is planned for the Rockford Art Museum on Tuesday, April 10th at 10 am.  Roger Benedict will lead the tour and will discuss the art aspects of “minimalism” represented by the current exhibition in the main gallery, as well as the meaning of the African American art in the lower level.  These African American artists were self-taught using discarded materials.  Admission is free, but a donation is suggested at the door.    Roger Benedict


Prize winning woodcarver Carol Leavy

Next month on May 2, we will have prize winning woodcarver Carol Leavy from Iowa visit us and share her approaches on her composition, carving, and painting of her creative caricatures.



2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic

The 2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic will be held on Thursday, 14 June, at Bauman Park in Cherry Valley, Il. from 3:00pm until sunset. Members attending should provide their own meal and may bring a dish to pass. The club will provide water and soft drinks. If members plan on grilling they may use the grills provided at the park, bring your own charcoal and starter. If you have any questions, contact Tony DeVito or Gary Lundquist.

Gary Lundquist

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is May 2, 2018.

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April Birthdays (that we Know of)

    9 Larry Clark
 10 Franklin Johnson
 19 John Skaggs
 21 Bunny Nordheim
 25 Marjorie Simonds

Center for Learning in Retirement Classes

Your First Woodcarving  Join us for your first experience of woodcarving and take home your completed rosette carving. A $5 materials and tools fee payable to the instructor covers all needs for this class. Enjoy the thrill of woodcarving with direction from a wood carver with 25 years of experience. NOTE: For beginner carvers only!  Instructor is Don Stansfield. Monday April 16 at 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Place: RVC Bell School Road Center, room 2.  Fee $15.00

Club Open House, Show, & Sale Saturday 28 April 2018


Blackhawk Woodcarvers will hold an Open House with displays of our wood carvings on Saturday 28 April 2018 at our normal carving and meeting room at Ken Rock Community Center. We are seizing an opportunity to showcase our club and the wonderful art and craft of woodcarving that our members produce and to help expand our club exposure to the area public. This event will also allow members to sell their carvings as well as for interested visitors to purchase tools, supplies, and carvings.

This event will be held at the same time as a Craft Show held by Ken Rock. They will hold their Craft Show in the gym; and we will use our normal area, the cafeteria dining ro om. The Craft Show is set to run from 9 to 3 and we will plan to do the same. We will both benefit from their advertising and traffic generated.

All club members are invited to participate with display of their work and, of course, we will need you to make this an enjoyable event and a success!

Tyrone Johnsen

Learning Seminar

Michigan Wood Carvers, May 21 through 25, 2018 at the fairgrounds in Midland, MI 6905 Eastman Ave, 48642. 17 instructors.

Wayne Barton, Chip Carving advanced
Gary Bityk, Architectural fantasies in cottonwood bark
Carol Jean Boyd, Cyprus Knee carving
Doug Evans, Beginning Carving
Gary Falin, Charicature carving/hand
Dave Stirling, S. W. Owl-power
Leah Goddard, realistic animal, carve and paint, hand and power
Chris Howard, Native American/ power carved
Dick Lamphier, Realistic cariature; expressions and details/hand
Brenda Lodermeier, Wood burning
Floyd Rhadigar, Caricature carving
Dave Sharp, Realistic animal
Fred & Elane Stenman, Shaoolw relief/wood burning/painting
Bob Thurston, Caricature carving
Debbie Edwards, Realistic animals
Bruce Henn, Caricature carving

Michigan Wood Carvers website is

2018 Congress Seminar Registration  Maquoketa, IA

5 Day Class : Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15          $225.00
Chris Howard  -  Realistic Human Bust Carving
Janet Denton Cordell  -  Human Figgres, Animals
John Engler  -  Relief Carving and Painting
Vic Hood  -  Carvinga bust in butternut
Leah Goddard  -  Realistic Animal Carving

3 Day Classes: Wednesday, June 13, to Friday,
 June 15     $135.00
Carole Jean Boyd  -  Carving Santa Bottlestopper
John Guge, Carving & Painting a Rufous Hummmingbird
Denny Neubauer  -  Carving little people
Bruce Shostak  -  A beginners intro to woodcarving
Rick Harney  -  Portrait relief carving
Alec LaCasse  -  Realistic bark carving
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature Carving
Jan Jensen  -  Old world Chip Carving
2 Day Classes: Monday, June 11, June 12     $90.00
Alec LeCasse  -  Realistic bark carving
Jan Jensen  -  Old world chip carving
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature carving
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography

1 Day Class: Saturday, June 16                       $45.00
Denny Neubauer  -  Knife sharpening
Michele Parsons  -  Intro to Pyrography
Ryan Olsen  -  Caricature carving

For more information go to

Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop - August 14 - 17, 2018

Wes Spadgenske will be leading a class in carving Lady Slippers, the state flower of Minnesota.
Dan Haack will teach carving caricatures and wood spirits.
Bob Harris will be painting and carving a Baltimore Oriole.
Larry Stenzel will be teaching Wood Burning Basics.
Dave Kublank  will teach a class in spoon carving.
Gordy Moscinski will teach a beginning carving class.
Denny Neubauer will be making a knife, a tin can forge and carving little people.
Elaine & Fred Stenman will be back to lead a class in low relief woodcarving.
Greg Wirtz will teach relief carving and will have multiple patterns to choose from.
James Thalacker will teach how to carve and burn a rainbow trout in basswood.
Lee Belanger will teach a class on carving a basswood "Whimsical Gnome Home".
Dorothy Huse and Sylvia Kendzior will be teaching a variety of gourd art.

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Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes March 2018

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on March 21, 2018 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:06. 

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

Treasurer, John Skaggs reported that we are solvent.  He thanks us all for his vacation. 

Gary Lundquist reported that the annual picnic will be at Bauman Park in Cherry Valley from 3 until sunset on June 14.  It has been booked.  Tony Devita said to bring your own food (meat).  He suggests that you bring what you want for a side to share.  There will not be a sign up for sides.

The educational program at Wesley Willows the previous week went well.  Gordy Moscinski, Bob Matthews and Denny Neubauer presented.  Bob reported it was a nice group. There was a display table with tools and carvings.  Both Wesley Willows and the presenters were pleased with the program.  Denny was the only one who fell asleep.  We appreciate the three presenters stepping up to the plate to do this nice workshop on short notice. 

Program Committee:  Tyrone has been acting as chair of the Program Committee.  He has been utilizing a lot of member talent.  We will try to reschedule Gary Curl’s presentation on spoons to May.  Our next speaker is Roger Benedict on Relief Carving and in April Gordy will present on painting of carvings. (this statement amended below).

Old Business:  We are continuing plans for the Open House to showcase the club on Saturday April 28.  The hours will be 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There is a sign-up sheet for displaying carvings or other presentations and how much space you will need.  Tyrone had posters made up to advertise the show.  They are available for those interested or you can talk to Tyrone to get a downloadable/printable copy.  Tyrone’s investication finds that the building is not owned by Ken Rock, rather it is owned by the school (Sacred Heart).  There will not be a craft show at the same time.  We may therefore have more tables available.  Roger Benedict is working on press releases to the media about the show

Roger Benedict has been making Coffee for the last two weeks. 

We have a program today with Roger Benedict on Relief Carvings.  Gordy will not be able to reschedule a time before he leaves for a painting demonstration.  In April, Gary Curl will be presenting carving spoons. 

N ew Business:  Roger will be leading a guided tour of the Rockford Art Museum again this year on April 10th at 10:00.  There will be a request for donation. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:30. 

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary

Passed Treasured Carving

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.

Jerome Mais


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  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

Mercer, Wisconsin Class

Gordy Moscinski taught a beginning carving class in Mercer, Wisconsin


Tips and Tricks  Jigs and Twigs

If you have any tips or tricks that make woodcarving easier let us know.

Gordy Moscinski


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


Bunny Nordheim displayed a dragonfly of carved wood with wire, cloth mesh, beads, and clay; and a carved gourd hen filed with eggs for Easter.


brown trout

grizzly king fly

Larry Stenzel suggested that as fishing season is upon us, he showed woodburnings of a Brown Trout (colorized) and a “Grizzly King Fly” which has worked for him (also colorized). 


Tony Devita showed several spoons out of oak Wine Barrel Staves.  His son made a 2 foot spoon out or oak to spoof his dad.  It has offset handles for stirring a large pot.  It would also make a nice cane or a canoe paddle. 

 jewelry box

jewelry box

Bob Hallstrom showed a Jewelry box he made for his wife that she wanted him to show today. It is chip carved and has the letters PEACE on the front.  With a dove and cross on the top.



Carol Behning showed a small bear painted black and a Santa she finally painted from a class long ago at CLR with Don Stansfield


Jim Foster brought in 3 caricatures and a bust that he carved since the last meeting.  They were of basswood and painted. 

 cookie stamps

Louis Jurisch showed 6 cookie stamps as an example of the slews he did for his grandkids in order to drive their parents crazy.  He also had two miniature cars, one painted and one a rough out. 

 cross       feather


John Skaggs showed two chip carved crosses that he did on vacation in Florida.  One is removable from its stand to be displayed on a wall.  The other one is for John Winter’s wife since he passed away while John was in Florida.  He also displayed a feather he made a long time ago but recently painted.  He also showed two stands he made of scrap wood for stands for a smart phone or tablet to hold them at an angle for viewing.  The bottoms covered in felt. 



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