Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 8,  August 2018

Presidents Report

Last Sunday afternoon, 29 July, Denny Neubauer and I drove out to Klehm Arboretum & Botanical Garden to view and photograph the Carved Wooden Quilt done by Blackhawk Woodcarvers more than 16 years ago. I have felt that we needed to revisit that beautiful piece of art done by over twenty of our club members. It needs to be remembered; and the stories associated with making it, be shared with us newer members. I took a number of photos or images of the quilt. Not a great job, but, hopefully, good enough. I then arranged them into an electronic presentation or PowerPoint presentation. My intent is for this to be one of our upcoming programs and those current members who contributed to it would share their stories regarding the making of the carved wooden quilt. There are about 44 basswood panels, each 6 by 6 inches in size. Typically each has a subject carved in relief. Each subject is relevant to Rockford’s 150 years. I am interested in any stories about the reason the carver would have selected their subject. I feel this is a wonderful piece of art and craftsmanship which the club produced and has given to our community. There is a second, and different, carved wooden quilt by our club members at another location. I hope to also capture it in images and share with our membership.

This month, August, we plan to move all of our stored items into the smaller room adjacent to the large multipurpose room we normally use. There are benefits to this consolidation for us but also it allows the Ken Rock organization better use of the multipurpose room. The first item is our large rolling cabinet which contains our library and our power sharpening equipment. Some disassembly work will be required to move the cabinet through the doorway. Second is the relocation of the equipment we have stored in the distant shared closet. This will require a new storage cabinet for us to procure for the purpose of storing some of our more delicate equipment. The building is getting some needed repairs in our area and we hope all will work out.

Meanwhile, we continue to enjoy our hobby and our fellow woodcarvers each Wednesday morning.


Tyrone Johnsen

 Club Activity Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

Wisconsin River Woodcarvers

18th annual woodcarving show, competition and sale.  The largest woodcarving show in Wisconsin.  September 15, 2018  -  9am to 5pm and September 16, 2018  -  9am to 4pm at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482.  Admission is $4.00.  For more information contact; Ron O’Kray 715-341-2214 or 715-570-2534(cell).  Greg Wirtz, 715-423-0471 or 715-323-2035(cell).  This year’s featured carver is Chet James.  We are also featuring supplies from the Woodcraft Shop, Krantz Wood Sales, and Moore Roughouts.  Free demonstrations throughout both days and 2 sessions of free kid’s carving.


Call  for Art!

The Rock River Center at 810 South 10th Street, Oregon, Illinois will be hosting an Art Showing and Sale for surrounding area Artists. The goal is to introduce area artists and their work to the public.  At this event the artists will be able to show and selll their work.The center hopes to have a good mix of area art such as: Wood, Glass, Paintings, and Other Art Work.  The Showing will be at the Rock River Center in Oregon, Illinois on: Saturday September 22, 2018 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Set up time Friday September 21, from 8:30AM – 3:30PM. NOTE: The Show is Inside and Air Conditioned.  Contact person for more info is: Deb Julian at the Rock River Center.  Phone # 815 732 3252 or 800 541 5479. E-mail

THE COST.  The eight foot tables are TEN dollars each.  There are approximately 36 tables available.  Food will be available for purchase at the center.  Please confirm table(s) by September 14, 2018 at the latest.


Valley Carvers Expo

You are invited to participate in the Valley Carvers 30th annual carvers expo.  September 30, 2018 at 9am to 4pm.  Starved Rock Lodge, 2668 East 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL. For more information call Abby McCague 815.433.5933. 


Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin 30th Annual Show and Sale

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Free admission.  See hundreds of original carvings,  plus live demonstrations, chain saw carving and raffles.  Great bargains on original art at Ye Olde Carving Shoppe.  Information contact: Bob Tomlinson, Co-chair 608-65-4552 and Cynthia Potthast, Cochair 608-712-2989.


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Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is September 5, 2018.


August Birthdays (that we Know of)

   1 Richard Prutz
8 Elaine Terrell
14 Judy England
14 Hervell Fuse
28 Denny Neubauer

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes July 2018


Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on July 18, 2018 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:01. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting June 20th.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer, John Skaggs reported that we are solvent, despite his trip to Atlanta.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes reported that we have had no membership activity at all.  We have 81 present members, a few are not paid up. 

Other Business:  We still have an open invitation to move up to the new Elmwood Rd. facility where Sacred Heart is moving.    Ken Rock would like to have us move into the room behind where we currently.  Particularly they want the library and sharpening rolling cart moved to the back room.  We need people to remove the extension that allows the sharpening equipment to fit.  We also need to move all of our equipment from the storage closet down the hall with the TV and other stuff.  Tod Wisner moved that we authorize Bob Matthews to measure what we need and buy a cabinet that is adequate for all of our equipment currently in the storage closet.  Louis Jurisch seconded the motion.  Bob agreed to get dimensions and purchase such a cabinet.  Tyrone agreed to work with him.  The motion passed. 

Bob wondered if anyone wanted coffee.  He agreed to make it if someone else will clean it up.  No one showed interest in having coffee. 

There was no other information presented. 

Tyrone made a motion to adjourn which was unanimously passed.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:22.

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary

PS Tyrone adds an addendum that the expected date for us to be moved to the North room with the door on the East side is Sept. 1.

CLR 25th Anniversary

CLR will be hosting a 25th Anniversary Celebration on Wednesday September 12th, 2018, from 1:00 to 4:00pm for all of it's members at the Bell School Building. As part of the planned event we would like to showcase some of the arts and crafts our instructors and students have completed during the many courses offered each year. 

I am working with Pauline Joyce to encourage our talented artists to submit examples of their classwork in the various mediums. We will have two classrooms available for these displays. Each medium will have one eight foot table to show their work. Please note, this will not be an art sale, but anyone wishing to be contacted following the event should include contact details with their display.

It will be up to each of you to determine what you would like to display. It may be your own work or that of some of your students. We are trying to provide an essence of the courses you offer.

Please let me know if you are willing to participate as soon as possible. The Arts and Crafts classes are some of the most popular activities at CLR and we want to take this opportunity for all of you to show off your skills.  If you have questions don't hesitate to call or e-mail.

Thank-you for your support of CLR and I hope to see all of you in September.

Robbin Nelson
CLR 25th Anniversary Committee

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

 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

Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark comments by Steve Terrill

northern oriole

Bob Matthews showed a Northern Oriole that is distinctive because of its black throat




Tony DaVita showed a pin he had on hand but did not carve himself that was 3 dimensional and apparently scroll sawed in two different directions. He also showed a tall santa he carved and a mask



Larry Stenzel showed a carved koi.  He liked the project because it was not really possible to screw up the painting.  He also showed a wood burning of a nuthatch on maple.  The nuthatch was, of course facing down as they often are.  


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