Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 12,  December 2018

P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am).  Ken Rock Community Center, 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109
Business Meeting; third Wednesday of the month. Friends and spouses of carvers are  welcome to come to meet and visit. Carvers bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.”


Presidents Report

November is a time of thanksgiving and reflection on our many blessings. I have many things for which to be thankful! They include my fellow members of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers for the fellowship and the many things I learn from them. We are fortunate to have a relatively large club of active members who have a wide array of experience and talent. We enjoy their willingness to share their knowledge along with our affordable club meeting facility with storage.

Our program this month featured a half dozen of our experienced club carvers sharing some insight into their entry into wood carving. The many questions to which each of them responded also gave the rest of us an opportunity to reflect on our own stories.

A great big Thank You to John Skaggs who has faithfully and competently served as our Treasurer for the past number of years!

Next year’s officers have now been set and approved by the membership. Our one new officer is Larry Stenzel, who will be the new Treasurer starting January 2019. He joins the other three of us: Secretary Steve Terrill, Vice-President Louis Jurisch, and President Tyrone Johnsen who will continue to serve in 2019. Thanks to Elaine Terrell and Roger Benedict for serving as our Nominating Committee.

At the time I am writing this we are preparing for our annual Christmas Party at the club facilities. Best wishes to all for Christmas and for the New Year.

Tyrone Johnsen


Club Activity Schedule

December 5  open carving
December 12 Christmas Social
(see below)
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

April 3 open carving
April 10 open carving
April 17 open carving and meeting
April 24 open carving

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

Teachers of Classes at CLR

Don Stansfield made an appeal for teachers of classes at CLR which have long been one of our best recruiting tools.  To do a class you have to do advanced planning to make their deadlines.  Gordy will be teaching a woodburning class this next semester but there are no carving classes scheduled.

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

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 January 2, 2019.

December Birthdays (that we Know of)

  cake2 Larry Stenzel           22 Larry Onley
 5 Bob Hallstrom        Tim Backer
 7 Larry Rill                  30 Isaac Grover
18 Jane Pheiffer        20 Jim Foster
14 Don Stansfield      31 Martha Fitch
23 Mike Rutter

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.


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!


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes November 2018

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on November 28, 2018 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:05

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting October 17th. As prepared by Larry Stenzel.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer, John Skaggs reported that we are solvent.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes reported that we have new Members, Jerry Robey, a retired minister, who is wintering in Florida and Craig Sorensen, a fish carver.  Chuck reminds that 2019 dues are due in December and he would like to collect them all before the first of the year.  They are still $25. 

We have 26 carving days before Christmas (Any day the sun comes up).  Don Stansfield reminds us that it is time to decide if you are behind for this year or ahead for next year.   

Tyrone reminded us that any time the Rockford Public schools are closed, Blackhawk Woodcarvers will also be closed (since Ken Rock follows those closings and the building will not be open.

Roger Benedict and Elaine Terrell are members of the nominating committee.  Elaine reported that Larry Stenzel will be the nominee for new treasurer, Steve Terrill will continue as secretary.  Louis Jourisch will continue as Vice President and Tyrone Johnsen will continue as President.  Roger Benedict moved that we accept the slate of officers as Presented.  It was seconded by Bob Matthews and a unanimous vote was cast by the membership in favor of acceptance of the slate of officers.  Tyrone thanked John Skaggs for his long service as treasurer which was echoed by the membership. 

Gordy reported on the Christmas Party.  It is scheduled on Wednesday the 12th of December.  He has a sign-up sheet for what to bring for veggies, cheese and juice he has tear off sticky notes to put beside your name so we do not get too many of those. Otherwise, bring whatever you want.  We will have catered an egg bake provided by ABC catering.  The egg bake will be without meat and sausage will be provided separately.  We will meet in the big room next door.  We will set up carving demonstration in our current smaller room.  Time will be 9 to 11:30 or so.   Setup will be on the Tuesday afternoon before.   

Roger Benedict suggested that we consider painting the sketches on the wall.  No decision was made.  Roger Benedict currently has a show of 10 of his carvings at the Rockford Art Museum at the  Discovery Center (the annex across from the museum.  The display was done by the RAM professional staff. The show will be until January 11. 

There was no new business presented. 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:23. 

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary


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
- 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


 Show and Tell pictures by Gordy Moscinski comments by Steve Terrill


Tony Devita showed a Santa he carved out of a Cypress knee that his son in Florida sent him.


John Skaggs showed ornaments that he carved from Don’s class.  They were present boxes with bows all painted.  He carved 26 of them at about 4 hours each. 


Roger Benedict showed a relief carving of a Buddha. 

 shawl pins

Chuck Drewes showed shawl pins he carved that he will sell,  2 owls and a butterfly.

 saw-whet owls   Thea

Jerome Mais showed 2 actual size saw-whet owls he has been working on for 2 years.  They were very lifelike.  They were mounted in a piece of driftwood.  They are nocturnal and the smallest owl.  He also showed a character carving of “Thea” which was a rough out on one of the Monday give away drawings.  He carved and painted it. 

 blue fish

Larry Stenzel showed a carved blue fish, one of the first carvings he has done in a long time. 

 cardinal      present

Don showed a cardinal ornament that was a demonstration for his CLR class as well as the present ornaments like John Skaggs showed.

 brother anthony

Tyrone Johnsen showed his version of Tony Davita’s Brother Anthony.  He called it Tony because he tried to make it look like Tony.




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