Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 7,  July 2018

Presidents Report

Summer arrived and we enjoyed our annual picnic. After the rainstorm at last year’s picnic, Tony DeVita was tasked with providing a nice afternoon along with the other picnic necessities. He did deliver! Our picnic weather could not have been better. Sunny with moderate temperature and no bugs. We enjoyed wonderful company and a great selection of food, a whole row of deserts. Thanks to Gary Lundquist and Tony DeVita for setting up this pleasurable event.

Following our monthly business meeting, Denny Neubauer, founder of Denny Knives, spoke and demonstrated carving tool sharpening with power equipment. Denny explained the desired cutting tool shape and shared many tips he has learned and developed over his many years of making knives. We are very fortunate to have Denny as a member and be so willing to share his knowledge and talent with us.

A number of our members did attend or visit the Affiliated Woodcarvers Congress this year. Denny Neubauer lead classes in knife making and carving miniature caricatures; then finished the week with sharpening demonstrations. Gordy Moscinski attended a couple of classes during the week. Blackhawk Woodcarvers were also well represented by two of our members who entered work: Scott Gray entered one piece with four of his delicately carved and painted features (the smallest duplicating a humming bird feather) received two ribbons; and Larry Stenzel entered five different phyrographic pieces which each received a ribbon. Congratulations! Those of us that only visited and viewed the beautiful works and classes in progress, again enjoyed the event and left with renewed inspiration.

At this month’s Show & Tell, Richard Prutz displayed his completed Viking longship. Makes me wonder if he is working on an Ark in case our record rainfall continues.

Tyrone Johnsen

Club Activity Schedule

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

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

 

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is August 1, 2018.

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July Birthdays (that we Know of)

3  Patti Small
 5  Ed Vitell
 6  Randy Gilley
 7  Dona Wisner

June Picnic

Summer arrived and we enjoyed our annual picnic. After the rainstorm at last year’s picnic, Tony DeVita was tasked with providing a nice afternoon along with the other picnic necessities. He did deliver! Our picnic weather could not have been better. Sunny with moderate temperature and no bugs. We enjoyed wonderful company and a great selection of food, a whole row of deserts. Thanks to Gary Lundquist and Tony DeVita for setting up this pleasurable event.

 

June Presentation

Denny Neubauer, founder of Denny Knives, spoke and demonstrated carving tool sharpening with power equipment. Denny explained the desired cutting tool shape and shared many tips he has learned and developed over his many years of making knives. We are very fortunate to have Denny as a member and be so willing to share his knowledge and talent with us.

 

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes June 2018

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on June 20, 2018 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:15. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting May 16th from Louis Jurisch.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer, John Skaggs reported that we are solvent. 

Announcements:  John Guth is in charge of Kenrock Community Center.  With the school moving out, he would like to move us to the back room that was formerly a Preschool.  We have storage down the hall that they would like us to move to the new room.  It has an outside door, a lockable inside door, running water and its own bathroom.  Kenrock will provide tables and chairs as the school will be taking the chairs and tables we are currently using.  The school is moving up past Riverside to Elmwood Road in August and retains ownership of this building with no immediate plans to sell it.  They have offered to have us move up to the far northwest side in their new building.  We have opted to stay here for the time being. 

Steve spoke about his broken wrist.  Tod Wisner has also had hand surgery.  Elaine Terrell reminds us that there are get well cards and stamps in the storage cabinet that anyone can use for sick club members or spouses.  Gary Lundquist reminds us to call the club if they know anyone who needs a card

Thanks to Gary Lundquist for reserving the shelter for our Picnic and Tony for providing supplies.  It was a nice picnic.  Tony brought Apple Pie and John brought chocolate chip cookies.

We had two representatives who won awards at the International Woodcarving Congress.  Scott Grey won ribbons for his feather carvings.  He got a best in class award and a best in group award.  Larry Stenzel brought 5 woodburnings and got a first place, a third place, a fourth place, a fifth place and an honorable mention; plus he sold one.  Gordy Moscinski took two classes and Denny Neubauer did a class on miniatures and one on sharpening.  Denny gave information about the judging and awards that Scott and Larry showed, with pointers about what the judges look for in judging.  Chuck Drewes was at Congress and put together a Power Point presentation of pictures he took. 

Tony recommends getting your ears cleaned so you can hear better.

Old Business:  Gale Terrell brought an album of pictures of the Indian carving at Winnebago county fairgrounds for anyone to see.

The Program for today is Denny Neubauer on sharpening.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:53. 

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary

 

The following is an email that Gordy received from CLR.  The club needs to address and respond to this request.  Maybe Tyrone can put this on the agenda for the next meeting.

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
815-623-8808
robbinn717@aol.com

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,
397-9274
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

 red crested cardinal

horse head

Bob Matthews showed a Red Crested Cardinal carving and a horse’s head relief 4 inches deep out of an old post. And three wood ducks on a pine relief.

 spoons

Don Stansfield.  Brought in some Older Spoons, from 2001, 2007 Sipping Spoon, 2011, 2013, 2014

 spoon

Mike Rutter brought in a spoon.

 viking ship

Richard Prutz showed a Viking Ship.

 trout
fish


weinermoble

bird

Larry Stenzel showed woodburnings of a trout on the bottom of a lake.  He did a woodburning of the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile.  He did another fish on a cedar board.  Larry won several ribbons at the International Congress show in Maquoketa Iowa. 

 alligator

Tony DaVita showed an alligator that he carved from a stair step.  

Affiliated Woodcarvers Congress
feathers

Scott Grey entered one piece with four of his delicately carved and painted features (the smallest duplicating a humming bird feather) received two ribbons.

 

Larry Stenzel entered five different pyrographic pieces which each received a ribbon.

 

Denny Neubauer lead classes in knife making and carving miniature caricatures; then finished the week with sharpening demonstrations.

 

Gordy Moscinski getting help on his caricature carving.

 Leavy

Carol Leavy finished her carving of her mother that she shared with us at our April meeting.  It was a ribbon winner.

 congress

Looks like a great start on this relief carving.  Many excellent instructors and opportunities to expand a carvers knowledge base.

 

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