Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 6,  June 2018

Presidents Report

Tyrone Johnsen, 2 June 2018

Winter is certainly behind us; and we have been enjoying the Spring flowers. Member Carol Benning has been in the mood and working to bring her relief carving to bloom.

We were all saddened by the sudden passing of our fellow member Louis Cowen.  Lou had just been in to again remind us of the annual Tebala Shriners’ Muscular Dystrophy Association “Muscle Walk”. Lou will be missed!

We had two wonderful presentations in May. At our first meeting of May, Carol Leavy of the Affiliated Woodcarvers visited and gave a nearly two hour talk and demonstration on her award wining, low relief carvings. This included some great tips and a great display. Then after our business meeting on the third  meeting in May, Gale Terrel displayed ten of his carved, Welsh Love Spoons. Gale and Gary Curl provided both an interesting and humorous discussion on the subject and themselves.

This month Denny Neubauer, originator of Denny Knives, will address sharpening with power equipment. The club has a wonderful power sharpening setup so we want all members to be able to use it safely and to its full potential.

Remember that Thursday, 14 June, is our annual picnic at Baumann Park in Cherry Valley.

Benefits of club membership is extensive including fellowship, instruction, and assistance. But last week I benefited from another, member Arne Larsen shared some great onions with us. I did carve mine but just to put it on my sandwiches and salad. Thanks!

Tyrone Johnsen


Club Activity Schedule

June 6   open carving
June 13 open carving
June 14  Club Picnic at Baumann Park 3 – 8 pm  (Thursday)
June 20 Knife Sharpening & Use of the Club's Machinery, with Denny Neubauer.
June 27 open carving

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

 Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is July 4, 2018.

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June Birthdays (that we Know of)

   2   Dave Meyer
10  Gary Johnson

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

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.

For more information go to

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes May 2018

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on May 16, 2018 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.


Meeting was called to order by President Tyrone Johnsen at 9:05 am.


Special Announcement: Gary Lundquist announced that Lou Cowan had passed away Saturday, 12 May; a memorial service is expected to be held in a few weeks.


Secretary’s Report: The President dispensed with reading of the minutes of the last meeting due to the absence of the Secretary. They are available in the May Newsletter.


Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer John Skaggs reported on the financial activity of the past month and reported we remain solvent with a stable balance.


Membership Report: Chuck Drewes was not in attendance but did notify the President that there was no new activity.


Programs: Tyrone Johnsen reported that we had a successful visit and nearly two hour presentation by Carol Leavy of the Affiliated Woodcarvers on 2 May 2018. Today we would have Part II of Welsh Love Spoons with Gale Terrell and Gary Curl. Next month Denny Neubauer would cover sharpening with power equipment and proper use of the club’s equipment. Additional programs were in the works.


Picnic: Gary Lundquist confirmed the club picnic is set for Thursday, 14 June 2018, starting at 3:00 pm. The location is again at the shelter in Baumann Park in Cherry Valley. Tony DeVita questioned if he should again bring club furnished water, pop, and charcoal. Tony reported that he had a lot of left over last year (the rain storm might have been a factor). It was determined that he is to continue to bring bottled water and charcoal; but not any pop. Attendees are expected all their own supplies as in the past, e.g. their own cups, plates, and utensils and a dish to share plus whatever special meat or personal main dish.


Old Business: None.


New Business: None.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:19 am.



Submitted by Louis Jurisch


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


Program for the June Meeting




 Program: Gale Terrell displayed and he and Gary Curl discussed the Welsh Love Spoons he had carved.

Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark comments by Louis Jurisch


 Bunny Nordhiem displayed a shadow box with carved caterpillars, leaves, and butterfly.


 Don Stansfield displayed a tree in shallow relief carving with the details painted.



 Richard Prutz displayed a carved chess knight and carved and painted bear “Woody”.


 Jerome Mais displayed a reclining bear he carved and painted while in Florida.




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