Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 3,  March 2018

Presidents Report

Mark your calendars for our Open House event to be held Saturday 28 April 2018 at our Club room. We hope that everyone will be there for at least part of the time. Tell your friends, relatives, and all you meet. Everyone’s participation is desired.

In every organization I am involved, I spend time thinking about the mission of the organization. I consider this most important when considering how to lead and present the organization to the public. Our upcoming event is being planned with rather short lead time; but with the elimination of a show, and especially a judged show, the tasks have been greatly reduced. Members will display carvings, demonstrate carvings, and discuss the hobby, craft, and art of wood carving. We are the Ambassadors of the Club and of the hobby in this area. Selling of carvings and carving tools will be permitted. Tool sharpen service will be available. We have been given a great opportunity and we will use it.

Gary Curl had to cancel his presentation for 21 February meeting due to his illness. We plan to reschedule Gary’s “Loving Spoons” presentation to 18 April 2018.

Tyrone Johnsen


Club Activity Schedule

March  7 open carving
March 14 open carving
March 21 meeting & the Art of relief Carving by Roger Benedict
March 28 open carving

April 4  open carving
April 11 open carving
April 18 meeting
and Carving Spoons by Gary Curl
April 25 open carving
April 2
8 open house (see article below)

May 2 open carving
May 9 open carving
May 16 open carving and meeting
May 23 open carving
May 30 open carving

June 6 open carving
June 1
2 club picnic (see article below)
June 13 open carving
June 20 open carving and meeting
June 27 open carving

The Values of Relief Carving

“For the March business meeting on the Values of Relief Carving by Roger Benedict.  A visual journey about the history and related issues to create a relief carving will be presented.  This presentation will not cover any demonstrations, but will focus on many points of information to encourage the appreciation of the art of relief carving.”

Roger Benedict

2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic

The 2018 Blackhawk Woodcarvers Annual Picnic will be held on Tuesday, 12 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 April 4, 2018.

Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.

March Birthdays (that we Know of)

      26  Ray Pederson
      29  Jesse Daughtry


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


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.

For more information go to


Our Sympathy to Sue Watson loss of her mother Lillian Enge and John Winters a long time member. Also a thank you to Franklin Johnson donation of his carving first of the month drawings. 


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes February 2018

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

Opening Remarks:  Gary Curl, our expected speaker today is cancelled due to illness.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:02. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting.  The minutes were approved as read with the following correction; Tod Wisner will not be doing the printing for the pending revised picture directory. 

Treasurer, John Skaggs reported that we are solvent. 

Membership chair, Chuck Drewes reported that the 2018 dues are no longer trickling in.  The people who have not paid are typically the Snow Birds from Florida and will be coming back soon.  Our membership is pretty stable with losing a few and gaining a few new members.  We are around 81 members currently.  Tyrone commented that the updated pictorial directory will not have contact information as that is available and updated on the online membership list.

Tony Devita will continue to coordinate the annual picnic and is working on setting that up.  It was suggested that we not set the picnic date for when there will be a typhoon. 

Gordy Moscinski reported the newsletter continues to be functioning well. 

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. 

Old Business:  We do have an opportunity for someone interested in coffee to continue making coffee for the meetings.  More than one person can step forward to help with this if interested. 

We are scheduled to have an Open House to showcase the club on Saturday April 28.  The hours will be 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  There will be a craft show at the same time in the Gym for Ken Rock.  There will be no cost to us.  We will have to share tables so we may have about 30 tables.  There will be no contests or judging.  We hope to have some DVD’s running.  We hope to have a variety of wood carving and word burning samples.  We will need participants.  Don Stansfield has been asked to bring his knives for sale and Gordy will have some roughouts for sale.  Members will have the opportunity to sell their carving. 

New Business:  Gordy will be in charge of a woodcarving workshop in Boulder Wisconsin on August 14 through 17th.  Information will be available on the website.  We had a request to do an educational program at Wesley Willows in March.  Gordy Moscinski, Bob Matthews and Denny Neubauer stepped up to do that. 

Arne Larsen pointed out that Ed Vittell has not been attending because he has not been feeling well and Lee Thomas’ wife is just out of the hospital and he will try to start coming again.  Hervell Fuse has not been coming as she takes public transportation but will be coming as the weather improves. 

T he meeting was adjourned at 9:33. 

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill,
Club Secretary


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

Passed Treasured Carvings

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.  I will have an extra table set up so we can show our favorites on the Wednesdays that we have our meetings!

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.

Tips and Tricks    Jigs and Twigs

Many of you have  figured out some easy or unique way of helping out your carving.  Send me some of your tips.  Pictures would help show it even better.

Gordy Moscinski 


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 Moscinski

Door Prizes give away by Franklin Johnson


This week at Blackhawk Woodcarvers we had 29 members signed in to the monthly drawings. Larry and Tyrone drew through the list two times before turning into the final free open pick.


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


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




Larry Stenzel showed a woodburned and colored Bluebird.  He also showed a woodburned barn and a woodburned monkey looking very happy (could it be a self portrait?). 


Bob Matthews showed a carved, mounted and painted Robin captioned “Think Spring”!


Roger Benedict showed a new venture in carving with a linoleum block cutting for printing.  He is auditing an Art Class in Rockford University.  He also showed a relief carving of a friend with the matching photo.  Very lifelike.  It has been juried in to a portrait show in Door County. 




Tony Devita showed a spoon he carved out of a Wine Barrel Stave.  He carved a coffin with a bird on top out of cedar.  He also carved a monkey in a golf ball which he painted.  He got the idea from the Rockford Sock Monkey. 

 carved jar

carved jar

Bob Hallstrom carved a jar with chip carving and stained it to look very dramatic. 


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