Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 5,  May 2018

Presidents Report

Spring finally appears to have arrived. April has been another great month for the club. We were informed and entertained by our monthly presentation; and we enjoyed the displays and fellowship and the sharing of our hobby with each other and our visitors during our Open House. The month of May promises to have additional fellowship and special enjoyment.

Gary Curl shared with us “Welsh Loving Spoons”, a story about the background and symbolism of the carved wooden spoons. I am hoping the story is not quite finished; and we will be treated to an encore from a couple of our talented members.

Our Open House the last Saturday of April was a success; providing enjoyment to all who participated and visited. The displays were beautiful and wonderfully balanced. We had comfortable and pleasant number of visitors. A number of members of the Janesville based Rock River Valley Carvers of Wisconsin visited and utilized Denny’s knife sharpening service to tuneup their Boy Scout carving knives. Ed Thomas of the Wilson Park Woodcarvers & Woodburners of the Milwaukee area also visited. Members demonstrated the friendly and helpful nature of the club by providing answers and guidance to visitors. Gordy Moscinski spent time showing one newcomer around and offering advice. After procuring a knife and glove from Don Stansfield, Gordy guided the newcomer in getting a good start on carving a small duck while sitting with Gordy. Roger Benedict along with Bob Matthews did a great job of laying out an functional and attractive arrangement. Roger fixed morning coffee and provided some special pastries. In the early afternoon we enjoyed some pizza and pop. Thanks to all who participated and visited.

I am a proud member of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers where we have talented members who share and help one another and our visitors.

Tyrone Johnsen

 Club Activity Schedule

May 2 Caricature Carving by Carol Leavy
May 9 open carving
May 16 The Beauty of Carved Wooden Spoons, with Gale Terrell and Gary Curl. Open carving and meeting
May 23 open carving
May 30 open carving

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 meeting
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

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

 Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is June 6, 2018.

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

May Birthdays (that we Know of)

  1 Rosalie Wesley                 22  John Hartwig
 2  Roger Benedict                 22  Steve Terrel
 8  Lloyd Duerst                       23  Jeanne Williams
14  Wes Englund                    25  Larry Christensen
21  Bob Matthews                   26  Charles Drewes
21  Colin Bystrom
                   28  Art Valley

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

 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.

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Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes April 2018

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

Meeting called to order at about 9:00 by Tyrone Johnsen.

Larry Stenzel (filling in as secretary in Steve Terrill’s absence) read the minutes from the March meeting.  Gary Curl wished to amend the minutes to say that Roger Benedict has been making coffee for the past couple of months – longer than was stated in the minutes.

John Skaggs gave the treasurer’s report.  We continue to be solvent.

Chuck Drewes said that some people still have not paid their dues.  Please pay if you have not.  While we don’t send notices via the postal service, Chuck does send email updates showing who has paid and who has not.

Gary Lundquist and Tony Devita were not in attendance to talk about the picnic, but Tyrone reported that it’s all set.  It will be on June 14 at Bauman Park in Cherry Valley from 3:00 until sunset.  Gordy Moscinski was gone, too, but Tyrone said that we should all consider contributing material for the newsletter.

On May 2, our speaker will be Carol Leavy from Iowa.  She will speak about shallow relief carving, holiday ornaments, caricatures, etc.  There will be a live video, discussion, and Q and A.  We will not have the raffle we normally have on the first Wednesday.

Old business: The open house is April 28.  Members can still sign up for a table.  It’s free and open to the public.  The door we normally use will be an emergency exit only; attendees will be routed through the school.  Coffee and cookies will be served.  Denny Neubauer will be doing some sharpening.  Bob Matthews will be showing videos.  Don Stansfield will have his tools for sale.  Some of us will be carving or wood burning.  We can sell our stuff, but only carvings or burnings, not other crafts.  The building will open at about 8:00 am for setup.  Members are invited to come in and help set up on Friday afternoon, too.  Tyrone proposed bringing in pizzas since we’ll be there for six hours.  We will need signs to direct people; Tyrone is looking for help with that.  Roger asked if we will have a display of different types of carvings (relief, caricatures, etc.) but Tyrone said probably not because of space limitations.  The door is an issue.  Please pull the door shut when you go in or out as the latching mechanism is broken.

New business: Louie Cowan talked about MDA and how he is soliciting funds for research.  It’s a very good cause.  He had a jar for individual contributions and a poster for donors to sign.  This is Louie’s 11th year of being involved.

Someone (I didn’t catch her name) said that Hidden Treasures in the old Meadow Mart on North Second Street in Loves Park has big slabs of wood for sale, for anyone interested.

We adjourned and moved on to show and tell.

Respectfully submitted: Larry Stenzel


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

To create something exceptional, your mindset must be relentlessly focused on the smallest detail.
Giorgio Armani


Carol Leavy from Iowa

On May 2, our speaker was Carol Leavy from Iowa.  She will spoke about shallow relief carving, holiday ornaments, caricatures, etc.  There was a live video, discussion, and Q and A.


MDA Muscle Walk

The club passed the hat and donated $120.00 to the MDA MUSCLE WALK at the Klehm arboretum on April 28.
Thanks, Louie Cowan


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


fish hook


Larry Stenzel  (three top ones) Wood burnings

 bark house

Bob Matthew Unique bark house



Richard Dunphey (all three)


Don Stansfield relief carving




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