Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 12      December 2019

Blackhawk Carving Club

New Location
Starting October 16th we will meet at Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108 from 8:30 to 11:00 am for open carving. Business Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month. Friends and spouses of carvers are  welcome to come to meet and visit and carvers are encouraged to bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.” Our mailing address remains P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126.

Presidents Report  December

Please note there a number of items which impact the club and our members which are mentioned through out this newsletter. A number of items were addressed and resolved at our November business meeting. They are covered in the meeting minutes. However, I also feel they are important enough to cover them here and in the additional announcements in this newsletter.

The annual Christmas Party has been established. The party this year will be at our new meeting location at Peterson Meadows and will take place at our normal Wednesday meeting time on the 18th of December. Bob Matthews has lined up a buffet brunch for us in the Dining Room; and we will utilize our normal meeting room for a display of our carvings. Please note the announcement and get your reservation and payment in by December 9th.

We decided there will not be a monthly business meeting in December this year. Note our Christmas Party is being held on the normal business meeting date. Our next scheduled business meeting will be held as normal on Wednesday the 15th of January 2020.

Our December 4th carving session will have a bit of a twist. We will be using that date to have a small Show that morning. Peterson Meadows had asked that we give their residents a presentation on our club and what we do. I thought this would be an opportunity to display some of our carvings; and even sell some if asked. Peterson Meadows does not allow sales solicitation but we are allowed to sell if a resident asked if they can purchase. Again Bob Matthews knows more about these guidelines and should be consulted. We will have our carving session. But, members are encouraged to display some of their carvings.

Peterson Meadows will advertise that their residents can visit our displays from about 10:00 am; and there will be a presentation by our club members at 11:30 to noon.

We have elected our club officers for the year 2020. The 2020 officers consist of President Tyrone Johnsen, Vice-President Richard Dunphey, Secretary Steve Terrill, and Treasurer Larry Stenzel. Nominating committee chair Martha Fitch presented the slate of candidates and a brief explanation of the committee’s proposed slate of candidates. After acceptance of the slate, a motion was made to hold the election immediately in lieu of waiting until December, subsequently the attending membership approved the slate. The president thanks Louis Jurish for his service for the past two years as an officer; and also thanks the nominating committee of Martha Fitch along with Robert Hallstrom and Richard Dunphey.

Finally, our club has completed our relocation from the Ken-Rock building on 11th Street to Peterson Meadows. The club had meet at Ken-Rock since its inception. The new location has been met with favor. We were able to modify our oak cabinet containing our power sharpening equipment and relocate it into the closet in our new room at Peterson Meadows. The new room is smaller but working out. Lighting was not as good as desired but most have added personal lamps. Everyone seems happy with the new location.

Tyrone Johnsen


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is January 8, 2019

Activity Schedule

December 4 open carving
December 11 open carving
December 18 Christmas party

January 8 open carving
January 15 open carving
and meeting
January 22 open carving
January 29 open carving

February 5 open carving
February 12 open carving
February 19 open carving and meeting
February 26 open carving

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

April 1 open carApril ving
April 8 open carving
April 15 open carving and meeting
April 22 open carving
April 29 Open carving

Christmas Ornament Challenge

A challenge for carving a new Christmas ornament  with a Santa on one side and a snowman on the other side.  Blanks and patterns will be available starting Wednesday, October 30 at the club meeting for a $1.00 donation.  Finished ornaments are to be shown at the club meeting on December 18. 
Thanks.  Don Stansfield 

Christmas Party

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Christmas Party

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 am

Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108

All members and their spouse or guest are invited to our Christmas Party which will feature a buffet brunch in the dining room consisting of:

Egg bake, Sausage, Bacon, Hash Browns, Pancakes, Pastry, Coffee, Milk, Juice, and Water.

There will be a display of our carvings in the meeting room.

Cost is $9.00 per person, reservations and payment must be received by Monday 9 Dec 2019. Please signup and pay either Larry Stenzel or Tyrone Johnsen at our normal carving sessions: November 27th or December 4th.


Riverside Community Church

 club demo

John Skaggs, Larry Stenzel and Gordy Moscinski spoke at the Riverside Community Church November 14th .  It was the Ingersol retirement club.  Hopefully events like this will help expand our club

Classes at CLR Rock Valley College

Beginning Carving with Gordy Moscinski

February 4, 6, 11, 13, 18 and 20. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Rock Valley College Bell Building

This 6 week course will provide participants with the ability to carve many different objects with their own personal touch. 


Free Form Chip Carving Class with Don Stansfield

Thursdays, 1:00-4:00PM, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 5, 12.

The class is open to all levels of carvers.


The Ozark Woodcarving Seminar will be held in Springfield, MO from March 15 to 20, 2020.

Carve In 4 at The Bekkum will be held on Saturday April, 2020 in Wesby, WI.  Hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Contact John Sutton 608.634.4396 for more information.

Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Woodcarving Club

 The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Woodcarving Club is hosting its 46th annual show, competition and sale on May 3, 2020 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  We would be pleased to have you participate by registering for a table.

A wonderful day is being planned including:
“How to Get Started in Woodcarving” Presentation A Pyrography Demonstration
Chainsaw Carving Carving Tool Sharpening by Denny Neubauer of Denny Tool fame.
Carving tool vendor County Line Products (Uncle Al’s Basswood} wood vendor
Competition will Judge entries from 26 categories for Master, Open, Intermediate, Novice and Youth Skill Levels Our latest Woodcarver patch


North Arkansas Woodcarvers Show


SATURDAY, May 2, 2020 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
SUNDAY, May 3, 2020 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


• Whittlers • Woodcarvers • Wood Turners
• Demonstrations • Carving Contest
• Food Available from 11:00 AM
• Woodcarving Door Prizes Drawing Every Hour

Affiliated Wood Carvers Classes at the Congress 2020

5 day classes: Monday, June 15 to Friday, June 19                   $265
   Jim Thalacker                   Trout (golden or rainbow)
   Jenet Denton Cordell           Human figures, animals
   John Engler Relief carving and painting
   Vic Hood Carving a bust in butternut
   Alec Lacasse Realistic bark carving
   Jim Trumpy Full size blue jay
   Dylan Goodson Relief scene or realistic figure

3 day classes: Wednesday, June, 17 to Friday, June 19 $159
   Dave Stetson Caricature heads
   Debbie Edwards Realistic wild life
   Bruce Shostak A beginners intro to woodcarving
   Carole Jean Boyd Singleton Cypress knee
   Michele Parsons Intro to Pyrography (woodburning) landscapes
   Ryan Olsen Caricature carving
   Jan Jensen Old world chip carving

2 day classes: Monday, June 15, Tuesday, June 16 $106
   Carol Leavy Holiday ornaments
   Jan Jenson Old world chip carving
   Ryan Olsen Caricature carving
   Michele Parsons Intro to Pyrography (woodburning): wildlife

1 day classes: Saturday, June 20 $53
   Denny Neubauer Knife making -  only 8 students
   Michele Parsons Intro to Pyrography: leather
   Ryan Olsen Caricature carving

Affiliated Wood Carvers, Ltd., Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa, IA 52060.

 U.S Bodgers Ball and Greenwood Festival

The 2020 U.S Bodgers Ball and Greenwood Festival will be held Friday June 26 thru 28, 2020 at Grundahl Park in Mount Horeb, WI.  (A Bodger is a craftsman who turns wood into chairs, bowls cups, and spoons, traditionally doing their work in the woods.)  More information on Facebook: US Bodgers Ball and Green Wood Festival.

Club TV for sale

Our move in location of the club’s carving and meeting sessions has prompted the extensive reduction in the club’s property. The last item we need to liquidate within by the next meeting is the club owned TV.

This TV was purchased new about 4 years ago, has been well keep, and has very few hours of use. We consider it in as new condition. The TV is approximately a 50 inch rated LED TV.

We have always mounted it on a tripod which is included if desired. We will consider all offers and proceeds are to go to the club treasury. Please contact Tyrone Johnsen.

Club’s associated camera and all associated equipment can also be purchased separately if desired. The camera the club can store so it will be keep if there is no sufficient interest.

Thank you,

Tyrone Johnsen at 815-397-9274 (home phone with answering machine) or email or any club officer

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes November 2019

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, November 20, 2019 at Peterson Meadows, Rockford, Illinois.  President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:10 am.

  Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting regenerated from memory by Tyrone Johnson and Larry Stenzel.  The minutes were approved as read.

  Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.

  Membership:  Chuck Drewes reports that we are collecting 2020 membership dues. 
  Tyrone would like to update our trifold brochure indicating our new location.  He is soliciting volunteers.

  The nominating committee consists of Richard Dunphey, Bob Hallstrom, and Martha Fitch.  Martha reported for the committee.  She proposes we keep the officers as they are except for Vice President because of Louis Jurisch’s medical issues.  She proposes Richard Dunphey as Vice President.  Tyrone noted that the bylaws state that the president is limited to two terms.  He is willing to serve a third term.  There was a suggestion that we vote now rather than next month.  There was a motion and second to accept the slate as proposed; Tyrone Johnson as president, Richard Dunphey as vice president, Steve Terrill as Secretary and Larry Stenzel as Treasurer.  The motion passed by unanimous voice vote with no abstentions. 

  Tyrone wished to thank Chuck Drewes for his work as membership chair these many years and wishes he continue in that role.

  We are asked by Peterson Meadows to give a presentation to them.  Tyrone would like to add a show and tell to present what we do.  On December 4th, the first Wednesday in December, there will be regular carving until 10:00.  At that point they will announce the open house to their members.  We will be allowed to sell items if we wish however; Peterson Meadows has a policy about not soliciting.  If a person asks, you can sell an item to them.  John Skaggs suggests that items you wish to sell can have a price on the back.  Tyrone would suggest we have a few more tables for the event.  In addition to the show and tell, Peterson Meadows has requested a verbal description of what it is we do.  Bob Matthews in discussions with Melissa from Peterson has recommended that we have a little different arrangement of tables so people can browse and talk more easily.  Any presentation at 11 should be wrapped up by 12.  Persons interested in not staying for the presentation are free to go home or whatever after the show and tell portion. 

  Bob notes that there is wood available from Steve Johnson who is moving and has less space.  The wood is free.  Any wood not taken will become firewood. 

  There is a stack of Chip Chats for those interested from Frank Lay who borrowed them from the club and is returning them.

  Tyrone’s next concern is the Christmas Party.  It will be the third Wednesday of December, the 18th.  It will be at Peterson Meadows.  There are two possibilities; a catered brunch or just Hors d’oeuvres.

  Don Stansfield moved that we dispense with the meeting the third week in December and our get together will be Hors d’oeuvres.  The motion was seconded.

Bob Matthews indicates that Peterson Meadows has the dining room next door open and is willing to provide a brunch buffet.  Don Stansfield withdrew his motion as premature. 

  Tod Wisner moved that we give up the meeting and go with a Christmas Party.  The motion was seconded by Don. The motion passed with unanimous voice vote. 

  Don Stansfield noted that he has more blanks available for his Christmas ornament challenge.  Don also showed the moose he cut out of a blank after Bob Matthews saw a moose, not a Santa in the blank. Tyrone noted that he encourages members to bring along their carved ornaments to the show and tell at the Christmas Party. 

  Gordy announced he has a list of all officers and committee members from 1993 to 2019.  He could email it to those interested.  Tyrone would like a copy for our history. 

  The meeting was adjourned at 9:43 to Show and Tell.

  Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary


January Birthdays (that we Know of)

    1  Craig Sorensen

 20  Will Rottman


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

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

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!

Club Officers    (815 aera code)

Present            Tyrone Johnsen  397-9274
Vice Present
    Richard Dumphy  
Treasurer         Larry Stenzel   389-4714
Secretary         Steve Terrill   708-0471

Committees       (815 aera code)

Programs, Tyrone Johnsen  397-9274
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Gordy Moscinski  874-7978
Membership  Chuck  Drewes   985-8575
Photographer  Steve Terrill
Picnic   Tony Devita

Show and Tell pictures and comments by Steve Terrill

 canes  cane

little guys

Frank Lay showed two canes and a walking stick.  He grew an Apple Tree from seed and harvested it to make the walking sticks.  One cane has a compass all have carvings.  He also showed 4 little people from Denny Neubauer’s class. 


bus stop

Richard Dunphey showed a man (himself) in a hammock between two trees which is himself after carving.  It is of one piece of walnut.  He also showed 9 little people he carved from Denny’s class and made a display street to show them. 




Don Stansfield showed an older Snowman he meticulously carved and painted and a new Pendant that is a chip carved cross.  He also showed the Moose/Deer he carved from the Santa Challenge blank.


Gordy Moscinski showed an Intarsia which is multiple pieces of different woods carved to fit together to make a pair of forest fir trees. 




Steve Terrill showed his finished dragon from Denny’s eyeglass holder class but filled in the eye glass slot for one of his Grandchildren (who does not wear glasses, but loves dragons).  He finished a Blackhawk Woodcarver name badge.  He finished an Irish Santa from Don Stanfield’s class in 2013 along with the English Santa (2013) and German Santa (2016). 


Jim Foster showed a Cowboy that he calls “Lefty” from WoodCarving Illustrated Fall issue. 


Tony DeVita showed a dog head he carved and painted black.  It is a Rottweiler for his son.  The design was from WoodCarving Illustrated. 


Bob Matthews showed a Hooded Merganser Drake he carved because he had not done a duck in a while.  This is # 486 he has carved since 1979.


Jerome Mais carved a Santa in a chimney from WoodCarving Illustrated.  He also showed a caricature he carved from Shipley’s book. 



Bunny Nordheim showed two relief pieces of trees that are just messing around pieces to learn new things including how to use gold foil and silver foil and carving.


Bunny also showed two twisted ornaments one is more like a unicorn horn according to her great granddaughter.  Martha Fitch also added a twisty piece she carved. These three were from a class they both took at Cherry Tree in Beloit.


John (from the Ingersol Retirees club) brought in a fir tree that he grew and it died.  It has a huge root ball that is solid wood.  He brought it in case anyone wanted to carve it.  John has been interested in carving for a while and was encouraged by Larry and Gordy and John coming to their retirees club and talking about woodcarving. 






Larry Stenzel showed 5 wood burnings:  a yellow-jacket wasp, a turtle, two spiders and a VW bug.  The Greenish background came from rubbing a green sharpie on paper then took a tissue dipped in alcohol on it and rubbed that on the pyrography.  The spiders were very in demand at a recent craft show. 




John Skaggs has been very prolific.  He has done about 50 of the chip carved Christmas tree ornaments in 8 designs.  He has 10 Mittens that he has carved for his grandchildren.  He did a star for his great grandchild that will hold a picture.  Santa’s Elves were out of WoodCarving Illustrated.  They have wire glasses. 




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