Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 7       July 2019

Blackhawk Carving Club

P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126
Open Carving every Wednesday (
8:30 to 11:00pm).  Ken Rock Community Center, 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109
Business Meeting; third Wednesday of the month. Friends and spouses of carvers are  welcome to come to meet and visit. Carvers bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.”

Presidents Report  July

Summer has arrived along with the heat and humidity! Fortunately our carving room has two air conditioners and the maintenance people were kind enough to have the room nicely cooled for us. A very pleasant group of us enjoy our carving sessions punctuated by jokes and exchange of tips and sharing of tools.  Most members are great carvers with individual expertise and knowledge; but collectively, what a treasure!
I am continually impressed by the sharing of our hobby by our members. We have members who share, and continue to share their knowledge through teaching classes within our club, our city, and even the surrounding states. The classes taught by them at our local Rock Valley College Center for Learning in Retirement has introduced many to the hobby and led many to become members of our club. I wish to share some words from one of our members, club Treasurer, Larry Stenzel about a recent visit three of our members did to a local retirement center.
“On June 14, Don Stansfield, Bob Hallstrom and I did a program at Fairhaven Christian Retirement Center in Rockford.  We all displayed some examples of our work, as well as tools we use.  Don had his remarkable carvings, Bob had his beautiful chip carvings, and I had my pyrography.
We had a good crowd, both residents and staff.  We had a nice big room, set up more for discussion and Q & A rather than for demonstration.  Don went first, explaining about types of carving, woods, roughing out a piece, the various tools, and safety.  Bob then talked about chip carving and the cuts each of his knives are used for.  I talked about pyrography equipment and described the process of transferring patterns onto the wood, burning, and coloring.
Residents and staff were very attentive, polite and asked good questions.  They even served refreshments; I had a great slice of cherry pie.  It was a nice day.”
Larry’s report was very straight forward, and you can see the respect he has for Don and Bob. Larry is also modest about his pyrographic pieces that have won numerous ribbons. Of course there does appear to be an interest in cherry pie as well!!               

Tyrone Johnsen


Club Activity Schedule

July 3 open carving
July 10 open carving
July 17 open carving and meeting
July 24 open carving
July 31 open carving

August 7 open carving
August 14 open carving
August 21 open carving and meeting
August 28 open carving

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

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

November 6 open carving
November 13 open carving
November 20 open carving and meeting
November 27 open carving


Doane Experience

The Doane Experience will be in Crete, NE from Sunday July 21 to Friday July 26, 2019

Denny Neubauer Class

Denny Neubauer will be teaching a class on miniature carving in Madison, WI.  On July 27, 2019. See Denny for details.

Lake County Carvers

Lake County Carvers will be holding their Woodcarving Show on Saturday August 2, 2019 at the “Life Enrichment Center” 1306 West Wisconsin Ave. Oconomowoc, WI from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

The Musky Area Woodcarvers Workshop

The Musky Area Woodcarvers Workshop will be held from August 13 to 16, 2019 at the Community Center in Boulder Junction, WI.


Rock River Valley Carving Club

The 14th Annual RRVC Carvers of Wisconsin Show & Sale. Saturday, September 14, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Craig Center, The Rock County Fairgrounds, 1302 Craig AvenueJanesville, Wisconsin 53545.  For more information,  Please contact: Reggie James - (608) 365-4281 or Brad Crandall - (608) 931-0188.    The chain saw carver is Zoli Akacsos, of Zoli's Woodcarving.


Wisconsin River Woodcarvers

19th Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale. September 21, 2019 – 9am to 5pm.   September 22, 2019 – 9am to 4pm. The Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482. Admission is $5.00. (Attendees 12 and under are free). For more information, contact: Ron O’Kray 715-341-2214  715-570-2534(cell),  Greg Wirtz 715-423-0471  715-323-2035(cell)


Artistry in Wood

Artistry in Wood will be holding their last show on Saturday and Sunday October12 & 13, 2019 at the Roberts Centre; 123 Gano Road, Wilmington, OH.


Capitol Carvers of Wisconsin

Capitol Carvers of Wisconsin will be holding their 31st annual show & sale at the Abundant Life Christian School; 4901 East Buckeye Road; Madison , WI on Sunday October 20, 2019.

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is August 7, 2019


August Birthdays (that we know of)

   1 Richard Prutz
  8 Elaine Terrell
 14 Hervell Fuse
 14 Judy Englund
 28 Denny Neubauer



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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!

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes June 2019

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on June 19, 2019 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:06 am.

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting May 15th.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we are solvent and gave some numbers.  Larry will bring the new picture directories to the Club next time.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes reported that we are currently in the membership doldrums’. 

Tyrone talked briefly about the new picture membership directory.  Chuck noted that there is one member who requested his name be taken off the membership rolls.  That would be Mike Rutter.

Picnic:  the picnic was a nice day. There were about 20 members present.   Tyrone wishes to thank Gary Lundstrom and Tony DaVita for their help in setting up the picnic as they have in the past.

Facilities:  Our rent is paid to December 1st.  We are still pursuing a move to Peterson Meadows, between Mulford and Perryville on Newberg road.  Bob Matthews has been doing the negotiating for us.  His latest information suggests that the facility will be open after Labor Day.  Bob Matthews suggests that we make a trip over there in August and see how the place works for us.  They would be open to our Wooden cabinet with the library and sharpening equipment. Tyrone suggests that we still need to look into changing the configuration of the cabinet extension so that we can get through doors more easily.  We have an extensive library of books, even some overflowing to one of the metal cabinets.  We have a coffee pot and supplies like paper plates and lots of soap to carve. Steve interjected that he still gets requests for soap carving events.  In a show of hands there was only one or two interested in soap carving.  Tyrone mentioned that Bunny and Martha still show interest in soap carving. 

Gary Curl suggested that the committee working on finding an alternative carving location make recommendations to the club about what we should do with our storage issues. 

Jim Foster brought it to the club’s attention that one of our members, Ray Pederson is a resident of Peterson Meadows and has suggested that as a great place for our meetings. 

The meeting was adjourned for show and tell at 9:32 am

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary


Club Officers     (815 area code)

  President,  Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274
Vice Pres,  Louis Jurisch, 568-7096
Treasurer,  Larry Stenzel, 389-4714
Secretary,  Steve Terrill, 708-0471

Committees   (815 area code)

Programs, Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Gordy Moscinski 874-7978
Membership, Chuck Drewes 985-8575
Photographer, Larry Clark
Historian, Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Picnic, Tony Devita and
Gary Lundquist

Show and Tell comments and pictures by Steve Terrill


Jerry Robey showed a small Troll or wizard that he had carved and painted from a roughout he had gotten during our first meeting of the month give away.  He is holding a Bluebird with one perched on his cane. 

 spoon  old car

Gordy Moscinski carved a humming bird spoon and woodburned and painted his brother’s car.


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