Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 5        May 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.”

Weekly Carving Session Time Changed again to Morning

Our weekly carving session meeting time has been changed back from our Wednesday afternoon time period to Wednesday morning,  8:30 to 11:00 am.


Presidents Report  May

We enjoy Show & Tell after each business meeting the third Wednesday of each month. It is wonderful to see the finished pieces. Each is a reflection of the loving work which went into them; and a source of pride to their creator. Each piece is a reflection of the creator. Each piece is viewed and interpreted slightly different by each of us individuals. We each might find areas which peak our interest. New features, approaches, and techniques spark questions and subsequent discussions. An important benefit of our club.

Since I started and continued to maintain the Blackhawk Woodcarvers Facebook page, my interest in the work of each of our members has increased. Each week I find myself wandering around checking on what our members are working on. Always looking for interesting pictures to post on our Facebook page to entertain viewers; and expand exposure of our club. I get less carving done but I do receive other benefits. I believe I have gotten to know you members better. Also, it is very enjoyable to remember the progression of a piece during the prior carving sessions and then view the finished piece during Show & Tell.

I find it amazing how fast some of our members can create a carving. This is also a reflection of the carver’s experience. I am a very slow carver. That does not bother me. I certainly lack the experience of most of you members. I also often do not know for sure where my carving is going. I believe in prior planning. But, my carving process has yet to reflect this. I believe in modeling the finished piece, e.g. out of clay. Again, I have yet to do this for a carving. This I should have done on my current project of “Octopus in Meditation Pose”. But carving is my hobby. The act of carving or the path is my form of enjoyment. Disappointment can be real! Doing it over is unlikely (for me)!

I hope all of you have gotten the word that the club has returned to morning carving sessions. Thank goodness Winter is over!

Tyrone Johnsen

Club Activity Schedule

May 1 open carving
May 8 open carving
May15 open carving and meeting
May 22 open carving
May 29 open carving

June 5 open carving
June 11 Picnic at Bauman Park (see article
June 12 open carving
June 19 open carving and meeting
June 26 open carving

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


Blackhawk Woodcarvers annul picnic

The Blackhawk Woodcarvers annual picnic will be on 11 June 2019 at the Bauman Park Shelter from 3:00pm until sundown.  Attendees should bring their own lunch and may bring a dish to pass. The club will provide soft drinks and water. If you plan on grilling bring your own charcoal and lighter. There are grills available at the park. 

 Gary Lundquist


Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Annual woodcarving

The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Annual woodcarving show is moving to the Oshkosh Convention Center in Oshkosh, Wisconsin this coming spring.  Our show date is Sunday May 5th.  The 2019 show is moving to a great venue that is about a 3 hour drive from Rockford with plenty of parking, a food concession, wood and tool vendors and we already have 33 tables registered.  A club table is $30 , and entitles six of your club members to have one entry each in the competition for judging.  A regular single artist table is also $30, but entitles that artist to 4 entries for judging. 
This year with our move to Oshkosh, we hope to see some Blackhawk Carvers here promoting their club and bringing their art to Oshkosh.  We always have many pyrographers too.  In addition, our club is sponsoring five upcoming classes. are in our December newsletter on our website with sign up forms and other information.   Betsy Popp will have a six day class on the Pygmy Owl (Feb. 28, March 1,2, 7,8, and 9).  Lee Belanger will teach a cottonwood bark carving class on a lighthouse (March 14, and 15).  One of your own, Denny Neubauer, of Denny Knife fame, will teach three classes: knife making on May 6th, Sharpening on May 7th, and carving "Little people" on May 8th. Please spread the word to your club and if anyone has any questions they should feel free to call me or send me an e-mail.
Thanks, Cedric Richeson, Secretary Mid-Wis. Chippers Woodcarving Club. e-mail tel. 920) 420-1225

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 Avenue

Janesville, 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 and 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)

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is June 5, 2019


June Birthdays (that we Know of)

  2 Dave Meyer

10 Gary Johnson

18 Jerry Robey



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!

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes April 2019

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on April 17, 2019 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.


President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 1:00 pm.

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting March 20th.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we are solvent and gave some numbers.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes reported that dues have slowed to a trickle.  We have 51 paid members for 2019.  Tyrone shares that we want to keep our between certain levels and notes that we are not registered with the state of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization. 

Our membership roster notes who is paid for 2019; members from 2018 who have not yet paid for this year; and those who were paid for 2017.  Chuck also maintains a picture directory without contact information.  Tyrone suggests that we update the picture directory.  Updating and printing will cost us between $120 and $150.  Don moves that we have 60 copies printed.  We will not charge new members for a copy when they join.  After some discussion Don changed his motion to indicate that we have 70 copies printed.  The second agreed to this change in the motion.  It will be the size to fit in a number 10 envelope.  Pictures will be black and white, 5 per page.  Pictures have not been updated except at the request of individual members.  Tony would his picture to have hair.  The motion passed on a show of hands.

There is no further news on the picnic.  It will be on June 11, a Tuesday.  The time will be from 3pm to dusk. 

Arne Larsen wanted to share that in 2008 his Masonic Lodge put together a trophy for Belvidere High School for the best team of the year and the best High School of the year.  They are doing it again this year for the Belvidere Cheerleaders who won state and for the young lady who won Athlete of the year.

Bunny brought in Kisses to share for her birthday, her marriage and for Easter.  Tyron wishes to pass them around before he eats them all. Martha reminds us that the celebration of Easter is why she was named “Bunny”.  The membership sang her “Happy Birthday”. 

People have been checking various alternative venues so that we can straighten out the meeting time change.  Dick Dunphey checked out the Salvation Army, but that site did not work out for several reasons.  We have an official committee, Denny Neubauer,  Bob Hallstrom, and Don Stansfield have volunteered to be on that committee.  Don has put together a nice summary of guidelines.  Because of financial constraints we would have $1350 yearly or $110 monthly without having to increase dues. That leaves us with no other money for other club expenditures.  He has suggested that cost savings measures could include reducing the frequency of meetings and reducing or eliminating the club equipment and library.  Historically, there have been times when much of club equipment has been stored at members’ homes.    Don suggested a number of potential sites for the club to move to.  Bob Matthews agreed to act as a liaison to the members currently carving mornings in Belvidere. 


The meeting was adjourned for show and tell.  @1:48pm

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)
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
- Chuck Drewes, 985-8575

Webmaster and  Newsletter Editor- Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Historian - Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Programs -
Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274
Picnic -
Tony Devita
and Gary Lundquist

Show and Tell pictures and comments by Steve Terrill


saw-whet owl

downy woodpecker

Bob Matthews carved and painted a goldfinch resting on a turned piece of wood and a little Saw-whet Owl on a Manzanea root and a downy woodpecker on a piece of wood as if pecking for insects. 

 block printing

block printing

Roger Benedict showed his newest interest, block carving and block printing.  He had both the negative block cut which was carved and the positive print which came from it.  He colorizes the lino block so that he can see it in positive before he prints it.



Martha Fitch showed her colorized hummingbird hovering by a flower and a lighthouse and seashore scene on basswood slab with the bark still on.  Both of these were colorized and were from Gordy’s wood burning class. 

 common snipe

Chuck Drewes showed a common snipe wading in a marsh.  He used quick water.  His granddaughter painted it for him. 

 woodburned barn

woodburned geese

woodburned tree

Larry Stenzel showed a woodburning of a barn with trees and birds.  Because the wood was dark and the finish darkens it more, it does not show up as well as some wood burnings. He also wood burned two geese landing in a marsh and a leafless tree stump at the edge of a field.   


Carol Behning carved a fantasy house of bark but was not satisfied with

how it came out so she enhanced it with pine cone leaves.  (no picture)


Bunny Nordheim displayed her chocolate treats in a gourd that she got from Louis and then decorated.



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