Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 11      November 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  November

The “Big News” is that our club relocated its monthly carving sessions and meetings to Peterson Meadows. The relocation, which occurred in mid month coinciding with the monthly business meeting and Show and Tell, went well. Well, except that Tony DeVita went to the old location before noticing no one else was there and then joined us. Sure glad Chuck Drewes sent out those reminders. Apparently Tony’s secretary forgot to remind him. The following week Denny Neubauer with Richard Dunphey and Tony DeVita brought over the wood cabinet with the power sharpening equipment; and we fitted into a closet in our meeting room. The addition of a new shop vacuum and some added lights from Don Stansfield and we are right at home.

Speaking of Don, Mr. Stansfield brought in written directions and illustrations and blanks for the “Christmas Ornament Challege”. Everyone seem to be into working on one except Don. I guess he wanted to “spot” us on this “Challenge”. He appears to be giving us at least a one week head start.

We have not had anyone express interest in our 50” LED TV. We do not have a home for it. We also have the camera equipment. But we can find space if we elect to keep it. All are still at the old location and need to be removed quickly.

Halloween was cold with significant snow accumulation. I certainly did not get many “Trick or Treaters”. Perhaps we will have a lot of candy available at the 6th of November session. I forgot to mention that Gordy Moscinski and Don Stansfield were in the Halloween spirit at our last October session. Gordy had a cool pumpkin hat and Don was wearing a unique Jack O’Lantern pin he had carved.

It is Fall; but looks like Winter. Certainly reminds us, it is nearing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the new year. We need to be thinking of our annual Christmas Party and Officers for 2020. Note, we do have a Nominating Committee.

Tyrone Johnsen


Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is December 4, 2019


Club Activity Schedule

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

December 4 open carving
December 11 open carving
December 18 open carving and meeting

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


Nominating Committee Formed

A Nominating Committee was formed to identify the candidates for the 2020 club officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. The Nominating Committee consists of Richard Dunphey, Robert Hallstrom, and Martha Fitch. If you are willing to serve in one of these positions or have a suggestion, please speak with any of the members of this Nominating Committee.

Speakers needed at Riverside Church

Lloyd Duerst is a former member of the Blackhawk club and would like someone to speak about carving at his church. Last time we spoke at Wesley Willows there were 4 of us.  We could get new members this way.  The church is Riverside Community Church,  6816 North 2nd street, Loves Park, IL.  It is in the lower level. This would take place November 14th at 10:00 am with donuts at 9:30 am. Would you be able to join me on that date? Let me know if you can.       Gordy Moscinski

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


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 

December Birthdays (that we Know of)

   2 Larry Stenzel
5 Bob Hallstrom
14 Don Stansfield
20 Jim Foster
31 Martha Fitch



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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 October 2019

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, October 16, 2019 at Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, Illinois.

The October business meeting started late, about (9:30am) due to the late arrival of President Tyrone Johnsen (car trouble).

The secretary Steve Terrill was absent (later discovered ill) so the reading of the September meeting minutes were dispensed with. Tyrone tried so summarize points of the Sept meeting memory. Unfortunately, we failed to realize no one was taking minutes of this meeting.

Treasurer Larry Stenzel gave the monthly finance report; and we remain in great shape.

Membership chair Chuck Drewes reminded us to pay our 2020 dues.

Later Larry Stenzel took some rough notes as follows:

Nominating committee formed and announced.

Elections upcoming.

Recognizing people who helped with the move*.

Christmas party volunteers needed.

What to do with the TV and video equipment.

Gary Meyer has dust collector, Dremel, etc., to sell because he’s moving.

Show and tell with displayed carvings by Bob Matthews, Tony DeVita, Tyrone Johnsen, Jim Foster,  Jerome Mais, and Larry Stenzel.

*Gary’s motion: Recognize the people who made the move possible.  Tyrone spent a lot of time recognizing our long history at Ken Rock – since the founding.  Bob Mathews, Denny Neubauer, Don Stansfield, Bob Hallstrom, and Dick Dunphey spent a lot of time searching for a new place.  Which eventually culminated in our relocation to Peterson Meadows.  We’re very thankful for all those efforts.  Motion seconded by Roger Benedict and passed unanimously.

The meeting was adjourned for show and tell.

Respectfully Submitted: Larry Stenzel and Tyrone Johnsen


Show and Tell pictures by Chuck Drewes

starry night

Bob Matthews "Starry Night" by Van Gogh


Bob Matthews Eagle



A Woman by Tyrone Johnsen



Jerome Mais "Halloween & Hill Billy"

 bar harbor

Larry Stenzel "Bar Harbor Lobster Shack"


Larry Stenzel "Trout"


Shark by Tony DeVita




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