Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIV, Issue 10      October 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  October

Fall has arrived! We as a club are also in a time of change in our environment. This month we are relocating not just to a new room but to a new location for the first time since the club was founded. Our next business meeting (and Show & Tell) on the 16th of October is scheduled to be held at our new location at Peterson Meadows. This will be our first session at the new location. We expect to delay the move of our Club Cabinet to the following week; and to be completely out of our current location by the end of October.

Speaking of our club founding, it is with sadness that we learned of the passing of member Larry Clark. Larry was one of the founding members of the club. Larry had been an active member of the club since its founding but his declining health limited his attendance this year. Larry will certainly be remembered for also serving as our club photographer over all those years.

Moving always presents the need and opportunity to weed out possessions and the opportunity to clean up that which we decided to keep and move with us. Our beautiful oak cabinet which contains our sharpening equipment and library was the prime focus of our effort and has been streamlined and received a nice cleanup. Our library was drastically reduced.

We are an organization which fully relies upon our members as volunteers. Our club is only as successful as our members make it. Differing points of view are very important and make us more complete and better. Working together also requires participation. We each bring different qualities and it can be a challenge to mesh them toward our best synergism. But remember, we need each of you!

Tyrone Johnsen


Larry L. Clark

Larry L. Clark, 69, of Rockford, IL, passed away suddenly, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at Saint Anthony Medical Center. Larry was born April 9, 1950 in Belvidere, IL, the son of Harlow and Rebecca (Trosper) Clark. He graduated from high school and went on to become a machine operator at Ipsen for many years. In his younger years, Larry enjoyed riding motorcycles. He was a proud woodcarver, and was a member of Blackhawk Wood Carver Club. Larry was a talented photographer who took some photographs for the Blackhawk Wood Carver Club.
Larry is missed by his brother, Donald (Naomi) Clark, and special cousins, David Clark and Bill Trosper.
Per Larry's wishes, no services were held. Burial in Willwood Burial Park.


Club Activity Schedule

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

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 

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


Capital Carvers of Wisconsin

Capital 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 November 6, 2019


November Birthdays (that we Know of)

   6  Bernie Budzynski
10 Dawn Rozanas
20 Richard Andersen


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 September 2019

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, September 18, 2019 at 3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:02 am.   

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting August 21st  The minutes were approved as read.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes had nothing to report. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel is still at home with his recovering wife.  She will be going to the doctor soon to see if she can weight bear on her second ankle.  Her mobility is also compromised by having a bad shoulder in addition to two damaged ankles. 

We have gotten some money in from the sale of books and spent some money on the upgrade to the lighting in the sharpening cabinet (with LED’s). 

Don Stansfield has done lots of work with selling books and DVD’s to the club and at the Janesville woodcarving show.  He has also cleaned up the cabinet exterior.  The sharpening extension has been removed and the cabinet reconfigured with the end of the slider glides now protruding into the book section.  Thanks to Denny and Tony. 

Don reported that we are keeping a limited quantity of books for our own use.  The rest were sold at the Janesville show.  We have interest in the two metal cabinets between Denny and Carol.  The current schedule for moving will be the 16th of October, a business meeting date. 

Arne Larsen brought in a card for Larry Stenzel for club members to sign.  

Don Stansfield notes that now is the time to start thinking about classes for CLR.  The deadline for any classes starting in May is October 14.  Denny will probably do a caricature class.  Don will probably do a freestyle chip carving class for 6 weeks.  Their proposal form is available on their website. 

Tyrone took some pictures at the Janesville show and posted them on the website.  He found the show very enjoyable.  They did have a raffle and a chainsaw carver outside. 

At Greenwich village he met Salem Barker and in talking to Salem thought that a trip to his workshop would be instructional to the club.  He also thinks that contacting Bob Coleman to give a tour of the large trees he has carved in the Belvidere area. 

Denny reminds us that next week is the Steven’s Point show.  They have 200 tables. The Caricature carvers of America will be there as they have their Annual Meeting. 


The meeting was adjourned for show and tell at 9:26 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
Steve Terrill
Picnic, Tony Devita and
Gary Lundquist

Show and Tell comments and pictures by Steve Terril


Carol Benning showed a carved basswood panel of peaches with leaves on a branch.  She experimented with different shadings of polyurethane to get different colors and effects for the leaves, branches and fruit.  This was a UFO from Roger Benedict’s class a year ago. 


Tony DaVita showed a Baker/chef he carved with floor and bread that he will give to his son who likes to bake.  The bread will hold a card or recipe.  The pattern was one he got from Ted Faber.



Jerome Mais showed a carved and stained dog he call “Ole Blu”, Trusty Blood Hound. 

 hair pin

Chuck Drewes showed a hair pin he has carved, he so far has carved hundreds of them.  The grain in the black walnut is unique in that it makes a 90 degree turn. 

 hula doll

Richard Dunphey showed a Hula Doll with a spring at the waist like a bobble Head. It was a reminder of their 50th anniversary trip to Hawaii. 


Dave Meyer showed a relief carving of a lighthouse with terrain from a Dave Bennett pattern.

Show and Tell comments and pictures by Tyrone Johnsen

Here are some woodcarvings done by Larry Stenzel.

1930 ford pickup
Larry created the beautiful picture of the 1930 Ford Pickup for fellow member Tony DeVita. Tony states that is what he used to learn to drive.

monarch butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

bull elk

Bull Elk



 round barn

Round barn






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