Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 4      April 2020

Blackhawk Carving Club

We will not meet again until further notice.

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


Presidents Report  April 2020

The COVID-19 virus has disturbed our lives. We temporarily suspended our club meetings at Peterson Meadows. I believe that will be in effect through at least the end of April 2020. I would suggest that Peterson Meadows may wish to extend their suspension of our meeting there even longer. Physical distancing, precluding the gathering and the resultant human density, is considered a prime positive action in limiting the spread of this virus. Social interchange via the telephone is certainly encouraged!

I hope you are able to use this time to address some of those issues which are easily pushed aside. Perhaps you are finding more time to spend on our hobby of carving.

I believe this month’s newsletter will have a lot of “Show and Tell” from a number of our members. Our newsletter and what we are able to share with you via our Facebook page will help to connect us as a club. Please consider sharing with us your carving experiences and accomplishments.

I hope all of you are continuing to be in satisfactory health.

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes March 2020

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


Deadline for news for the next newsletter is May 6, 2020


Activity Schedule

Keep sending  pictures for Behind Closed Doors

Roger Benedict will present a program on stylized carvings. Roger will display some of his stylized wood sculptures and discuss inspirations and thoughts which have lead him to unique creations. March 18.


Larry Stenzel will be doing a demonstration of his techniques on pyrography and subsequent coloring. Larry will also offer opportunities for the club members to try some of his techniques. Larry Stenzel and Tyrone Johnsen will also be embarking on a series of fish carvings. One focus will be the colorful reef fish. This will not be an organized class but can be similar to our Christmas ornament challenge. Others will be welcome to join us in such an activity. The sharing of information, resources, and knowledge will be a hallmark. Bring your woodburner in if you have one. March 25.


 Gordy Moscinski will be doing a class during club sessions on carving an icicle spiral. This class will be  on April 1st and 8th.



Hummul has Floyd Radigan coming for a carving class.  The class date is April 2nd thru the 4th.  The cost is $195.00 plus cost of rough out.  Please pass along to the members of your club.  Info. on the class is also on the Hummul website.

W 9141 hwy 81, Beloit, WI. 7.5 mi west of Beloit, WI on hwy 81
Brad Crandall



Kettle Karvers Klub

 30th annual Wood Carving Show April 25, 2020 at the Lakers Ice Center.  1202 South Wildwood Ave. Sheboygan, WI from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Admission is $2.00 for adults.  More information on club website.     Cancelled


Bekkum in Wesby, WI. 

 Carve In 4 at The Bekkum will be held on Saturday April 25th , 2020 in Wesby, WI.  Hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Contact John Sutton 608.634.4396 for more information.  Rescheduled


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

North Arkansas Woodcarvers


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

More information can be found on their website

 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.

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!


Caricature Carving Class with Wayne Laramore (CCA Member)

$125.00 Plus roughout. July 18 and 19 at 9:00 to 5:00.  Place: Bill Mitton’s house 22911  94th Ave N. Port Byron, IL 61275.  Any Questions call 309.235.9105.





Wisconsin River Woodcarvers  Stevens Point, WI

20th Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale

The Largest Woodcarving Show in Wisconsin

Featured Carvers:
Vic Hood and Gregg Thompson

Also Featured:
We are also featuring supplies from Hummel Carving Company, Beloit, WI, and Moore Wood and Roughouts.
Free demonstrations throughout both days, and 2 sessions of free kids’ carving!
We have an awesome RAFFLE!

When: September 19, 2020 – 9am to 5pm, September 20, 2020 – 9am to 4pm
Event Schedule-TBD

Where: The Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482

Admission Prices: Admission is $5.00. (Attendees 12 and under are free)

Questions? For more information, contact: Ron O’Kray, 715-341-2214, 715-570-2534(cell) or Greg Wirtz, 715-423-0471, 715-323-2035(cell).



15th Annual SHOW AND SALE

 Saturday, September 26, 2020  9:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Carvers, Vendors, Chain Saw Carver, Demonstrations. People's Choice Awards, Raffle


Rock County Fair Grounds  Craig Center, 1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI. 53545

People’s Choice Competition

All entries for People’s Choice must be at the display tables no later than 8:30 AM

There will be FOUR categories: NOVICE, INTERMEDIATE, OPEN, and PYROGRAPHY.

If you have won a blue ribbon in a category, you must advance to the next category.

 All tables must have table coverings to the floor, preferably with skirts, plastic or otherwise. All tables are 6 foot in length.

 Show Chairman(s) — Brad Crandall – (608) 931-0188


Items for Sale

spray booth  

A folding spray booth with carrying case.  $15.00

 Bob Matthews


A Detail Master Woodburner with 5 vented burning pens and a conversion cable so you can use the controller with Colwood Detailer burning tips.

(Note: Detail Master is out of business).  $50.00

 Bob Matthews


Sick Call

All the Blackhawk carvers;  I just wanted to let you all know that Louie isn't doing very well, & is under hospice care at home. He's quite comfortable, but at this time , w/ the virus, we can't have visitors...just let everyone know & I will keep you informed on this end. 

Thanks, Carolyn Jurisch 


George Tolliver passed away on March 14th?  Arrangements are pending..


May Birthdays (that we Know of)

1 Roger Benedict
14 Wes Englund
21 Bob Matthews
22 Steve Terrell
26 Chuck Drewes



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   633-9003
Treasurer         Larry Stenzel   389-4714
Secretary         Steve Terrill   708-0471

Committees       (815 aera code)

Programs, Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Gordy Moscinski  874-7978
Membership  Chuck  Drewes   985-8575
Photographer  Steve Terrill
Picnic   Tony Devita


 Making Shawl Pins


shawl pins

In the beginning:

 Machining process:

shawl pin

Finished product but not fully finished with tung oil:

 Neither are flat. I give them depth for more appeal.

Neither are perfect, but the learning process has begun.


I have many more contrasting woods to work with.

Stay well, Chuck Drewes

A look behind closed doors




Muslim carving

box drum

Above are a few things I have been busy with in my shop.  The Georgia Bulldog plaque is for may granddaughter who will be attending UGA this fall.  The blue bird I finally finished for Sara. The Muslim relief carving is for my primary physician. The box is a cajon box drum with adjustable snares.  The small dowel is how you change the snares.

Keep safe and well through these crazy times. Also my daughter-in-law wanted me to mount some old antlers she had. I hope they fall off the wall.

John Skaggs



Gordy Moscinski carved this Chicago Cubs player.



A few I finished.  Bob Coleman


advent wreath

Just finished my second Advent Wreath. I think it took about 70-80 hours. Now I’m on to other projects. Happy Carving.

Bob Hallstrom




Attached is a photo of an elk burning I donated to River Bluffs Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation back in January for their banquet. It was for their silent auction. The banquet was supposed to have been March 7. I haven’t heard what the piece sold for or even if the banquet was actually held. March 7 was early enough in the month that I think people were still gathering. I don’t think I ever brought it in for show and tell. I don’t think the other two—the trout and the truck– have ever been to show and tell, either, but are on the Facebook page. That’s my latest stuff. I haven’t done any burning lately, even though I certainly have the time. I’ve just been doing other things to keep busy. One of these days I’ll get back to it. I hope you and your family are well and staying safe.

Larry Stenzel


Richard Dunphey’s Indian 

Months ago I brought the piece I am sending you a picture of to the club.  It had dried out and I soaked it overnight in water.  WRONG!!  Black Walnut should not be treated like that.  Went Online and Danish Oil was recommendation.  One coat brought out the grain and looked great except for a couple of dry spots.  So I put on another coat.  That hardened like iron and I had a mess.  I sought out Roger Benedict at the afore mentioned meeting.  I have admired his talent and his willingness to share it for years.  Roger showed me his workshop and several of his carvings.  We tried several different options to clean the hardened oil off and decided scrapers and sandpaper were the best method.  Roger said several times that I had a lot of work ahead of me.  I had no idea he was such a master of the understatement.  One of the problems I have is that after seeing the perfection of his work I will probably never be satisfied with my finished piece.  Anyway we are self quarantined in our condo in Everglades City, Florida.  I’ve been down here winters since 1996 fishing in the Ten Thousand Islands. EC  was devastated by Hurricane  Irma a couple of years ago, and now has 300 people (down from 600 before that).  I don’t know how the few small businesses can survive this 2nd hit.  Anyway it gives me more time to sand!  See you all when you start meeting again.  

Good luck—Herb Page



Here are some things I have been doing to keep busy.  The second one isn't really carving but still a fun birdhouse.

Stay safe and hope everyone is doing well,

Phyllis Hogberg

 lino cuts

lino cuts

Roger Benedict My prints from carved lino cuts.





Working on a Screech Owl for grandson.  Next is wood burning.

Bob Matthews

I have been practicing during the stay at home period. These are my latest attempts.

John Martin



I have several carvings I am working on completing. Others are in the process of staining and finishing. 

Considering this would be our first meeting of the month, I thought I would send pictures of my very first carvings.

They are pretty rough.

The dolphin  was carved out of a 1x2" old piece of pine using a carving knife that was dull right out of the box. It is a really skinny dolphin.

The duck was done at a 3 hour carving session given at a forest preserve. Again it was from a piece of pine using the same knife. 

Discouraged I didn't carve for years after that. Thank goodness I discovered CLR and attended one of Gordy’s classes. From there I went to one of Don's classes. Then I joined the club and learned so much more.

I miss seeing everyone. Hopefully we'll be together again soon.

Stay safe and healthy.

Carol Behning 

 chip carving

This was done in Don Stansfield and Bob Hallstrom's class. Great class!

Denny Neubauer


A big thank you to all who contributed pictures and commentary for this newsletter.  Great job!

Keep sending your pictures by the May 6 deadline.  One suggestion might be some pictures of your first carvings (as Carol did).  We can all recall those early attempts, which we treasure. Or how about those unfinished ones sitting on the shelf and collecting dust.  We  all have some of those!  Keep sending them in for all to enjoy.






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