Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 8      August 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  August 2020

This month I wish to cover two items: club administration during this isolation; and a possible resumption of club carving sessions outdoors in the park until the weather turns too cold. The virus continues to be very active and is able to spread and have cause serious negative health impacts. This prevents us from being able to meet at Peterson Meadows and that is not likely to change for months to come. We do continue to have our monthly newsletter with a number of pictures of members carvings. Also, we do continue to add pictures and entertainment to our Facebook page. Members are encouraged to utilize available forms of communication to stay in touch with fellow members and friends. Social isolation can have serious negative impacts. Call a friend. Try Zoom or even write cards and letters.

The first item I wish to mention is the continued administration of the club. We have minimal activity and business; but I did not want to completely ignore it. So the following is the procedure I have established and have been following. I have no approval other than that of the treasurer Larry Stenzel who is also the primary participant in this monthly process.  Each month Larry prepares and electronically sends me a club financial report. I then forward that and any other information or comments I have to the VP, Secretary, and the Treasurer along with Membership Chuck Drewes, Editor Gordon Moscinski, Facilities Bob Matthews, and Financial Auditors John Skaggs and Bob Hallstrom. I wish to note I do this without their concurrence, approval, or agreement with this process or the titles I have given them. They may well hit the delete button each time they receive an email from me. But, I consider keeping an eye on all these areas our task as your elected officers. Doing this in no way reflects on my concern about any of these areas; and the financial is the most critical. Treasurer Stenzel and I are good friends from well before I joined the club. I have the greatest regard for Larry. He also felt this process helped him to keep the books in order during this time of relative inactivity.

A few of us members have started meeting for a social lunch as we use to do following our carving sessions. We would meet at the same time, 11:00 am, as before; but now outdoors. First, we sat and ate in the parking lot at Sam’s on Charles, then the last couple of Wednesdays we tried Sinnissippi Park. The Sinnissippi Park location seems to work for us. I now propose we turn this into an unofficial club weekly carving session for any who are interested and willing. We could move the start time up to 10:00 am and plan on going to noon or a bit after.  Attendees must wear appropriate mouth and nose covering and space themselves to achieve the 6 foot spacing. I would suggest you should bring your own “lawn” chair. You might wish to bring your own lunch or a personal treat. I propose we gather starting at 10:00 am in Sinnissippi Park at the twin gazebos (across the road from the golf club house). There is plenty of parking and two side by side gazebos. We will not be reserving a gazebo even if that is possible. We can not guarantee tables. I do not think the gazebos are used that early and if they are occupied there is surrounding areas and the band shell area a short walk away. I believe this can be made to work and provide us a possible way to resume some club carving sessions at least through the remainder of the Summer and into the Fall.  We would plan to keep you appraised of any developments, possible changes, and last minute confirmation of this events. Finally, each member must evaluate and decide if this interested them and they can afford any of the possible risks.

I hope our editor has plenty of interesting carvings to share with you this month. I actually did a couple of carvings which I have posted on Facebook. Best wishes to all of you. Stay healthy and safe.

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes July 2020

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.

September Birthdays (that we Know of)

  2 Gordy Back
 5 Frank Lay
17 Bill Trosper
19 Tyrone Johnsen
23 Jeff Hartman



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

Thank You

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

Keep sending your pictures by the September 2 deadline.

A look behind closed doors

 flower flower


This carving was started in Roger's CLR class a long time ago. I finally stopped picking at it and put finish on it. 

I painted the center of the flowers a watered down yellow. Then I put two coats of water based (to prevent them from yellowing) semi gloss poly on the 3 flowers and 2 buds. 

Next I put a coat of oil based satin poly mixed with some oil based stain on everything but the flowers and buds. (This takes longer to dry than just using poly.) I wanted the color to stay fairly light and to not have the stain cause color variations on the carved wood. It worked pretty well. 

Last I applied another coat of the oil based poly, again avoiding the flowers and buds, for a good solid protective finish.

Miss seeing you all.

Carol Behning



First is a picture of a couple figures less than 1 inch. I used these in a recent joke on our Facebook page. The cop was previously carved by Denny Neubauer. The joke was about the Norwegian Ole being arrested by his friend a cop. Tyrone then carved a naked Ole to complete the graphic to go with the joke.

The second carving is a bit taller. I carved this as a gift for a lady on her 80th birthday. She is of Norwegian heritage and loves to make and serve us delicious fresh cinnamon rolls. Her husband is proudly ½ Italian which is reflected in the colors at the hem of her skirt.

  Tyrone Johnsen



tiger skull

water tower

I haven’t done much burning these past few months but I do have a couple recent pieces.  The fish is one I did for my brother in trade for a painting he did for me and the saber tooth tiger skull is just something I did for fun.  I did the water tower recently.

Larry Stenzel

 grey barn

Finished the Old Grey Barn.  I left the background with just Rogers Witch's Brew, as I just wanted the relief to focus on the barn.  Also the barn was done with various shades of the same stain.

Bob Matthews


Toucan carving

Tony DeVita


Never to old.

Dennis Neubauer


A fish I carved several years ago.

Gordy Moscinski

 hover board

The 11 year old grandson of our neighbor asked me to help him make a decorative hover board.  He designed, sawed and painted the board.  Under the board were several carved circles (not shown).  Well done, Everett

Gordy Moscinski



New one for the day, it's Darrell. Also some of the ones I have done.

Bob Coleman


An Atlantic Puffin. My granddaughter Hannah helped me paint it.

Chuck Drewes


Here's a Nuthatch in process:

Chuck Drewes


I'm trying to make the feet also.

Chuck Drewes


Dragon carving

Steve Terrell


Don Stansfield


Bob Hallstrom


Don Stansfield made a beautiful pin using two different woods.



Pictures of my tropical fish carvings which now hang on a wall in one bathroom.

Tyrone Johnsen 


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