Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 2      February 2020

Blackhawk Carving Club

New Location
October 16th we
moved to Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108. We 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 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  February 2020

While it is snowing outside, we still are able to meet and carve together. The fellowship is enjoyed by all! Our new home is warm and inviting; and is serving us very well.

Our club’s new Vice President, Richard Dumphey, has jumped right in and working to re-energize our internal classes, programs, and activities. Richard has lined up a number of club classes to start.

Denny Neubauer will be doing a class during a couple of carving sessions. This involves participants fabricating a carving tool utilizing a section of hardened flat steel. No heat treating will be necessary. Fabrication will include grinding and finishing the cutting surface shape; and installing the blade into a wooden dowel handle. The finished tool will be well suited to detail carving. This is expected to occur late this month.

Gordy Moscinski will be doing a class during club sessions on carving a spiral. Gordy is already looking for an indication of the number of interested club members to gauge the number of blanks needed. This class is envisioned to start in March.

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.

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. We hope to have this program in March.

Larry Stenzel and myself 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.

Richard Dumphey welcomes input and assistance in increasing these activities. Success of our activities and our club is dependent upon all of our members.

Finally, discussions on our necessary revision of the club Bylaws is ongoing. I had earlier forecast we would be voting on acceptance of our proposed revised Bylaws. We are striving to not only update them but also to streamline them to only include the laws which define the boundaries of the organization.

Tyrone Johnsen

 

Deadline for news for the next newsletter is February 5, 2020

 Activity Schedule

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

April 1 open carving
April 8 open carving
April 15 open carving and meeting
April 22 open carving
April 29 Open carving

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

Denny Neubauer will be doing a class during a couple of carving sessions. This involves participants fabricating a carving tool utilizing a section of hardened flat steel. No heat treating will be necessary. Fabrication will include grinding and finishing the cutting surface shape; and installing the blade into a wooden dowel handle. The finished tool will be well suited to detail carving. His class on February19 and 26.

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 myself 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.

Gordy Moscinski will be doing a class during club sessions on carving a spiral. This class is envisioned to start in March. or April.

 The Ozark Woodcarving Seminar will be held in Springfield, MO from March 15 to 20, 2020.

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

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

41st ANNUAL
WOODCARVING SHOW & SALE


SATURDAY, May 2, 2020 • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
and
SUNDAY, May 3, 2020 • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.


Featuring:

• Whittlers • Woodcarvers • Wood Turners
• Demonstrations • Carving Contest
• Food Available from 11:00 AM
• Woodcarving Door Prizes Drawing Every Hour

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.   www.awcltd.org   WoodcarversCongress@gmail.com

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.

March Birthdays (that we Know of)

3  Louis Jurisch

 26 Ray Pederson

 31 Scott Grey

 

Facebook

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

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes January 2020

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, January 15, 2020 at Peterson Meadows, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:18 am.    He reported that he had a Thank You card for signatures to Marvin Mitchell who is a carver at Peterson Meadows who has quit carving and is donating a number of tools to the club. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting November 20, 2019.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.  He is also collecting payments for the Christmas party.

Membership:  Chuck Drewes reports that we are collecting 2020 membership dues.  He has removed 13 people from the membership list for inactivity (two years).  He has 56 remaining on the membership list.  Chuck notes that we have paid members who never come.  Roger would like to know why we have unpaid people on our membership list.  There was more discussion. 

Tyrone showed the update trifold brochure indicating our new location.  He also noted that there are also membership picture directories in the storage cabinet. 

Newsletter:  Gordy Moscinski reported that he is not the author of the newsletter; he is just the inserter and formatter of the newsletter.  He relies on members to write articles and take pictures that he can insert.  He reminds us that want ads are also possible.  The newsletters are available on the website. 

Facebook:  Tyrone manages the Facebook page and inserts pictures and commentary from meetings.

There are two upcoming CLR classes taught by our members.  Gordy has an upcoming class.  He is teaching beginning carving.  His class starts the first week in February.  Don Stansfield also has a class starting the first week in February. It is on freeform chip carving. 

The Christmas party was attended by 42 people.  Tyrone had a couple of observances about things that could have been better.  The format and setting seemed well received.  He was concerned with tables for four, but it seemed to work out nicely.  His main concern was the show and tell display.  He would place the tables against the non-window wall so that they were not backlit.  He thinks that having showing of work before rather than after the lunch as people tended to leave after eating.  Anyone with more suggestions should see Tyrone.  Denny and his wife did a nice job of decorations and snack cups and Bob Matthews did a nice job of making the arrangements. 

Tyrone wants to recognize charter members still with the club.  Tony DeVita is a charter member as is Gordy Moscinski and Roger Benedict. 

Bob Matthews reminds us that our policy for inclement weather is that if Rockford Schools is closed, that the club meeting will be canceled. 

The bylaws are out of date and need revision. Roger Benedict is working on them.  When finished there will be discussion and they will be posted on the web site before we end up voting on them.  More to come.  The draft will be e-mailed to paid members.

Richard Dunphey as new vice president will be coordinating new classes and demonstrations.

Janesville sent two members down to see how we felt about being part of their show at Janesville as their membership is dwindling and they could use help in funding their show.  There was discussion with some of our  board members but there were no conclusions.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:02 to Show and Tell.

 

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary

 

Show and Tell Pictures and Comments by Steve Terrill

 snowmen

Chuck Drewes brought in 2 snow people that he carved in 2013.  They were made of basswood and painted with acrylics.  Chuck completed at least 5 of them and gave a number of them away.

 

Roger Benedict showed a relief carving that represents his concept of humanism and nature.  It appears as a silhouette of a human head with a tree carved inside as if it were the network of nerves in the brain. 

 little people

Jim Foster showed 7 different “little people” of different size, characteristics, clothes and poses.  He used minwax stain after painting them with acrylic and rubbed it off to give them a nice finish.

 indian

Richard Prutz showed an Indian maiden that was quite tall and nicely painted.  Everything was carved; he used no band saw for a roughout and did everything by hand.  He also painted it several times to get the look that he wanted. 

 spiral

Bunny Nordheim showed a fancy spiral carved and decorated.  She added some “bling” from a bolo tie to hide the sharp point on the bottom. 

 wood ducks

pueblo

Bob Matthews showed a deep relief carving of three “wood” ducks in a pond with 8 depth levels which he carved in 2009 number 333 of his carvings.  He also showed a deep relief carving of Mesa Verde, the Pueblo (?) Indian caves done in a large piece of Cottonwood bark. 

 octagonal barn

pickup

pickup

muskie fish

Larry Stenzel showed 4 different wood burnings all up to his usual standards.  They included an octagonal barn, an old ’31 ford pickup, a ‘42 ford rusting in the weeds with a tree, and a flailing Muskie fish. 
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