Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 1      January 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  January 2020

Happy New Year to all! I hope you had a blessed Christmas. We certainly had an interesting and eventful year.

Our meeting location at the “Ken-Rock” building became a major problem last winter and finding a new location jumped to the top of our club priorities. We appear to have found a great new location and have completed our move.

The Christmas party at our new location, Peterson Meadows, was delightful! Bob Matthews organized a buffet brunch in the dining room just across the hall from our normal carving room. Beckie and Denny Neubauer provided hand-crafted ornaments and baskets at each dining table and all attendees were able to take one home. Most members brought some of their beautiful carvings to display in our normal carving room. A nice crowd of 41 attendees consisted of 23 members and almost that many spouses. Both the dining room and the carving display room were very attractive and the red tablecloths were festive. No formal Christmas Party committee was involved. The party quickly evolved and became established during our November business meeting. Many contributed and it all came together to provide an enjoyable party for all!

Our Christmas party precluded our normal monthly meeting. Our next business meeting will be at the normal time on the 15th of January. We will be identifying issues we wish to address in the near term to help finish our streamlining of the club organization. One of these items is a proposed revision of the club bylaws. We will be proposing a complete rewrite of the bylaws by consolidating them down to the essential items. This will be presented at the January meeting and is planned to be addressed for possible resolution at the February meeting. We will also review the current state of the club and consideration of future direction, plans, and events.

 I hope everyone looks forward to an enjoyable year of carving and fellowship!

Happy New Year! Happy 2020!

Tyrone Johnsen


Deadline for news for the next newsletter is February 8, 2020

Activity Schedule

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

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

Blackhawk Woodcarvers Christmas Party

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2019, 9:00 to 11:00 am

Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Rd, Rockford, IL 61108

All members and their spouse or guest were invited to our Christmas Party which featured a buffet brunch in the dining room consisting of:

Egg bake, Sausage, Bacon, Hash Browns, Pancakes, Pastry, Coffee, Milk, Juice, and Water.

There was a display of our carvings in the meeting room.



Members displayed their carvings in the meeting room.  A wonderful display of talent.


Display and demonstration for Peterson Meadows Dec. 4th, 2019

Bob Coleman and Don Stansfield           

Martha Fitch and Bunny Nordheim

Woodburnings by Larry Stenzel and carvings by Gordy Moscinski

Chuck Drewes, Tony Devita and Richard Dunphey

Behning, Carol, Dona Wisner and Tod Wisner

Bob Matthews

Classes at CLR Rock Valley College

BEGINNING CARVING ➤ COURSE CODE: ART-713-CLR1 (Class Limit: 12)  Being able to create the figure of an animal, person, boot, wizard, or other object from a block of wood provides a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to beat. This 6-session course will provide participants with the ability to carve many different objects with their own personal touch. Class members will be charged $20 for supplies payable to the instructor on the first day of class. Carving tools will be provided for the first session and tools for purchase will be available (approximately $20). The instructor has 35+ years of experience teaching students of all ages. Leader: Gordon Moscinski, woodcarver Facilitator: Jim Dehler Dates: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2/6, 2/11, 2/13, 2/18, 2/20, 2/25 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Place: RVC Bell School Road Center, Room 2 Fee: $35.00


FREE FORM CHIP CARVING ➤ COURSE CODE: ART-713-CLR2 (Class Limit: 12)  Join this class and learn a unique style of carving including pattern sources, how to have a scary sharp knife, safe carving habits, knife techniques, finishes and having fun making beautiful wooden art pieces. The class is open for beginners through advanced carvers. There will be a $20 materials fee payable to the instructor. Chip carving knives will be available for purchase at the classes for $20 each. Leader: Don Stansfield, CLR Leader; retired Facilitator: Jack Croffoot Dates: Thursdays, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/5, 3/12 Time: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Place: RVC Bell School Road Center, Room 2 Fee: $35.00

 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


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

 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.

February Birthdays (that we Know of)

   6  Gary Curl
 13  David Van Barriger
 16  Nancy Mayfield
 25  Arne Larsen
 26  Gordy Moscinski


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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!

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


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