Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 7      July 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  July 2020

This month we celebrate the 4th of July, also referred to as “Independence Day”. On July 4th in 1776 representatives of the 13 “English or British” Colonies in North America signed a Declaration of Independence from British rule and King George III. Of course, this lead to a bit of fireworks! A few years of it.

uncle samThen came Uncle Sam as a symbol of the United States (of America). How he comes about is a legend; or some various numbers of legends. He typically has a white beard and is dressed in the colors of our flag. We all recognize him!

I have seen a number of very nice carvings of him; but certainly not as many as Santa Claus!

In this case, member, Denny Neubauer was kind enough to supply me with this picture of one of the carvings from his collection. This one was carved by Mike Shipley.

I hope you enjoy the picture of this carving and the others in this newsletter from our members.

Our membership chair Chuck Drewes has updated the membership roster to show your 2020 membership now is good through 2021. He has circulated it.

The COVID-19 virus is still a potent threat and we are still generally in isolation. We probably will not be able to return to Peterson Meadows until a proven vaccine is available. We will keep you posted. Remember to stay safe and follow the guidelines.

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes April 2020

 A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


Replica of the 4-foot diameter Rehnberg stain glass window by artist Frank Houtkamp mounted in the Rockford Unitarian Universalist Church.  Icons as follows:
             Celtic Cross----Christianity

             Star and Recent----Islam

             The Ohm----Hindu

             Star of David---Hebrew

             Yin Yang---Taoism


             Flaming Chalice----Unitarian Universalism

Roger Benedict



August Birthdays (that we Know of)

  1  Richard Prutz
  8  Elaine Terrell
14  Judy Englund
28  Dennis Neubauer


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

Activity Schedule

The following shows and classes are for the information that we have at this time.  Due to the Covid situation, these activities are being cancelled or rescheduled.  Please check the website of these club activities for the latest development.

  Keep sending  pictures for Behind Closed Doors

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

Wisconsin River Woodcarvers       Stevens Point, WI


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).

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

Keep sending your pictures by the August 5 deadline.


A look behind closed doors


 Larry Stenzel    This is a vulture, the first wood burning I’ve done since we stopped meeting.  Mostly I’ve been painting, but I enjoyed working on the vulture so I’ll probably get back to wood burning soon.  I do have a couple subjects in mind.  I’ve done a couple more burnings recently.  I’m in my ugly bird phase, I guess.  Here are heads of a turkey, a vulture and a dodo bird.

little people

Above is a picture of my forest city little people.  Denny Neubauer


little people

 little people

This is my attempt at carving little people with help and guidance from Denny Neubauer.  Below is a carving of a fish from birch bark that I did quite a while ago.  Gordy Moscinski




The North house needed a couple more moose that I started a while ago and finally finished. 

Gordy Moscinski



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