Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 3      March 2020

Blackhawk Carving Club

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” the third Wednesday of the month. Our mailing address remains P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126.

Presidents Report  March 2020

Time marches on; things change, evolve. Our club has changed. Our bylaws are and have been badly out of date. Change is needed! Revision is overdue!

Late last year we initiated a study to overhaul and update our club bylaws. I announced this at our January 2020 business meeting. Roger Benedict gave an overview of the proposed revised bylaws at our February meeting. Copies were made available to current members. I expect a motion to approve and membership approval of these new revised bylaws at our next business meeting on 18th of March 2020.

Here are some important points regarding the revision and creation of our new proposed bylaws.

Our new bylaws are for simplicity, and not to be specific so that our club can function with ease to reduce cumbersome questions whenever a new project or committee is purposed.

 The most important factor of this club is that the membership runs the club by voting when a new subject is presented – it is not the bylaws that run the club. 

 Bylaws are to identify how the organization is made up:
1.  Who has judiciary responsibility by listing the officers and their duties.
2. Name of the organization and current meeting location.
3. Purpose of the organization.
4. How does one be a member of the organization (our case is by paying a yearly membership fee).
5. Method to dissolve the assets if or when the organization has ended.
 Bylaws are not meant to handcuff the organization from ordinary running day to day or month to month or year to year operations. 

 Details of activities which are often subject to constant changes should not be included in the bylaws. Hence it is not our case to identify committees and what they are to provide. But there will always be two standing committees in our organization: Executive and Nominating - which are identified in the bylaws.

The new proposed bylaws will be the prime topic of the business meeting this month. I expect a motion to approve them along the applicable discussion to be covered at our 18 March meeting. I hope they will meet with the approval of the membership!

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes March 2020

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


Deadline for news for the next newsletter is April 1, 2020

 Activity Schedule

March 4 open carving
March 11 open carving
March 18 open carving and meeting +
stylized carving (see below)
March 25 open carving + woodburning
(see below)

April 1 open carving + spiral carving (see below)
April 8 open carving + spiral carving
(see below)
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

June 3 open carving
June 10 open carving
June 17 open carving and meeting
June 24 open carving


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.


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 25, 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.

April Birthdays (that we Know of)

10 Franklin Johnson
19 John Skaggs
21 Bunny Nordheim
25 Marjorie Simonds



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 February 2020


Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, February 19, 2020 at Peterson Meadows, Rockford, Illinois.

Vice President Dunphey opened the meeting at 9:00 am.    He announced that Gordy has a new visitor, Jerry Amenda who is a member of his beginning carving class at CLR. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting January 15, 2020.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent. 

Membership:  Chuck Drewes had nothing new to report

Newsletter:  Richard reported that we will start having a copy or two of the printed newsletter available at meetings for those who do not get it in e-mail or online.  Gordy will be making copies. 

Programs:  Richard reported that there are some upcoming programs.  Denny is scheduled to make detail knives today and possibly continuing to next week.   Gordy has an upcoming class on spiral carving with a date to be determined.  Roger is scheduled to teach a class on May 8th .  Larry Stenzel will be doing a demonstration on woodburning in the future, TBD.  Richard announced that he is looking for volunteers to teach or demonstrate classes or skills to the club.  Anyone interested should contact Richard. 

The proposed bylaw changes were handed out and will be voted on by the membership present at the March business meeting.  Roger Benedict saw the need to revise the bylaws as he noted that they were both outdated and cumbersome in getting in the way of things we needed to do such as changing times, meeting place, etc.  The main reason for having bylaws at this point is to have a structure for the organization, particularly for the fiduciary responsibilities of the organization.  The revised By Laws proposed simplify the rules of the organization so that they can be made by the membership in the form of policies rather than rules.  

Arne Larsen asked if the members who are carving in Belvidere are still members of the club.  The simple answer is that yes they are if they paid current dues.   Some of them have officially resigned.  Chuck Drewes has revised the membership list to reflect who is a paid member or was paid last year. 

There were no other questions or suggestions regarding the proposed By Laws.       

The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 am to Show and Tell.

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary


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.

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Show and Tell Pictures and Comments by Steve Terrill





Bob Matthews brought in a 9” square basswood 1-1/4” thick that he had carved in layers to repsresent multiple triangles at different depths and then stained them different shades.  He carved a Snowy Owl to cap off a walking stick which a friend carved and finished.  He also brought in two carvings. One was an unfinished male pintail duck that he got from one of the Peterson Meadows carvers, Marvin Mitchell, who donated many items to the club.  He finished the duck and painted it and brought in a female pintail duck that he had carved years ago for comparison. 

 united states

Richard Prutz brought in a relief carving of the United States that he carved with reliefs of indian dents, totems, symbols and riding a pony, decorated on the border with real arrowheads. 


Jerome Mais a Santa that he carved in Florida last Christmas.

 toy car

Richard Dunphey carved a man holding a sign and made interchangeable signs but was vetoed at home in it’s display so he turned him into a wood carver with a small person and knife in his hands. He also showed a toy car that he had made at church sessions on Friday nights for 9  years.  He finally carved a driver for one of those trucks that he displayed. 



Gordy Moscinski brought in 6 spiral carvings he had made which are samples of the things that can be made when he has the class at the club for members in carving spiral ”icicles” in a couple of months.  He also showed a pair of carved fir trees with some inlayed “intarsia” pieces of a different wood.  Gordy also brought in a foot tall relief carving on a section of basswood tree in which he had carved a happy snowman with snowflakes.

 little people

Jim Foster showed 3 different “little people” of different size, characteristics, clothes and poses.  He also showed two stylized fish he carved, sanded and stained to break the monotony of carving little people. 

 cypress knee

Frank Lay brought in an older carving on a Cypress knee that had faces on at least 4 of the points.  He finished it. 


Larry Stenzel showed a sign with 4 plaques burned to say “EAT, SLEEP, FISH, REPEAT”


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