Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXV, Issue 11      November 2020

Blackhawk Carving Club

We will not meet again formally until further notice. We are meeting socially every Wednesday, weather permitting, at Sinnissippi Park Shelters 1 & 2 at 10:00 am.

Presidents Report  November 2020

Fall was my favorite time of the year as a youth. This was due to the pleasant temperatures for playing outdoors. As an older adult, November was the month of Thanksgiving probably originally due to the season of crop harvest. Now I look at November and Thanksgiving as a time to focus on reflecting on our many personal blessings.

The virus continues to significantly disrupt our lives. Our weekly carving sessions, business meetings, and “show and tell” displays at Peterson Meadows have been interrupted and will continue to be probably at least through this Winter and Spring. This Summer we found a reasonable, relatively safe, and enjoyable alternative by meeting outdoors on Wednesday mornings at Sinnissippi Park. This has worked for part of the membership. Unfortunately, this still posed a proper concern for a large number of members. Personally, myself and a few others have found it a very pleasant experience and without any adverse health results. Late October brought on some uncomfortable cold and windy conditions. Then today, the first Wednesday morning in November we pleasantly experienced short sleeve weather.

Mild outdoor weather will be very unusual and unpredictable through the Winter and Spring. So our thoughts on alternatives continue and become even more important. Indoor sessions are desired but the safe health concerns of our membership continues to be of prime concern. We have an attractive option.

The club Nominating Committee has concluded their search and established the slate for the 2021 elected officers. The Election Committee, consisting of the same three club members, has announced the election process and schedule.

Financially our club remains solvent. We did have to pay the annual fee for our post office box.

I hope you have found time to enjoy our hobby of woodcarving. Many of us have been carving Christmas gifts. I enjoy creating different versions of the Santa “Tomte” which is a Harley Refsal design and was original given to me by member Don Stansfield. Originally, I varied the fur trim and colors. This year I have been modified Santa to be holding/playing a guitar (for my son), holding a puppy, and even carrying a stack of books (as a gift to the local library).

Tyrone Johnsen

  santa puppy        

santa books

Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes October 2020

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


The Nominating Committee

The nominating committee of Martha Fitch, Chuck Drewes, and Roger Benedict are pleased to announced the following slate for 2021:

President, Tyrone Johnsen

Vice President, Richard Dunphey

Secretary, Steve Terrill

Treasurer, Larry Stenzel

Join in to applaud these folks to continue serving in these officer positions.  We need to recognize Tyrone for his contribution to continue for a fourth term as president, which is unusual under ordinary times .  But we are not in ordinary times right now as the coronavirus has prevented our means to function in typical and familiar manners as a group.  However Tyrone's decision to continue as president is focused on his willingness to keep alive the historical meaning of the Blackhawk Carvers group. Think about what you can also provide, perhaps, with a zoom presentation, an idea for a carving challenge, or anything to enhance meaning for mutual interest.   Take care and stay healthy.

Roger Benedict

Dolores Ann (Long) Cascio

       We remember one of our founding members.

Dolores Ann (Long) Cascio 1932—2020
Dolores Ann (Long) Cascio, 87, ran into the arms of her Lord and Savior on October 25, 2020. She was born to Anna (Full) Long and James F. Long on Veteran's Day, November 11, 1932 in Sublette, IL. She lived most of her life in Rockford and graduated from Bishop Muldoon High School in 1950. Dolores was a talented local artist who studied under the late Christy Andres. She was an active member of Blackhawk Trails Club, Y Artists, TOPS, Blackhawk Wood Carvers, RVC Center for Learning in Retirement and St. James Catholic Church. She was a woman of great faith and lived her faith every day in service to the Lord. On Easter Sunday 1981, Dolores was left physically disabled from a car accident which killed her husband and mother. Her fighting spirit kept her alive as she knew the Lord had more work for her to do.
She is survived by three daughters, Karen Cascio, Barbara (Doug) Karraker, Connie (Thomas) Naber, granddaughters, Anna (Kyle) Polzin, Sara Karraker; grandsons, Andrew (Hallie) Naber, Jonathan (Yara) Naber, David Naber; 3 great granddaughters; and 1 great grandson. She is predeceased by her husband, Joseph C. Cascio; daughter, Carol Ann; both of her parents; and brothers, Delmar and James Long.
Mass of Christian Burial was held Friday, November 6, 2020 in St. James Catholic Church.


December Birthdays (that we Know of)

2 Larry Stenzel
 5 Bob Hallstrom
14 Don Stansfield
20 Jim Foster
31 Martha Fitc


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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

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

Carvers wanted

Sometimes I get calls from people wanting to have a carving done (for money).  If you are interested in any of these contacts, let me know and what kind of carvings you are interested in doing for people.  Don Stansfield,


Let’s get creative

We would like to challenge all members of the club to carve a snowman for the JANUARY newsletter.   You can make them any size or thickness, in the round or one sided, chip carved or woodburned. This will showcase the diversity and talent of our club members.  Sorry, no $$ prize.  Send them in by January 6th 2021.


Thank You

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

Keep sending your pictures by the December 2 deadline.


A look behind closed doors

This is a project that I completed for my grandson.


1. A picture of the pattern. 

2. A picture of the finished raised relief.

3. The finished colored relief.

Bob Matthews

I haven’t done much carving but I have done a little burning so I do have a few new pieces.  The giraffe and dog were commissions, the rest were just for my own amusement. 







Larry  Stenzel


Reverend Ole was the pastor of the local Norwegian Lutheran Church; and Pastor Sven was the minister of the Swedish Covenant Church just across the road. They were both standing by the side of the road, pounding a sign into the ground. It read: “Da end iz near! Turn yourself arount now! Before its to late!”

A car sped past them and the driver leaned out and yelled: “Leave us alone, you religious nuts!”

The car’s tires screeched as it rounded the curve; then a big splash.

Rev. Ole turned to Pastor Sven and asked: “Do ya tink maybe da sign should yust say: ‘Da bridge iz out’?”

(Thanks to JoAnne Dahl Anderson and Martha Fitch for the humorous story; Figures and scene by Tyrone Johnsen)

Tyrone Johnsen


I carved this caricature of my ski buddy but equipped him with vintage equipment from our youth: leather lace up boots, bamboo poles, and long straight wooden ski without metal edges or safety bindings.

Tyrone Johnsen


yellow legs

A Yellow Legs in the preening position.


A wolf carved many howls ago.

Gordy Moscinski



When I started carving this dragon it was an intended gift for my grandson, who is now 19.  His younger brother will now be the recipient. 

 Steve Terrill




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