Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVI, Issue 2      February 2021

Blackhawk Carving Club

We will not meet again formally until further notice.

Presidents Report  February 2021

The New Year gives us new hope. Vaccinations have begun. We are hopeful that by this summer, we will have enough people vaccinated and the spread of the current corona virus will be attended sufficiently to permit us to resume club carving sessions. I am hopeful that when Spring arrives and the temperatures are warm enough, we can resume group carving sessions in the Park. By Summer and Fall we hope to be able to look forward to resume indoor sessions at Peterson Meadows. In the mean time, I hope you are enjoying our hobby of wood carving and the pictures in our monthly newsletter.

I do encourage each of you to review Roger Benedict’s article in the last newsletter. Roger reminded us of the panel discussion he lead at one of our last group sessions where he interviewed a few of our fellow veteran members. In last month’s newsletter, Roger reiterated his questions to his panel and encouraged each of us to consider these questions and volunteer our personal response to them. I did so; and it was included in last month’s newsletter. I feel this is a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know more about our fellow members.

Best wishes, enjoy your carving experiences, and stay healthy!

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes January 2021

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


Carving tools and supplies for sale

Darlene Ketman’s husband died and she is selling all his carving equipment.  Carving tools, wood, paint, cabinets, lights, table saw, and woodburning supplies.

Darlene Ketman
16449 West 140th Place
Lockport, IL 60441
815-409-1719 cell phone and 815-838-2216 land line


Fun project


Here is a pattern from Don Stansfield that he thought would make a fun project for the group to try.  It can be carved any way you like, with eyes, hands, mouth or without, stylized or regular.  Any version is fine.  Any thickness.  Maybe a self portrait?? Send it in next month by March 3rd 2021.  Carvings by Gordy Moscinski.


Let’s get creative

Caricature       lincoln       uncle sam       santa

Denny Neubauer       Don Stansfield        Tyrone Johnsen      John Martin

We would like to challenge all members of the club to share a some Caricatures for the March newsletter.  It can be some that you have already carved, painted, woodburned, chip carved etc. We have great diversity in our club, we wish to showcase this talent. Send them in by March 3rd 2021.

A caricature is a rendered image showing the features of its subject in a simplified or exaggerated way through sketching, pencil strokes, or through other artistic drawings. In literature, a caricature is a description of a person using exaggeration of some characteristics and oversimplification of others.


Thank You

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

Keep sending your pictures by the March 3, 2021 deadline.


Carving woods for sale

Del Lohr of Cedar Ridge Hardwoods called me to ask if we would let the club members know that he has a large inventory of carving woods, including basswood, butternut (both clear and wormy), catalpa, pine, cherry, etc.  He can provide all widths, thicknesses and lengths.  Del used to sell his wood at our annual shows.  His phone number is 815-938-2263.  

  Don  Stansfield


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,       


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



Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.

March Birthdays (that we Know of)

26  Ray Pederson

 31 Scott Grey


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


An interview with Larry Stenzel

Submitted by Roger Benedict

  --What was your life style or situation that encouraged you to become a woodcarver?

I have always been into 2-D art.  I’ve always liked drawing and have been painting for 40-plus years.  Fishing (and fish in general) are also a big interest of mine.  When I saw a book on fish carving in a book store, it really got my attention.  I thought, “Wow, I could do that.”  The book was about power carving fish (sorry about that), but it really lit a spark.

--Who influenced you in your carving journey, and why?

To begin with, the above mentioned book, “Fish Carving, an Introduction” by Bob Berry.  His carvings were really good and the photos of his finished work just spoke to me.

--Assuming you developed a niche, why did you choose it?

Because I love fish.  It was really all I was interested in carving.

--Over the years what have you gained from this experience?

I power-carved fish for several years but then lost a lot of my enthusiasm.  I’m too much of a perfectionist and they weren’t perfect, especially the paint jobs.  At some point, I think when the club first started, I took Gordy’s class at (as I recall) Ken-Rock.  I can’t remember why I took it, exactly, but I think it was because I admired some caricature carving I had seen.  I enjoyed his class and joined the club.  I continued to mostly power carve fish, though.  After a few years, I dropped out.  It wasn’t until I retired and re-joined the club that I got into carving with a knife.  Those carvings don’t have to be perfect and I liked that.  I enjoy carving, even though I’m not very good at it.  And I really enjoy the club and its members.  Everyone is so friendly and willing to share their knowledge.

Larry  Stenzel



WoodCarving Academy

Our academy offers many hours of learning from the best woodcarvers out there. Our teachers have a combined hundreds of years of knowledge they would love to share with you. By joining, you will be able to watch as many wood carving lessons as you’d like.  New content will be added as teacher make more videos.

In order for you to be able to view the great woodcarving videos, you’ll need to sign up to one of our paid subscriptions.  We offer monthly, quarterly or annual plans. The longer the period the less the monthly cost.

November 13, 2020 Update – Our website is live! Choose from the subscription below to sign up.

Free level allowing to tour our website and watch the sample videos and sample content and receive email updates as new content becomes available.

Monthly Memberships with unlimited access to all the lessons offered. Subscription will renew every month.  $19.95

Quarterly Memberships with unlimited access to all the lessons offered. Subscription will renew every 3 months.  $49.95 Save $9.99

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Thank you & Keep Carving!

Wisconsin River Woodcarvers

20th Annual Woodcarving Show, Competition and Sale

The Largest Woodcarving Show in Wisconsin

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
New for 2021 Carving Contest on Sunday morning from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM.
We have an awesome RAFFLE!


September 18, 2021 – 9am to 5pm
September 19, 2021 – 9am to 4pm
Event Schedule-TBD


The Holiday Inn
1001 Amber Avenue
Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482

Admission Prices:

Admission is $5.00.
(Attendees 12 and under are free)


For more information, contact:
Ron O’Kray  715-341-2214  or 715-570-2534(cell)
Greg Wirtz   715-423-0471  or 715-323-2035(cell)


Steps on Carving a Cardinal by Bob Matthews—continued

cardinal step 1

1. Didn’t like the head, Replaced it

cardinal step 2

2. Started woodburning

 cardinal step 3

3. Burning Complete on back and left wing

 cardinal step 4

4. Burning the breast

cardinal step 5

5. Burning complete

 cardinal step 6

6. Legs fitted to bird and base

 cardinal step 7

7. Three coats of Gesso complete

 cardinal step 8

8. Ready for some color using arcylic

cardinal step 9

9. Mixing up the base coat

 cardinal step 10

10. Beginning to applying the base to the head, back, wings and…

 cardinal step 11

11. Continuing with the dabbing this creates shadows

 cardinal step 12

12. Base coat complete

 cardinal step 13

13. My work station at home

 cardinal step 13a

13a Gets messy. Breast base coat complete

 cardinal step 14

14. Base completed with Rogers Witchs Brew and some…

 cardinal step 15

15 Completed carving


A special bird issue

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole by Bob Matthews

 Eastern Blue Bird

Eastern Blue Bird by Bob Matthews


Cyrfalcon by Bob Matthews

 Red Creasted Cardinal

Red Creasted Cardinal  by Bob Matthews

 Rose Breasted Crosbeak

Rose Breasted Crosbeak by Bob Matthews

 Dodo bird for holding your glasses.      Dodo birds for holding your glasses.

Dodo birds for holding your glasses.

Denny Neubauer

 great blue heron

A great blue heron with some geese in the distance  Larry Stenzel

 black-capped chickadee

A black-capped chickadee  Larry Stenzel


John Skaggs

 humming bird

John Skaggs

 blue bird

John Skaggs


John Skaggs


 John Skaggs


 John Skaggs

green teal

 John Skaggs


Gordy Moscinski

 yellow bird

Gordy Moscinski

 bufal head duck

Gordy Moscinski

 comfort birds

Gordy Moscinski


 Gordy Moscinski


Gordy Moscinski


Gordy Moscinski

drake flying

Gordy Moscinski

humming bird

Gordy Moscinski

humming bird

Gordy Moscinski


Bunny Nordheim

humming bird

Martha Fitch

comfort bird

Roger Benedict  a comfort bird

nuthatch nuthatch

Chuck Drewes
It's made from basswood and painted with acrylics.
It's about 3 1/2" long. Nuthatches spend most of their time upside down so I oriented the clasp that way.


A look behind closed doors



Larry Stenzel my first train burning and first airplane burning.  I plan to try more of each as I get the time and ambition.


Chuck Drewes  Here's a butternut maple leaf dish in process. It's 12" long and 8 1/2" wide. Haven't decided what to use for a finish.

old man

Bob Coleman

chip carving

John Skaggs


John Skaggs


John Skaggs


John Martin  I have finished the little dog for my wife's niece.


Roger Benedict carved this out of red cedar, a four sided relief.



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