Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVI, Issue 7     July 2021

Blackhawk Carving Club

We will meet at Sinnissippi Park Wednesday mornings at 10:00am until 12:00pm across from the golf course sites 1 and 2 weather permitting

Presidents Report  July 2021

abe lincolnI hope everyone had a happy and safe 4th of July. Please remember the revolutionary foresight that our founding fathers had in creating the framework for our country, those patriots who sacrificed so much in winning it, and those leaders, e.g. George Washington who kept it a Democratic Republic. I honestly believe Abe felt the same!

Thanks to Don Stansfield for this picture of Abe that Don carved.

Our club continues to hold our weekly Carving in the Park sessions each Wednesday morning in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park. We only have a dozen or so members who regularly attend; but those that do attend have expressed enjoying the fellowship and the pleasant outdoor experience (at least on these nice summer days).

We did hold a club summer Picnic and Show & Tell on the second Wednesday morning of June. We had at least 14 members plus four additional spouses and another couple of family members who stopped to see our Show & Tell display. Ten members had brought carvings to display and tell their stories. We captured pictures of them along with some brief comments as you will see later in this newsletter. It was a warm morning but we all enjoyed our gathering in the shade. It was great to see all that attended and their creations and hear their stories. Thanks to all!

During our weekly session the following Wednesday, the third Wednesday of June, I held our first business meeting in about 16 months. The meeting was more of a review of the club status and how we are continuing to operate during this “pandemic” isolation. Our Secretary’s recording of the minutes of this meeting are also included in this newsletter. We will try to start holding monthly business meetings on a more regular schedule. As for now, the Show & Tell will not resume on a scheduled basis but will be done as members have a carving they wish to display and describe during our weekly carving sessions. The same goes for items members wish to offer to others.

We have had beautiful weather this late Spring and early Summer. The park shelters have often been reserved and groups using them. So we have easily adjusted to carving in the shelter or at picnic tables in the shade nearby. We hope to see you!

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes June 2021

Minutes of the special informal business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on June 16, 2021 at Sinnissippi Park, Rockford, Illinois.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 10:30 AM.  This is intended to be an information only meeting, not a formal business meeting.  We are here at Sinnissippi Park during a regular carving session during this Covid Pandemic/post pandemic time. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill did not read the Minutes of the previous meeting which was held February 9, 2020. 

Treasurer, Larry Stenzel reported that we are still solvent.  We have minimal expenses during this time.  We have paid the website and post office box.  We have had some dues coming in. Tyrone wants the membership to know that Larry sends him a monthly update since the pandemic and that Tyrone forwards it to VP Dick Dunphey, Secretary Steve Terrill, and Bob Hallstrom and John Skaggs as potential auditors, Chuck Drewes, and Gordy Moscinski, and Bob Matthews,   

Chuck Drewes has indicated that there has been no membership activity in the last year.  Currently dues collection is suspended because of the pandemic and not paying rent for meeting space.

Bob Matthews reported on Peterson Meadows status.  He sent an e-mail to Melissa Wright our contact person,  Bob proposed that we come back in the fall, giving them some time to prepare for our return.  She has passed that on to their Covid Response team.  She knows about our membership and their vaccination status including that one member cannot be vaccinated because of medical concerns.  We have 41 current members and 33 have responded that they have been vaccinated.  The others have not responded.  Once we get back in to Peterson Meadows we are anxious to have another Christmas Party there.  We are still in contact with KenRock center. 

Tony DeVita actually likes carving outside until the weather changes. 

Tyrone reminds us that we do need to continue to clean up our carving chips. 

The picnic went well.  No one grilled even though Tony had charcoal available.  There were pictures taken at show and tell that will be in the newsletter. 

The meeting was adjourned at 10:6. 

Don Stansfield has talked recently to Chuck Drewes who is having some mobility problems.

Respectfully Submitted: Steve Terrill, Club Secretary


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the August 4, 2021 deadline. What a great response this month.  Thanks so much!


How you got started as a woodcarver

Here is an opportunity to present your background of becoming a woodcarver.  The following questions are your guide to start the juices flowing for your responses Jot some ideas down and send them to me.  I’m willing to help put them in a form for the newsletter.


What was your life style or situation that encouraged you to wood carve?

Who influenced you in your carving career and why?

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

Over the years what have you gained from this experience? 

Roger Benedict -

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


August Birthdays (that we Know of)

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



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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

June Picnic





Pictures of members and spouses at club picnic.

Tyrone Johnsen


How you got started as a woodcarver

Frank Lay

One of our members had a bad fall this spring and broke his hip.  So we took up a collection and bought him a cane to help with his recovery.  The wood used is called Diamond Willow and is made of two picecs and the handle is attached with a long screw.  A rubber tip is added and can be removed to adjust the length.  A high gloss finish is applied.

Bob Matthews 


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

Annual Memberships with unlimited access to all the lessons offered. Subscription will renew every year.  $139.95 Save $100.00

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)


Show and Tell


Bunny Nordheim displayed her animated carving of a man head with a moving jaw which she started in Denny Neubauer’s class the previous week. Plus, four spiral carvings from a class by Gordy Moscinski this previous month.


Bunny Nordheim also displayed these carved hearts she had done during the pandemic; she added verses, key events, and family member names to the inner and outer edges.


Denny Neubauer displayed a number of his animated carvings. Denny had started a class on carving and animating the carvings only the week before. Check out the results of a couple of our productive members

 relief carving

Denny Neubauer displayed a painted relief carving.


Denny Neubauer also displayed a tall carving of a deputy sheriff


Don Stansfield displayed a decently completed Christmas ornament; and one of his first carvings from 1996.


Don Stansfield also displayed a pendent he carved.


Larry Stenzel displayed two low relief carvings of colorful reef fish



Jerry Robey further impressed us with four animated painted figures; the first (the woodpecker) he started just last Wednesday morning in Denny’s class

Jerry Robey also displayed three smaller “hillbillies”.

Jerry Robey displayed this pair of “hillbillies”.


Tony DeVita displayed a whale he carved in redwood.


Tony DeVita also displayed one of his earliest carvings. Tony is a club Charter member


Tony DeVita displayed the buoy he carved; and also a face he carved into a log given him by a friend


Richard Prutz displayed three pipes he carved. Club discussion included the difficulty in forming the hole down the long stem.


Richard Prutz also displayed these three cat caricatures based upon his son Dan’s cats


Richard Dunphey displayed his first carving and also a later one.


Tyrone Johnsen displayed his “mini me” which is a carving modification of his “Stalin” which was his first caricature carving in 2016. These he uses in his jokes and announcements on the club Facebook page

 chip carvings

John Skaggs displayed three chip carvings. Sorry we missed photographing one of them.


John Skaggs also displayed a valentine he carved for his wife.


The wizard I carved for my 13 year old granddaughter.

Steve Terrill


A Whimbrel I  carved with the help of Gordy and the members of the Musky Area Woodcarvers in Woodruff, Wisconsin.

Denny Neubauer




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