Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVI, Issue 6     June 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  June 2021

Summer has arrived! Temp hit 90F today. We plan to hold our annual picnic this coming Wednesday, 9 May 2021, in the late morning at Sinnissippi Park. It will be preceded by a Show & Tell. We plan to use the location were we have been holding our weekly “Carving in the Park”; and during the same time slot. We do not have the park shelter reserved.

The picnic is for all members and their spouse or other family or friend guest. The picnic is meant to be a “bring all your own” food, drink, and service. A plastic table cloth is probably a good idea. It is not meant to be a shared potluck affair due to concerns over the virus transmission. However, there is no rule that you can not bring food to offer to share; just do not count on it. So here is the plan.

We will hold our annual picnic late morning through noon of Wednesday, 9 May 2021, in Rockford’s Sinnissippi Park in shelter 1 or 2 or in the nearby area. There are plenty of picnic tables. This is across (the “one way” road through the park) from the golf course headquarters. There is plenty of parking and restrooms in the shelters. Watch for my little black Miata, Tony DeVita’s shiny black 1979 Chevy pickup, or Denny Neubauer’s little white Ford Transit van; then look for us. We might be at the rear of the Twin Shelters (1 & 2). We will start to arrive at 10:00 am to stake out space and set up for our group. Other groups have the shelter or shelters reserved that whole day but will usually do not arrive until afternoon. We just have to be flexible.

I would like to plan to start the Show & Tell at 10:45 am; and assume it will take less than 30 minutes. Then we can proceed to our picnic lunches. Tony DeVita will bring charcoal and start a grill in case attendees wish to grill. Remember, the club is not bringing drinks and we not requiring attendees to bring food to share. I think we will be finishing our lunches around noon. I am hoping and expecting that we will not have any conflicts with the groups who have reserved the shelters.

Club charter member and long time picnic chairman Tony DeVita encourages members to also consider bringing one of their earliest carvings. He plans to do so. But, there is not any specific theme of the Show & Tell. Just bring a carving or two that you wish to show and share your story with us.

I would suggest arriving between 10:30 and 10:45 am so that you can participate and enjoy in our Show & Tell, our picnic lunches, and socialization.

Tyrone Johnsen


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes May 2021

A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.


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


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

August Birthdays (that we Know of)

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

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

Multi Pro Cordless Dremel for Sale





Connie Naber, Dolores Cascio’s daughter, wants to sell this Dremel that her mom used.  If you are interested, please contact her. It is still in great working order.


Connie Naber, daughter

Dolores Cascio

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)

International Woodcarvers Congress

Congress will be canceled this June 2021. We plan on making 2022 a very successful show. We will be extending the number of years from 3 to 5 for carving entries for competition.


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