Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVI, Issue 5      May 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  May 2021

Our club’s weekly Carving in the Park resumed in late March and we are enjoying it. We had one absolutely beautiful morning with shirtsleeve weather and about a dozen members in attendance. Typical of early Spring we also had some pretty cool mornings and very few in attendance. When the temperature in in the low 50s and 40s, it does not take much of a breeze to make it a little uncomfortable. So far this is working very well for many of us. We are continuing to check with Peterson Meadows in the hope of returning there for indoor sessions at least before the cold weather returns.

The club picnic is returning next month. A couple of modifications. It will be on a Wednesday over the noon time period and overlapping with the second hour of our weekly carving session. It will be held at Sinnissippi Park in the area where we are now holding our weekly carving sessions; and it will include a Show and Tell. So here are the details: Wednesday 9 June 2021 starting at 11:00 am and running to 1:00 pm in the area of Sinnissippi Park’s Shelters 1&2. Note we will start our normal weekly carving session at 10:00 am in the same location. This is not meant to be a shared potluck style picnic. Each member or couple is to bring their own food, beverage, and table service. Tony DeVita will bring charcoal and starter so that members can cook out if desired. Members are required to bring all food or other supplies they expect to require. Spouses are welcomed. We will hold a Show and Tell; so remember to bring projects or carvings you wish to display. This event will be a bit of a “play it by ear”; so we need to be flexible. The Park District is not taking shelter reservations at this time; and I am assuming they will not be doing reservations by early June. If they do, and the shelters are reserved for that noon, we will have to move out into the grass area or where ever we can find. The members attending the 10:00 am carving session can stake out space for the others attending the 11:00 picnic, assuming no one has reservation on the space. Remember to bring your face masks and space yourselves out; there is still a contagious virus concern. Be respectful of others. Be prepared and flexible. We can make this enjoyable and safe. I do realize that each of us has different levels of justifiable concern and this gathering is still risky at this time. Each person has to do their own evaluation and act accordingly. I expect the attendance to be lower than in other years. We will continue to serve the club as best we can. I hope that we can capture some photos and text description so we can share this event with all members via our newsletter and Facebook page.

Finally, I wish to share a thought, and idea with you. We all spend different amounts of time carving and create our carvings at different paces. But as time passes we each can accumulate a number of carvings. Some of these are given away as gifts, or perhaps, sold. Others we display on shelves or even pack away in storage. Some we may become disenchanted with them, often as our skill improves or our interest or need changes. I have been evolving one of my caricatures to fit my desired needs on our Facebook page. A couple years ago I took the caricature carving class at the club taught by Denny Neubauer. Denny taught us the basic dimensions of the human head and showed us many of his figures. He left us full latitude on the actual figure. I utilized his information was reasonably pleased with my first attempt. I incorporated a mustache and even a necktie. Even though I did not mean to do it, my figure reminded me of Stalin. I used him in some of my Facebook posts. Then I added a face mask when COVID-19 started. Then I added suspenders and grayed his hair for use in some of the Ole and Lena jokes. But recently I decided to give him a more significant re-carve. I based it on “Mini Me”. That is, the new version is meant to resemble me, Tyrone, in a loose sort of way. I removed the mustache, a bit more wild hair, face lift with revised mouth, chin, nose, and eyes. I removed the necktie and gave him a casual shirt and sweater; and finally eyeglasses. So now you will see him on some of the Facebook announcements and joke.

Enjoy your carving. It is a hobby for the majority of us and has no deadlines nor requirements. It is fun!

Tyrone Johnsen


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 -


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes April 2021

 A meeting was not held, therefore no minutes.

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 June 2, 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.


July Birthdays (that we Know of)

3 Richard Dunphey
 5 Ed Vitell
 7 Dona Wisner
17 Steve Johnson
21 Tod Wisner
22 Jerome Mais
22 Bob Coleman

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.


A look behind closed doors


Two recent carvings.

Richard Dunphey

 tin man


The green object is a mask made out of metal and the steel object is a birdfeeder. 

Tony DeVita


pen and ink

The silo is a watercolor and the winter scene is a line and wash (pen & ink and watercolor).

Larry Stenzel



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