Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVI, Issue 11     November 2021

Blackhawk Carving Club

We meet every Wednesday at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Ken Rock’s new facility at 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL.  The location is next to and East of Heritage Park on Rural Street.  Travel Rural from North Second St. (going East) or from the 5 point intersection at Rural and Prospect St. (going West). 

Presidents Report  November 2021

Election month! Our Nominating Committee has established a slate for club officers for 2022:

Denny Neubauer for President, Richard Dunphey for Vice-President, Steve Terrill for Secretary, and Larry Stenzel for Treasurer. Your Executive Committee were in agreement that the best approach to hold the annual election was to open it to include remote voting as we did last year. It was felt this was the best way to give the greatest percentage of the club an opportunity to vote. For this reason we made such a proposal at the October business meeting and it was passed. Therefore, we will open voting at our next business meeting on 17 November and the votes of all members attending will be recorded. Then we will extend through 30 November the opportunity to all members not in attendance to place their votes.

We are also planning to have a Christmas Party the third Wednesday morning of December at Ken-Rock. This will be a low key event. It will be in lieu of our normal business meeting and will occur during the normal carving session period that morning. This will be open to all members and their significant other. It will be necessary to make a reservation in advance and there will be a per person charge which is required in advance at the time of reservation.  We are still in early planning. We envision a potluck style but with the club procuring a main dish. All attendees will be required to also bring their own table service including drink. The club no longer has an of this type of supplies. A special Show and Tell will be featured. More information to follow at both the November Business Meeting and the December newsletter.

Please remember to renew your membership for 2022. Annual dues for 2022 remain at $25.00.

A special thank you to the Nominating Committee, Membership Chair, Editor and Webmaster, Officers,  and to all of you members who have made this another pleasurable year.

Tyrone Johnsen


Dues are due

Just a reminder that dues are due.  If you come to KenRock you can pay Larry Stenzel there or if you are unable to attend but would like to be a member and continue receiving the monthly newsletter, you can mail the dues to Blackhawk Carving Club, P.O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126.


Blackhawk Carving Club Minutes October 2021

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, October 20, 2021 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

President Tyrone Johnsen opened the meeting at 9:36 am.   

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the Minutes of the previous meeting September 15, 2021.  The minutes were approved as read. 

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.  He is also collecting payments for dues for the next Year. He has so far collected 13 or 14 sets of dues.  We paid out $134 for the post office box, and we paid Ken Rock through the end of the year.  We have also had a donation of $100. 

Membership:  Larry is currently acting as membership chair, collecting money and giving out receipts.  We are in need of a new membership chair that would be separate from the treasurer.

Nominating Committee:  Roger B. and Bob H. are co-chairs as reported last month.  They have presented a slate of Denny Neubauer for President, With continuing Richard Dunphey as Vice Chair, Larry Stenzel as Treasurer, and Steve Terrill as Secretary.  Last year Chuck Drewes collected votes by e-mail and phone because of Covid.  Steve suggested we do that again this year as we have had a better turn out that way.  Tyrone proposed that, it was seconded, and passed unanimously by the 17 members present.  Chuck has agreed to do that again.  The exact details are not yet finalized but Tyrone hopes it will be wrapped up by the first of December.  

Old Business:  The by-laws is an open issue.  We have some comments and will be putting something out to the membership.  That group will consist of the current council and possibly Denny Neubauer as potential new president. 

New Business:  Gordy suggested that we start doing some projects where the person running the classes would come up with ideas and make blanks as some members do not have band saws or ideas.  We could have a schedule that people could sign up for.  Don Stansfield likes the idea, but would add that leaders charge a minimal amount to cover their costs in making blanks. 

Elton Olson wonders why we do not have a paper newsletter like we used to.  Tyrone indicates that it is available on line.  Elton would prefer to have a paper copy available.

Tyrone asked if there will be a Christmas Party this year and Bunny Nordheim agreed that we would like one.  Tyrone suggests that there some budding plans to have one.  Tony asks if it will be catered or bring your own.  Tyrone suggests it be a little bit of both.

Tyrone asked for a motion to adjourn.  It was moved and seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 10:03.

Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.

Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the December 3, 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 -


Door Prizes

Don't forget the Door Prize drawing on First Wednesdays. Bring something you don't need or want  anymore, but know someone would be thrilled to win at the drawing.


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 


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


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 Moscinski

December Birthdays (that we Know of)

  2   Larry Stenzel
  Bob Hallstrom
 Don Stansfield
 Jim Foster
 Martha Fitch


Club Officers   

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
Photographer  Steve Terrill
Picnic   Tony Devita

Projects for 2022

We are starting to do some projects where a person would bring in some blanks. And if need be help with pictures or information on how to carve the blank. If you could come up with ideas and make blanks as some members do not have band saws or ideas.  Give your ideas to Richard Dunphy who will make a schedule that people could sign up for.  Don Stansfield likes the idea, but would add that leaders charge a minimal amount to cover their costs in making blanks.  Some ideas are small bark houses, comfort bird, Swedish caricatures, Oskar, flute, snowmen, hedge hog, butterfly, carving face study, comfort fish colored pencils, chip carving, free form carving, and brother Anthony.

Gordy Moscinski


Upcoming Shows in 2022

· The Minnesota Woodcarvers Association of St. Cloud, MN will host “Snow Daze Carve In” on March 26 & 27, 2022 at the American Legion Post 398, 2333 Wilshire Boulevard, Mound, MN 55364. For more information contact: Ron O’Kray or Greg Wirtz.


· Carve in 6 will be held @ the Bekkum, 206 North Main Street, Westby, WI on April 23, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. April Bird will be the featured carver. For more information contact: John Sutton (608-634-4396) or


· The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers will be holding their 46th Annual Show, Competition, & Sale on Sunday May 1, 2022 at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 Main Street, Oshkosh, WI from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more show information contact Paul Wolters (920-727-2139) or


· The International Woodcarvers Congress will be held from June 11 thru June 19, 2022 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 East Quarry Street, Maquoketa, IA. This will be their 54th annual event, the oldest competitively judged woodcarving art show in the USA. More information @


· The Creede Woodcarving Rendezvous will be held from July 9 thru July 15, 2022 in Creede, CO. More information @


· The Rock River Valley Woodcarvers of Wisconsin will be having their annual show on September 10, 2022. More information when it becomes available.


· The Waupaca Area Woodcarvers will be having their first woodcarving show on November 6, 2022 @ 407 School Street, Waupaca, WI. More information available from Harold Mohr (715-281-4923) or Kathy Brehm (920-740-1986).


Show and Tell

 snow bunting

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting.  The bird is found in Canada.  Carved in Basswood and painted in Acrylics.  The base is Butternut.

Bob Matthews

 pumkin house

Bob Matthews showed a pumpkin /house /lantern that he carved of cottonwood bar.  He puts a tea light behind it so it glows.  He feels he has made several hundred of them as he used to take them to shows and they were great sellers. 



Jim Foster brought in a small tool box he has made where the handle is a horse cut out of butternut and basswood.   


New carving by John Skaggs


As Ole and Lena stood by the wishing well, Lena fell in.  Ole exclaimed, “Jeepers I didn’t think these things really worked.”

Ole read in the paper that every time you breathe, someone dies.  When Ole told this to Lena she said, “Why don’t you try Listerine?”




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