Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 8     August 2022

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.  KenRock is located in the area of Rural and North 2nd St.

Presidents Report  August 2022

It’s time for the newsletter once again and things has been quiet this summer, many have been traveling. There are a few things we need to be thinking about. The first one is, can we get enough carvers to set up a club table at the Janesville show in September. The show will be a one day show 9/10/ 22. The club will pay for the table, and we will need people to represent our club. There should be at least two members to sit at the table and watch over the carvings & it would be nice to have several people send a few carvings along to represent our club. If there are enough carvers who are willing to go to the show they can work in shifts to watch the table. There is also a people’s choice competition to enter carvings in. I will make all the information available to you at next Wednesdays meeting.

       The second one is, our Gun Smoke theme is not going over well. It seems that most people are waiting for someone to cut out blanks to work on. I haven’t got the time to do this, so I have decided to have a class on how to design your own carving from thought to finished carving, starting Wednesday august 10. See you there.

Denny Neubauer


Secretary report for July 2022


Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, July 20, 2022 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 9:30 am.   

Secretary, Steve Terrill noted that there was no business meeting and thus no minutes to be read from last month.

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.  We are paid up through the year. 

Old Business:  Denny started the meeting with a Thank You to Dick for his recent class on carving a river otter letter opener.  There are still more blanks left for anyone who wants to carve an otter. 

New /Business: Jack from Rock Valley college, CLR has approached Denney about doing beginner classes at Ken Rock where we meet on meeting days.  The purpose of that is so that new people to carving are not as intimidated by the process and see the resources available at the club and with its members.  CLR would retain responsibility for liability just as at CLR’s building.  Jack would continue to be the facilitator.  Denny thinks it is a good idea to let people know about the support they would get at the club.  It is possible that Gordy would be the one teaching the class but that is not yet determined.  Denny will contact Ken Rock and confirm that is acceptable.  There was verbal agreememt by club members that that is acceptable. 

One more thing, there is a Cowboys and Indians series patterned by Tony’s watching Gunsmoke every Wednesday.  Denny suggested a size of 6 inches.  Denny would cut some blanks out around 2x2x6 inches.  More to come. 

Bob Hallstrom brought in some rough outs from Harley Refsall, Stu Martin and Dave Stetson.  They would normally cost around $45 each, but they are on sale for $5 or $2 for the little ones with all proceeds going to the club. 

Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.



The carving easel is $10 or two for $15.  The grinder is for $20.   Call at 815 988 3314.

Thanks, Roger Benedict


September Birthdays (that we Know of)

   5 Frank Lay

17 William Trosper

19 Tyrone Johnsen

23 Jeff Hartman


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.

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

Club Officers   (815 aera code)

President,  Denny Neubauer, 238-5296
Vice Pres,  Richard Dunphey, 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

Upcoming Shows in 2022 


The Rock River Valley Woodcarvers of Wisconsin will be having their annual show on Saturday September 10, 2022 at the Rock County Fairgrounds “Craig Center” 131 Craig Ave. Janesville, WI. Hours are 9;00 AM to 4:00 PM. More information on website:


“Carvin The Rockies CCA” will be held September 24 & 25, 2022 in Colorado Springs, CO. More information @


The Northeast Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild will be having a woodcarving show in Denmark, WI on Saturday & Sunday October 8 & 9, 2022. More information as soon as we get it.


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).

A little humor


What’s a tuba for?  1 1/2” by 3 1/2” unless you request “full cut”

Ole: When I die, I want to be buried at sea.  Just because Lena keeps saying  she’s going to dance on my grave.

If  your going to try cross-country skiing, start with a small country.


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the September 7, 2022 deadline.


Show and Tell

 cowboy                      cowboy


Cowboys by Dennis Neubauer.




Hey all, so I have learned that I am not as interested in carving during the as the winter time.  Too much to do and enjoy. Being outside.  So I did finally finish my angry mushroom and sealed the monk both of which I'm sending to my nephew in AZ.  The little whale / fish was done with a dremel in 1995, my first interest in wood carving without cutting myself.  Rich Talbot


Wolf heads for canes by Richard Prutz.


Jim Foster brought in a guitar playing cowboy that just fell out of Jim’s head.

 man    man    man

John Skaggs some pics of the carving I did in Denny’s class at CLR.


John Skaggs- the crosses are a project for the Christ United Methodist Church.  The pastor gives one occasionally to patients in the hospital.  I have made over 20 of these and I have to take a break for awhile.



Jerome Mais was working on some small birds.  This one near completion.  Only about 3” long.

 thin man

Richard Dunphey was working on this thin man.  Planning to take off even more pounds.


Carol Behning was working great on this relief cut of mushrooms.


Bob Matthews carved a pair of morning doves



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