Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 12     December 2022

Blackhawk Carving Club

We meet every Wednesday at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Ken Rock facility at 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL.  KenRock is located in the area of Rural and North 2nd St.

Presidents Report  December 2022

   Good news, we have a new president. Don Stansfield has volunteered to be president next year. Steve, Dick, and Larry have also decided to stay one more year. Gordy will continue editing the newsletter and web site. When you see these people, you need to give them a big thank you for what they do for the club.

 We are having a Christmas party on December 14,2022 at 9am. The food will arrive at 9:30 am. This will give us time to set up the tables for show and tell and get ready for the Christmas Brunch. All of you that participated in the Western cowboy and Indians Please bring them along. This year all you need to bring to the brunch is one covered dish for you and your spouse. Everything else will be provided. There will be no charge like last year. In place of a charge, we are going to raffle off carving knives. Raffle tickets will be $1.00 each. I’m not sure how many knives there will be, depends on how many I can get done between now and then. See you at the Christmas Party and be sure to bring lots of dollar bills.

 Thanks, Denny Neubauer


Picture by Tyrone Johnsen

Secretary report for November 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, November 16, 2022 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

 President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 9:45 am. 

 Secretary, Steve Terrill read the minutes of October 19, 2022.  There were no questions or corrections, the minutes stood approved as read.

 Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.  

 There was no old business.

 New Business: There will be a Christmas party on the 14th of December.  There is a sign up sheet for what to bring.  The only difference from last year is that we are not charging $5 since we have ample money in the checking account to supply everything that is needed.  All you need to do is bring yourself (and possibly spouse) and one dish.  Becky Neubauer will be making the egg bake again. It will start at 9:30 AM.

 Everybody can bring some carvings.  There will be tables set up for display. 

 3 of the 4 officers have not consented to continuing for next year.  Larry Stenzel will continue to be the treasurer.  Denny will not be able to Denny will not be available as he will be involved in a new organization called Stateline Maker’s Space as soon as they can find a building.  Once going, it will consume all of Denny’s time.  It will consist of all kinds of machines that anyone can use following a training regimen and for a slight cost of $35. There will be a laser cutter, 3D printers, welding shop, forging shop.  Anyone interested in filling one of the 3 open positions is willing to come forward and volunteer.  Denny feels that we could function well with just two volunteers, a contact person and a treasurer to pay all the bills.  There will be no minutes for the newsletter without the secretary, so anybody could submit information for the newsletter.  We could still have a monthly meeting where we would have “show and tell”. There will not be a nominating committee unless someone volunteers to be on it.  December will be Denny’s last meeting.  Whatever happens, happens.  Gordy will volunteer to be on that committee to propose a new slate of officers.  Gordy suggests that we could contact one of the news stations about our Christmas party and get some publicity. 

 The meeting was closed at 9:51 AM.  

 Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Accepting dues for 2023

We are accepting dues for 2023.  Larry will try to be at each meeting, although things do come up.  If people want, they can send dues to Larry Stenzel’s home address: 7689 North Gate Road, Roscoe, IL 61073.  $25, Cash or check.  He will get them a receipt.

Larry Stenzel


Rock River Woodcarvers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like make your own knife? Now you can! Experience a mini version of “Forged in Fire”. We will make knives out of Allen wrenches, drill bits, garage door springs, car coil springs, etc. Contact Denny at Forest City Forging to make arrangements. This is a one-day experience for the low cost of $55, plus a propane and materials fee of $10. Class size from 1 to 6 persons at the same low price per person.


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the January 4, 2023 deadline.


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.


December Birthdays (that we Know of)

  2 Larry Stenzel
 5 Bob Hallstrom
14 Don Stansfield
20 Jim Foster
31 Martha Fitch


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 and 2023


Karve In 7 will be held on April 22, 2023 at Westby Elementary, 122 Nelson Street, Westby, WI. This is a new location. Free admission. Contact Steve Michaels @ or John Sutton @ 608-634-4396 or

• The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers will be holding their 47th Annual Show, Competition, and Sale on Sunday May 7, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the “Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI. Admission in $5.00, Ages 12 & under are free. More show information is available @ or from Paul Wolters (920-727-2139).

AWC Congress will be held in Maquoketa, IA from June 10 to 17, 2023. Competition, Seminars, and Show. More information from Ron O’Kray, the website, or Facebook: Affiliated Wood Carvers

• The Rock River Woodcarvers will be holding their show on September 9, 2023.

• The first Carve in On the Chippewa was a success. They are planning next year’s show for September 16, 2023

 Show and Tell


Jerome Mais showed an enlarged version of the cowboy carving he did for our cowboy theme. 

fisherman    chriatmas

Fisherman in yellow raincoat and Christmas refrigerator magnets.  Hope you like them.

Jerry Robey 


Larry Stenzel showed a framed  wood burning of an SST taking off that he labeled “Mary Lou & Tony” 

snowflake   snowflake

 John Skaggs showed a chip carved ornament and a trifold nativity scene. 


Tyrone Johnsen showed a very intricately carved spoon with leaves and flowers in the handle, made of Walnut. And a small Owl and a stylized Goose of butternut finished with Danish Oil.

flowers    flowers


Carol Behning showed two chip carvings of flowers and a relief carving of mushrooms on a barked slab of a tree. 



Gordy Moscinski showed an Indian flute he carved and a trio of a fence corner, saddle, and cowboy hat for our western theme. 




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