Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 2     February 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.  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  February 2022

Thank you Larry Stenzel for your wood burning project, it was excellent, we learned a lot. Gordy was unable to teach the comfort bird, so I filled in for him and all went well. Thanks to Tony for showing us how to carve Brother Anthony. The projects seem to be popular and doing well in spite of the weather we’ve been having. We have a hand full of die-hard carvers that show up every Wednesday. Our next project will be a chip carved coaster by Bob Hallstrom.

Keep the chips flying, happy carving

Denny Neubauer


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the March 2, 2022 deadline.


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.


Secretary Report  January 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, January 19, 2021 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 because of the Christmas Party in December there was no business meeting and thus no minutes to be read.

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel reported that we continue to be solvent.  He noted we have had some dues coming in and paid out some expenses for the Christmas Party.  He also paid Ken Rock the rent through June which was a big outlay. 

Old Business:  Denny started the meeting with a Thank You to the previous officers, noting that Tyrone served as President for 4 years.  He also thanked the other 3 officers for continuing in their positions, Dick Dunphey as Vice President, Larry Stenzel as Treasurer, and Steve Terrill as secretary and Gordy Moscinski is continuing as newsletter editor.

Denny noted that we are starting class projects for the first two Wednesdays of the month and the last two or three as catch up days to finish anything from the projects.  The projects scheduled will be printed in the newsletter. There will be a two to three dollar materials fee for classes, half of which will go to the club.  If anyone is interested in doing a class, let Denny know. 

Gordy is scheduled to have a CLR class from February 8th until March 8th in beginning carving.  Don Stansfield is scheduled to have a class at CLR from March 15th until April 12th in carving a Welcome Plaque.  Both are to be held at RVC Bell School Center.

There being no further new or old business, Denny asked for a motion to adjourn following Show and Tell.  It was moved and seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 9:40.

Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Mini Lessons for 2022

We have started some mini carving lessons starting in January. They will be held on Wednesdays at KenRock during our usual Wednesday morning sessions.  It is thought that a member will bring in the materials  for a carving, woodburning, etc. and share their knowledge and help in completing the project.  The first mini lesson was on January 5 with Gordy providing a blank for a comfort bird and Denny substituted as the instructor.  There will be a minimal charge. Hopefully these projects will be completed in one or two morning sessions.

We need some ideas for these mini lessons and a brave volunteer to lead sessions.  All members of this club are very talented and many are especially talented in their given style.  Please feel free to submit ideas to Richard Dunphy and volunteer to be a presenter.  It will take everyone to make this fun, informative, and improve our craft.  Gordy Moscinski


Mini Lesson March 2, 2022

Gordy Moscinski will be doing a cute little hedge hog.  You will need a knife and a v tool or a very small gouge

hedge hog


Mini Lesson March 23, 2022

Scott Grey will be teaching how to carve ginko leaves.

 ginko leaf

Wood Lathe for sale



12” X 36” Wood Lathe W/REV Head.  Central Machinery

Motor  120 V, 60Hz, 1700 RPM

Speeds  600—2400 RPM

Distance between centers 33 1/2

Swing over bed 12”

Overall size 60 x15 x 45 1/2”

Weight 177 LBS

Supernova2 Chuck

12 Gouges

Morse taper drill

Everything you need for a lathe


Contact Gordy Moscinski

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


March Birthdays (that we Know of)

26  Ray Pederson

31  Scott Grey

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 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).

   The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers will not be having a show in 2022.

Show and Tell

 comfort bird

Denny Neubauer showed 4 little guys he carved and a comfort bird all of basswood


 John Martin showed the woodburning he did in Larry Stenzel’s class.

 chip carved bird

Don Stansfield showed a chip carved bird finished with rub on poly with two clear coats, a coat with artist’s colors. 

 comfort bird

Bunny Nordheim showed two stylized birds she carved from Wormy Butternut.

 comfort bird

Carol Behning showed a comfort bird she carved out of Cedar and she finished it with beeswax


Larry Stenzel showed the woodburning of a barn that he did in his wood burning class, which he has finished with some color.  Denny who was in the class learned a lot about shading in woodburning.

 bare tree

Larry Stenzel The bare tree I did at the morning carving session.


Gordy Moscinski put together a musical carousel puzzle which had 336 pieces.


Gordy Moscinski woodburned a barn in Larry Stenzel’s class.


Cat in Meditation Pose, 2-1/4” tall, basswood, by Tyrone Johnsen



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