Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 6     June 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  June 2022

Our summer picnic will be held at Ken-Rock community center instead of going to a park.

The hours will be from 9am to 12 noon on June 15th. We will eat at 11am.

Bring your own table ware, drinks and one dish to share. The club will provide the buns and meat.

We also encourage you to bring some carvings to display. We will have a silent vote for favorite carving.

All people attending will be eligible to vote.

Contact Denny at if you plan on attending in order to figure out how much meat to prepare.


A big thank you to Larry Stencil for another great class! The first week they wood burned a butterfly and the second week painted it. Everybody finished a master piece!

Thank you to Bob Mathews for putting together a display of our carvings at the Cherry Valley library. You did a great job Bob!


Thank you Gordy for all the classes you have done and putting together the newsletter. Keep up the good work!


Denny Neubauer


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the July 6, 2022 deadline.


Secretary report for May 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, May 18, 2022 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.


President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 9:25 am.   


Secretary, Steve Terrill read the minutes of the April meeting.  There were no corrections.


Treasurer: We continue to be solvent and are bringing in money. See Denny or Larry if you want specifics.


Larry Stenzel is doing a wood burning class on Woodburning, and on June 1st he will have a class on painting that burning.  The subject is yet unknown.


We are trying to figure out what to do about a picnic but we cannot yet get in touch with him.  You will be getting an E-mail with the particulars.  Joel says that Tony should be back from vacation and John Skaggs says he is back.


Denny has a class at CLR in July and will be carving on Tuesdays from 1-4.  It will be like a 12” stick of caricatures  with interchangeable heads.  It will be the first Tuesday and continue for 4 weeks.


Bob Hallstrom brought in a bunch of knives that he used for carving classes which he is no longer doing. He has several different types if blanks. 


We thank Gordy for his class.  We are still looking for people to do classes for the club. 


Gordy has a club he goes to up in Wisconsin.  They have hot water and instant coffee available for meetings.  You just mix your own.  We have a coffee pot if someone is interested in making that available with water and dumping the pot at the end of our session. No one showed interest in doing that. 


John Skaggs brought in a jig that he uses to make any size circles on a band saw.  He demonstrated how you just clamp it to the saw table and pick an appropriate hole to insert a nail for a pivot. 


Old Business: AWC is going to be June 11-18th.  Denny has information if you are interested.  It tells you what the AWC is all about.  There are some classes that are still open.  Denny has a one day forging class that is full.


Denny welcomed Franklin Johnson who has been a long time member but unable to get to the club, but Bob Hallstrom picked him up to be here this week. 


Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.

Butterfly Woodburning Class




Woodburning and painting in Larry Stenzels class.

Clearing Off the Bench

Have you ever made a statement or wrote an e-mail that later you were embarrassed of what you said or wished it was never said?  If we only hesitated a minute or two to think through the impact of a statement.  Well, here I am feeling the ashes of regret for something I wrote.

Many months ago, I had a bright idea about the non-sustainability of Blackhawk Woodcarvers and distributed an e-mail perhaps having negative thoughts----what a mistake that was as if I was tearing down the Tower of Babel.  Thankfully I received several “push back” e-mails identifying huge confidence in the carving club, which today I cannot deny about its strong attendance and foundation. 

As witnessing the positive carving attendance at the new Ken Rock Community Center on Rural Street, I reflect on those having a vision seeking a safe and sound place to hold weekly carving sessions, classes, and business meetings.  Just in case a big thank-you hasn’t crossed your mind take note of these guys stepping up to sustain the club---Bob Hallstrom, Tyrone Johnsen, Denny Neubauer, Steve Terrill, and Don Stansfield.  It is just plain and simple the Blackhawk Woodcarvers is back on track with new members and classes with sound interest and a growing attendance.  Take care and

Keep your tools sharp,

Roger Benedict


July Birthdays (that we Know of)

3 Richard Dunphey
 7 Dona Wisner
21 Tod Wisner
22 Jerome Mais
22 Bob Coleman


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 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 2022 Evart Woodcarvers Roundup will be held at the Osceola Fair Grounds in Evart, MI from June 15 to 18, 2022. Contact Floyd Rhadigan @ or( 734-649-3259) for more information.


Floyd Fest will be held June 20 – 24, 2022 in Evart, MI. There will be (9) instructors. Contact Floyd Rhadigan @ or (734-649-3259) for more information.


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


The Mid-America Woodcarvers will hold Doane Experience 2022 at Doane College in Crete, NE from July 24 to July 30, 2022. More information on website


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).

 Show and Tell


Painted woodburnings from Larry Stenzels class.



A pelican carved by Tyrone Johnsen; background is an oil painting by his grandfather 100 years earlier.


A game carved by Denny Neubauer.

comfort bird

Martha Fitch brought in her finished Brother Anthony, painted; two comfort birds, a Christmas tree, and two spiral icicles.


Scott Grey brought in a set of boat shaped trays that were perfectly symmetrical and smooth, finished naturally. That started out as bases for a Viking ship. 

 manzanea roots

Bob Matthews brought in some manzanea roots that he ordered from California and uses as tree branches to display his carved birds.  They are very strong. 

 indian bust


John Skaggs brought in an Indian bust and a flower.



Here is what I have been carving most os spring. I have done 25 of these for next Christmas. I hope I don’t have to carve another one.

John Skaggs

John Skaggs brought in a jig to cut circles on a band saw



Jerry Robey made a lapboard similar to John Skaggs chip carving lap board. 



Gordy Moscinski brought in a carved and painted heart plaque with a house, trees, sky, and grass.  He brought in a Flowerpot or bucket that was made of glued together boards and sanded or lathed round and painted with a flower design. 


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