Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 3     March 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  March 2022

Thank you to Tony Devita (brother Anthony), Bob Hallstrom (Chip carving a coaster) and Gordy Moscinski (Hedge Hog) for there projects. The projects have been fun and easy to do. If anybody has a fun little project or a simple pattern to do and you feel uncomfortable let us know and we will help you out. I am going to step out of my comfort zone and do a painting demonstration on Wednesday March 9th with watercolors.  Keep carving and see you next meeting, Denny.

This is an email I received from the guy wanting to sell cotton wood bark. He will be at my house on April 2 around 5pm. 1846 2nd Ave, Rockford

I will only be at any location for a short time, likely not more than 1 & 1/2 hours then I hit the road again. We will accept checks, credit cards and cash.

The bark will fall into three categories, and you will understand more on that shortly. There is the bark that can go to 3.5 inches thick but keep in mind those pieces are few and far between. This bark will run $7. a pound.

The next category is the regular stuff, and the bulk of this bark falls into that category, perhaps 90% of the bark. This bark runs around 2 to 2.5" in thickness. It will run $5.50 a pound.

The last category is what I call the “J " group. This bark has serious cracking and while I know that bark carvers will sometimes glue pieces to stabilize the bark, I think these checks are too large to glue. I have attached pics to show examples. This bark is $3 a pound and that bark shows a J on the back with the depth and weight. I would rather sell this bark by the box and will discount more if a box is taken. Most boxes run around 16 to 20 pounds for the J bark.

All bark will have the thickness and weight written on the back in black.

Please bring bags or boxes to carry the purchases. My extra space is extremely limited and when you see the truck you will understand more. I am bringing as much bark as I possibly can. Special orders cannot be taken for this trip. 

This bark comes North Dakota and from a first-time collector for me. I definitely have seen better, and the future will guarantee better quality. I've already got two experienced collectors gathering for me and the pics show good stuff up to 4.5 depths. The problem with that is it will not be available to purchase till next summer, if then,

I do have a few bark panels, several over 4 four in length. Pics of those are also attached.

I hope that handles most of the concerns and questions that will arise. Please get in touch if more is needed Thanks.  Jim

Summited by Denny Neubauer


Secretary Report  February 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, February 16, 2021 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 January meeting.  There were no additions or corrections.

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

New Business: Gordy brought up a concern that we continue to pay for a post office box at the monthly cost of $135, and that we cannot afford that at this time, plus we no longer have a need for it.  He made a motion that we quit the post office box.  The motion was seconded by Bunny.  Don Stansfield noted that it does give us a permanent address.  There was discussion of pros and cons of spending that money.  Denny notes that we are not broke, Tyrone points out that the price keeps going up.  He does recommend that we quit publishing the address.   Gary Johnson checks it regularly.  We do continue to publish the officer’s phone numbers in the newsletter.  We continue to pay the $135 a month so that 2 members can send in their dues.  Denny called for the vote.  There were 11 against and 1 for paying for the post office box.  We will not renew the post office box and will advertise that in the newsletter until we stop paying for the P.O. Box.  Persons can contact any of the officers. 

Gordy noted that he has an avenue for selling carvings.  Let him know if interested.  Gordy will post that in the newsletter. 

Bob Matthews talked about displaying carvings in the Cherry Valley Library and will notify the membership when that becomes available. 

Denny got a call about bark for sale.  Two people expressed interest.   Denny will let that person know that there is slight interest but maybe not worth his time. 

Next week Bob Hallstrom will be demonstrating a chip carved coaster for anyone interested. 

The Janesville club is carving peppers for a festival and Denny will get more information to see if we are interested. 

Gordy will be doing a class in two weeks on carving a Hedgehog and Scott Grey will be doing a class on carving Gingko Leaves at the end of next month. 


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 April 6, 2022

face study   Denny Neubauer will be demonstrating how to do a face study.

 Mini Lesson April 13, 2022

Gordy Moscinski will have many cutouts to carve.  A knife is all you need.

 flat plane carving

New Member

pumpkinI became interested in the Blackhawk Woodcarver club due to the CLR class being cancelled that Gordy was supposed to teach.  Since I did not fill out any form when I joined I thought I would tell a little about myself. I am Rich Talbot and I live in Loves Park on the Rock River.  During the pandemic I needed an outlet besides the refrigerator and I started watching YouTube videos about carving wood.   I really like watching Doug Linker and carverswoodshop.  The picture shows a couple of figures I learned from these sites.  I must admit I was a little intimidated when I was walking up to the entrance of Ken Rock and noticed license plates that had something to do with wood carving.  But I could not have found a group of nicer people then this club.  I like the mini lessons and all the insights from the club members.  Glad to be part of this club.

Rich Talbot

Display in Cherry Valley Library

The lasted info on the display in Cherry Library,  I checked the schedule and we have the month of May.  I would suggest that members who want to put stuff in the display bring their items at the April Biz meeting.  The display has 3 shelves with a glass front that is locked. Height of any item should be limited to 12 inches.  Items should be wrapped to avoid damage and I will put the stuff in my car and set up the display.  Do we have any members who could develop a small sign that could be used in the display?  
Bob Matthews


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

April Birthdays (that we Know of)

10 Franklin Johnson
19  John Skaggs
21 Bunny Nordheim

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.


Newsletter deadline

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


Thyme and Again Farm

Does anyone want to sell Fall and Winter wood items at a pumpkin farm? They are thinking signs/fall decorations.  815.978.3358   11515 IL-2


Need a carving

Jeff Geoble would like someone to carve a figure of a person 21” tall.  815.403.3949


Show and Tell

flora      clock

The first one is about familiar flora for a close friend in Sister Bay who is a naturalist.  The large one displays walnut gears I made in the early 1970's for a wooden clock that was never finished because I misplaced the directions.  Roger Benedict


Jim Foster showed a pair of googly eyed roosters he had carved and stamped his name and face on the bottom from a stamp his wife got him for Christmas.

 Imokellen              leprechaun

Tony Devita showed a couple of older carvings he found in his basement of unknown wood (God only knows) one was the head he copied from Imokellen (sp?)  based on a brass sculpture.  He also did a leprechaun.


brother anthony

Gordy Moscinski showed bowls cut on a band saw to look like they have been turned in a lathe.  He has printed out instructions on how to do it from Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2020 issue.  He also showed a Brother Anthony he carved.


Tyrone Johnsen showed a meditating cat that he finished and will give to his daughter.

Ron Stephens, a prospective new member from McHenry, showed a Buffalo, a dog and a caricature he carved and a cane with basket weaving on the shaft and a man and his dog on the top.  

He also carved the following 4 items on the next two pages.

cane          cane

cane             cowboy

dog                dog






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