Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 5     May 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  May 2022

A note from Gordy:

Be sure to take a trip to Cherry Valley Library to see the display of our carvings. A big Thank You to Bob Matthews for setting this up.  It looks great, Bob.  While in Cherry Valley you might check out Cattle and Cream on N. Cherry Street for an ice cream treat! So many members have stepped up to revitalize the club after a 2 year slow period.  Larry Stenzel will be leading a Woodburning and Painting class on May 25 and June 1, the last scheduled class in this series.  We are always looking for others to share their talents with the club.  If you are willing to take the leap, see Richard Dunphey or Denny Neubauer for guidance. 


Mini Lesson May 25, 2022 Woodburning
And June 1, 2022 paint the woodburning

butterflyBring your woodburner May 25th to do woodburning and on June 1st we will be painting the burning. The burning will be similar to this one pictured.

Larry Stenzel

Secretary Report April 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, April 20, 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 February meeting.  There were no corrections.


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


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.


This Friday from 5-9 and Saturday from 4-9, Rockford Maker Space will be open.  He will be demonstrating Forging.  If you would like to come down and join us pound a knife out of a Drill Bit you are free to join them.  There is no cost.  It is in the alley between Mulberry and Jefferson.  Tony says that there used to be a pool hall across the street. 


Bob Matthews updated us about displaying carvings in the Cherry Valley Library.  We will have the display case for the month of May.  He will set up on Sunday, May 1st anyone interested in helping is welcome.  Bring in pieces you wish to display for the April business meeting and Bob will pack them and carefully install them on May 1st.


Arne reported that Phyllis is back at the club.  She was in Don’s CLR class and was talked into coming back to the club. 


Gordy has brought some old Dewalt drills They are in perfect shape but the batteries are shot.  They are free.  They take 9.6 volt or 12 volt rechargeable batteries.  They actually work for about 5 minutes before the batteries give out.  


There was no other business.  We are still interested in scheduling mini classes, and hopefully with some other people. 


Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Denny closed the meeting with a little demonstration of sharpening on the machine for anyone interested.

John Skaggs brought in cookies left over from his 82nd birthday celebration. (not 105)


Library Display


The members carvings are on display in the case at Cherry Valley Library for the month of May.

Bob Matthews

Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the June 1, 2022 deadline.

My Brother Anthony

For many, they call him Mr. Rockford. Tony, a family man with a strong positive attitude, is known for his generosity, humor and storytelling.  However, there lies a unique side of Tony about his carved Santas and Brother Anthony’s.  From a Santa image it is not necessary to question its origination, but Brother Anthony----where did this originate? 

It began with Tony’s daughter, Elizabeth DeVita, headed for Ireland where she was instructed to return with a small leprechaun statue.  Her trip to Ireland in 1996 rewarded Tony with a small plastic statue of a monk instead of a leprechaun, because (believe it or not) while in Ireland a small leprechaun was not found.  Ironically this monk, previously never planned for, became a carving signature of Tony in later years.

There is more to this story after Tony attended a formal carving class in the 1990’s, and then joined the Blackhawk Woodcarvers where he met Dave Lothian a fellow carver.  The true beginning of Brother Anthony began with Lothian’s encouragement for Tony to carve Brother Anthony’s----Lothian wrote an article in 1997 “Chip Chats” giving the credit to Tony Devita for the discovery of this carving.  From this point on 100’s and 100’s of Brother Anthony’s were carved by Tony and given to families, friends, professionals, and, people in need. 

The final story is through his sensitive generosity; anyone with a health problem has received a Tony DeVita carved Brother Anthony.  Even my family in time of need has received a Brother Anthony.  Having the skills to carve this image is part of his journey, but the real story is how Tony continues to offer his thoughtfulness to other folks.   So be it, from a simple carving to making someone happy.  In closing from his daughter’s pen, she writes:

Brother Anthony Sees all, Hears all

He keeps your secrets

He is received and not judgmental

He is reminded that-

People who care about you,

Are praying for you


By Roger Benedict

January 10, 2022

Class on carving Ginko leaves.



ginko leaf

Scott Grey leads club class on carving Ginko leaves.

Display in Cherry Valley Library

The display at the Cherry Valley Library is all set up.  It will be there until the end of the month.  The Library is located 755 E. State Street in Cherry Valley. They are open Monday - Thursday 9am—8 pm and Friday and Saturday 9—5 pm. 

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

June Birthdays (that we Know of)

    2 Dave Meyer
 10 Gary Johnson
 18 Jerry Robey

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

I think I can paint them now. 


When I paint them I feel like I ruin them with the exception of brother Anthony.  Rich Talbot 

 Rich Talbot


Joel Taylor brought in a hedgehog that he carved a ferocious mouth and added eyes and spiky toothpicks to make horns and legs.  He painted it blue and Yellow with a red mouth.  He indicated that Tony sat for it as a model. 


Colin Bystrom brought a duck of Redwood with wood burning and eyes from Joann Fabric.  He also had a stylized comfort bird and a Viking from Gordy’s class. 

old man               old man

 moon                              knife

These carvings are from the Spring issue of Woodcarving illustrated.  By the time you print these, we should be back in Rockford for the Summer.  We had a great Winter here in Ocala, Florida.   See you soon.

Jerry Robey 


Steve Terrill showed his Welcome Plaque from Don’s CLR class. 


Jerome Mais brought in a picture of Santa in his workshop painting a toy train.  It was on the cover of Woodcarving Illustrated around Christmas time and it proved to be a real challenge. 



Tony DaVita brought in a shark that he saw on TV, stopped the TV, took a picture and carved.  He also carved another Brother Anthony and a Sea Horse on a stand.

swan     swan

Tyrone Johnsen brought in a stylized swan out of Catalpa which was originally was going to be a pelican but it had different ideas.  He also brought his little guy “Larry the fisherman” that has a fishing pole that interchanges with a stick of dynamite.

 fisherman     fisherman

Larry the fisherman using dynamite by night. And his fly rod by day.



Gordy Moscinski brought in a pair of trees made out of different woods which is called intarsia.  They were impeccably sanded and finished natural.  He also brought in a bird he carved in wormy butternut and mounted on a piece of driftwood.


Bob Capion with his in process panel carving.

 water tower

Larry Stenzel brought in a wood burning of a Railroad Water Tower that he did at the club.




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