Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 11     November 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  November 2022

Thank you Dick Dunphey for taking care of the last business meeting while I was on vacation. You set a new record of a little over 2 minutes. I’m not going to try and beat that. Maybe you should be our next president of the club! It’s the time of year to start thinking about election of officers for 2023. Myself and three other people are putting together Stateline Maker Space. A non for profit business suppling various types of equipment such as a carpenter shop, Forging shop, welding shop, laser cutter, 3d printers and A computer lab. We have the equipment in storage but not a building to put it in. This is a membership based that allows you access 24/7 to use the equipment . Because of this as soon as we find a building most of my time will be occupied with this new adventure and I will not be able to carry on as club President.

Christmas time again and we are going to have a Christmas party on December 14, 2022 . An egg bake will be provided by the club and each  members should bring one dish to share with every body. There is a charge of $5.00 per person. We will have a show and tell so bring some of your carvings to display.   

 Thanks, Denny Neubauer


Secretary report for October 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, October 21, 2022 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

In the absence of President Denny Neubauer, Vice President Richard Dunphy opened the meeting at 9:30 am.   

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the minutes of  September 21, 2022.  There were no questions or corrections, the minutes stood approved as read.

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

Continuing Business: Richard asked if there was any new business.  Hearing none, he closed the business meeting and proceeded to show and tell. 

The meeting was closed at 9;33 AM;  official time 2 minutes and 3 seconds.

Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Project for November 9th

Gordy Moscinski will be doing small 3’ Santa ornaments. He will have the cutouts available.


Project for November 16th

John Skaggs will be teaching how to chip carve snowflake Christmas tree ornaments. He will the hexagons available. 


December Birthdays (that we Know of)

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


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 and 2023

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) & website The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers will have (2) club tables at this show.

The Piedmont Wood Carvers Club invites you to “The best and upcoming woodcarving show in the Southeast” in conjunction with an elite artist fair. The 33rd Annual Woodcarving Competition and Show will be held on November 11 – 13, 2022 at the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center in Simpsonville, SC. Free Admission and free parking. More information @

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


A little humor

Two dragons walk into a bar.  The first one says, “It sure is hot in here.”  His snaps back, “Shut your mouth!”


Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers?

He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.


Yesterday I saw a guy spill all his Scrabble letters on the road.

I asked him, What’s the word on the street?”


How many times can you subtract 10 from 100?

Once. The next time you would be subtracting 10 from 90.


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the December 7, 2022 deadline.


Show and Tell





These bookmarks are about all I've burned lately. I'm just starting to burn again after taking a little break.

Larry Stenzel


Just finished my first carving since arriving in Florida.  You're all welcome, but not all at once.

Jerry Robey 






Don Stansfield brought in some older stuff he had carved.  The first was a cube cut into a 4 sided pumpkin, each side with a different face.  He also showed a pumpkin pin with a top hat.  For a challenge, he made another square two sided pumpkin challenge with through holes for the eyes and nose with one side smiling and the other frowning.  Lastly he carved a small plaque with a fall maple leaf, edging and the words Happy Fall, Y’All. 





John Skaggs brought in the butterfly what not box he cut on the band-saw and assembled with lid and liner.  He also showed the chip carved box that he made in Don Stansfield’s CLR class.  He further showed 6 of the many Christmas tree ornaments he will be giving away this Christmas to friends and family


This spoon I finished carving and repaired a damaged area. The spoon was in rough outs, patterns, and material donated by a former carver. Finish is Danish Oil and polyurethane.

Tyrone Johnsen



cowboy       cowboy

Jim Foster brought in some rough outs for duck carving and was giving them away to anyone interested.  He also brought in a cowboy with two guns in his hands he carved from a roughout Bob Hallstrom had brought in last month.  Jim changed it from a baker to a cowboy and painted it.  He also brought a very intricately chip carved box that he picked up at a Wisconsin Thrift store. It generated a big discussion of whether it was machine carved or hand carved.  Because of the intricacy and the lack of mistakes, it was the group consensus that it was machine carved. 





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