Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 10     October 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  October 2022

Thanks to Scott Grey and Larry Stenzel they made our club look very good at the Janesville show. The Janesville show is people's choice only. Scott won 1st place in the miniature class and best of show.  Way to go!  Larry won 3rd place in  woodburning. Great job guys. Thank you to  Bob, Larry,  Scott, Jim and Dick for representing our club.

Thank you Bunny for holding your class Zentangle woodburning. It was a lot of fun and relaxing 

Next Wednesday my wife are going on vacation and won't be back until the November meeting. Dick Dunphey will be taking over for me and says he will make the meeting even shorter. Keep on carving.

Denny Neubauer



Scott Grey won 1st place in the miniature class and best of show. 



Larry Stenzel won 3rd place in  woodburning.

Secretary report for September 2022

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

President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 9:35 am.   

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the minutes of August 17, 2022.  There were no questions or corrections, the minutes stood approved as read.

Treasurer: Larry Stenzel stated that we continue to be solvent.  We are paid up through the year. 

Continuing Business: Denny reported on the Janesville show.  Scott Gray pretty much cleaned house with his feathers.  He won 2 blue ribbons and best of show. He also won 2 free paid up tables for next year’s show.  Larry also got a ribbon.  Bob Hallstrom was there for the entire day.  Jim was there also.  It was fun. 

Denny has gotten some tips and tricks from people that he wants to put in the newsletter.  Bob Hallstrom gave him some tips from Marty Leenhouts that he will share. 

Bunny is doing a zentangle class.  Denny recommends it as a fun activity for woodcarvers, burners and just drawing with pen and ink.  He finds it very relaxing. 


Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Bunny Nordheim is doing a zentangle class.  Denny recommends it as a fun activity for woodcarvers, burners and just drawing with pen and ink. 


November Birthdays (that we Know of)


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 Northeast Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild will be having their 39th Annual “Artistry in Wood” show at the Denmark High School, 450 North Hall Street, Denmark, WI on Saturday & Sunday October 8 & 9, 2022. Saturday hours are 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday’s hours are 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for those over the age of 12. More information on website:

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

  Lena went to the local newspaper.  “I want to put a notice in the paper: Ole died .” 
  “That’s terrible,” said the editor. “But don’t you want the full obituary, Lena?” 
  “No, no,” said Lena, “just a notice: two words: Ole Died.”
   “Fine,” said the editor, “but there is a 5 word minimum, so you can say three more words.  Is there anything else you might want to say?”
    Lena said, “Okay. Make it: Ole died, Boat for sale.”


Ole and Sven go on a fishing trip to Canada and come back with only three fish.  Sven says, “The way I figger it, Ole, each of them fish cost us $400.”

Ole says, “Well, at dat price it’s a good ting we didn’t catch any more of ‘em than we did.”


Did you hear about Ole’s nephew Toevald who won the gold metal at the Olympics?  He had it bronzed.


Newsletter deadline

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


Show and Tell


Bob Campion brought in a boot that he got the idea and a cut out from Dick Boucher at the NWCA show in Maquokeda Iowa.  It is made of Spalted Basswood. 

 cowboy              cowboy

John Skaggs brought in a cowboy for our cowboy theme he carved in the 90’s 

 small fry

Dick Dunphy showed a “small fry” that he just finished carving and painted the other day.  He has them standing against a board which was part of the tree limb he carved out. That way he does not have to carve the back.  

 saloon  saloon

Roger Benedict brought in the saloon he carved as a tribute to the cowboy theme.”kitty’s long branch Saloon”.

 professor     professor

Jim Foster brought in a carving of “the professor from one of the roughouts that Bob brought in. 

 tourist     turtle

Jerry Robey brought in a carving of “the Tourist with carefully painted plaid pants, his camera, sunglasses and suitcase.


Tony DaVita carved a Turtle with a hat that he got from Woodcarver’s Illustrated. 

 owl        owl

Owl carving by Bob Matthews.


Apples and Harry Potter sorting hats on kids.  Rich Talbot


Carvings by Jerome Mais.


Carved pin by Don Stansfield.





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