Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 8   August 2023

Blackhawk Carving Club

We meet every Wednesday at 9:00 am until 11:30 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  August 2023

One of the description of a caricature carving is that it could never take its clothes off because of the oversized head, hands and feet. A well-designed caricature carving has proper proportions with exaggerations. A basic head is ninety degrees across the nose to the forehead and cheeks and the width of the head is divided into five equal parts: ear to the side of the eyelid to the nose at the eye, to the next eye, to the side of the eye, to the ear. The bottom of the nose extends out from the head the same distance the eye recedes from the forehead on each side of the nose. Eye shapes can determine the mood. Good comic strip artists make great use of this, as in "Zits" comics. 

To master carving heads, do a series of the same head. Number them in the order you carve them and mount them on a base in the order they were carved for future study and carving new versions of them. One of the best caricature carvers in the country carved the same head every day for a month for perfection! 

Don't forget the Janesville carving show in September. Seeing other carvers' work is an enjoyable learning experience. 

Keep 'em sharp!  

Keep the chips flying! 

Happy carving.  Don Stansfield  

Secretary report for July 2023

No minutes of the July meeting were recorded.


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the September 6, 2023 deadline.


Blackhawk Carving Club Website

The Blackhawk Carving website is  It has the newsletters from the beginning of the club plus other good information.

Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the May 31, 2023 deadline.

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   


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


Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.

September Birthdays (that we Know of)

5  Frank Lay
17  William Trosper
19  Tyrone Johnsen
23  Jeff Hartman

Club Officers   (815 aera code)

President,  Don Stansfield, 235-0075
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 2023

If you would like to represent our club at the Janesville show,  September 9, 2023 contact Denny @ 815-238-5296. There will be no charge, the club will pay for the tables. This year they are having a judged show. It would be nice to take carvings from our members to be judged. See below (Rock River Woodcarvers)


The Rock River Woodcarvers will be holding their 17th Annual Show on Saturday September 9, 2023 at the Rock County Fair Grounds , 1301 Craig Ave, Janesville, WI 53545 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Free Admission.  More information available from Brad Crandall 608-931-0188 or John Raisbeck

The first Carve in On the Chippewa was a success.  They are planning for their next show scheduled for September 16, 2023.

The Capitol Carver of Wisconsin & Badger Woodturners will be holding their 32nd Annual Show and Sale on Sunday October 29, 2023 at the DeForest Area High School, 815 Jefferson Street, DeForest, WI From 9:00 Am to 4;00 PM.  Free Admission.  More information or 

The Second Annual Waupaca Woodcarving Show, Sale, & Competition will be held Sunday November 5, 2023 at 407 School Street, Waupaca, WI.  Hours are 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Admission is $4.00.  Ages 6 – 16 $2.00, and under 2 free.  Tool and Wood vendors, Art for Sale, and Demonstrations.

The Northeast Wisconsin Woodworker’s Guild will be holding their 40th Artistry in Wood show at the Denmark High School in Denmark, WI on November 11 & 12, 2023.  Admission $5.00, 12 and under Free.  For more information contact, Kristin @920-420-8999, or Randy @ 920-676-6466.

 Show and Tell


Betty Gregory with her relief carved plates of Santa (inspired by Coke ad) and his wife.  Betty prefers to paint with oils.


John Gregory panel carving inspired by a Christmas scene.  He used acrylics to paint.


John Gregory was working on the figure in the center.  The other four are his standing guard.


Displayed by Don Stansfield, done by an unknown carver.


Rich Talbot woodburning.


Jerry Robey finished a few Christmas ornaments.

tool box

tool box

Jim Foster with his travel tool box.

 bobble head

Richard Dunphey displayed a bobble head figure and a couple of Vikings - finished and in progress.



Larry Stenzel said he would rather be


Jerry Robey on the run from the hen house.


Betty Gregory carved this; but since moved, so carving a new address plate.


Carol Behning with a very nice chip carving and finish.

 candy dish

Joe Etminan was working on a candy dish.





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