Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 12   December 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 2023

Thank you to the club officers and others that have stepped in to take care of all the club needs this fall and are continuing to do so. I appreciate it very much. I am feeling much better but am still limited in what I can do. 

  Don Stansfield


Secretary report for November 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, November 15, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

Vice President Rich Dunphy opened the meeting at 9:32 with asking if there was any new business in the absence of President Don Stansfield.  There was discussion about the Christmas Party in December.  The party will be at Peterson Meadows and there will be a charge of $10 per person.  We will have an egg based Hot Dish.   Everyone is encouraged to bring carvings to use as table decorations.  There will be extra table for show and tell carvings.  There will be a December 1 deadline for signing up and paying the fee.  Larry will be taking dues for next year and your $10 for the Christmas party.  Larry says that we are solvent.  Dues are due the first off the New Year.  There was no new business.

Respectfully submitted, Steve Terrill, recording secretary.

Blackhawk Carving Club Website

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

Foredom For sale

I would like to sell my power carver, with dust collector and lots of accessories.  It is a Foredom. I do have the owner's manual and a couple of books.  I am asking $200 for everything.  Please call or text me at 815-985-8216 or email

Martha Fitch

Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the January 3, 2024 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.

January Birthdays (that we Know of)



Club Officers  (815 area code)

Acting President, Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Vice Pres,  Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Treasurer,  Larry Stenzel, 389-4714
Secretary,  Steve Terrill, 708-0471


Committees    (815 area code)

Webmaster & Newsletter Editor  Gordy Moscinski
Photographer, Steve Terrill

Programs, Richard Dunphey,
Picnic, Tony Devita


Club Christmas Party

The Christmas party will be December 13th at Peterson Meadows, 6401 Newburg Road, Rockford, IL 61108.  More details will be released at upcoming meetings.  Arrival and set up carvings time is 9:00 am with breakfast served at 9:30 am. Let us know by December 1st. The cost is $10.00 per person attending. 


CLR Beginning Carving class Spring 2024

Being able to create the figure of an animal, person, boot, wizard, or other object from a block of wood provides a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to beat. This 5 week course will provide participants with the ability to carve many different objects with their own personal touch.. Class members will be charged $20 for supplies. Carving tools will be provided for the first session and tools for purchase will be available. (approximately $20). The instructor has 37+ years of experience teaching students of all ages.

1. Title of class: Beginning Carving

2. Dates: February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13

3. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

4. Number of sessions: 5

5. Class limit 12

6. Location of class: Ken Rock 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL.


Upcoming Shows

Westby — Saturday, April 20, 2024

Karve In-7, Steve Michaels, 608-634-0107, steve.michaels@westbynorse.orq

Sheboygan — Sunday, April 28, 2024

Kettle Karvers 31 St Annual Show, Bob Lawrence, 920-458-49471

Oshkosh - Saturday, May 5, 2024

Mid-Wisconsin Chippers Artistry in Wood Show, Paul Walters,


Maquoketa, Iowa — Second Week of June, 2024

International Woodcarvers Congress, Marie McDonough, 563-543-4276, www.woodcarverscongress.orq

 Janesville -- Saturday, September 14, 2024

 Rock River Valley Carvers of Wis 18th Annual Show $ Sale

Brad Crandall, 608-931-0188,


Dues are coming up

Just a reminder that 2024 dues are due.  Make checks out to Blackhawk Carving Club and give to Larry Stenzel or any Club officer.  Dues are $25







Show and Tell

 snowman        santa

A couple of Christmas cheer by Betty Gregory

 santa          Elsa



Betty Gregory brought in a relief carving of a fall leaf that was painted with oil paints and sprayed with clear acrylic, and a relief carving of Elsa.  She also showed a bald headed Santa of Blue and Gold with an artificial wig.  She brought the wig to caver his bald head because there was not enough space in her blank for hair.

 lion   spoon

John Gregory brought in a large relief carving of a lion that he had done.  It was finished with a sprayed satin polyurethane finish.  Also he did a spoon with daffodils.


Larry Stenzel brought in a Wood burning of a tree.


Gordy Moscinski brought in a 3-D plate which he relief carved and painted of a fall farm scene.

 traveler  traveler  traveler

cat  couple

Tyrone Johnsen brought in a medieval traveler which was carved of Sugar Pine and is sitting on a rock.  It was sealed with olive oil to reduce chipping.  Also a cat and a cute couple.

 Christmas  manger


Beautiful Christmas carvings by Don Stansfield

 santa  santa  santa


One final Christmas figure by Don Stansfield to motivate our carvers


John Skaggs brought in 3 stockings and 3 angles.


Dick Dunphey brought in a figure of a man.




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