Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 1     January 2023

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  January 2023

We had a great Christmas party once again thanks to all the wonderful cooks and bakers and all the people who brought all the show and tell pieces. The talent that comes out of this club is second to none. We raffled off some knives and baskets and brought in over$100 for the club. Way to go people.

Thank you to all the people who demonstrated and shared their skills with the rest of the club this past year. I would also like to thank Dick Dunphey, Steve Terrill, Larry Stenzel and Gordy Moscinski to stay on and work with our new president Don Stansfield. Don has volunteered to take on this position with the understanding that he may not be able to attend due to the care of his wife. Let us know how we can help.

Tony came up with the idea that he has the messiest shop in the club, and I replied to him, my shop is worse than his shop. We decided to settle this difference of opinion by having a contest. We are going to let the club vote on it. Another question came up, what if somebody else’s shop is worse than ours? Let everybody enter. Wait a minute, what if you’re one of those people who are mighty tidy? Have a contest for them also.

Contest Rules

$3 per entry all money will go to the club. List one of the following, Mighty tidy or not so tidy.

Send two pictures of your shop or carving area to

All pictures will be printed set out voted on January 18 meeting

All members are allowed to vote

Each category winner will win a custom-made knife made to their design

 Thanks, Denny Neubauer

Secretary report for December 2022

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

 President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 10:26

 Denny reported  that the minutes have  been  read  and approved .  There were no questions or corrections, the minutes stood approved as read.

 Denny reported  that we continue to be solvent.  

 There was no new  business.

 Denny reported that the building will be open next week so we will be meeting.

 Don Stansfield will be your next president.  All of  the rest of the officers have decided to stay and Denny thanks them.  He further wants to thank all of the people who participated and helped in the classes. 

 Denny asked to adjourn the meeting.  There were no objections and  one kudos for a short meeting.

 The meeting was adjourned at 10:26.

 Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


CLR Beginning Carving Class

CLR Beginning Carving Class will be held at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at the Ken Rock facility at 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL. Ken Rock is located in the area of Rural and North 2nd St. The dates are March 8, 15, 22, and 29.

 Knives and wood blanks will be furnished. If you have any questions call Gordy at 815.558.1938 or Denny at 815.238.5296

Blackhawk Carving Club Website

The Blackhawk Carving website is  it has the newsletters from the beginning plus other good information.

Accepting dues for 2023

We are accepting dues for 2023.  Larry will try to be at each meeting, although things do come up.  If people want, they can send dues to Larry Stenzel’s home address: 7689 North Gate Road, Roscoe, IL 61073.  $25, Cash or check.  He will get them a receipt.

Larry Stenzel


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the February 1, 2023 deadline.

Forest City Forging

Have you ever wondered what it would be like make your own knife? Now you can! Experience a mini version of “Forged in Fire”. We will make knives out of Allen wrenches, drill bits, garage door springs, car coil springs, etc. Contact Denny at Forest City Forging to make arrangements. This is a one-day experience for the low cost of $55, plus a propane and materials fee of $10. Class size from 1 to 6 persons at the same low price per person.


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.

February Birthdays (that we Know of)

  6 Gary Curl

25 Arne Larsen

26 Gordy Moscinski

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

Christmas Party


The Christmas party was held on December 14, 2022.

Becky Neubauer did a great job of decorating the tables and making delicious egg casseroles.

Thank you, Becky


Upcoming Shows in 2023

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  

• The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers will be holding their 47th Annual Show, Competition, and Sale on Sunday May 7, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM at the “Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 North Main Street, Oshkosh, WI. Admission in $5.00, Ages 12 & under are free. More show information is available @ or from Paul Wolters (920-727-2139).

• AWC Congress will be held in Maquoketa, IA from June 10 to 17, 2023. Competition, Seminars, and Show. More information from Ron O’Kray, the website, or Facebook: Affiliated Wood Carvers

• The Rock River Woodcarvers will be holding their show on September 9, 2023.

• The first Carve in On the Chippewa was a success. They are planning next year’s show for September 16, 2023


Show and Tell


Carol Behning


Gordy Moscinski


Tyrone Johnsen


Rich Talbot


Denny Neubauer


Jerome Mais


Jerome Mais


Larry Stenzel


With my obsession with this carving for nearly a year.

Roger Benedict


Bob Hallstrom


Richard Prutz


Joel Taylor









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