Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 7   July 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  July 2023

Happy July! Have you started your Christmas carvings? Just over five months to go! 

Ready to start a new carving? Here's some thoughts for your attack. 

1. Research your subject and find some pictures to study. 

2. Always keep the direction of the wood grain in mind. 

3. When starting carving, remove big chunks with care and away from the pattern. Cuts too close limit chances to make modifications later. 

Use a #9 or #11 gouge (commonly called a veiner - my favorite) instead of a knife or v-tool to establish deep lines and undercuts. Knife and v-tool cuts limit pattern adjustments. When you're happy with your carving, make those final determined cuts with your knife or v-tool. 

All of this giving you a "fudge factor." 

Keep 'em sharp!  

Keep the chips flying! 

Happy carving.  Don Stansfield  

Secretary report for June 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, June  21, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.


In the absence of President Don Stansfield who was moving to a new residence, Denny Neubauer opened the meeting with Show and Tell as there was no specific business meeting.


Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


A meeting of the carvers


This is a typical meeting of the Blackhawk Carving Club carvers


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the August 2, 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.

August Birthdays (that we Know of)

  1  Richard Prutz

28  Denny Neubauer


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


John Gregory showed 2 black Capped Chickadees on a real tree branch.  They were excellent. 


Betty Gregory carved a very realistic saw-whet Owl about a year and a half ago and won a prize for it in an Arkansas show. 


Denny Neubauer made his most recent carving in a class at the Affiliated Wood Carver’s in Maquoketa, Iowa.  Asked where his ideas come from, he has no clue except they come to him in his sleep. 


Jerome Mais showed an Eagle head that he made in 2013.


 goose   goose


About two years ago someone gave me this Canada Goose cutout.  It had been hollowed out and joined together and the head was separate.  It sat in our garage and I forgot who gave it to me.  Then my friend who makes the cane and walking stocks indicated that he would like it.  So I carved in the feather detail, textured it (stoning), and painted it.  

Bob Matthews

Roger Benedict

showed a carving he did in Door County in the summer.  It is from Spalted Maple.  He showed another carving of Maple Tree Spirit. 


Tyrone Johnsen showing his mini person he named the Last Earl of Tyrone, from Ireland.  He carved it for St. Pat’s day.   


Larry Stenzel is ready for his next fishing trip, just hang out the sign.

 German Shepherd

This is a German Shepherd I just Relief Carved.

 Richard Prutz


John Skaggs showed his talent with a variety of carvings.



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