Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 6   June 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  June 2023

The club picnic will be June 21 at Ken Rock. If you haven't signed up, please contact Denny ASAP. Remember that Show and Tell for June is carvings related to the Fourth of July. 

Gordy will be sending a membership roster via email soon. If you aren't on the club email list, contact Gordy for a hard copy. 

With July approaching quickly, our July Show and Tell is "Christmas in July". Bring new Christmas carvings for our July display. (I have some from previous years that will be easy to complete as 2023 Christmas carvings.) 

Here's a tip on sanding from Klingspor. When sanding end grain, use a finer grit than on the rest of the project. This closes the pores and prevents the end grain from absorbing too much finish. Also, make the last few strokes with the grain if the wood grain isn't perpendicular to the to the surface. 

I received a call from a Richard Wenger (779-300-7448) that he has a Jet slow speed grinder for sale. This unit is similar to a Tormek sharpener. 

Keep the chips flying! 

Happy carving.  Don Stansfield  

 Secretary report for May 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, May 17, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

Disclaimer:  My recorder did not function so the following is from what notes I took and what little memory I have of a month ago.

President Don Stansfield opened the meeting at 9:39

Don informed us that a person named Rick Winger called him and has a Jet Slow Speed grinder. If interested talk to Don as he has a phone number. 

Gordy needs a new members list so he can update membership.  Larry will get him that information. 

For our June meeting, Don encourages us to bring for show and tell anything Americana, birds and flowers…

Under new business Tony DaVita notes that the date is June 21st .  It will be held here at Ken Rock.  Bring a dish to pass. 

There was discussion of having the picnic outdoors at some place that we did not have to pay a reservation fee and maybe just pull picnic benches together.  Nothing was decided and we will continue plans to have it at Ken Rock, bring a spouse, but not a spouse to pass…

There was no old business.   

That is all I remember. If anyone has corrections, please speak up…

Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.

Club Picnic

The club Picnic will be at the  Ken Rock facility at 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL. June 21st after our regular carving session. All you need to bring is yourself and one dish to pass. The club will furnish sloppy joes, plates, and tableware.   Bottled water will be available. 

Any questions please call Tony Devita or Denny Neubauer 815.238.5296


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the July 5, 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.

June Birthdays (that we Know of)

3 Richard Dunphey
  7 Dona Wisner
21 Tod Wisner
22 Jerome Mais
22 Bob Coleman

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)

Floyd Fest will be held June 19 – 23, 2023 in Evart, MI.  For more information contact Floyd Rhadigan @ 734-649-3529 or rhads134@comcast.met.  Information also available @ 

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 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 next year’s show 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


Larrry Stenzel  Here are three pieces I've done lately. 


tree                name tag

This is a pic from starline 4th Friday art show, best of show.

Bob Coleman

 rifle stock

rifle stock

rolling pin                          rolling pin

Richard Prutz brought in a Rifle Stock that was painted with a Blackhawk emblem and a wolf and mountains.  He also brought in a Rolling Pin with a Chef’s bust and hat. 

 Queen Elizabeths hat

Roger Benedict brought in his relief  carving of Queen Elizabeth’s hat, with a matching picture of her wearing it.  It featured feathers and a bow complete with undercuts. 




Don Stansfield showed a chip carved flower in a stained oval with a stained frame suitable for hanging.  He also showed a painted Fox he did in a class, mounted on a slice of tree branch.  Not tired yet, he showed two soup spoons he carved in 2023 and 2001 while on vacation.  He also brought in a Bird in a bird house from 1990, and two carved Santa Clauses both flat planed and rounded. 



John Skaggs showed three chip carved plaques of flowers, stained in the carving petals and stems.  He also showed 4 wooden cars he carved and a plaque with a Seth name carved and stained.

 eagle    bird


Bob Matthews brought in a carved Eagle Head on a Red, White, and Blue octagonal base with stars and USA. He also showed a red crested Cardinal which was mounted on a base and twig with leaves of copper foil.  He showed a similar red breasted Grosbeak on a tree branch base with a flower also made of copper foil. 





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