Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 5    May 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  May 2023

Are you working on a PHD (Project Half Done)? How many UFOs (Unfinished Finished Objects do you have? It takes discipline to stay with a carving to its completion. Most of us have UFOs and others of us have more than we can count. Sometimes the "trip" is more important than the "destination".   

It's fun to pull an old UFO out and finish it or modify it for a different look. 

I have piles of patterns, pictures, etc. for more projects that will only be completed if I live to be two hundred years old, but by then, I would have projects to take another two hundred years. I think it's a trap! 

'Tis Spring! For our May Show & Tell, bring carvings that relate to Spring. That could include flowers, birds, animals, bugs, girls in tiny outfits. OOPS, scratch that one. 

Happy carving.  Don Stansfield  

 Secretary report for April 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, April 19, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

There will be no report on the minutes this month.


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)

2 Dave Meyer
10 Gary Johnson
18 Jerry Robey

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 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).  Ron O’Kray has forms if you are interested.

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 Carver


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




Bob Matthews above shows a duck carved from start to finish.

 Note the color of the feathers.


Don Stansfield got into the spirit of the season.


Caol Behning carved a Dala horse and a big eared rabbit.


Denny Neubauer showed his skills at carving little figures with great expressions.


Jerome Mais showed two caricature figures.  Is he ready for a street fight?


Jim Foster went the animal caricature direction with these three figures.


Tony Devita  Butterfly on cork


Richard Prutz showed his recent carvings.



Gordy Moscinski still thinking snow and a loon carved from Basswood.

 Norwegian carvings

Tyrone Johnsen  Norwegian carvings in basswood.



Two sets of pictures from Rich and Colleen Talbot.   One set is Rich, has a cross made a number of years ago for Halloween home made monk costume using a dremel tool and a couple of dogs via knives carve.  The other picture is Colleen's work from the carving class with Gordy showing a dog, duck and a comfort bird along with a letter opener that Tony provided as a learning challenge too.





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