Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 11   November 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  November 2023

Don Stansfield  resigned from being club president in October, citing health problems.  Richard Dunphey is now the acting president.

  We will be electing new officers for the 2024 year at our December 20th meeting.   As of now the slate for 2024 is:

           President          Tyrone Johnsen

           Vice-president  Rick Brittnacher

Secretary     Jim Foster

Treasurer     Larry Stenzel 

Acting president, Richard Dunphey

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. 


Secretary report for October 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, October 18, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

 Vice President Rich Dunphy opened the meeting with asking if there was any new business in the absence of President Don Stansfield. Don sent a letter resigning as president dated October 17, 2023.  He is resigning for health issues and unable to continue with the activities as president. 

Rich asked Steve Terrill to read the Letter from Don Stansfield about activities in the upcoming months. 

It is titled, “Wednesday Carving “Don is not sure he will be able to attend this Wednesday’s meeting.  He talks about the annual Christmas brunch.  We will need someone to be in charge of it.  The date will traditionally be December 20 unless the group decides that December 13 is more fitting.  Becky Neubauer always fixed a Christmas casserole.  Personally he believes that the club can forego the casserole id everyone will bring a dish to pass. The group can decide this.  We also need club members to volunteer to be club officers.  We will need a slate of officers to be presented at the November meeting.  Obviously, Don will not be able to be a club officer.  Rich Dunphey is ready to retire after 5 or 6 years.  So he suggests that we have a committee of members to generate a slate of officers. He proposes that we need volunteers to be officers or he will designate that one table should since no one volunteers to be an officer, Dick proposes that we select one table to generate a slate of officers He selects Tony’s table to come up with volunteers.

For the Potluck, Bob Matthews suggests we have Tony’s table be the table to plan the Christmas party for his past skill at organizing the spring picnic.  That table includes Tyrone, Tony, John Skaggs, Bob Hallstrom.  They should present recommendations by next week.  We probably have enough money in the treasury to order the catering out.  The committee can make that decision next week.  Bob Matthews suggests we just have Lydia’s cater the lunch.  Tyrone suggests that we contact Peterson Meadows and that they could cater an event there.  Denny and Becky passed on a box of supplies including table Favors that Becky made.  We will not know the quantity until it has been advertised in the Newsletter.  Tyrone remembers that Peterson meadows charged less than $10 each.  Tony will check with Stockholm and Peterson meadows about their availability before next week.  The 13th of December was agreed upon for the potluck.

The nominating committee for officers. Bob Matthews questions whether we actually need officers.  The group agreed that we do need officers. 

Tyrone suggests that we have a display of woodcarvings at CLR as it is a good way of getting new members.  Bob Matthews has in the past lined up a display at Cherry Valley Library.

Jim Foster volunteered for the secretary’s job.  Rich Brittnacher volunteered to be the vice president.  Probably Larry Stenzel (absent) will probably continue as Treasurer.  Joe Etiminan might be interested in President. But he vehemently denies for lack of time.

Respectfully submitted, Steve Terrill, recording secretary.

Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the December 6, 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 November 1, 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.

December Birthdays (that we Know of)

2 Larry Stenzel
  5 Bob Hallstrom
14 Don Stansfield
 20 Jim Foster
 31 Martha Fitch

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


Carving Meetings

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. 


Upcoming Shows

Waupaca — Sunday, November 5, 2023

Waupaca Area Wood Carvers 2nd Annual Show, Competition, & Sale, Harold Mohr, 715-281-1923 or Kathy Brehm, 920-740-1986


Denmark — Saturday & Sunday, November 11-12, 2023

Northeastern Wisconsin Woodcarvers Guild 40th Annual Show, Randy Hendricks 920-676-6466 or Jim Michels 920-863--8658.

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,


Show and Tell

3 figures

Jim Foster brought in 3 figures one larger and two miniature.  They were three flat plane carvings which he found to be more challenging than carvings in the round. 


Ted Faber brought in a very intricate facial carving of an American Indian with a wolf hat, braids, and a serious face which he carved and painted and antiqued recently.  He also requests if anyone has a pattern for an American Buffalo. 


Joe Etminan brought in a round ‘M+M” bowl he has been sanding for weeks and a scooped out nick-knack bowl with a wood burning of “Ellie” on the side in script.


 door signs

Larry Stenzel carved some door signs

 chip carving

chip carving

chip carving

John Skaggs brought in some chip carving samples that he made on painted wood so that the wood shows through. As a design they were two blue Angels.  He also brought in 10 or 12 chip carvings from coaster sized designs which were painted inside the chip carving, two very difficult coaster sized chip carvings unpainted, and two larger chip carvings with free style flowers and intricate borders. 




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