Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 10   October 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  October 2023

This is a great time of year for carving ideas. You have the beautiful fall colors, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Go out and pick a leaf that you like, use it for a pattern and carve a relief of it. You might paint it with blending fall colors for colorful leaf. Thanksgiving relief carvings of thanks and the bounty of fall crops make nice carvings, also. And then there is Christmas with a bounty of carving possibilities. 

  Wishing the best to Denny and Becky on your move to Arizona. You will be missed.

  Keep the knives sharp and the chips flying!   

 Don Stansfield  

Secretary report for September 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, September 20, 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.

  Rich asked Steve Terrill to read the minutes of the August 16 meeting.  There were no additions or corrections and the minutes stood approved as read.

  Bob Matthews noted that there was a walking stick available from Franklin Johnson, provided from his brother that is available for sale for $25.  There is also wood bark available for carving for those interested. 

  Hearing no other business, and having none himself, he proceeded to discussion of show and Tell.

  Larry is in Kentucky and will not be reporting.  He passes on that we are solvent.


  Respectfully submitted, Steve Terrill, recording secretary.


Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the October 4, 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 November1, 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.

November Birthdays (that we Know of)


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

Moving On

We say goodbye to one of our active members, Denny Neubauer. He was a past President, taught many classes, and sharpened many knives.  He and his wife, Becky are moving to Mesa AZ.  Becky was very instrumental in providing food for our social gatherings and decorating the tables with her basket creations.  You will be missed.



Upcoming Shows

Eau Claire — Saturday, September 16, 2023

West Wisconsin Wood Carving Guild's Carve on the Chippewa, see Charlene Lynum, 715-497-6296,

Deforest — Sunday, October 29, 2023

Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin & Badger Woodturners 32nd Annual Show, Cynthia Potthast,    608-712-2989,

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



Bob Matthews brought in an Owl that he carved in a slice tree trunk that looked like a real owl and baby peeking out of a nest drilled in the tree trunk.  It was painted realistically.  He also brought in a pair of realistic carved and mounted cardinals, a male and female.  He used a ceramic pot for a base strewn with bird seed for a realistic effect.  

 old nag

Jerome Mais brought in an old nag he carved of poplar wood.  He looked ready for the pasture.


Tyrone Johnsen brought in a prototype of an induction heater he designed and made to heat treat metal for carving knives.   




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