Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVIII, Issue 9   September 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  September 2023

Welcome to hints of Fall. ALERT! THREE CARVING MONTHS TILL CHRISTMAS! For Show & Tell this month (September), October, November and December, bring a Christmas carving, new or old. 

For carving creativity, make changes on the design to personalize your carving. Add something for it being your "trademark" such as a hankie hanging out of a pocket, a different style of shoes, etc. 

Peter Benson is an English carver who has written about UK laws that restrict the carrying of knives. Only pocketknives (folding knives) can be carried on a person and lockback knives are illegal. One must be at least Eighteen years old to purchase a knife. He has a glasses case with a pocketknife and some Dockyards in it for going to the park, or other places to carve. We have it much easier in the US. 

Keep the Christmas chips flying! 

Keep 'em sharp!  

 Don Stansfield  


Secretary report for August 2023

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, August 16, 2023 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

President Don Stansfield opened with a discussion of proportions in figure carving and caricature carvings which exaggerate the proportions to make them unique.  Most heads are eggshell shaped.  None  of us are perfect.  The head angles in 90 degrees.  The face is 90 degrees from the temples to under the nose and back up to the temples.  The face is 5 eyes wide, one at the nose/eyebrow, next the two eyes and lastly from the eyes to the side of the face.  The head is divided into thirds from the top of the head to the eyebrows is 1/3, from the eyebrow to the bottom of the nose is the second third and from the bottom or the nose to the chin is the third.

The nose has the same protuberance out as the eye sockets indentation. Remember to always carve the most difficult eye for yourself first then copy on the other side and they will match better.  Usually a right handed person will carve the left eye first, then the right.  To check for symmetry, turn your carving over first because you will fool your brain into looking at shapes rather than body parts.  Women’s faces have different shapes than men’s.  e.g. the side down to the chin is more of a point in a woman’s and more square in a man’s.

Basswood honey is better carving regular basswood and comes from linden trees in the Apple River region from the bees that hang around the basswood trees.

Remember that the Janesville show is September 9th. 

Bob Hallstrom’s CLR class in chip carving starts the second Monday of September. 

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

For closer approximations.)

We are reminded that there is a defibrillator in the hallway by the bathrooms if anyone is in need. 

Point of interest that the native American “How” comes from the Menominee “chance” or “How me need Chance?”

“Woke” is a term from Christianity and basically means “Be kind to all people.”

“That’s all, folks!”

Respectfully submitted, Steve Terrill, recording Secretary

I appreciate any corrections or suggestions.

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 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.

September Birthdays (that we Know of)

9  Tony Devita

 9  Carrie Lay

14 Carol Behning

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


Bob Matthews carved Owls in a Tree and a Pair of Cardinals

 old barn

Gordy Moscinski did a relief carving of an old barn


Jerry Robey showed a slew of carved Santa Clauses that are for sale. 


Richard Prutz showed a dog and a relief carving of an Eagle with rising sun, tree, and river. 


Jerome Mais showed an American Robin he carved and painted.

Roger Benedict brought in a dozen mini plaques with a Tree hanging a heart and the word love


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




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