Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXIX, Issue 2   February 2024

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  February 2024

Winter finally arrived in Rockford, IL. Due to concerns about the weather and safety of our members, one weekly session was canceled. We did have snow and cold; but the slippery walking conditions are often of most concern.

We did hold our monthly business meeting. We only had seven members in attendance along with one visitor. I did present Initiatives for 2024 which should be recorded in the meeting minutes in this newsletter. Unfortunately we postponed the program planned until March due to the poor weather.

Remember that Gordy Moscinski will be teaching a class on Beginning Woodcarving starting the 14th of February and running for five weeks. These classes will be held at Ken-Rock during our weekly carving sessions. These classes are through Rock Valley College’s Center for Learning in Retirement.

Unfortunately, the CLR paper catalog has not gone out yet and attendance will probably suffer. Please help spread the work to anyone you think may be interested. Details are also probably found in this newsletter.

Our February business meeting and Show & Tell will occur on the 21st which will also be the second session of Gordy’s Beginning Woodcarving class. For this reason, I hope to keep the business meeting as short as possible and I do not plan on introducing any new business. On the other hand, I want to encourage all members to bring carvings for Show & Tell!

Tyrone Johnsen – 3 Feb 2024


Secretary report for January 2024

The meeting was called to order by president Tyrone Johnsen at 9:30am with 7 members and 1 guest present. 

  The minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Jim Foster, no corrections were needed. 

Treasure Larry Stenzel reported the club finances are solvent and stable. He noted there are a few members who have not paid 2024 dues yet. 

  Web Master Gordy Moscinski noted the cost of the website has increased slightly, he also added the buy/sell section is available for all members and works well. 

  It was noted that Gordy will be teaching a Beginning Carving class through CLR at the Ken Rock facility. It will begin February 14th and continue for 5 weeks. 

  Tyrone discussed many ideas to maximize our club exposure and attract new members.

  Vice-president Richard Brittnacker presented and discussed the show and tell items by Gordy Moscinski and Larry Stenzel.

  The meeting was adjourned at 10:20am.


Respectfully submitted by Jim Foster

Blackhawk Carving Club Website

The Blackhawk Carving website is  It has the newsletters from the beginning of the club plus other good information


Dues are Due

Just a reminder that 2024 dues are due.  Make checks out to Blackhawk Carving Club and give to Larry Stenzel at 7689 Northgate Road, Roscoe, IL 61073 or any Club officer.  Dues are $25


Why did the woodworker refuse to share their secret carving technique? Because it was a whittle too precious!

 Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the March 4, 2024 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.

March Birthdays (that we Know of)

  2 Ray Pederson

 31 Scott Grey


Club Officers  (815 area code)

President, Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274
Vice Pres,  Rick Brittnacher, 608-346-6501
Treasurer,  Larry Stenzel, 389-4714
Secretary,  Jim Foster, 414-3248


Committees    (815 area code)

Webmaster & Newsletter Editor  Gordy Moscinski
Photographer, Tyrone Johnsen, 397-9274

Programs, Rick Brittnacher, 608-346-6501
Picnic, Tony Devita

CLR Beginning Carving class Spring 2024

Being able to create the figure of an animal, person, boot, wizard, or other object from a block of wood provides a feeling of accomplishment that is hard to beat. This 5 week course will provide participants with the ability to carve many different objects with their own personal touch.. Class members will be charged $20 for supplies. Carving tools will be provided for the first session and tools for purchase will be available. (approximately $20). The instructor has 37+ years of experience teaching students of all ages.

1. Title of class: Beginning Carving

2. Dates: February 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13

3. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

4. Number of sessions: 5

5. Class limit 12

6. Location of class: Ken Rock 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL.

Upcoming Shows

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






Larry Stenzel woodburned some trees and an old house.


Rich Talbot A pair of wood burning blocks.




Gordy Moscinski carved some snowmen.



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