Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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Blackhawk Carving Club Events

Meeting Schedule

Carving sessions every Wednesday 8:30-11:00 am (Visitors always welcome).  Monthly business meeting - third Wednesday of the month, at 9:00 AM.  Ken-Rock Community Center/Sacred Heart Academy (large dining/meeting room)  3218 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois 61109     map and directions

At our meetings, carvers often bring in work they have finished.   We all get  to see and appreciate their results.  Friends and spouses of carvers are especially welcome to visit and meet carvers.

Club Activity Schedule

November 1 open carving
November 8 open carving
November 15 open carving and meeting
November 22 open carving
November 29 open carving

December 6 open carving
December 13 Christmas Gathering (see below)
December 20 open carving and meeting
December 27 open carving

January 3 open carving
January 10 open carving
January 17 open carving and meeting
January 24 open carving
January 31 open carving

February  7 open carving
February 14 open carving
February 21 open carving and meeting
February 28 open carving

March  7 open carving
March 14 open carving
March 21 open carving and meeting
March 28 open carving

The Blackhawk Club Christmas Gathering.

Its time to start to plan ahead for our annual Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club Christmas Holiday Social.

 This years Christmas Social will take place at the Clubs normal meeting place at the Ken Rock Community Center on Wednesday December 13, 2017. At 9:00 AM.

 It is open to the Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club Members and their spouses. You must pre-register and indicate what you will be bringing during the November Club meetings. Note - you will need to have pre-registered to be allowed to attend the Social.

 There will be tables available for use of Members who wish to display some of their carvings. Members will need to pre-register to show their carvings so that there will be enough tables available.

 Finger Type Foods will be provided by you the Club Members. The sign up sheet will provide a place to list the food you plan to bring. This listing will help to provide a idea of the food that will be available.

The Club will provide Coffee, Juice, Water.

 This is a Free Social so lets all plan to attend and prepare to have a good Holiday Social. Jerome Mais

Carving Books With Carving Blanks Kits

Don Stansfield will have the book First Projects for Woodcarvers by Larry Green and Mike Altman with woodcarving blanks for the book's projects available as a kit for $30.00.  The projects are carving a boot, dog, and nativity.  Prices for individual items are: Book $12.00; Boot $2.25; Dog $3.00; Nativity $20.00.  This is a good beginner's book with good information on wood, tools, sharpening and good projects. 

He will have a similar kit available in the near future with the book Carving Small Characters by Jack Price.  This book has projects that are good learning experiences and a lot of fun.

Carving Classes

Metro Carving Weekend

Metro Chapter of the Minnesota Wood Carvers Association at The Fridley VFW #363, 1040 Osborne Road, Fridley, MN 55432.  November 11&12 2017

The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa

2017 Winter/Spring Seminars

These seminars are sponsored by and held at
The Woodcraft Shop, Bettendorf, Iowa

Click here for Seminar Flyer & Registration Form

Josh Guge - Realistic Bird Carving and Painting - Great Horned Owl - 1/3 Scale

January 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2017 - $290.00 + a $30.00 Material Fee

Harley Refsal - Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving

February 17, Fri. eve to February 19, Sun. 4:00 PM, 2017 - $125.00 + Cutouts

Josh Guge - Painting a Purple Finch and a Study of Color Theory

February 24, 25 and 26, 2017 - $185.00 + a $10.00 Material Fee

Floyd Rhadigan - Caricature Carving

March 17, 18 and 19, 2017 - $185.00 + Roughouts

Denny Neubauer - Learn to Sharpen and Carving Miniatures

April 8 and 9, 2017 - $95.00

John Engler - Medium Relief Carving

May 26, 27 and 28, 2017 - $185.00

Josh Guge - Realistic Bird Carving and Painting - Oven Bird

September 15, 16, 17 and 18, 2017 - $270.00 + a $20.00 Material Fee

Mail Seminar Registration Form and fees to:

The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, IA. 52722

No call-in or credit card registrations will be accepted. Earliest postmark applies.

For more information call toll-free 800-397-2278 or go to


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