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 (North room with the door on the East side)  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

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

September 5  open carving
September 12 open carving
September 19 meeting and open carving
September 26 open carving

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

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

December 5  open carving
December 12 open carving
December 19 meeting and open carving
December 26 open carving

Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

Realistic Bird Carving and Painting with Josh Guge, Vermilion Flycatcher
Friday to Monday: September 14, 15, 16 and, 2018 - $270.00 + a $20.00 Material fee

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


Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop - August 14 - 17, 2018

Dan Haack will teach carving caricatures and wood spirits.
Bob Harris will be painting and carving a Baltimore Oriole.
Larry Stenzel will be teaching Wood Burning Basics.
Dave Kublank  will teach a class in spoon carving.
Gordy Moscinski will teach a beginning carving class.
Denny Neubauer will be making a knife, a tin can forge and carving little people.
Elaine & Fred Stenman will be back to lead a class in low relief woodcarving.
Greg Wirtz will teach relief carving and will have multiple patterns to choose from.
James Thalacker will teach how to carve and burn a rainbow trout in basswood.
Lee Belanger will teach a class on carving a basswood "Whimsical Gnome Home".
Dorothy Huse and Sylvia Kendzior will be teaching a variety of gourd art.

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Wisconsin River Woodcarvers

18th annual woodcarving show, competition and sale.  The largest woodcarving show in Wisconsin.  September 15, 2018  -  9am to 5pm and September 16, 2018  -  9am to 4pm at the Holiday Inn, 1001 Amber Avenue, Stevens Point, Wisconsin 54482.  Admission is $4.00.  For more information contact; Ron O’Kray 715-341-2214 or 715-570-2534(cell).  Greg Wirtz, 715-423-0471 or 715-323-2035(cell).  This year’s featured carver is Chet James.  We are also featuring supplies from the Woodcraft Shop, Krantz Wood Sales, and Moore Roughouts.  Free demonstrations throughout both days and 2 sessions of free kid’s carving.

Call  for Art!

The Rock River Center at 810 South 10th Street, Oregon, Illinois will be hosting an Art Showing and Sale for surrounding area Artists. The goal is to introduce area artists and their work to the public.  At this event the artists will be able to show and selll their work.The center hopes to have a good mix of area art such as: Wood, Glass, Paintings, and Other Art Work.  The Showing will be at the Rock River Center in Oregon, Illinois on: Saturday September 22, 2018 from 9:00AM – 3:00PM. Set up time Friday September 21, from 8:30AM – 3:30PM. NOTE: The Show is Inside and Air Conditioned.  Contact person for more info is: Deb Julian at the Rock River Center.  Phone # 815 732 3252 or 800 541 5479. E-mail

THE COST.  The eight foot tables are TEN dollars each.  There are approximately 36 tables available.  Food will be available for purchase at the center.  Please confirm table(s) by September 14, 2018 at the latest.

Valley Carvers Expo

You are invited to participate in the Valley Carvers 30th annual carvers expo.  September 30, 2018 at 9am to 4pm.  Starved Rock Lodge, 2668 East 875th Rd, Oglesby, IL. For more information call Abby McCague 815.433.5933. 

Capital Area Carvers of Wisconsin 30th Annual Show and Sale

Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Free admission.  See hundreds of original carvings,  plus live demonstrations, chain saw carving and raffles.  Great bargains on original art at Ye Olde Carving Shoppe.  Information contact: Bob Tomlinson, Co-chair 608-65-4552 and Cynthia Potthast, Cochair 608-712-2989.



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