Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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         Volume XXII, Issue 8,  August 2015

Presidents Corner


Remember the family gathering when everyone had a good time? Uncle Fred behaved himself and no one got in a serious argument. When the judging came, you won at horseshoes, everyone praised your German potato salad, or whatever your special thing was.

Plus, you got to see cousin Sally who hasn't been to the gatherings for awhile. You also got to meet Joe's new girlfriend and her family. It was just a good time and you're glad you went.

The annual Blackhawk Carving Club Show is kind of like a family gathering. Everyone has a good time. All are in a good mood and happy to be there. You see people you haven't seen in a while and meet some folks for the first time.

There are no horseshoes or potato salad at the Show. But, when the judging starts you wonder how that carving or woodburning you've been thinking was pretty good will do.

The annual Carving Show is just a good time. Afterwards, you're glad you came this year.

Gary Curl

August Birthdays
(that we know about)

1  Richard Prutz
8  Elaine Terrell
14 Judy Englund
28 Dennis Neubauer

Club Officers       (815 area code)
President - Gary Curl 
Vice Pres. - Frank Lay, 677-1190
Treasurer - John Skaggs, 547-6951
Secretary - Martha Fitch, 399-2453

mmittees   (815 area code)
Librarian - Dawn Rozanas—229-8996
Show Co-Chairmen - Gary Curl 
Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Webmaster - Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Membership  - Chuck Drewes, 316-0398
Newsletter Publisher, Gary Johnson 399-1697
Newsletter Editor, Gordy Moscinski, 874-7978
Photographer - Larry Clark, 262-9982
Historian - Elaine Terrell 765-2886
Programs—Bob Matthews 544-2359 & Denny Neubauer 515-508-9524
Petty Cash—Dona Wisner
Christmas Party -
Rosalie Wesley
Picnic -
Tony Devita

Soap Carving –Gary Lundquist

Club Activity Schedule

August 5  open carving
August 12 
open carving
August 15  Blackhawk Carving Show (see more information)
August 19  open carving & meeting
August 26 
open carving

September 2  open carving
September 9 open carving
September 16 open carving & meeting
September 23  open carving
September 30  open carving

October 7   open carving
October 14  open carving
October 21  open carving & meeting
October 27   open carving

November 4  open carving
November 11  open carving
November 18  open carving & meeting
November 25  open carving

December 2  open carving
December 9 Christmas Party
December 16 open carving & meeting
December 23  open carving
December 30  open carving


Minutes of July 15, 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Gary Curl at 9:10 am.


     Chuck Drewes reported no new members.

     Martha Fitch read the minutes from June 17th.  Neither additions nor corrections were given.

     John Skaggs gave the Treasurer report.

     Dona Wisner gave the Petty Cash report for both June and July.

     Raffle of last 2 woodcarvings from those donated to the Club.  A discussion was held to verify if everyone was in agreement to not raffle off the last two carvings at this meeting and instead donate the carvings to the raffle at the Show on Aug 16.  An agreement was reached and the carvings will be raffled at the show.

     Franklin Johnson asked that a letter of appreciation be sent to Marilyn Thorsen for her donation, as the Club raised $258 in these raffles. 

     Dona Wisner asked that members please donate carvings or other projects to the raffle.  Last year there were 60 or 70 items donated and this year so far there are only 6.  Dona needs to have all items in hand by August 1st.  Per the discussion, any projects that are not carvings but are made by Club members can also be accepted.

     Elaine Terrell reported on the latest news regarding the up-coming show.  The sign-up sheet of volunteers has been filled and people will be reminded of their work schedules. 

Elaine would like local Club members to submit entries early as it will facilitate the assignment of the carvings to their proper areas.  The Show is coming fast, please get things ready.



     President Gary Curl reminded us that Gordy Moscinski would like more information to go into the Newsletter regarding any carving activity of Club members.  The person in charge of the carving activity should make sure a short write-up of the activity and a picture, if available, is sent to Gordy.

     No further New Business was put forward, so the meeting adjourned at 9:25 am.



Demo --- Pattern sharing. 

Martha Fitch,  Secretary


Pattern sharing

At the printing of the last newsletter, I was at a loss as what to have for a program at the July meeting and missed the printing of this newsletter. Since then a fellow woodcarver was asking if anyone had a certain pattern that he would like to carve and whala the program for July was born! Let's have a pattern exchange! We all have patterns we've collected over the years so why not share a few? At the meeting we will have a copy machine available to make copies of the patterns you would like to share. 

     At this time, I am looking for suggestions for future programs, your input would be greatly appreciated.

     Thanks, Denny


Demonstration of June 17th

After the normal Club meeting on June 17th a special demonstration was done for anyone interested: sharpening of tools by Denny Neubauer.  Denny brought in a number of tools and several types of sharpeners.  As you learn to sharpen, you need to realize that there are as many ways to sharpen as there are people who want to sharpen tools.  Find which method suits you, then stay with it.  The important thing is to have tools sharp enough to do the carving.  Denny recommended a diamond sharpener set available At Harbor Freight for about $10 as one of the easiest methods.  Always use a strop after sharpening on a hard surface.  It is vital you remember you are sharpening the edge, not the whole blade; there is a shoulder on the blade which should remain.  If you need more help or advice, catch Denny at another meeting.

Submitted by Martha Fitch


Carving Shows/Classes
Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.

August 15, 2015 - Rockford, IL
The Blackhawk Wood Carvers will hold its 20th annual carving show at the Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Rd in Rockford, Illinois, 61108. The show is open to the public starting at 10:30 AM until 4:00 PM. (see more information)

Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop
August 18-21, 2015 in Boulder Junction Wisconsin
Look on the Blackhawk Carvers Website under Events for a complete list of all the classes and pictures of the project.
(see more information)

September 15, 2015 The Rock Valley Wood Carvers are having a carving show. The featured carver is Ron Duffy.  Held at the Rock  County Fairgrounds, Craig Center, 1301 Craig Avenue, Janesville, WI 53545.  For more information contact Robin Rios at (home) 608-752-3328, (cell) 812-243-1946

September 19 and 20, 2015 - Stevens Point, WI.   The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers are announcing plans for their 15th annual woodcarving show, which is the “The Largest Woodcarving Show in the State of Wisconsin”. 
The 2015 show, competition and sale  will be on September 19 and 20, 2015 at the Holiday Inn, Stevens Point.  Admission is $3.00 for adults and those 12 and under are free.  The hours are 9-5 on Saturday and 9-4 on Sunday.  For more information about our show or a recap of previous shows visit our website at, or call Ron O’Kray at 715-341-2214 or 715-570-2534(cell) or Greg Wirtz at 715-423-0471 or 715-323-2035(cell). (see more information)


Swedish Midsommer Fest was held on the 20 and 21 at the Erlander Museum.  There were carving demonstrations and soap carving.


Club Promo – WREX visit 

As part of our effort to get information about our club and August Show in the state line, we contacted several television and radio stations in the Rockford area.  WREX-TV visited our carving meeting on Wednesday July 1st with a TV camera in hand and took pictures of members going about their activities and had a discussion about our club.  As a result, the spot was aired on the 5 o’clock and 10 o’clock news.

Bob Matthews


Carving Show August 15,  2015 Update

Carving show committee meeting: We need to collect carvings for raffle. Members please help with donations. Dona Wisner will be happy to take them. Also, we need members to step up to the plate and help with jobs at the show. There will be a sign-up sheet with jobs that need to be filled. Thank You for your help.

We hope you are working on items that can be entered as we would like to have one entry from each Club member.  All levels from Novice to Master can be entered. 

A sign-up sheet was passed to ask members to volunteer for different tasks that need to be done to set up and work during the Show.  Remember we need to donate items for the raffle.  Further information is coming.

Elaine Terrell 


Programs by Denny Neubauer & Bob Matthews

We are open to all ideas for presentations after our business meetings each month. The talent of this club is above average compared to many other clubs and I'm sure that any member in our club has something to share that would be beneficial to all of us. If you’re not too bashful and would like to share your knowledge with the club call Denny @ 515-508-9524 or contact me at the meeting. Thanks, Denny

Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark, comments by Martha Fitch



Bunny Nordheim brought in 3 items: a plaque wood burned on bark wood, a walking stick from found wood and 2 gourds cut to a bowl shape and then a pattern burned into them.



Jim Foster brought in a Wood burning of a bear on a cross-section of Poplar.  He also showed a cane with wood-burned shaft of poplar and handle carved from Osage Orange.


Gary Curl brought in 4 fishing lures he made from basswood and painted.


Jack Basford carved this walking stick.


Martha Fitch brought in a whimsy house carved from Cottonwood Bark.

Tony Devita showed a Loon carved from redwood.



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