Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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         Volume XXII, Issue 2,  February 2015

Presidents Corner

Friends,

It's come to my attention that there are quite a few members of the club who don't like getting up and talking about their work on Show and Tell day. In fact, some folks aren't bringing anything for Show and Tell for that reason.

So, if you have a carving or burning on the table and would rather not get up and talk about it, just put a little “X” on the yellow “post-it” note that goes by your item(s) and you won't be asked to speak. If you want you can tell Frank Lay something about your work beforehand and he can mention that when he lifts up each piece.

Some of us like to talk. That's fine. But we need to respect those who would rather not.

Gary Curl

   New Officers

Blackhawk Carving Club P. O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126
Open Carving every Wednesday (8:30-11am). Ken Rock Community Center (Sacred Heart Academy, Multi-purpose room) 3218 Eleventh St, Rockford, IL 61109 Business Meeting; third Wednesday of the month.  Friends and spouses of carvers are especially welcome to come to meet and visit. Carvers bring in finished carvings for “Show & Tell.”

 Club Officers (815 area code)
President - Gary Curl 895-5106
Vice President - Frank Lay 677-1190
Treasurer - John Skaggs 547-6951
Secretary - Martha Fitch 399-2453

Committees (815 area code)
Librarian - Dawn Rozanas 229-8996
Show Co-Chairmen - Bunny Nord-heim, 633-1876 & Martha Fitch, 399-2453
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
Directory Editor - Tod Wisner
Christmas Party - Rosalie Wesley
Picnic - Tony
Devita
Soap Carving - Gary Lundquist

Club Activity Schedule
Programs by Denny Neubauer and Bob Matthews

February 4 - open carving
February 11 - open carving

February 18 - business meeting
        Jerry  Mais  is introducing  an instructional  pamphlet  for new member's  showing how to  carve their own  name tags . It is geared to the beginner and very well done. Jerry will have approximately  20 pamphlets  for sale @ $5.00 each if you would like to carve your own. He will be  available  the following week  to assist  you  with any problems   you may have.

February 25 - open carving

March 4 - open carving
March 11 - open carving

March 18 - business meeting
        Bob Cole  is going to give us some pointers on carving old books. There have been some unbelievable things   carved out of the pages  of old books, telephone  books, etc and Bob has carved some amazing   faces out of old books. Bob explained some of the process of  doing  this  and I found it to be quite  fascinating  and I'm sure you will too.

March 25 - open carving

April 1 - open carving
April 8 - open carving
April 15 - business meeting
         Rick Ferrell - Bill Minton - chainsaw carving
April 22 - open carving
April 29 - open carving

Future  programs 
We have scheduled 'The Northern Raptor Center of Loves Park to give us another presentation in May of this year.  The date will be scheduled later.  The last time we did this was in the spring of 2013 and we have had several requests from members to do it again, and additionally we have a number of new members.
Their Mission Statement:
The Northern Illinois Raptor Center was started to make sure we maintain and protect our raptor population. Raptors are like "The Ferrari" of nature and require highly skilled experts to handle and treat these birds. We want to make these skills freely available to preserve the raptor population and educate the public on the important role these animals play in the balance of mother nature.

February Birthdays  (that we know about)
6th  Gary Lundquist
26th  Gordy Moscinski

Minutes of the Business meeting of January 21, 2015
by Bunny Nordheim

The January 21, 2015 business meeting of the Blackhawk Carving Club was called to order promptly at 9:01 am, and again at 9:02 am, by our very new president Gary Curl. Gary began by thanking club members for the opportunity to serve as president and promised to do his very best. He then welcomed a visitor to our club, Chuck Toliver, known to some as George, who is a member of a carving group in Oregon. Gary also thanked Todd Wisner for doing a fine job of heckling.

Bunny Nordheim, standing in for the absent Martha Fitch, read the minutes of the December Christmas Party meeting. There were no additions or corrections and the minutes were approved.

John Skaggs gave the treasurer's report giving the current balance or $5,525.86. John asked that we all get our dues in promptly as he will be leaving for Florida soon for vacation and can use all he can get.

Donna Wisner gave her Refreshment/Petty Cash report that now has a current balance of $9.63 after making a donation $250 to the club.

The only unfinished business was taken care of by Roger Benedict. He made a presentation to Bob Hallstrom of a plaque naming him the carver of the year for 2012. Bob has been instrumental in many ways to help the club grow and was much applauded for his service.

New Business began with Larry Stenzel discussing having a monthly door prize. He has notes on how this is done through “Trouts Unlimited” and will present the idea in the next newsletter. Be sure to read about it for further discussion.

Denny Neubauer brought up the cost of the speakers that will be brought in during the coming year. The budget is $600 but had not been voted on as yet. Last years speaker costs were $300 so it was decided to stay in the current pay scale range, not to exceed the $600 for the year.

Bob Matthews brought up the idea of having a closed circuit television setup on a tripod to be used for club classes. This is done at the local woodturning and club and is very effective. Bob will look into cost feasibility and get back with more information.

Presiding President Gary Curl announced that the program for the day would be presented by Denny Neubauer on “Carving What You See”.

A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.

The Show and Tell immediatelly followed:

Larry Clark showed one of his feathers from the class. He also made up a set of step by step directions, complete with photos, that he has already shared with other carvers.

Richard Prutz had several basswood pieces: Three Indians and a Peace Pipe.

Bob Matthews displayed a 'bark in the round' piece, made by gluing 2 pieces of bark together and carving out the

center which can then hold a light, and a pair of eastern screech owls, brown phase and grey phase.

Gary Curl had completed what he called a 'self-portrait', a woodburned portrait of a clown.

Steve Terrill proudly displayed his finally finished duck.

Larry Stenzel's offerings were of a giraffe and a fishing creel, both woodburned.

Chuck Drews brought in a freeform that he finished for friend, and also a Plover on driftwood.

Roger Benedict rounded out the display with a freeform horse in butternut and a large recessed carving of a building belonging to another organization that he belongs to.

A last minute entry was by Louie Jurisch who had come in late, but he was so excited to show us the Chebysher's Linkage he had carved.

Just before the break Arnie asked the club if he could offer a prayer for Carl Hicks. Carl in on dialysis once a week and not doing too well. Someone also mentioned that Don Magnusson will be having bypass surgery this coming Friday.

After a short break Denny Neubauer gave a short presentation that he titled “A Square Approach to Round Carving”. He apologized as to the shortness of his presentation by saying that “it doesn't take very long to teach you all that I know.”

Judy England wrote a note from their warmer climate :

  “So thought I would send some pictures of our carving group here at Fun N Sun RV Resort,  San Benito, TX.   We are working on a group project for the Harlingen carving show in Feb.   This year we are to carve a shoe, boot or some other kind of foot ware.   The Fun N Sun carvers have won 1st place the last 2 years.  We may have a chance to do it again if we can come up with a good way to display them.

We carve three times a week, Mon. Tue, and Thurs afternoons in the Rec Hall.   The picture of the carvers was half of the group carving yesterday.   In the background of the pic with Wes is the Pickle Ball nets.  

That is really popular this year.   Hopefully they will find a different place for it as that area is usually filled with chairs for entertainment, etc.  The Pickle Ballers are responsible for taking down and putting up the chairs and nets. 

 

Here's my pic.   The group is getting bigger now that the Holidays are over.  When more arrive I'll try to get a better pic of the whole group.

 

And if you get tired of the cold and snow come on down.   Besides the carving group we have a big Computer Club.   They even have their own room for meetings and programs.”

Judy

Monthly Raffle idea from Larry Stenzel

This is just once a month, at the business meeting.  The sign-in sheet has a number on each line, so each signee has a number.  If 50 people sign in, we put 50 pieces of paper, numbered 1 through 50, in a hat.  We can make them up ahead of time.  We draw one, two, three, six, eight…whatever number of tickets corresponding to the number of prizes.  Prizes are donations from the membership, strictly voluntary.  And if someone really doesn’t want to be part of this, when they sign in they can check a box or something indicating that they don’t want to participate.  And of course, if someone doesn’t want to donate anything, they don’t have to.  My guess is that people will enjoy bringing things in.

 Most of us have given our work to relatives and friends for years and that market is pretty well saturated.  Consequently, we have pieces piling up in our basements.  So finished pieces might be something to donate.  Wouldn’t it be great having work done by other members of the club?  I know I prize the few things I have that were made by friends in the club.  Besides finished pieces, here are a few examples that occur to me off the top of my head:
UFOs (unfinished objects), rough outs that you’ve lost interest in doing yourself, a nice piece of wood of a variety that you discovered you don’t like working with (i.e. walnut, cherry, maple), a tool that you bought because you thought you would like it, but don’t, a book you never refer to anymore, magazines you don’t look at anymore, patterns, reference photos, drawings, etc.. Homemade food items (examples: a plate of cookies, a loaf of banana bread, a jar of jam or jelly, a jar of salsa, a jar of honey from your bees). Something you’ve done in pursuit of another hobby (examples: a turned bowl, a little folding tripod for displaying framed pictures for show-n-tell, a watercolor painting, a ceramic candy dish, a crocheted doily). A disk with Christmas music that you burned on your home computer. A coupon for something free, or a nice discount coupon.

 I could go on but you get the idea.  Raffles are popular in the other two clubs I’m in; everybody likes to win something.  I donate a couple watercolor paintings each month to our fly casting club (paintings of either a fly or a fish chasing a fly); one guy donates a dozen or two flies he’s tied; someone will usually bring in a book or magazines; some bring fly-tying materials.  In Trout Unlimited, they have a monthly raffle of things people donate as well as a special raffle now and then with bigger prizes (a fly rod and reel, for example).  In both clubs, the tickets for the monthly raffle are $1 each; in the TU special raffles, they’re $5 or $10.  Both clubs are trying to raise funds.  Fortunately, we don’t have that need in our club.

What do you think?  I would like to get your input.

 Classes

RELIEF CARVING CLASS Roger Benedict will present a class to carve your personal face profile (cameo). The class will be Wednesdays beginning January 28 for five or six weeks. Fee is $25 for taking your processed photo, prepared basswood panel with waste wood removed and transferred face features.

The following two classes offered through CLR

March 17 thru April 21, 2015  Woodburning (Pyrography) Basics, Gordy Moscinski instructor. This pyrography class will help participants get started wood burning with tips on selecting pens, transferring patterns, preparing the wood, and safety.  Finished projects will focus on working the design, developing each area in layers, shading, and texturing.  These techniques may be used on many different materials including gourds.  Tools needed are a wood burner with variable temperature setting. These will be available for ordering at the first class.

March 19, 2015    Abstract Relief Carving by Roger Benedict. In this class a new style of relief carving is introduced that will perk your imagination.  The typical figurative carving is abandoned and replaced by an “abstract form” that the woodcarver personally develops.  In fact, as the carving is being developed the abstract formation will change as the woodcarver notices new forms to pursue.  This carving form has no limits of your imagination.  Uniquely, a tool awareness will occur, as noted by the need for “tools for purpose”.  This class is for anyone with relief carving experience.  Wood panels will be available for  $15 each.  Bring your assortment of carving tools--palm and  handle tools.

Carving Show

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

April 18 - Sheboygan, WI
25th Kettle Karvers Show at (new location) Lakers Ice Center, 1202 South Wildwood Ave. Sheboygan, WI
  www.ketttlekarvers.org

 Classes at the Woodcraft Shop

 Introductory Woodburning with Sharon Bechtold
Fri. eve. - Sun: Feb. 6, 7 and 8, 2015 - $210.00

Scandinavian Flat Plane Carving with Harley Refsal
Wed. eve. - Fri: Feb. 18, 19 and 20 - $120.00     Fri. eve. - Sun: Feb. 20, 21 and 22, 2015 - $120.00

Habitat Making and Airbrushing with Josh Guge
Fri - Sun: March 27, 28 and 29, 2015 - $185.00 + $20.00 Material Fee

Advanced Pyrography with Sharon Bechtold
Fri. eve. - Sun: April 17, 18 and 19, 2015 - $210.00

Knife Making and Carving Miniatures with Denny Neubauer
Thurs. - Fri: April 23 and 24, 2015 - $95.00    Sat. - Sun: April 25 and 26, 2015 - $95.00

  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.

 More listings are available in Chip Chats! (ed. Note: Be aware of the many shows coming up in Florida and Arizona for those of you who travel south.) See also: Classes at 1-800-397-2278 or www.thewoodcraftshop.com

 Passion for carving: Shape, feel, smell and perhaps type are all it takes for desire to ignite. Once obtained the manipulation begins.
Whether it takes hours, months or years the true carver is in his element trying to create what is in his mind's eye.      By Rosalie Wesley

 A note from the membership chairman

It is not my intent to embarrass those who haven't paid the 2015 dues, rather it is to remind them they're due. The membership list is also an accounting of current (paid-up) members.

I have removed the following members from the "current" list who've paid no dues since 2013.

Don Dewey                             Lloyd Duerst

Nancy Ewald                           Linda Mensching

Larry Rill                                  Lee Thomas

William Torres                         Jim Trumpy

Barry Viktora

If anyone feels I'm in error, please contact me.

Chuck Drewes

Please welcome new member, Jesse Daughtry.

Jesse’s first carving experience was way back in First Grade ... he carved a face in stone. His interest in sculpting has led him to joining Blackhawk carvers.  As of 2015, he’s just getting a feel for carving techniques in general and has not developed any specialty.  He enjoyed his early experience in a Club class taught by Scott Gray: making feathers from wood veneer.  Jesse made a Pintail Duck feather: first carve the profile out of veneer;  next treat it with heat in a mold; and finally paint it.

Jesse has always enjoyed all types of art, and has experimented in a  lot of different forms: from painting to sculpting.  He has painted in oils as well as acrylics, but always comes back to sculpting as his favorite.  Besides painting and carving, Jesse enjoys boating, fishing, and golf.

Spouse = Gail,           Phone = 815-633-1679,      Cell = 815-494-3689

Club History

When gathering information for club history. I take pictures of carving classes in-house and etc. I will ask club members sometimes to take pictures of club functions, like soap carving, putting on a demo at various location. Also, if you take pictures when out an about please E-MAIL them with a brief description. I will print them. Send to terrell0060@yahoo.com. I also read our newsletter and use some information published. Also, I would like all THANK YOU NOTES sent to our club to put in our history book. This will help with our club history.

Thank You, Elaine Terrell   Your Historian.

Show and Tell  by Larry Clark

    

Larry Clark showed one of his feathers from the class. He also made up a set of step by step directions, complete with photos, that he has already shared with other carvers.

Richard Prutz had several basswood pieces: Three Indians and a Peace Pipe.

  

Bob Matthews displayed a 'bark in the round' piece, made by gluing 2 pieces of bark together and carving out the center which can then hold a light, and a pair of eastern screech owls, brown phase and grey phase.

Gary Curl had completed what he called a 'self-portrait', a woodburned portrait of a clown.

Steve Terrill proudly displayed his finally finished duck.

 

Larry Stenzel's offerings were of a giraffe and a fishing creel, both woodburned.

 

Chuck Drews brought in a freeform that he finished for friend, and also a Plover on driftwood.

  

Roger Benedict rounded out the display with a freeform horse in butternut and a large recessed carving of a building belonging to another organization that he belongs to.

A last minute entry was by Louie Jurisch who had come in late, but he was so excited to show us the Chebysher's Linkage he had carved.

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