Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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         Volume XXII, Issue 3,  March 2015

Presidents Corner


“Forty to fifty every Wednesday morning at your carving club? No way!” That's what members of Blackhawk Carving hear when they tell about our club when visiting carving clubs and attending seminars around the country. Of course, this might simply be because people in the Rockford, Illinois area like to get together and carve and burn on wood.

There's more to it than that, of course. Newer members say they were greeted and welcomed in the parking lot and again at the door. That's exactly what happened to me. And there's more to it. People are friendly and willing to help with whatever someone is doing. Just look around, ask a question and you'll get help.

The thing about the Blackhawk Club that makes us the envy of other clubs is what goes on in the parking lot, at the door and inside. Everyone is welcomed and accepted for who we are. That's why we show up on Wednesday mornings. Plus, we get to carve and burn on wood. And, I've noticed some visiting going on.

Gary Curl

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
Soap Carving - Gary Lundquist

Club Activity Schedule
Programs by Denny Neubauer and Bob Matthews

February 25 - open carving

Roger Benedict will continue the class on how to carve your personal face profile (cameo).

March 4 - open carving

Roger Benedict will continue the class on personal face profile.

March 11 - open carving

Roger Benedict’s personal face profile will be continued.

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. Bob has carved some amazing   faces out of old books.  The process of  doing  this  is quite  fascinating.  One you will not want to miss.

March 25 - open carving

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

May 6 - open carving
May 13 - A presentation by 'The Northern Raptor Center see Programs below
May 20 - business meeting
May 27 - open carving

June 3 - open carving
June 10 - open carving
June 17 - business meeting
June 23 - Club Picnic at Bauman Park In Cherry Valley
June 24 - open carving

Minutes for February 18, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:03 am by Vice President Frank Lay.
Club Secretary Martha Fitch read the minutes of the meeting held 1/21/2015.  There were no additions or corrections.
Club Treasurer John Skaggs gave his report.  He asked  all active members to please have dues paid for the current year.
Dona Wisner gave her report on Petty Cash aka  Slush Fund.
Chuck Drewes reported on membership:
1)  A new member gave a check to Todd Wisner in December, but Chuck needs more information to complete the membership.  He will call the phone number on the check to complete the new membership.  The person is Edward Dreger.
2) There are 4 more new members:  Richard Dunphey, Jesse Daughtry, Art Valley, and Bob Beard.   Just today a new membership for George Tolliver was received.  Welcome to all new members.
3) There are still about a dozen members who have not paid dues for 2015.  If you are unsure if you need to pay, please speak to Chuck.

John Skaggs explained that the Club has been given a collection of carvings that had been donated by a former member.  A decision was reached to raffle the carvings.  The raffle will begin at the next business meeting, and will continue weekly until all the carvings are claimed.  Tickets for the raffle will be $2 or 3 for $5.
Bob Matthews had further information on the proposed Video for Training and Demonstrations.   Bob researched costs for obtaining the needed hardware to be able to videotape demonstrations and training classes.   The estimated cost is  $725.00, and could be less if there are donations of any needed supplies.  Bob asked that all members look at the costs as listed on the handout sheet, and think about how this would work for the Club. We will have a full discussion at our next meeting (March 18).
Larry Stenzel gave an update on the decision to have a door prize on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  Prizes would be donated by members and can include carvings, wood, tools, cut-outs, unfinished projects, jam, produce, or anything else you wish to give away.  Everyone had positive comments regarding this plan.

Gordy Moscinski reported on his progress as Editor of the Newsletter.  He has compiled and published articles he has
received into the Newsletter.  Thank you to all that have contributed. Keep the information coming.

Gordy also wants to be sure he has all birthdays for members to be included in the Newsletter.  He then passed around a list that members need to sign if they prefer to receive the Newsletter by email rather than getting a hard copy in the mail.  He noted this may be more convenient for those residing out of state or out of the area, especially Snowbirds.  Gordy also noted that a color copy of the Newsletter is available on the Club website which is available to anyone who would like to see it or print it in color.   A request was made that the Newsletter coverage of Show and Tell items include the sculpture name, if any, and the type of wood used.  Gordy agreed and stated he just needs the information given to him.

A membership list was passed around so that members could up-date any information that was not current.  If you have any questions or more changes, please contact Chuck Drewes.

Martha Fitch asked everyone to look at the Blackhawk Woodcarvers Club History notebooks.  These are in our Library:  Elaine Terrell has done an excellent job putting the information together and anyone will enjoy looking at these notebooks.  We can make sure they are out on a table during every Meeting day.

Elaine Terrell asked that members send her by email any photos and information of shows or any carving demonstrations they attend, to be added to the history for everyone to see and enjoy. 

Elaine also noted a change in preparations for the August show.  There will no longer be a 2" cube challenge.  This year there will be a Spoon Carving challenge with first place winning $35.00.  Watch for more information in the near future.

Frank Lay noted that someone brought in catalogues for anyone interested. A note was received regarding wood for sale in Oregon, and after the meeting there was a workshop where you could make a name tag with the Club logo.

Meeting adjourned at 9:41.

Show and Tell Projects

Larry Clark -- Angel feather -- pink, for Cancer awareness.
Louis Jurisch  --  Valknut --Odin's medallion --basswood.
Richard Prutz  -- Lincoln  --in the round carving of a figure, made of Spruce and a relief carving of a mountain scene; painted,  made of pine.
Colin Bystrom  -- Duck, from class last year; fixed and painted; also 2 feathers made in a class and a Ginko leaf carved in a class.
Frank Lay  --  Spoon  --cedar wood
John Skaggs  --  Valentine -- carved heart from basswood.
Larry Stenzel  --  Crappie  --woodburned.

Carving Shows/Classes

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

April 18, 2015 - Sheboygan, WI
25th Kettle Karvers Show at (new location) Lakers Ice Center, 1202 South Wildwood Avenue.

August 15, 2015 - Rockford, IL
The Blackhawk Wood Carvers will hold its 20th annual carving show. The show location is 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 Carving Show
Classes at the Center for Learning in Retirement

March 17 thru April 21, 2015  Woodburning (Pyrography) Basics, Gordy Moscinski instructor. Tuesdays 1:00pm to 4. 

March 19 thru April 23, 2015    Abstract Relief Carving by Roger Benedict. Thursdays 9:00am to 12.

Classes at The Woodcraft Shop

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

Musky Area Wood Carvers Workshop
August 18-21, 2015 in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

Bark Carving with Lee Belanger, 10.5” Walleye with Darwin Berry, Gourd carving with Karen Brown, Carving Caricatures with Dan Haack, Carve and paint a Varied Thrush with Bob Harris, Penguins with Gil Jung, Wood burning with Echo Keller, Chip Carving with Sophie Kubisiak, Carving flat plane characters with David Kublank, Low relief woodcarving with Elaine and Fred Stenman, Relief carving with Greg Wirtz.  see events

Programs by Denny Neubauer & Bob Matthews

We have scheduled 'The Northern Raptor Center' of Loves Park to give us another presentation in May13th of this year. 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. As you can see this is not on the meeting date due to the amount of time required to present their presentation.

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.

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 hour 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

Carving Show August 15, 2015

Hello Blackhawk Carver. This note is to keep you informed of changes that are taking place. Two inch cube will be replaced with a SPOON category. Spoons can be large and small. Entry fee will be the same as two inch cube. Chairpersons at this time will be Gary Curl and Elaine Terrell with Bunny Nordheim and Martha Fitch as under studies. We need carvers to step up to the plate and help with our show. There are some jobs that need someone to take charge of them. As time gets closer to our show a sign up sheet will be handed out on Wednesday morning. Also, you may be asked to handle a task. This will help our show run with out a hitch. Thank you for you cooperation  Gary Curl and The ladies.   see Carving Show

CLR Art Showcase Wednesday, April 20, 2015 1:00pm to 4:30pm Rock Valley College Bell School Road Center
Show off your talent Exhibit only: $5.00 Exhibit & sell $10.00.  Deadline to register is March 13, 2015 Contact CLR for registration information.
  See Events


Franklin Johnson, 1996 president of Blackhawk Woodcarving Club, is shown with ten carvings to be raffled off at our Club business meeting in March.

Marilyn Thorsen, Franklin’s sister-in-law, and the widow of Tony Thorsen, has most kindly given these carvings to our Club. Tony Thorsen was an enthusiastic wood carver, and through the years he collected fine examples of the art done by other carvers.  Several of these carvings were done by Canadian carvers.  Others in the collection have no prof of origin.

Although Tony and Marilyn Thorsen lived in Dwight, Illinois, they came to our Carving Show every year.  Tony even had a membership in our Club.  When Tony passed away in June of 2010, he left Marilyn with a “boat load” of carving stuff.  Perhaps readers will recall that she has had a sales table at our Club Carving Show a couple of times to sell some of Tony’s carving things: tools, wood, books, etc.

Photo by Larry Clark


A note from Larry Clark

Stu Martin, a carving friend to the entire carving community suffered a great loss when his truck containing all his carvings, rough outs, tools and teaching supplies was stolen in January while in Texas for woodcarving shows and seminars. His truck was found the next day by police but all his carving and seminar supplies were never recovered. If by chance anyone sees someone trying to sell Stu Martin's carving, rough outs or tools, on the internet or elsewhere let Stu know by calling 316-794-2678 . Also, here is a link to Stu's page if anyone needs to see what his carvings/roughouts look like.

Kestrel Class with Josh Guge

Learn from one of the best instructors in the industry! Josh Guge is a three-time World Champion sculptor. He is instructing a carving class at his studio in Illinois from March 8-12, with an option of adding a 1 day Habitat class on Saturday March 7. This class is designed to take each carver to the next level.
Students will create a full detailed, medium or miniature project step by step throughout the week. All students start with a rough wood cut-out. If the student doesn’t finish their carving they have the option of buying the study cast provided and painting that during the class.

Come accelerate your learning curve in this week long seminar. Students can borrow a study cast to use throughout the class which will be available for purchase at the end. Josh has additional supplies for new students who need tools.

This is a 6 day class.  Students can take advantage of an open studio for access before and after regular work hours.  The total cost for the class is $550.  A $225 deposit is due at the time of registration.  The supply fee is determined on the size bird that each student chooses: Miniature, Medium or Full size Kestrel.  Ask about local hotel arrangement for special pricing!  
Submitted by Steve Terrill

Show And Tell by Larry Clark



Colin Bystrom  -- Duck, from class last year; fixed and painted,
                            2 feathers made in a class and a Ginko leaf carved in a class.


Richard Prutz  -- Lincoln  --in the round carving of a figure, made of Spruce and a relief carving of a mountain scene; painted,  made of pine.

     Frank Lay  --  Spoon  --cedar wood

    Larry Clark -- Angel feather -- pink, for Cancer awareness.

  Louis Jurisch  -  Valknut --Odin's medallion --basswood.

  John Skaggs  -Valentine, carved heart from basswood.

     Larry Stenzel  -- Crappie woodburned.

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