Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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 The Blackhawk Woodcarver
           
         Volume XXII, Issue 11,  November 2015

Presidents Report

Friends,

An interesting phenomenon I've observed in the Blackhawk Carving Club is the semi-annual changing of the guard. Every fall members come back from the northern climes where they had retreated to last spring. And likewise, others begin their disappearing act as they head south for the winter. Of course you know this will repeat itself, in reverse, next spring.

Those of us who tough it out year round in beautiful northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin need to be sure to wish those coming and those going, a “welcome back” and a “have a safe journey.” But, the really important thing here is to recognize those of us who are brave enough to stay in and around Rockford, Illinois year round.

 Gary Curl

Christmas Party

When: December 9th (Wednesday)

Where: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy (formerly Ken Rock)

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Details: Bring a dish to pass.  Signup sheet next to sign in sheet at weekly carving meeting.

Club will supply: paper plates, napkins, eating utensils, coffee, water, juice, salt and pepper and butter.

P.S. left over carryout available for those needing boxes

Rosalie Wesley

November Birthdays
(that we know about)

        6   Bernie Budzynski
        8   Don Magnuson
      10 Dawn Rozanas
      20 Richard Anderson

 

 

Club Officers       (815 area code)
President - Gary Curl 
895-5106
Vice Pres. - 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 - Gary Curl 
895-5106,  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

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

When: December 9th (Wednesday)

Where: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy (formerly Ken Rock)

Time: 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Details: Bring a dish to pass.  Signup sheet next to sign in sheet at weekly carving meeting.

Club will supply: paper plates, napkins, eating utensils, coffee, water, juice, salt and pepper and butter.

P.S. left over carryout available for those needing boxes

Rosalie Wesley

December 16 open carving & meeting
December 23  open carving
December 30  open carving

January 6   open carving
January 13  open carving
January 20  open carving & meeting
             Homemade jigs & helpers

Bring in your homemade jigs,  vices, tool boxes, clamps or anything that you made to help in carving.

January 27  open carving

February 3 open carving
February 10
open carving
February 17
open carving & meeting
February 24
open carving

Woodcarvers Meeting of October 2015

Minutes of the regular monthly meeting of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers held on October 21, 2015 at 3818 Eleventh Street, Rockford, Illinois.

 

The meeting was called to order at 8:58 A.M. by President Gary Curl.

 

Due to the absence of Secretary Martha Fitch minutes from last regular meeting not available.

 

In a special session Bob Matthews presented the Show Committee’s recommendations at the October 14, 2015 carving session.

 

Motion: The Show Committee recommended that the Blackhawk Wood Carver’s Club

hold the 2016 Carving Show with following goals and a change of location:

 

 “Our destination is the education and promotion of woodcarving. Our mission is to reach our destination through excitement and promotion of woodcarving and the Blackhawk Woodcarvers Club.”

The show committee proposed that we move our show venue to the Discovery Center in Rockford. Floor opened for questions and comments.

Our club has continued to grow, but the show attendance has diminished.

 

Shriner membership has declined and they must raise their rental fee significantly.

 

Discovery Center’s normal admission fee of $8 won’t apply to those going to the carving show. The Discovery Center will not charge our club to use their facility for this event. The available space will be one large main room and several smaller rooms. There is also the option of tents in the parking area. There is a patio behind the center that would be ideal for a chainsaw demonstration. We could still have vendors selling tools and wood. Still have exhibitors and competitions.

 

 Discovery Center can typically draw 600 visitors a day. The Discovery Center would like occasional volunteer carvers to demonstrate and discuss carving.

 

John Skaggs called for a vote and motion passed 21 to 3.

 

Notes taken by Chuck Drewes and emails sent to club members on same date.

 

Membership Chairperson, Chuck Drewes indicated new member, Mike Rutter  added to our roster .

Treasurer’s report given by John Skaggs. Multiple expenditures due to annual Woodcarving Show.

 

Petty cash report brought up to date by Dona Wisner for both August and September.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

Snowman Carving Challenge presented by Don Stansfield. Carve a small wooden snowman and display it at the Blackhawk Woodcarvers meeting on December 16, 2015.

2015.    The simple rules are:
1.  A one piece snowman head and body must be carved
from a piece of wood not exceeding 1-1/2” square by 3” in size. 
2.  Add-ons are acceptable.
3.  A finish of the artist’s choice is to be used. Prizes will be awarded.

 

Jeff Hartman informed the group of a woodcarving show scheduled in Madison, Wisconsin for Sunday, October 25. Show to be held at Abundant Life Christian School.

 

Woodburning Program scheduled for October 28 and will be presented by Bob Matthews and Larry Stenzel.

 

Dona Wisner made an announcement that more volunteers for soap carving are needed. John Skaggs suggested we have a demonstration on soap carving so that

members know what volunteering entails. No decision made at meeting.

 

Jeanne Williams has a maple tree that has come down. Who ever would like to remove

the tree can have all of it.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:48AM

Respectfully Submitted,

Rosalie A. Wesley

Substitute Secretary

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is December 2nd.

 

Don't forget the Door Prize drawing on First Wednesdays. Bring something you don't need or want anymore, but know someone would be thrilled to win at the drawing.

 

Carving Shows/Classes
Shows within 3 to 4 hours one-way drive time of Rockford will be listed as they become known.
2015 Fall Seminar Schedule at the Woodcraft Shop,  2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

November 27, 2015  Sharon Bechtold
A Holiday Burning Workshop

 

Denny Neubauer, Rockford, Illinois

December 3-4, 2015 cost $95.00
December 5-6, 2015 cost $95.00

Carving Miniatures and Learning How to Sharpen

Does that name sound vaguely familiar?  If you guessed “the maker of Denny Tools”, you are correct!  Denny has been enjoying his retirement since selling his tool business to Mike Shipley back in July 2011.  Mike now calls the tools he makes “Ozark County Carving Tools – OCCT”.  Mike learned a whole lot from Denny about tool making, especially about the sharpening end of the business. Denny is going to share a bunch of those tidbits of sharpening knowledge with all of you during the two day seminar session.  If you can’t get your tools sharp after that, then you must have been sleeping in class!  Long before starting to make tools, Denny taught a lot of woodcarving classes.  His favorite type of carving to teach was doing miniatures.  He taught all sorts of subjects from Santa Claus, gnomes and Leprechauns to golfers, carpenters and all sorts of everyday folks.  As difficult as it may seem to carve such tiny characters, Denny takes you through the process step-by-step so you can end up with your own gang of small people.  We’ve had Denny teach his miniatures and sharpening class a number of times, but it keeps on filling up.  If you’ve taken it before, sign up again.  He keeps adding new and exciting projects all the time.

These classes will be held at The Woodcraft Shop, 2724 State Street, Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

 Wood Burning Demo by Larry Stenzel

Member Larry Stenzel demonstrated his wood burning technique at the October 28 meeting, using our new audio/visual equipment.  For subject matter he had chosen an African bull elephant.  Wood chosen was birch plywood.  Prior to the meeting, he had transferred the outline onto the wood, and explained how that was done using graphite transfer paper.

Larry began by burning the outline with a 1/32-inch ball tip, explaining that he doesn’t want it to be very prominent, that hopefully the shading done later would make the outline disappear.  He then selected an area and began filling it in, using the stippling method (small dots) he most often employs.  There are a number of burning tips made for shading, of course, but Larry said he hasn’t had much luck with them and is more comfortable shading with dots of varying sizes and density for shading, to get a three-dimensional look.  He uses three sizes of ball tips for most of his work: 1/32, 1/16, and 3/32-inch.  While he uses these tips for nearly everything he does, he did acknowledge that he really needs to take some time to learn to use the shaders and other tips for getting some other effects.

                Throughout the demo, a number of people asked questions and Larry did his best to answer them.

Larry Stenzel

   

The Clearing Folk School carving slide-show went beyond my expectations; thanks to Bob Matthews’s suggestion to discuss the carving and background details.  Well, this carving began a few years ago when we invited an arborist to advise how to trim our timber in Door County.  He, also was the director of the Clearing, and became interested in my carving works which led to an agreeable design for mounting in their student lodge on the Clearing campus.  The carving represents the Clearing points of interest created by the clearing founder, Jen Jensen 75 years ago.  Of interest were the numerous landscapes, workshops, lodging, and the school building.  The mural relief carving is from a basswood plank having a size of 12 X 48 x 4 inches, that required about 7 weeks to complete. 

Roger Benedict

 Show Committee's special session

In a special session, Bob Matthews presented the Show Committee's recommendation at the Oct. 14, 2015 carving session this morning.

Motion: The Show Committee recommended that the Blackhawk Wood Carver's Club hold the 2016 Carving Show with the following goals and a change the location:

"Our destination is the education and promotion of woodcarving.  Our mission is to reach our destination through the excitement and promotion of wood woodcarving and the Blackhawk Wood Carvers Club".

The Show Committee proposed that we move our show venue to the Discovery Center in Rockford.
We are still hammering out the details and we need your support with input.

Then the floor was opened for questions and comments and they revealed following:

 Our club has continued to grow but the show attendance has diminished.  It's time for a change!

The Shriner's membership has declined and they must raise their facility rental fee significantly.

The Discovery Center's normal admission fee of eight dollars won't apply to those going to the carving show .

The Discovery Center will not charge our club to use their facility.  We can use each other to grow attendance.

There is one large main room but other smaller rooms are available as well as outdoor tents in the parking lot and still have plenty of parking.

There could be activities for children and adults.

There is a patio behind the center that would be ideal for a chainsaw carving demonstration.

We could still have vendors selling tools and wood, exhibitors and competition.

The Discovery Center can typically draw 600 visitors a day.

The Discovery Center would like occasional volunteer carvers to demonstrate and discuss carving.

John Skaggs called for a vote and the motion passed 21 to 3.

Respectively, Chuck Drewes

Soap Carving Classes by Tod Wisner

Saturday, October 11, Stillman Valley, Illinois - Four members of the Blackhawk Woodcarving Club, led by Gary Lundquist, put on soap carving classes for a Girl Scout Crafts & Camping week-end at Camp Medill McCormick.  Puffy clouds and soft, warm breezes made a perfect Fall day.  Small problem - the blazing sun washed out many picture details.

   

Dona Wisner helps Scouts at one end of a picnic table while Dick Dunphy teaches those at the other end of the table.

 

 

Dona Wisner and Gary Lundquist get in close and serious with Scouts.

     

Annlyn concentrates, struggling to make the knife do what she wants. 

Annlyn in deep though, pondering details, as Dick Dunphy shows her how to control her knife.

 

Gary Lundquist explains basics of carving soap to mixed group of Scouts and mothers.

 

 

Some mothers get personally involved with their Scout’s project.

Scout leaders thanked our woodcarvers, when the afternoon was over,  for putting on such fine, instructive, and entertaining classes.  Mothers too came over to say thanks.  Our four carvers agreed it was time well spent - fun working with the kids - helping the Girl Scouts - great way to get some fresh air!

 

Show and Tell pictures by Larry Clark, comments by Rosalie Wesley

 

        

Dave Meyer carved three soaring Dolphins in low relief out of butternut and finished with Danish Oil and colored with burnt sienna. He then displayed his deep relief of an Ivan Willock pattern with a cabin in back and trees in the forefront. This was carved in basswood and also finished with Danish Oil and burnt sienna.

    

Larry Stenzel burned his Siamese fighting fish also known as a beta fish and used water color pencils for a life like depiction on birch plywood. Larry started this as a demo at the carving show and finished at home. The second item on display was a 1951 Henry J burned on birch plywood. Larry researched the car on the internet to insure authenticity.

      

Bunny Nordheim used a plastic orange pumpkin as a base and carved Ginko leaves around the upper portion. In a Riken case Bunny displayed a carved Ginko leaf, a butterfly and Darning Needle, which is a type of winged insect. The Darning Needle is composed of carved wings, a body molded from epoxy sculp with lines created by water color pencil , colored with acrylic and sealed with satin poly. Legs created with thin jewelry wire.

                          

Chuck Drewes combined both wood carving and burning in his Church in the Vale.

The church was carved out of basswood with a background burning. Chuck used wipe on poly, but applied the poly with a brush, let it soak and then wiped it off.

Also he brought in a prospector.

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