Blackhawk Carving Club Rockford
Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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(p) The Blackhawk Woodcarver
         Volume XXII, Issue 10,  October 2015

Presidents Report


At the September business meeting Denny Neubauer presented the work the Annual Show Planning Committee is doing. The Committee feels there are some things to be learned from the August 2015 Show. The Committee believes the club has several options for future Annual Shows. Denny asked club members to give the committee suggestions, in writing, for future shows. (Committee members are: Denny Neubauer, Martha Fitch, Carol Behning, Bunny Nordheim, Elaine Terrell, Larry Clark, Bob Matthews, Dona Eisner and me). Please, if you have any kind of idea or suggestion, give it to one of the persons above.

Gary Curl

October Birthdays
(that we know about)
6   Nordine Bolstad
9   Tony Devita
9   Carrie Lay
10  Judie Suit
11  William Shogren
12  Carol Behning
17  Mary Wilder
29  Jack Basford

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

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

Show Recap
First I would like to thank Larry Clark club photographer. Also, everyone who help by working various jobs. Thank you to Bob Matthews for handling show advertising.  A thank you to club members who donated carvings for the raffle. A thank you to Dona Wisner for writing thank you notes on behalf of our club. Show entries were also down 96 carvings entered. Attendance was down this year.  There were some carving that needed to be seen to be appreciated. We have several club members that were winners in  advance level also, intermediate blue ribbon winner who will take a step-up to advance. One entry in novice level. No entry in youth level. Thank you to show judges.
Co-Show Person Elaine Terrell

Woodcarvers Meeting of September 2015

The meeting was called to order by President Gary Curl at 9:03 am.

A special thanks needs to be given to Richard Prutz who came in early to set up the tables for the meeting.

     Membership chairman Chuck Drewes noted that 1 new person was attending the meeting; all members were asked to welcome Mike Rutter.

     Secretary Martha Fitch read the minutes of the August meeting.  One correction was noted, and now reads ‘…the Newsletter will be issued the 2nd Wednesday of the month, which is one week before the Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday.’

     Treasurer John Skaggs gave his report.

     Dona Wisner gave the Petty Cash report.


     Elaine Terrell reported on results of the August Show.  Per her records there was a net loss of $142.39.  A big thank you needs to go out to the Vendors who paid $200.00.  There was less interest in the show than in previous years, and we need to discuss what to do going forward.

     Arne Larsen attended the soap carving activity on August 30th.  There was a need for a sign stating “Children only” and we need to have a sign for Blackhawk Woodcarver’s at this kind of event.


     Denny Neubauer gave the report from the Show Committee.  He asked all members of the committee to stand and say their name.  He asked that all members show appreciation for the work the committee has done.  There was applause.  The committee reports that the Club now has 3 options: cancel the Show for next year; change nothing and hold the same Show next year; or change how the Show is done next year.  The Committee will meet again to explore options and then offer a recommendation.  If any Club member has a comment or suggestion, please write it down and give it to a Committee member.  Please remember that any show will require at least 7000 square feet of space.

     A general discussion of this topic included a statement that it would be good to look at other options; other shows are also having problems, it could be the current economy or a change in the current society.  We have to keep in mind the reason we have the Show and the purposes for the Club’s existence.


     Don Stansfield brought in free wood.
    A question was asked of the general membership of any classes planned for the near future.  Only scheduled class is at CLR.
    The Meeting adjourned at 9:29am.


Demo:  Carrie Lay talked about painting.  She will help anyone who brings in a project to paint on September 30th.

Please welcome Mike Rutter. Poor Mike has to work for a living so we might see him only once a month.  He's an ex-marine but he's OK. Gary Lundquist and I vetted him.

Chuck Drewes

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is November 4th.

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

October 17, from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Oct. 18th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. North Suburban Carvers 2015 Artistry In Wood Show   DuPage County Fairgrounds 2015 W. Manchester Rd. Wheaton, Ill. For info. call 224-333-0263

2015 Fall Seminar Schedule at the Woodcraft Shop,  2724 State St, Bettendorf, IA 52722

October 3 and 4, 2015  Linda Curtis 
Realistic Animal Carving and Painting—A Puma Bust

October 24 and 25, 2015 
Chris Hammack
Caricature Carving with one of the good ol’ boys

November 27, 2015 
Sharon Bechtold
A Holiday Burning Workshop

December 3 and 4, 2015  Denny Neubauer
Carving Miniatures and Learning How to Sharpen

Special vote on Carving Show
Our president, Gary Curl has asked me to send this e-mail to all our club members with an e-mail address. 

 Gary has a called for a special motion and vote on the Show Committee's recommendation for the 2016 carving show.  The motion and vote will be presented to the members during the open carving session on October 14th. 

 The reason for not doing it during our regular business meeting, is that some of the committe members will not available.    

Bob Matthews 

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


Bunny Nordheim brought in a large bowl made from a gourd with flowers burned and painted on it; also a gourd cut and painted to look like a ghost with a mouth full of candy; and a carved gingko leaf.

Jerome Mais showed a Hobo carved from basswood


Jim Foster brought in a hummingbird carved from basswood, and a trout carved from butternut.



Frank Lay brought in to show a free-style relief and a large sculpture called Ascending Butterflies carved from basswood.

Louis Jurisch brought in a flower carved from pine..


Richard Prutz brought in a purchased carving of a Native American chief carved from ironwood.  He has carved a companion piece which is carved from basswood.

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