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Rockford, Illinois 61109
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         Volume XXII, Issue 9,  September 2015

Presidents Report


Our annual August Carving Show has come and gone. There will be a report on the show in the near future. The Show Planning Committee met monthly from March thru August to prepare for the Show. We had good cooperation from many members of the club. Most of us have an opinion about most things. So if you do on this, please give your thoughts about the 2015 Show to one of the committee members. They are Carol Benning, Larry Clark, Martha Fitch, Bob Matthews, Denny Neubauer, Bunny Nordheim, Elaine Terrell and me. The committee will be meeting to assess the 2015 Show and make recommendations to the club concerning 2016.

At the August meeting it was decided by the club to send the monthly newsletter out by email only. There will be a limited number of printed copies at the Wednesday meetings. If you are not now receiving the newsletter by email, and would like to, please send your email address to Gordy Moscinski at This change will take effect with the October newsletter.

Gary Curl

A Request

A request was presented at the August meeting for our members to provide a carving program for a Boy Scout troop in Crystal Lake. Bob Hallstrom offered to organize this. He got a good response that day. If you are interested, contact Bob.

By Gary Curl

September Birthdays
(that we know about)

 5       Frank Lay
 7       Nancy Peters
    William Trosper
    Jeff Hartman

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

September 2  open carving
September 9 open carving
September 16 open carving & meeting plus

Carrie Lay will demonstrate  painting our woodcarvings at the September meeting. After  seeing  her work at our last meeting  I'm  sure this is one program  you don't  want  to   miss!

Denny Neubauer

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

Tree puns are very poplar.

Do embarrassed trees turn a shade of oakre?

Don’t climb a redwood—that counts as high treesin’.

Woodcarvers Meeting of August 2015

The meeting was called to order at 9:08 by President Gary Curl.
     Chuck Drewes reported that 9 people signed up as new members at the Show on Saturday, August 15
th.  Chuck will review all information and verify if there were new members or renewals from last year.  We will be advised if new people will be attending the weekly meetings.
     Martha Fitch read the Minutes of the July Meeting.  No one had additions or corrections. 
     John Skaggs gave the Treasurer’s report.  He will have totals from the Show next month.

     No one had unfinished business.

   The Committee which met to organize the Show will meet in 2 weeks to discuss the results and to make recommendations for the future.  These recommendations will then be presented to the general membership of the Club for discussion and voting.
     A change in the date of the Newsletter has been under discussion by President Gary Curl, Gary Johnson and Gordy Moscinski.  In order to have the Newsletter be more current with the Meeting day, it was decided to have all information given to Gordy by the first Wednesday of the month so that the Newsletter is out a week before the Meeting on the 3rd Wednesday of the month.  Due to a question by member Todd Wisner, Gary Curl explained that this change will make Newsletter information more current for the meeting, rather than just a review of what happened at the last meeting.
       Gary Curl announced a request he received from a Sara Bleigh of Crystal Lake for several members of the Blackhawk Woodcarvers Club to present a woodcarving program for their Boy Scout group.  Per Club rules, there needs to be an acceptance by the general Club membership.  The discussion included the question of money to offset travel expenses, why a carving group from the Chicago area was not asked to do the program, and who would be in charge of the activity.  The result was: no money to be asked of the Boy Scouts, Bob Halstrom will be the leader of the group and will make contact with Sara Bleigh to arrange the activity.
     Don Stansfield entered a motion to have all future Newsletters be issued by e-mail only, no more mailing out of Newsletter copies.  This will save hundreds of dollars every year and simplify the Newsletter process.   The motion was seconded and then a lively discussion began regarding whether or not this change will be best for the Members, Associate Members and participating Vendors who now receive our Newsletter.  Some Members now receive the Newsletter by e-mail.  Others prefer to have the Newsletter mailed to them and some members pick up a copy at Club meetings.  The Newsletter is available in color on the Club website.  We will have paper copies still available at Club meetings for those who wish a paper copy.  A vote was taken and the majority voted to make the change to emailed copies only with paper copies available on Wednesdays.
     Therefore, as of the next issue of the Newsletter, no copies will be mailed out.  The Newsletter will be available on line at  For those who would like a paper copy, we will have paper copies available on the side table at the Wednesday meetings.  You will not have to sign up for these copies.
     If you do not receive your Newsletter by email, be sure that your current email address is on file with Gordy Moscinski.  His email address is
        A reminder was given by Gary Larsen of the soap carving activity on August 30th.

The meeting adjourned at 9:45am.

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

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).

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

Demonstration: Members brought in past or present other hobbies for club members to admire.

   Bunny Nordheim

   Gary Curl

   Larry Clark

  Martha Fitch

  Elaine Terrell

  Bernie Budzynski

  Gale Terrill

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



Chuck Drewes brought in a carving of an owl, which took a ribbon at the show and also a relief carving.

   Mike Petty

New Show Feature A Success

Live-televised demonstrations brought new excitement to the Blackhawk Woodcarvers’ 2015 Show at the Tebala Shrine Center. Three Club artists were featured: Bob Matthews’ DVD showed how he carved a pelican; Bob Coleman showed how he carves a face on a golf ball; and Larry Stenzel demonstrated his artistic skill in pyrography.  Bob Coleman, ever the showman, claimed he could carve the golf ball face in 15 minutes. There were several doubters. When he finished well within the time, the audience cheered and clapped. Everybody in the Show hall stopped what they were doing to see what had happened!
For this event, Bob Matthews had set up the Club’s large flat-screen TV with closed circuit video camera focused on the artist’s work area. The artist sat at a desk facing the audience while his hands and work space were shown large on the TV screen. The audience had a good, sharp view of the artist at work. This is the same TV arrangement the Club uses for teaching carving classes.  Brief question and answer session followed each demo. The TV demonstrations were so well received Matthews plans a repeat next year featuring different artists and projects.

Show photos by Scott Gray

Bob Coleman shown with assortment of golf ball faces he carved.

Audience gets great close-up view of Bob’s hands as he carves the golf ball

Larry Stenzel concentrates on his pyrography demo


Larry and TV screen from audience view


Bob Matthews holds the pelican he carved to make the DVD showing on the TV screen


September Demonstration

Carrie Lay will demonstrate  painting our woodcarvings at the September  meeting. After  seeing  her work at our last meeting  I'm  sure this is one program  you don't  want  to   miss!

Denny Neubauer

Stroke is an Emergency      by Tony Devita

Face           Ask them to smile
                   Does the face look uneven?

Arm            Ask them to raise both arms.
                   Does one arm drift down?

Speech       Ask them to repeat a simple phrase like “The sky is blue”
                   Does their speech sound strange?

Time           If you observe ANY of these signs, then it’s time to CALL 9-1-1.

Deadline for the news for the next newsletter is October 7th.


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