Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 4     April 2022

Blackhawk Carving Club

We meet every Wednesday at 9:00 am until 12:00 noon at Ken Rock’s new facility at 625 Adams Street, Rockford, IL.  KenRock is located in the area of Rural and North 2nd St.

Presidents Report  April 2022

Thanks to Denny & Scott for there mini classes. The process of making Gingko leaves was very interesting and if you didn’t get into his class, he will be doing the class again in the near future.

Gordy will be doing a mini class on flat plane carving on April 13. Fun little guys to carve.

Larry Stenzel will be doing another woodburning and painting class on May25 & June1.

Tony brought in some tools, books, and magazines to sell and give away from former member, John Hartwig. We sold around $80 in tools that was donated to the club. There is still a Colwood wood burner for sale @$50 valued for approximately $120.

At the April business meeting Bob Mathews will be collecting carvings to display at the Cherry Valley library. There is only 12” of space between shelves so make sure that your carvings are no taller than 12”.

Happy carving Denny Neubauer!


Secretary Report  March 2022

Minutes of the regular monthly business meeting of Blackhawk Woodcarvers; held on, March 16, 2022 at Ken Rock Community Center, 625 Adams Street, Rockford, Illinois 61107.

President Denny Neubauer opened the meeting at 9:25 am. 

Secretary, Steve Terrill read the minutes of the February meeting.  There was one correction; the post office box is $135 yearly and not monthly.

Treasurer: Denny reported for Larry Stenzel that we continue to be solvent and are bringing in money. See Denny if you want specifics.

Old Business: Bob Matthews updated us about displaying carvings in the Cherry Valley Library.  We will have the display case for the month of May.  He will set up on May 1st anyone interested in helping is welcome.  Bring in pieces you wish to display for the April business meeting and Bob will pack them and carefully install them on May 1st. We will have a limit of 12” high. The glass case has 3 shelves and is 5 feet wide and is locked. There will be a placard with our logo, name, dates and location of meetings.

Bob Hallstrom reported that Roger is in the hospital (OSF) with some problems with vertigo since Sunday.

Mini classes are doing well.  We have brought in $125 that will go in the club treasury.

Denny charged Gordy with getting a list of new members with a list of paid members to date.

Denny reported that with some negotiation the bark for sale guy will be at Denny’s house at 5:00 on Saturday April 2nd.

Denny is interested in starting a pattern library for the club. You will be able to copy them or check them out.  John Martin suggested we have a rule that if you take a pattern, you must bring it back.  Steve suggests that we may be able to have them copied in the Ken rock office.  Denny suggests that we check with the office about that and maybe a minimal cost. 

There was no other business.  We are still interested in scheduling mini classes, and hopefully with some other people. 


Respectfully submitted; Steve Terrill, Club Secretary.


Mini Lesson May 4, 2022

Gordy Moscinski will be doing a simple “wizard” type figure. You will need a knife.


Mini Lesson May 25, 2022 Woodburning
And June 1, 2022 will paint the woodburning

Bring your woodburner May 25th to do woodburning and on June 1st we will be painting the burning. The burning will be similar to this one pictured.


Display in Cherry Valley Library

The latest info on the display in Cherry Library,  I checked the schedule and we have the month of May.  I would suggest that members who want to put pieces in the display bring their items at the April Business meeting.  The display has 3 shelves with a glass front that is locked. Height of any item should be limited to 12 inches.  Items should be wrapped to avoid damage and I will put the stuff in my car and set up the display.  Do we have any members who could develop a small sign that could be used in the display? 

Bob Matthews

Door Prizes

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.


Carvers wanted

Sometimes I get calls from people wanting to have a carving done (for money).  If you are interested in any of these contacts, let me know and what kind of carvings you are interested in doing for people.  Don Stansfield   


Like us on Facebook “Blackhawk Woodcarvers”.  Many pictures and information.


Want to buy or sell

If you have anything that you would like to buy or sell send me an email and I will put it in the newsletter.   Gordy Moscinski

May Birthdays (that we Know of)

 2 Roger Benedict
21 Bob Matthews
22 Steve Terrell
26 Chuck Drewes
31 Colin Bystrom

Club Officers   (815 aera code)

President,  Denny Neubauer, 238-5296
Vice Pres,  Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Treasurer,  Larry Stenzel, 389-4714
Secretary,  Steve Terrill, 708-0471


Committees       (815 aera code)

Programs, Richard Dunphey, 633-9003
Webmaster & Newsletter Editor Gordy Moscinski  874-7978
Photographer  Steve Terrill
Picnic   Tony Devita

Upcoming Shows in 2022

· Carve in 6 will be held @ the Bekkum, 206 North Main Street, Westby, WI on April 23, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. April Bird will be the featured carver. For more information contact: John Sutton (608-634-4396) or

· The Mid-Wisconsin Chippers will be holding their 46th Annual Show, Competition, & Sale on Sunday May 1, 2022 at the Oshkosh Convention Center, 2 Main Street, Oshkosh, WI from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. For more show information contact Paul Wolters (920-727-2139) or

· The International Woodcarvers Congress will be held from June 11 thru June 19, 2022 at the Jackson County Fairgrounds, 1212 East Quarry Street, Maquoketa, IA. This will be their 54th annual event, the oldest competitively judged woodcarving art show in the USA. More information @

· The Creede Woodcarving Rendezvous will be held from July 9 thru July 15, 2022 in Creede, CO. More information @

· The Rock River Valley Woodcarvers of Wisconsin will be having their annual show on September 10, 2022. More information when it becomes available.

· The Waupaca Area Woodcarvers will be having their first woodcarving show on November 6, 2022 @ 407 School Street, Waupaca, WI. More information available from Harold Mohr (715-281-4923) or Kathy Brehm (920-740-1986).

   The Wisconsin River Woodcarvers will not be having a show in 2022.

 Newsletter deadline

Keep sending your pictures and stories by the May 4, 2022 deadline.

Show and Tell

Bob Matthews brought in a Wolf’s Head relief carving out of a section of tree with woodburning for the fur and details, a carving of a painted downy woodpecker on a piece of driftwood mounted on a marble stand and a fantasy cottonwood bark carving with a house on top and a little church on the side.  He also brought in a piece of butternut that he carved into a horse’s head and neck in a stylized pose. 


woodpecker                 house

horse      horse

 old man

Rich Stephens showed an Indian bust out of cottonwood bark. 


Jerome Mais showed a basswood carving of a tin soldier standing on a Christmas package base. 

carving tools

 Joel Taylor brought in a set of carving tools that belonged to his great-grandfather who was a pattern maker. There are two handles and multiple interchangeable blades.  Joel is a friend of Tony’s and a new member. 

comfort bird

Tyrone Johnsen showed his comfort cardinal in red cedar with a red Sedona stain.  It was impeccably sanded.



John Skaggs Angel is Sara’s late Christmas present and the other is a hedgehog family.



 Tony DaVita carved a stylized shark of redwood and finished in naturally.    He also brought a piece of cedar stick that he carved a face in.  It looks like a walking stick for very little people.

eagle      eagle

hedgehog          hedgehog

Bob Campion brought in a large carving of two eagles on a rocky base carved of cottonwood Bark.  One eagle is small but the other quite large and flying sideways with spread wings.  The eagle and base are all one piece of wood.  He also brought in the hedgehog he made in Gordy’s class with some modifications from Gordy’s design. 


whale and mobius

chip carving


Gordy Moscinski brought in a carved Mobius strip with a butterfly on it.  He had a second Mobius strip and a comfort Whale.  He also showed two chip carved coasters he did in Bob Hallstrom’s class.  Finally, he showed a carousel that he made from a kit of die-cut parts that fit together without glue.  

 farmer brown       farmer brown



Farmer Brown carving from Florida. Bison woodcarving.  Cane with a lion head at the top.  We have a woodcarving group here in Ocala, Florida.   We'll be back to Rockford in May.  Beautiful weather here.

Jerry Robey




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