Blackhawk Carving Club
Rockford, Illinois 61109
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The Blackhawk Woodcarver

Volume XXVII, Issue 1     January 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.  The location is next to and East of Heritage Park on Rural Street.  Travel Rural from North Second St. (going East) or from the 5 point intersection at Rural and Prospect St. (going West). 

Presidents Report  January 2022

I would like to thank the following people for all the work they have done for Blackhawk Wood carvers

Tyrone Johnsen for all the years as President

Dick Dunphey as Vice President

Steve Terrill as Secretary

Larry Stenzel as Treasurer

Gordy Moscinski as newsletter editor

Show your appreciation and thank these people for what they do.

My first meeting started out with mother nature letting us know who’s in charge. She blasted us with strong winds, cold and blowing snow! This didn’t stop seven of us from coming in and carving a comfort bird. It was a fast carve and fun to do. Gordy was going to instruct this project, but surgery got in the way, so I took his place.

Gordy and Dick have put together a carving program. There will be two classes the first two weeks of the month the last two weeks will be for finishing the projects. We would like your suggestion on carving projects in the future. We are looking for more people to teach a carving program. This is a way to help make the carving program work. All of us are capable to teach a project. When you explain to your fellow carver how you carved it, you are teaching.

Denny Neubauer


Dues are due

Just a reminder that dues are due.  If you come to KenRock you can pay Larry Stenzel there or if you are unable to attend but would like to be a member and continue receiving the monthly newsletter, you can mail the dues to Blackhawk Carving Club, P.O. Box 8285 Rockford, IL 61126.


Annual Club Christmas Party

Thanks to Becky Neubauer for making the egg bake and for all the beautiful table decorations. The members also brought other delicious food to be shared. It was wonderful to all be together.



Newsletter deadline

 Keep sending your pictures and stories by the February 2, 2022 deadline.


Mini Lessons for 2022

We have started some mini carving lessons starting in January. They will be held on Wednesdays at KenRock during our usual Wednesday morning sessions.  It is thought that a member will bring in the materials  for a carving, woodburning, etc. and share their knowledge and help in completing the project.  The first mini lesson was on January 5 with Gordy providing a blank for a comfort bird and Denny substituted as the instructor.  There will be a minimal charge. Hopefully these projects will be completed in one or two morning sessions.

We need some ideas for these mini lessons and a brave volunteer to lead sessions.  All members of this club are very talented and many are especially talented in their given style.  Please feel free to submit ideas to Richard Dunphy and volunteer to be a presenter.  It will take everyone to make this fun, informative, and improve our craft.  Gordy Moscinski


Mini Lesson February 2 2022

brother AnthonyTony will lead a class in carving Brother Anthony on February 2.

Bring your knives, gouges or whatever you think you might need to carve it.

Thanks, Tony Devita












Mini Lesson February 23, 2022

chip carved coasterBob Hallstrom has the materials for a chip carved coaster. He asks that   you bring a Chip carving knife if you have one, He will have some extra knives. The pattern will be on the wood and sandpaper is not necessary.

Thanks Bob Hallstrom






Wood Lathe for sale


12” X 36” Wood Lathe W/REV Head.  Central Machinery

Motor  120 V, 60Hz, 1700 RPM

Speeds  600—2400 RPM

Distance between centers 33 1/2

Swing over bed 12”

Overall size 60 x15 x 45 1/2”

Weight 177 LBS

Supernova2 Chuck

12 Gouges

Morse taper drill

Everything you need for a lathe


Contact Gordy Moscinski


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.

Carving woods for sale

Del Lohr of Cedar Ridge Hardwoods called me to ask if we would let the club members know that he has a large inventory of carving woods, including basswood, butternut (both clear and wormy), catalpa, pine, cherry, etc.  He can provide all widths, thicknesses and lengths.  Del used to sell his wood at our annual shows.  His phone number is 815-938-2263.  

  Don  Stansfield


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

February Birthdays (that we Know of)

6  Gary Curl

25 Arne Larsen

26 Gordy Moscinski


Club Officers  

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

· The Minnesota Woodcarvers Association of St. Cloud, MN will host “Snow Daze Carve In” on March 26 & 27, 2022 at the American Legion Post 398, 2333 Wilshire Boulevard, Mound, MN 55364. For more information contact: Ron O’Kray or Greg Wirtz.


· 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.

Show and Tell


Tyrone Johnsen


Richard Prutz


Denny Neubauer


Scott Grey


Richard Dunphey


Steve Terrill


Bunny Nordheim


Don Stansfield


Bob Matthews


Gordy Moscinski


Larry Stenzel


Jerome Mais


Carol Behning


Bob Capion


Ole had loaned a friend $300 for a facelift.  Now he wants to get his money back and he can’t find the guy.





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