Online Staff Report
The Blackhawk Woodcarvers’ 18th Annual Woodcarving Show is set for 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 18, at Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road, Rockford.
Following are some excerpts from the club’s June newslwetter.
Show and tell
Larry Christensen carved two palm-sized cowboy busts. According to Larry, the two guys he created are cowboys down on their luck and feeling down in the dumps.
Mark Boyd is a wood turner and carver. Using a walnut-base rolling pin, he then laminated it with a combination of more walnut and some purple heart and aspen. For added emphasis, he employed the skills of Bob Coleman, who carved a wood spirit into the creation. This is one of the club show raffle items.
Bernie Budzynski had two items completed out of basswood. Both items were on an oval base, and both were of state birds: the cardinal from Illinois and the mockingbird from Florida. He used colored pencils for color and applied no finish.
Frank Lay was gifted some unique wood. One was a “y” piece from a tree, and the other a fragmented piece. To Frank’s eye, what he called “the busted-off piece” looked like a wing. Frank combined these pieces with several others, and the result he called a bird. A really strange bird.
Lonnie Hayes carved an elk out of a single piece of basswood, except for ears, which he attached.
Dave Meyer carved two items: a Lion Clock and a chip-carved cross. For the clock, he used an antique stain and finished with a satin polyurethane. The inspiration for the cross was an Ash Wednesday church bulletin he got in Florida. To highlight the cross, he used a glossy finish.
Larry Stenzel used power tools to create a piranha and a trout out of cedar. The smooth surface of the fish was achieved by numerous hand-rubbing of sandpaper.
Roger Benedict carved a relief of a Glade Fern. While researching ferns, Roger discovered that glade ferns are indigenous to the northern states and part of Canada. Roger has been carving this fern for months. It has been his Wednesday project.
Wes Englund carved two canes and assembled them together. Created a fancy stand from lathe turning, finished with Minwax and wax on top of it. It was mighty fine.
John Winter created a hinged wood trivet out of a single piece of wood. He encountered numerous obstacles along the way. In preparation for this project, … he purchased a new knife, which he immediately snapped the end off of (this was not intentional). He learned that all cuts must be precise, and achieved the cuts to his satisfaction. He also learned that oak is cut across the grain. Gave a word of caution if anyone else tackles this project — do saw cuts first.
Ted Faber completed a relief carving of Jesus and a cross from the stages of the cross while in Florida. He mounted it in a frame with a plain black background. It looks very dramatic with the frame to set it off. What he learned was not to mount his carving with rubber cement, as it will slide off in the warmer weather.
The Scotty Dog was carved, completed and displayed by Bunny Nordheim, Wes Englund, Elaine Terrell, Gale Terrell, Carol Behning, Don Clark, Marshall Field Jr., Lee Thomas, Nordine Bolstad and Jerome Mais.
Posted Aug. 15, 2012