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  • A Hobo Nickel Carved Button •  
This nickel/button carved by Richard Carpenter just sold for $202.50 on eBay.
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  Shown here are some carved buttons that Richard has recently sold on eBay.  
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−by Richard Carpenter and Bill Wegner
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Carved Hobo Nickel, with Optional Button Mount...by RC ~ Item number: 6230352260 ~ Dec-02-05
     Now I have carved a lot of materials, including wood, plastic, lead, antler, bone, ivory, rubber, vegetable Ivory, mushroom, shell, stone, and even Jaw breakers (candy), but this is the First time I've ever carved one side of a Nickel. I've never seen a carved nickel before until Will sent me some pictures. Will is a fine artist and button maker. I looked up Hobo Nickels on ebay and found that good hobo nickels are hard to come by. Now they are more desired if they are carved on Buffalo Nickels but for my first time carving one I used a 1944-P Jefferson Nickel. Lol, it was probably worth more before I carved it. With the tools I have to use this took days. I didn't know what I was getting into. I just had to carve one though no matter what it sells for.
     This Nickle was carved on the back side. I probably should of carved around the P on the back but I carved it off. It's a deep carving for a nickel with the Hobo walking, bag on a stick. My R.C. is etched between his legs. Since I usually carve Buttons, I had to make a button mount for this coin. I carved this Button mount from Moose Antler. Measure 2" across the bottom. It's carved out in the center so the Hobo Nickel fits snugley in. To get the Nickel out to see the other side, there is a hole in the back of the button mount to push a broken toothpick in and pop the nickel out. I carved in the words Hobo Nickel on front and filled it with a soluble copper. On the back of the Mount is a Self Shank on the Moose antler.
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I engraved the date of the nickel on the back as well as Signing and dating and filling with soluble copper. I noticed most all of the Hobo Nickels for sale are of heads. So mabe this one will be different enough to make an impression for my first carved nickel. I hope you will continue to watch the buttons I make. ALWAYS ORIGINAL signed work. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Flower Button, Veg. Ivory & Antler...by BW ~ Item number: 6231376864 ~ Dec-05-05
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     Here's another fine button by my stepson Bill Wegner. Carved from Vegetable Ivory, this beautiful flower button was colored with a fade proof ink. The Leaves he carved from Moose Antler. He used dyes to colors it and sealed it with a non yellowing acrylic. This button measures a hair over 11/4"". It's signed and dated on the back by engraving with a Self Shank. From Rich and Bill in Idaho.
Carved Snail Button, Vegetable Ivory and Antler...by RC ~ Item number: 6229718978 ~ Nov-22-05
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     Here's a wonderful Snail Button. I carved the shell from Vegetable Ivory with the Shank on back. The Snail is carved from Moose antler. He measures 1 1/2" across. 1 3/4" total. Signed and dates on the bottom. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Ostrich Button, Vegetable Ivory...by BW ~ Item number: 6229716569 ~ Nov-30-05
     Here's another fine button carved by my stepson Bill Wegner. This Ostrich measure 1 3/4" and is carved from Vegetable Ivory.
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It has a Lucite eye and was inked and sealed with a clear acrylic. He carved a self shank, signed and dated it on the back. A very nice job. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Lucite Dragon Button, Awesome! ...by RC ~ Item number: 6228085376 ~ Nov-25-05
     Here's an awesome dragon button. Carved from The Only piece of Aqua Lucite I have. So there won't be another like this one. Semi Transparent it measures 1 7/8". I usd a transparent red Lucite for the eye, but looking through both colors it looks black. It has a Self Shank. Signed and dated on the back by engraving.
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An all Original button with detail down to the scales. Only one chance for this beauty. Feel free to write with your button suggestions as to what you'd like to see carved. I'll throw them in my hat and may just pick that one to do. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Polar Bear Button, in Moose Antler Ring...by RC ~ Item number: 6227823102 ~ Nov-24-05
     Here's a fine looking Polar Bear button in an oblong ring of Antler. This button measures 2 3/8". The slice of Moose Antler still has it's natural petina on the outer edge of the ring. The bears eye is dotted with india ink. Carved through the slice with hair line detail.
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The Shank is carved on back of the bear. Signed & dated by engraving and filling with a soluble copper. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Puppy in Doghouse Button, 4 materials...by BW ~ Item number: 6226193356 ~ Nov-19-05
     Another first Original by Bill Wegner (my Stepson.) I think he did a pretty dog gone good job. Your bids are really inspiring.
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He carved this button from Moose Antler and dyed it brown. Adding the detailed shingle roof from Water Buffalo Horn. The puppy dog is carved deep into the doghouse and is pretty darn cute. He has Black Inset Eyes & Nose from Lucite. On the house is his name, 'FIDO' on a Vegetable Ivory Bone shaped sign. This button measures just Under 1 1/4" at the farthest points. The shank is carved on back and he's Signed & Dated by engraving. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
Carved Raven Button, W/Buffalo Horn & Ironwood...by RC ~Item number: 6226188983 ~ Nov-19-05
     I'd like to offer this fine Raven Button. I carved him (her) from Water Buffalo Horn. It sits on a nice Ironwood branch that I pinned on with 2 small nails. It measures 1 3/4". Another first Original. The shank is carved on back and he's Signed & Dated by engraving. Richard Carpenter...Idaho
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  • Carved Buttons •  
www.WilfredsWoodcraft.com... Here is something new I have recently started. These are little works of art in the form of buttons.
These little wonders are very detailed and use many types of materials, like...Wood, Moose Antler, Mammoth Ivory, Mule Deer Antler, Elk
and Buffalo Horn and Hoof, Turtle Shell, Silver, Coral, Sea Shell, Abalone, Corian, Glass, Crystal, Beads and anything else that fits the work.
Most of these are for sale at auction on Ebay. Look for seller cfdff44 ~ Wilfred F. Charbonneau, Jr.Click to EMail this person.
Shown here are some carved buttons that Will has recently sold on eBay.
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−by Wilfred F. Charbonneau, Jr.
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Viking Shield Button: Silver, Nickel, Brass ~ Item number: 6225020347 ~ Nov-15-05
     I watched the Thirteenth Warrior the other night so we will have some Viking Buttons coming. I will start with this shield then maybe a helmet and sword. The shield is made from a $6.00 sterling silver collectable coin..there is one in the picture. Worth the sacrifice for a one of a kind button. I started by hammering the coin with a ball peen hammer. I then did some grinding, sanding and polishing..ending with a beautiful antique looking color. I then cut tiny brass strips..drilled tiny holes and inserted nickel pins into the holes. I then grinded the pins away leaving the heads on the brass..they were then set in epoxy to hold them in place..the center of the shield is a nickel rivet which also serves as the shank..it was hammered flat drilled..inserted through the shield and then set into a stainless washer with epoxy. I love the outcome. Will
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Viking Helmet Button: Mammoth Ivory, Bison Horn ~ Item number: 6225330181 ~ Nov-09-05
     Well here is part two of the Viking Saga. This is a Viking helmet complete with horns. The helmet itself is actually the tip of an Bison Horn..carved and polished. The band and horns are Mammoth Ivory. I used a nice brown piece that gives them the appearance of bull horns. This button stands 1 1/8" from the bottom to the top of the horns and 1 3/8" at the widest part of the horns. Will
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Dagger Button: Crystal, Silver, Mammoth Ivory ~ Item number: 6227175888 ~ Nov-22-05
     Well here is the last in my Viking phase for a while. First the Shield, then the helmet, so I figured a weapon..so here is a dagger button. I cut the blade from a sterling silver coin like the one the shield is made of. I then took it to the grinder for shaping..then polished it to a nice shine. The handle is made out of a piece of Mammoth Ivory..cut, carved, shaped, polished, then drilled. I topped the handle with a Swarovski Crystal bead that has a Sterling silver pin through it. I drilled a hole through the handle and into the blade and epoxyed the handle in place. SHARP little button..ha ha. This little button is 1 1/2" long and 1/4" at the widest part. Will
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Globe Button: Silver, Crystal, Glass Bead, Horn ~ Item number: 6225332759 ~ Nov-16-05
     Here is a little tiny globe that turns just like the real thing. The globe itself is a Turquoise colored glass bead. I painted the tiny Continents on with Acrylic Paint..green, white, gray, and yellow. The globe spins on a Sterling Silver pin that has a Swarovski Crystal on the top..the arm is the outside edge of Sterling Silver coin..the base is made from Bison Horn and has the shank protruding off of the bottom..it is flat and will stand on a flat surface. It stands 1" high and 5/8" at its widest. Will
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Hand Mirror Button: Moose Antler, Sterling Silver, Crystal ~ Item number: 6221246532 ~ Nov-04-05
     Here is a beautiful womens hand mirror. The mirror handle was turned on Mini Lathe(I am going to have to buy some micro turning tools soon..getting smaller) The head was carved and drilled, then I set in a 1/2" round mirror. I used a sterling silver pin and a Swarovski Crystal on the handle. I then took a Sterling silver box chain that was damaged and used four small pieces on the mirror for some more sparkle. Two pieces on the handle, one on the outside of the mirror and one on the inside. Thats four materials in all. It measure 1 1/2" tall and 3/4"wide. Will
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Razor Button: Sterling Silver, Warthog Ivory Tusk ~ Item number: 6222173576 ~ Nov-07-05
     Here is a little Straight Razor Button. Don't ask me where these ideas come from. I was carving another button when the idea occurred..so I stopped and made this one. The blade is cut from a sterling silver coin then sanded and carved into shape. I opted not to make it sharp for obvious reasons..it was tempting though..the handle is made from a beautiful color warthog ivory tusk..the razor was drilled and assembled like the real thing. I used pins through the body and blade and mushroomed them over. I then sealed the whole thing in a semi gloss lacquer. Will
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Shaving Mug/Brush Button: Vegetable Ivory ~ Item number: 6223402251 ~ Nov-10-05
     Following the hand mirror and straight razor button..what's next? Well here it is..a nice antique looking shaving mug with brush and soap. The Mug was turned and carved out of vegetable ivory and polished..the inside of the mug looks quite messy which is what happens to dried up soap..the inside of the Tagua nut has the hollowed out area so the mug was a trick but the little cracks gave it a nice look..the dried up looking soap is actually a small magnet covered with antler powder and ca glue..this has a purpose..the shaving brush is also vegetable ivory turned on a lathe to make the nice looking handle. I then inserted a rivet that
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allows the magnet to hold the brush in the mug when flipped up so you do not lose it..the brush bristles are actually cow hair from a piece of hide I had leftover. Will
Divers Mask Button: Bison Horn, Nickel, PlexiGlass ~ Item number: 6226549003 ~ Nov-20-05
     Here I have a little antique divers mask button..any old school divers will remember this little round mask. The mask itself is carved from the tip of a bison horn..the outer ring is cut from the edge of a nickel..after I carved the edge of the bison horn and put on the ring I used a torch and heated the whole thing and made it oval. There are nickel pins for the strap adjusters and plexi glass for the glass facepiece. I put the shank on the back of the strap and initialed and signed the strap. The mask is 1" at its widest point. Will
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