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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #2 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 8/07  
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  Down the Track: Hobo Handiwork −by K.J.Longley  
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  An older “SGA” piece for the 2008 OHNS auction −by Steve Adams ... 8/07  
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  Royals are right on track −by Nick Coleman ... 8/07  
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  Carol's 9K charm is a “Gobbo” −by V-Dubya ... 8/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Cliff Kraft felt so bad about cutting the tail off V-Dubya's 30" trophy Walleye...
445
  Scenery Junkies −by John Mark Eberhart  
444
  Carving Chips..... Engraver抯 Caf Interview with Lee Griffiths
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  Gil穕ie also Ghil穕ie • Scottish • A professional fishing and hunting guide −by V-Dubya ... 8/07  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #1 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 8/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Fall 2007 BoTales Is Progressing!
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  Young hobos said to be seeking escape −by Daniel Jackson  
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  OHNS Milestone: 1000th Regular Member Number Assigned! ... 8/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Derek Pegnall's Latest Magnum Opus!
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  Steps of Carving a Franklin Half Dollar −by Bill Jameson ... 7/07  
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  Captivating Carving with a Problematic Provenance ... 7/07  
435
  Jumping Someone Else's Train −by Craig Metz  
434
  Carving Chips..... Old Nicknamed Artists Synopsis Updated
433
  “Winter Alert”... Looking for a Carved Nickel −by Ralph Winter, LM-37 ... 7/07  
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  OHNS Members Certified To Order Medals −by Rollie Taylor, LM-36 ... 7/07  
431
  Carving Chips..... The YV330 ~ 2007 PLA 4th of July BBQ ~ Mixed Freight
430
  The Real Grand Excursion −by Mike Mosedale  
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  Major General Daniel Edgar Sickles • Moses Jardine Lee −by Bill Jameson ... 6/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Fall 2007 BoTales Up Next!
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  OHNS Membership Medals Now Available! −by Rollie Taylor, LM-36 ... 6/07  
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  2007 OHNS Hobo Tokens Now Available! −by Don Haley, HLM-9 ... 6/07  
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  Life on the Open Rails −by Bryon S. Houlgrave  
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  Carving Chips..... Fishing on “The Lake of the Woods”
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  Carving Chips..... What does it mean GRS class?
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  How I Got Hooked on Hobo Nickels −by Ralph Winter, LM-37 ... 6/07  
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  Carving Chips..... The YV330 hosted a wedding reception
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  The Wander Years −by Leslie Dunn  
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De Zwerver Dossier #2 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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31 August 2007
The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Music Chisels!
Click to view Bill's “Cyrano de Bergerac”.Click to view Bill's “La Pucelle”.$283 8/31/2007Click to view Degs' “Mr. Edward Teach”.Click to view Degs' “The Caped Crusader”.
A Hot Midsummer Weekend's Gleanings of Recent Nickel Carvings
Click to view Degs' “Edward Stubblefield”.$207.50 8/14/2007$309.60 8/19/2007$197.73 8/19/2007Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.
the ONION America's Finest News Source • June 4, 2003 • Issue 39•21
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IN GARY WE TRUST
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U.S. Mint Employee Disciplined For Putting Own Face On Nickels
This desk calendar's page caught my eye while I was visiting my friend in Anchorage a year ago. It has been floating around in my journal ever since then so I thought it was past time to share it with all y'all.
I found the color picture on the ONION's website. - V-Dubya
An aggregation of scans of carvings by Unknown Nickel Carver “The Missing Link” amassed during Cinco de Arturo's recent research.
Check out Introducing “Sam Francisco” (a.k.a. “The Missing Link”)
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Bill Jameson's Most Recent Carvings
Click to view Bill's “Salade Salvatore”. Click to view Bill's “Pallaton”. Click to view Bill's “MCT Spike”.
Translation... “The Hobo File #2 [ bits and pieces ]”
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A blurry flash whizzing by on the railroad tracks
Down the Track: Hobo HandiworkClick to read this article
−by K.J.Longley for The Times of North Little Rock, Arkansas, 9/25/2003
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27 August 2007
An older “SGA” piece for the 2008 OHNS auction
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   This year I'll be sending in an older “SGA” piece for the 2008 OHNS auction. I don't have much time for nickel carving as of late and am not taking any commissions. This is a railroad spike I did some time ago with simple tools that I am quite fond of which is why I set it aside until now.
   The intent was not a masterpiece, but rather something an average craftsman or hobo might have been able to produce. The work was done with chisels and punches. There is crude engraving on three sides and the top, plus there is a carved hobo nickel inlayed in the top done in a traditional style, the nickel is basic and intentionally done that way. ~ Steven G. Adams
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20 August 2007
Royals are right on track
This year's Hobo King married his queen in 2002 and no longer rides the rails:
“If I didn't have her, I'd probably be out there.”
−by Nick Coleman • StarTribune.com • Minneapolis−St.Paul, Minnesota
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   Darrel Ray sat in the back yard of his northeast Minneapolis home Friday, using a magnifying glass and the sun to burn four big letters on the cover of a box that holds the memorabilia of his old life.
   “K-I-N-G,” he was spelling, the burning smell mixing with the smoke from the campfire he keeps to remind him of the hobo camps he called home for 25 years, doing odd jobs for food, drinking, fighting and roughing it on the rails.
   Ray, 46, was known as “Tuck.” But these days, you can call him King Tuck.
   Last weekend, Tuck was elected Hobo King at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa. In winning the crown (made from a Folgers coffee can), Tuck made it a family affair: His wife of five years, Julianna Porrazzo-Ray, 58, better known as “Minneapolis Jewel,” is a three-time winner of Hobo Queen.
   Somehow, it seems right that a king and queen be together.
   King Tuck rode the rails for 25 years, and he has the Social Security statement to prove it: Between 1976 and 2000, the statement shows, he earned a grand total of $2,943 and, for 18 of those years, there are only zeroes on his record. He got himself elected King on Aug. 11 by reading the following speech, which he had scrawled on a piece of cardboard, and which is printed here in its entirety:
   “Howdy, my name is Tuck. My wife, Minneapolis Jewel, said I had to run for king. I rode the rails and lived outside for 25 years. I will continue to honor, cherish and spread the hobo word. After all, I rule the roost. But she rules the rooster.”
   It was the joke about his wife ruling the “rooster” that got Tuck the most applause, winning him the title of Hobo King 2007-08, and the red robe and crown, which stay in Britt at the Hobo Museum.
Click to view an expansion of this photograph.    Friday, the King had a denim jacket (bought at a used clothing store for $5) embroidered with his new title. He is the third hobo king from Minneapolis, joining Adman (2004) and Preacher Steve (1999). Jewel was queen in 1986, 1991 and 1997, and also is one of three Minnesotans to win that title, the others being Come On Pat (1996) and Half Track (2005).
   Despite the unorthodox lifestyle, the ways of love run familiarly between hoboes.
   Tuck met Jewel at the 1994 Hobo Convention. He was still riding the rails and she was still married to someone else, but when she auctioned off a picnic basket filled with her banana bread and homemade jams, he was smitten.
   “A farmer bought her basket for $150, which was way out of my league,” Tuck says. “But I still chased her, because I knew that girl could cook.” “When he saw my basket, he said, 'Look at them vittles,'” Jewel recalls. “He was a diamond in the rough. And I knew I'd be married to a king some day.”
Click to view an expansion of this photograph.    The couple married in 2002 and Tuck came indoors, to Jewel's home. Dog Man Tony was best man, and others at the wedding included men named Froot Loop, Tasmanian Devil and Charmin' Harmon.
   “He's lived a hard life, but he's still a handsome man,” Jewel says of her king. “He's a hard worker, honest, has a big heart and appreciates things because he never had much. He's a tough old bird, but I knew we could get along.”
   Tuck still has rough edges, including a bawdy tattoo (“I tell him to put some pants on that girl,” Jewel says), broken bones in his back that have fused together and a mouth with only two teeth on top. But he has cleaned up a lot, spent three weeks in treatment to help him stop drinking, and taken a factory job.
   The King's days riding the rails, he says, are over.
   “I don't advise anyone to be a hobo anymore. It's illegal and dangerous, and since 9/11, cops treat you like a terrorist. If it was still like it used to be, I wouldn't have a problem with it, except for my wife. I'd miss her. But if I didn't have her, I'd probably be out there.” “He can go if he wants to,” says Minneapolis Jewel, nodding toward train tracks half a block from their home.
   “I won't stop him.” Nick Coleman • ncoleman@startribune.com
2007 Hobo Convention Group Photo, Britt, Iowa ... courtesy of  www.railfanjohn.com
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17 August 2007
Carol's 9K charm is a “Gobbo”
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Antique Show Finds −by Carol Bastable • BoTales • Volume 16 • Issue No. 2 • Summer 2007
   Excerpt:One most interesting find is a 9k charm that looks exactly like a reverse carved buffalo turned into a hobo. The head and hair look just like the buffalo's head and the hump on the back must be adapted from the buffalo's hump. The little man, measuring one half inch, is well dressed in a top hat and tails. The charm dates between 1900 and the 1930's as determined by the lightweight hollow manufacture and the toning of the gold. If it is of the thirties period, it could signify a once wealthy man now in the midst of a depression with his hat extended for donations.” −by Carol Bastable
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   Mike Cirelli tells us that Carol's 9K charm is a “Gobbo”, an Italian good luck icon. A Gobbo is commonly portrayed as being a well dressed hunchback in a suit and top hat and occasionally holding an umbrella, horse shoe, and/or a cornetto.[1] He is also sometimes shown making a “corna”[2] with one hand. It is supposed that if you rub his hump it will bring good luck. The word “gobbo” is often used in Italian as a synonym for hunchback.
   [1] The cornetto, cornuto, corno, or cornicello is an Italian Sicilian amulet of ancient origin. Corno means “horn” and cornicello means “little horn” these names refer to a long, gently twisted horn-shaped amulet worn in Italy to protect against the Malocchio “evil eye”.
   [2] The corna (Italian for horns, also mano cornuta, horned hand and fare le corna, to make the horns) is a gesture with a vulgar meaning in Mediterranean countries and a variety of meanings and uses in other cultures. Its origins can be traced to Ancient Greece. It is realized by extending the index and little fingers while holding the middle and ring fingers down with the thumb.
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−from Alaska State Museum
   While doing research for this NEWS item I followed a thread that lead from Gobbos to Billikens to Kewpie Dolls to Teddy Bears. Oddly enough Billikens took me North to Alaska which is where I was actually traveling very shortly after I was following that particular research thread but all that is fodder for another time, another day and another NEWS item. ~ V-Dubya
Special thanks to Don Farnsworth, BoTales Editor, for providing the scan of Carol's 9K charm for this NEWS item.
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  Carving Chips.....   • Cliff Kraft felt so bad about cutting the tail off V-Dubya's 30" trophy Walleye...  
...that he insisted on buying a Walleye skin mount.   Thanks Cliffy!
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Now we know what a Walleye with a tail looks like!
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There is an America that has slipped from our ken,
a place of freight trains, shadows and hoboes
Scenery JunkiesClick to read this article
−by John Mark Eberhart for the Kansas City Star, March 14, 2004
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  Carving Chips.....   • Engraver抯 Caf Interview with Lee Griffiths •  
Hear about the guy who walked into a bar?
You would have thought he would duck.     My longer jokes are better!
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   I was first introduced to Lee in the summer of 2004 while taking his scroll design class at GRS. Fortunately for me, our paths have crossed several times since. He is a humble and wonderful man. He won't tell you about the awards he has won or mention his accomplishments, but is always willing to answer questions and help other people to get a little further down the engraving road.
   Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Lee Griffiths. ~ Tira Mitchell ~ www.Engraver.comClick to visit Tira's website
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7 August 2007
Gil穕ie also Ghil穕ie • Scottish • A professional fishing and hunting guide.
Click to view Degs' “Ghillie Eion Fairgrieve”.
Ghillie Eion Fairgrieve
Yesterday Derek “Degs” Pegnall showed us his recent genius and remarked it put him in mind of an English “Game Keeper” or a Scottish “Gillie”... often spelled as “Ghillie” according to my research.
I had never heard of a Ghillie and when I went looking for a famous Game Keeper or Ghillie in literature, my favorite source for naming the carvings I acquire, none became immediately apparent.
The Ghillie reference that caught my eye most often in my searches is a real live person who
I hope will either never hear of my transgression, or will forgive me if he does, as I've used artistic license and selected his distinctive name for this fine example of the nickel carving art form.
Again... THANKS Degs! ~ V-Dubya
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De Zwerver Dossier #1 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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5 August 2007
English Engraver Marcus Hunt (on the left... not below)         L黱eburg Lion         Monk's (of Engraver's Cafe fame) first carved nickel
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English Engraver Marcus Hunt's Illustrious Father Master Engraver Ken Hunt
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John Schipp's Most Recent Carvings
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Dick Sheehan's FIRST Engraved Rifle
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Classic carved nickel offered by “Hobo Bob”         Lee Griffiths' $50 One Ounce 24K Gold Buffalo carving in process         Ron Landis Hobo Token
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Translation... “The Hobo File #1 [ bits and pieces ]”
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  Carving Chips.....   • Fall 2007 BoTales Is Progressing! •  
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It certainly may be possible that your computer system will be unable to read these Word2003 DOC BoTales submissions... if so, I appologize in advance.
  • OHNS Milestone: 1000th Regular Member Number Assigned! •  Click to read this article
  • Introducing Sam Francisco (a.k.a. The Missing Link) •  Click to read this article
  • Stepping the Mast, An Unusual Buffalo Nickel Find •  Click to read this article
  • Introducing Tri Eye •  Click to read this article
  • Carol's 9K charm is a “Gobbo” •  Click to read this article
  • Steps of Carving a Franklin Half Dollar •  Click to read this article
  •Hobo Phasmid” Finds Home in Northern Minnesota •  Click to read this article
  • Published Railroad Spike Knife Set Found Still in Artist's Hands •  Click to read this article
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Freight train hopping has a long tradition in America
Young hobos said to be seeking escapeClick to read this article
−by Daniel Jackson for the Scripps Howard News Service, April 18, 2004
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1 August 2007
OHNS Milestone: 1000th Regular Member Number Assigned !
Click to view Degs' “Longcase Clock face”.Click to view Degs' “Confererate Brit”.Click to view Degs' “Kawasaki Z900 motocycle clutch cover”.
   Derek “Degs” Pegnall of Harrogate, England just joined OHNS to become OHNS RM#1000. Degs is a professional engraver and a splendid example of the diversity of the artists who have created “Hobo” nickels over the last century that students of carved nickels have always realized were involved in the genre... although the involvement of multiple international artists seems to be a recent development driven by economics and enabled by the Internet.
   The non-numismatic Degs engravings shown here are a Longcase Clock face... in a what we would call a Grandfather Clock on this side of the pond (or at least here in the Midwestern United States anyway) ...owned by Derek's Dad, Derek Pegnall Senior, and a Kawasaki Z900 motorcycle clutch cover. ~ V-Dubya
I Can Do That!
   While I was still in school as a young lad I remember my Dad mentioning he wished he'd trained as an engraver. He has been a semi professional artist most of his life. I ended up working in electronics when I left school but only for a short time.
   I saw a local advertisement for an apprentice hand engraver, jewellery trade... hmmmm!!! Had no idea what was involved, but went along for an interview and started a few weeks later. I remember being given a pack of plasters and told I'd need them, I'd probably stab myself several times the first few days. Didn't get a hole in my fingers anywhere, but on leaving for home after the first day I trapped my fingers in the studio door... boy did it hurt.
   This started me in my engraving career, been chipping away for around 32 years. Had a break from it for about 12 years until fairly recently, although I have been doing bits and pieces for friends and family etc. I started up again, fulltime, 9 months ago. This was after getting Internet access several years ago and finding the websites of people like Thierry Duguet, Adone T. Pozzobon, Marcus Hunt (already knew of his Father), and Steve Lindsay. I could name tons of engravers work that fired me up again. I then came across Sam Alfano's Engraver's Cafe and saw my first nickel carving and thought, “I can do that!”
Click to view Degs' “Kid Blink”.    It's a different ball game, but I was quite pleased with my first effort and stuck it on Ebay. Now... the UK Ebay doesn't show up on USA Ebay unless you guys in the USA do a world wide search, so... looking back on the experience, someone who will remain nameless, got a bargain. What you say!!!! You can put a reserve price on? I know!!! Lesson learnt. To be fair though, the guy in question has been a rock... support and advice that can't be bought.
   Anyway... I'm addicted to carving and am thinking about setting up a Carvers Anonymous website for the new engravers/carvers that come along and need help with this addiction. I'm just working on my 28th fix! It may sound corny, but... thanks to the guys that have supported me by buying my carvings, and to the other carvers that have freely given help and advice; Steve Ellsworth, Bill Jameson, and Steve Cox. Thanks guys!
Most of all... I blame my Dad, cheers Dad... ~ Degs
Click to view Degs' “Obadia Leadchucker”.Click to view Deg's “Venda de Oro”.Click to view Degs' “Home Watson!”.Click to view Degs' “Benny the Beard”.Click to view Deg's “Green Man Too 'GMT'”.
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  Carving Chips.....   • Derek Pegnall's Latest Magnum Opus! •  
Click to view Degs' “The Great Leveler”.    
Degs was overheard to remark about “The Great Leveler”... “He's got a nice smile though!” ~ V-Dubya
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31 July 2007
Steps of Carving a Franklin Half Dollar     −by Bill Jameson
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   This is especially for new engravers who have only hand push gravers. The Franklin I'll be carving is a 1958 uncirculated half dollar which I purchased on eBay for $6. Step “A” is the Franklin half dollar before anything is marked or carved. Step “B” is where I make a rough design with a scribe and cut out a little below jaw, step “C” is where I've cut as level as I can “into” the scribed marks. Everything I've done so far can be done with a hand push knife graver and a hand push #36 flat graver. I'll add more pictures tomorrow as we design beard, hair and cloths. Remember this is a project especially for new engravers who have only basic tools. So get a Franklin half and carve it with me and if it turns out nice you can sell it and upgrade your tools. I'll be using my GraverMax to cut hair and beard, but you hand push graver users can cut both with your push gravers.
   It is now the next day... and step “D” shows where I've cut hair, beard, cloths and etcetera. I've also cleaned up the field some and added a hatband. Step “E” shows where I cleaned the field up level, stippled the hat, added lines to hatband, added some frown lines in back of eye and sanded field and rough spots on subject. Still looks a little rough, let's sand a little more, let's burnish the lines and curves, sandblast it and age it out, and see what we got. The finished recarved coin, step “F”, looks ready to sell. Let's see some pictures of your recarved Franklins! ~ Bill Jameson
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Carved by Steve Cox
   I've long studied and enjoyed your body of work.
   As with all the Masters, you make it look so easy.
   Thank you, Bill, for this lesson. I look forward to the next one. ~ Stephen Cox
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26 July 2007
Yosemite Valley Railway Parlor-Observation Car No.330
Captivating Carving
with a
Problematic Provenance
A rare circumstance just occurred... two long time classic carving collectors disagree as to whether this carving is a classic carving or a more recent artwork.  Don't ask me... as I have no clue. I just know that I LIKE IT! ~ V-Dubya
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Is it the last subversive way to travel?
Jumping Someone Else's TrainClick to read this article
−by Craig Metz from the August 4-11, 2004 issue of Metro Santa Cruz
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  Carving Chips.....   • Old Nicknamed Artists Synopsis Updated  
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Bert Prisoner Nickel or Unnamed Talent? Click to read this article 
{ from  BoTales2007#2 }   −by  Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero, RM-552
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Spiffy... A New Known Unknown Artist Click to read this article 
{ from  BoTales2007#2 }   −by  Robert Owen “SepticTankHank” Covert, RM-686
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10 July 2007
Winter Alert”... Looking for a Carved Nickel
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“Nickel Carving of Interest”
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These sold on eBay February 23, 2003
We are looking for the current owner of the designated “Nickel Carving of Interest” shown here on the left. It sold on eBay February 23, 2003 and may, or may not, have been sold in a lot of six carvings as shown here on the right.
Regardless... it is the carving shown in the
upper right position in the group photo.
We suspect that it was carved by the same classic artist that did the two carvings shown here below.
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1913 “DelFavero” specimen
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1914 “Winter” specimen
Do any of you have additional examples of carvings done by this classic artist? ~ Ralph Winter, LM-37 Click to EMail V-Dubya
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6 July 2007
OHNS Members Certified To Order Medals
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  RM-888  Ronald Basar ... IL ... 2007
  RM-868  John J. Beccatelli ... PA ... 2007
  RM-738  James R. Bell ... PA ... 2009
  RM-773  John Belmonte, Jr. ... NY ... 2007
  RM-751  Stephen T. Benko ... NJ ... 2007
  RM-897  George R. Boster ... KS ... 2008
  RM-879  Michael G. Branham ... KY ... 2007
  RM-725  Stephen Campbell Sr. ... CA ... 2007
  RM-933  Ramon J. Castro ... AR ... 2009
  JM-878   Michael A. Cirelli ... PA ... 2007
  RM-971  Gordon Clyott ... GA ... 2009
  RM-928  John S. Coe ... CA ... 2008
  RM-918  Stephen Cox ... NV ... 2008
  RM-647  Denny Donnell, Jr. ... MO ... 2006
  RM-876  Richard C. Edwards ... FL ... 2009
  LM-50    Dan Engravalle ... NJ ... LIFE
  RM-853  Glendo/GRS Corp. ... KS ... 2008
  RM-856  Kermit Goda ... PA ... 2007
  RM-800  Theo A. Gould, II ... CO ... 2006
  RM-895  Jerome T. Graczyk ... WI ... 2009
  LM-51    Glen Graves ... TX ... LIFE
  RM-947  Gary G. Gunderson ... IL ... 2009
  RM-834  David Gursky ... CA ... 2008
  LM-52    Emmett J. Haralson, Jr. ... PA ... LIFE
  RM-808  Robert C. Harris ... SC ... 2009
  RM-934  Steven O. Hartleben ... WI ... 2009
  RM-880  John Heller ... NJ ... 2007
  RM-973  John R. Hench, II ... NC ... 2009
  RM-768  Jeff P. Hinz ... MT ... 2007
  RM-778  Robert Horvath ... CA ... 2007
  RM-871  Ronald L. Huffman ... VA ... 2007
  RM-984  Edwin Johnston ... TX ... 2009
  RM-757  David E. Jones ... OH ... 2007
  RM-805  Rick L. Judd ... SC ... 2006
  RM-780  James Y. Kwei ... NY ... 2006
  RM-836  Phillip D. Lanmon ... KY ... 2007
  RM-875  Boyd E. LaRue, Jr. ... IA ... 2007
  RM-765  Kurt Laubinger ... OH ... 2009
  RM-889  MamaJo LeCount ... MO ... 2008
  JM-781   Jason Luski ... NY ... 2007
  RM-739  W. R. Maines ... IN ... 2007
  RM-775  Thomas S. Maione ... NJ ... 2007
  RM-907  J. Robert McDermott ... TX ... 2008
  RM-814  Domenic A. Meltio ... MA ... 2007
  RM-929  Russel Vander Meulen ... IA ... 2008
  RM-963  D. Wimberly Mixon ... SC ... 2009
  RM-877  Charles Moore ... KY ... 2007
  RM-900  James A. Olivencia ... OH ... 2010
  RM-865  Larry D. Patterson ... IN ... 2009  
  RM-996  David A. Perkins ... CA ... 2011  
  RM-832  Jalaine K. Poirier ... FL ... 2007  
  RM-997  Alex Ptak ... PA ... 2009  
  RM-764  Lawrence J. Pung ... MI ... 2008  
  RM-940  Debbie Rexing ... TX ... 2009  
  RM-824  Ira Rezak ... NY ... 2008  
  RM-874  Donald E. Seekford, Sr. ... MD ... 2008  
  RM-788  Robert W. Shamey ... PA ... 2009  
  RM-898  A. J. Smith ... VT ... 2008  
  RM-848  Warren L. Stabler ... NJ ... 2007  
  RM-794  Steven R. Statland ... NC ... 2007  
  RM-866  Arol Steverson ... OK ... 2008  
  JM-960   Adam Taylor ... NC ... 2009  
  RM-820  Charlie Thomas ... IN ... 2006  
  RM-758  Robert A. Walker, Jr. ... VA ... 2007  
  RM-967  Jerry W. Walton ... AR ... 2011  
  RM-861  Craig Warren ... MO ... 2008  
  RM-785  Robert J. Wojtas ... IL ... 2007  
  RM-981  Donal L. Wolfe ... CA ... 2009  
  RM-850  Robert P. Wollert ... NJ ... 2007  
  RM-961  Max M. Zalkon ... FL ... 2009  

20xx ~ Copper         LIFE ~ Silver
If you are on this list then you are qualified to purchase a membership medal from “Striker Token and Medal” at... 888-688-3330.
STM mentioned the possibility of having engraving done on these medals for a small fee so ask them about that if you are interested.
Contact V-Dubya Click to EMail V-Dubya if you have any questions about your membership status certification. ~ Thanks- Rollie
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   Life Member • Silver $30  
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  Carving Chips.....   • The YV330 ~ 2007 PLA 4th of July BBQ ~ Mixed Freight  
Click to visit “YV330 Restoration Page” Yosemite Valley Railway Parlor-Observation Car No.330    The YV330 was invited to be a part of the Pacific Locomotive Association (PLA) annual 4th of July BBQ and train spectacular.
   It was decided to run it as mixed freight, representing an era of contraction for shortlines in the United States brought on by the Depression. In order for many railroads to survive on dwindling freight and passenger revenues, passenger and freight trains were consolidated into one train, typically run three times a week as a further cost savings. The trains meandered along in no great hurry, with frequent switching delays to spot cars at industries along the line and station stops for any passengers arriving at their destination. One funny story about mixed freight operation centered around an advanced pregnancy woman who became exasperated with the delays. She sought out the conductor and explained her condition and the urgency of expedited arrival at her destination. The conductor exclaimed “Why did you board the train while you were pregnant?” Her witty reply, “I wasn't pregnant when I got on board.”
   Despite delays, mixed freight trains were a delight to railfans, who enjoyed watching switching operations. In the attached photo, Robert Dollar #3 heads up the mixed freight of a Flying A tank car, a Sierra hopper (identical to those used on the YV), a Sacramento Northern boxcar, Yosemite Valley Railway Post Office #107, and finally the YV330. If was a hot day, and we finally got to use the clever window stops Jack made to enjoy cool breezes on the YV330. Brakeman Doug Vanderlee boards the YV330, on deck passengers Gerda Jaworski, Bronia Buca and Claudia enjoy the view from the rear deck. The YV330 had another first on this trip; it is sitting on the South leg of the wye, new trackage for the YV330.
   The YV330 will be in operation this coming Sunday, as well as the first two Sundays in August and September. Anyone seeking tickets to ride can contact the agent Al McCracken at 408-249-2953. The steam train is an extra train with two round trips, make sure you ask for that train when talking to Al. Adult tickets are $10, seniors $8, kids 3-12 are $5 and two and under go free. If Chevy Chase was to take his family on an early “Vacation” movie, he'd only be out $30.
   Work will restart on the YV330 in Mid-July, with the proviso that the car has to be ready for scheduled operations (a great problem to have!) We will work on getting our brake system toned down. Currently, if the engineer sneezes our brakes set up. We actually need to reduce the braking force. As always, the more volunteers, the quicker the progress. ~ Wes Swift ~ 7/5/2007
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A flotilla of five peculiar looking
homemade boats mysteriously appeared
on the stretch of the Mississippi River.
The Real Grand ExcursionClick to read this article −by Mike Mosedale for the Twin Cities' City Pages, 8/11/2004
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30 June 2007
Major General Daniel Edgar Sickles
Bill Jameson's latest carved nickel favors the Union Soldier on the
“Battle of Gettysburg” commemorative half dollar struck in 1936
and Major General Daniel Edgar Sickles (1819-1914).
Dan Sickles commanded III Corps, Army of the Potomac
and lost his leg during the Battle of Gettysburg. Click to read this article Click to read this article
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Moses Jordine Lee
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This picture is one that has been in our family for many years
and is of my great grandfather Moses Jordine Lee.
He and his father Stephen Lee were members of the 8th Alabama.
Like so many during the war of Northern Aggression
they were first members of the home guard in Elba, Alabama
before they joined the regular troops.
Moses Lee in his later life was a State Representative and
the local probate judge in Coffee County, Alabama. ~ Jim Small
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  Carving Chips.....   • Fall 2007 BoTales Up Next! •  
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27 June 2007
OHNS Membership Medals Now Available!
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To all active OHNS members:

If you have paid for three years or more membership in OHNS then you are qualified to purchase a membership medal from “Striker Token and Medal.”
Contact V-Dubya Click to EMail V-Dubya for membership status certification. ~ Thanks- Rollie

   Regular Member • Copper $20
   Life Member • Silver $30  
Membership status certification required before placing STM order at 1-888-688-3330
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26 June 2007
2007 OHNS Hobo Tokens Now Available!

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The annual OHNS hobo tokens for 2007 were stuck in the spring and this year we are issuing the tokens in
silver and copper. The obverse pictures Ron Landis' "NICK" and the reverse his "OHNS Steam Locomotive."
125 of each metal were ordered. These are priced at $20 for the silver, $15 for the copper and $27.50 for the pair.
Shipping and handling is a nominal $1.50 and insurance is extra.
Contact Don to reserve your tokens and find out the total cost of your order with shipping and insurance.
Don Haley, HLM-9, OHNS Sales ... Click to EMail Don   5929 Wedgewood Village Circle, Lake Worth, FL 33463-7368
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On the early morning of June 19, 1963,
a 14-year-old New Hampton boy stepped onto
an east-bound freight train destined for the unknown.
Life on the Open RailsClick to read this article −by Bryon S. Houlgrave for the Charles City (IA) Press, 10/24/2004
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  Carving Chips.....   • Fishing on “The Lake of the Woods”  
I thought my 30" Walleye was pretty impressive until Michael sent me pictures of his 36" Northern and TWO 42" Muskies!
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I was fishing on the US side and, unbeknownst to me, my son-in-law Michael was fishing with his father on the Canadian side.
In three weeks I leave for a couple weeks of fishing in Alaska but I can be reached by EMail during that trip. ~ V-Dubya
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  Carving Chips.....   • What does it mean GRS class?  
   MamaJo Lecount asked me to respond to “What does it mean GRS class?” asked on the “Hobo History and Info” Yahoo Group Messages webpage.
Click to visit “GRS Tools•Techniques•Training” website
Click to visit “Glendo Corporation” website
Click to visit “Glendo Corporation” website
   So I gave it my best shot with: “GRS Tools, based in Emporia, Kansas, produces pneumatic powered tools and supplies for engraving and stone setting. The highly successful GRS Training Center programs offer world-wide training for jewelers and engravers alike. These intensive five day courses teach basic and advanced skills, enabling the individual to remove years from the learning curve.”
   Which resulted in this response from a group member: “Y'Know - I've yet to see anyone carve nickels the way the OLD TIMERS I grew up with used to do. Ball Peen Hammer, three sharp point cold chisels, three sharp point nail sets, and [believe it or not] a very sharpened point Railroad Spike!”
   Here is what came immediately to mind: “I thought about asking the member if he still had ice delivered for his icebox regularly, what his coal oil was costing him for his lamps and where he stabled his horses so he could get around. Do horses do well when traveling on Interstate Highways? Maybe we need horse paths like some areas have bicycle paths. Then again he was using the Internet and a telephone service to voice his lament the incongruity there obviously escaped him. The REAL QUESTION is whether or not he refuses to accept modern medical vaccinations and treatments. Then I decided to not stir the pot further even though there are currently active nickel carvers who use homemade tools, quite similar to those he describes, to create carved nickels.” ~ V-Dubya
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22 June 2007
How I Got Hooked on Hobo Nickels” −by Ralph Winter, LM-37
 Click here to read Ralph's complete article... “How I Got Hooked on Hobo Nickels”Click to read this article 
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 One of my first hobo nickels 
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 My first truly Classic hobo nickel 
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 Myself and Art at the 2006 FUN Show 
Like many OHNS members, I was a coin collector long before I was a hobo nickel aficionado.
In the 1980抯 and 90抯 I got interested again in coin collecting and returned to Lincoln Cents.
As time went on I improved my Lincoln cent collection by replacing circulated coins with mint state coins.
By the time my second daughter graduated from college in 1997, I had returned to coin collecting.
It was during the later 1990抯 that I became aware of the Gallery Mint.
I joined OHNS in 1999.
It was at the MSNS Fall Show in 2000 that I purchased my first Classic hobo nickels.
In the January 2001 I won my first nickel from an OHNS Auction.
A major turning point for me was the Fall 2003 MSNS Convention and Coin Show.
Since that day, Art and I have shared our hobo nickel collections with each other.
I was asked by OHNS to be a Board Member and was installed at the 2006 FUN Show.
Last year I commissioned my first hobo nickel carvings.
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−by Bob Shamey
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Ralph humping radio
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Ralph in bird
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−by Lee Griffiths
 ( Unit patch below LIBERTY )
Do any of you have a story to share how you got interested in Hobo Nickels?
 Click here to read Ralph's complete article... “How I Got Hooked on Hobo Nickels”Click to read this article 
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  Carving Chips.....   • The YV330 hosted a wedding reception  
Click to visit “YV330 Restoration Page”
The YV330 hosted a wedding reception
for Laura Bajuk and Doug Debs
who are pictured on the rear deck
welcoming guests aboard.
Yosemite Valley Railway Parlor-Observation Car No.330
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Riding the rails during the Depression
was a way of life for many.
The Wander YearsClick to read this article −by Leslie Dunn for the Monterey County (CA) Herald, 12/17/2004
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