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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #7 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 11/07  
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  Recent Carvings by Currently Active Nickel Carvers ... 11/07  
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  Carving Chips..... FUN2008 Auction Catalog is Underway
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  Carving Chips..... flickr: 700 Hoboes
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  Dude, Where's My Train? −by Mike “the Trainiac” Connor  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #6 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 11/07  
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  Trick-or-treating in Eureka Springs, Arkansas −by V-Dubya ... 11/07  
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  Baseball at the Corner 1896-1999 −by Joe Goode ... 10/07  
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  Mama Jo's Tracks ~ Gas Can Paddy −by Mama Jo LeCount ... 10/07  
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  City Pages review of “Long Gone” −by Jeremy O'Kasick  
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  Bob Shamey's “Western Collection” Silver Bracelets −by Bob Shamey ... 10/07  
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  Joe Goode's “Hobo” Trade Dollars −by Joe Goode ... 10/07  
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  Carving Chips..... The Art of Whittling ~ Woodworking Classics Revisited (Paperback)
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #5 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 10/07  
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  Last Days on the Tracks: Railroad policemen weather murderers, guns... −by Lee Beach  
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  OHNS Membership Medal Order Status ... 10/07  
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  OHNS Member ONLY Quests ~ A new “core” webpage ... 10/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Cooter and the Hant: Cooter's Halloween Adventure
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #4 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 9/07  
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  Rail culture: the language of freight-hoppers −by James D. Graham  
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  Memorable quotes from “Wild Boys of the Road” (1933) ... 9/07  
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  Carving Chips..... By the mid-1880s, the center of whaling activity had shifted from New Bedford to San Francisco
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #3 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 9/07  
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  I Keep Coming Back To Indians −by Bob Shamey ... 9/07  
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  Tramps found riding the rails −by Jonathan Gneiser  
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  A Passionate Collector −by Michael W. Michelsen, Jr. ... 9/07  
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  James Earle Fraser's Model for the Buffalo Nickel ~ 1913 Armory Show ... 9/07  
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  Carving Chips..... Air-Tite Capsule Measurements Table Available
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De Zwerver Dossier #7 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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30 November 2007
“Something Old, Something New” −from SGA's Personal Archive                                                 “Steve Cox couldn't carve a bad nickel at gunpoint!”        
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Obverse −by Steve Adams
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Reverse −by Steve Adams
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Jackie (obv) −by Bill Jameson
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Puff (rev) −by Steve Cox
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−by Steve Cox
A sampling of the postcards to be sold in January 2008 at the FUN show OHNS auction.
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Carved nickels recently sold on eBay
This carved nickel sold for $308 This carved nickel sold for $187.50 This carved nickel sold for $261.50 This carved nickel sold for $356.95 This carved nickel sold for $360
The color of the photos from eBay for these carvings was so weird that I had to convert them to grayscale which still doesn't look all that good... Sorry!
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Translation... “The Hobo File #7 [ bits and pieces ]”
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24 November 2007
Recent Carvings by Currently Active Nickel Carvers
−by Ramon Castro
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−by Tezera Ashagari
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−by Bill Jameson
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−by Jon Dake
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Jon Dake's carved nickel strongly favors Einar Jonsson's “The Proletarian”
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−by Viljo Marrandi
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−by Ramon Castro
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Derek “Degs” Pegnall's “Fagin and Oliver Twist” ...showing the carving as it progressed
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A better photo of Octopussy!
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  Carving Chips.....   • FUN2008 Auction Catalog is Underway •  
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Don Farnsworth is now sending me pages for the FUN2008 auction catalog.
You can start checking the online version here!Click to visit webpage
Click to view an enlargement of #568: Benny Twenty-Squirrels. Click to view an enlargement of #449: Fatneck Runt.
 Lots 1 thru 101 Posted! 
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  Carving Chips.....   • flickr: 700 Hoboes  
flickr: 700 HoboesClick to visit webpage Illustrations of the 700 Hoboes listed in John Hodgman's book entitled The Areas of My Expertise.
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#352: Stupefying P, the Riddle-Maker
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#670: Flaky Mike Psoriasis
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#451: Somersaulting Mike Spitz
The 700 Hoboes Project ~ e-hobo.comClick to visit webpage This site is inspired by the writings of author John Hodgman and his book The Areas of My Expertise. It is meant as an homage to the wandering men and women who chose to ride the rails during and before “The Great Depression” and not the contemporary urban (or rural) poor.
The 700 Hoboes Project ~ THE GALLERY ~ The Master ListClick to visit webpage 800 of 700 hoboes illustrated... 1698 total illustrations.
The Master List is useful as an index if you already know what you are looking for... otherwise use the “flickr” thumbnail pages for browsing.
Click to view an enlargement of #22: Floyd Dangle. Click to view an enlargement of #59: Thoughtless Harry Hsu. Click to view an enlargement of #644: Siderodromophobic Billy. Click to view an enlargement of #727: High-Falutin' Pete. Click to view an enlargement of #728: Moderately-Falutin' Pete.
About Adam “Ape Lad” KofordClick to visit webpage I am a cartoonist and I like to draw pictures of things including, but not limited to, hoboes.
Click to view an enlargement of #636: The Hon. Charlie Weed-Farmer. Click to view an enlargement of #93: Bathsheba Ditz. Click to view an enlargement of #158: Cleats Onionpocket. Click to view an enlargement of #164: Admiral's Club Wilbur. Click to view an enlargement of #78: Prostate Davey.
Adam “Ape Lad” has 788 illustrations posted and those shown here are just a sampling of his “profile hobo” series.
I was particularly enamored with those he created using an actual sky photograph as a backdrop... fantastic! ~ V-Dubya
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“Why can't you make a film about weaving?”
Dude, Where's My Train?Click to read this article
−by Mike “the Trainiac” Connor for Metro Santa Cruz, Mar.26-Apr.2, 2003
De Zwerver Dossier #6 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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4 November 2007
“Antiques and Collectables Galleria” offerings
1913-D   ~   1914-P   ~   1915-D   ~   1923-S “Big Nose”
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“Shirley Temple”
−by Amy Armstrong
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(痐'.  (痐'.  (痐'.   Tampered with Nickel $2   .'疮)  .'疮)  .'疮)
(痐'.  (痐'.  (痐'.   Redrawn Buffalo Nickle $5   .'疮)  .'疮)  .'疮)
(痐'.  (痐'.  (痐'.   Unique Hand Carved Coin Art Buffalo Nickle $20   .'疮)  .'疮)  .'疮)
It is interesting to note the change in attitude reflected by what this carved nickel was called over the generations. ~ V-Dubya
From the collection of
Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero, RM552
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Two recent carvings by Artist and Friend Steve Cox.
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“For Dave” −by Marcus Hunt
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Cinco is in search of a third example by this classic carver. Click to view this “OHNS Member ONLY Quest”
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(痐'.  (痐'.  (痐'.   Sad Times Nickels   .'疮)  .'疮)  .'疮)
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From the collection of Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero, RM552
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   A gentleman by the name of Charlie Sarkiss contacted OHNS via our website with the goal of learning about these three carved nickels that had been stored in a safe with a large collection of other coins for the past 38 years. Eventually Cinco purchased the pieces from Charlie and has learned several interesting facts thus far.
   Charlie's Dad purchased these for $1 each in the late 1950's to early 1960's and was hoping to sell them for the prices you see on the coin flip inserts shown above on the right.
   Charlie's Mom remembers these being called “Sad Times Nickels” which is a reference to the “Great Depression” of the 1930's.
QuestClick to view this “OHNS Member ONLY Quest”
We hope to learn more about carved nickels prior to the publishing of Del Romines' book. If you have any references or recollections for our research please give us a shout!   delfaveros@twmi.rr.com   ~ V-Dubya
Translation... “The Hobo File #6 [ bits and pieces ]”
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1 November 2007
Trick-or-treating in Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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   A quick trip down on October 31st and a dash home on November 1st yielded me a sack full of goodies... you just have to know which doors to knock on! My loot included an Octopus carved in Colorado Pink Alabaster by Sonny Carpenter (12" wide by 8.5" high ~ considerably more massive than a gallon milk jug) and six Ron Landis carvings, the five nickels you see here below and a wonderful “Doe Brothers” silver round.
  The Landis nickel carvings are described briefly here: 1) Ron's very first skull before he had a model to work from so this one was totally from his imagination. 2) Ron's horse and castle is a tongue-in-cheek take off on the G.W. “Bo” Hughes Donkey and Cabin classic carved nickel. 3) Ron's rampant dragon is the precursor for his rampant eagle design which he used in the creation of his small U.S. dollar reverse design submittal which was a design finalist. Since I collected all of Ron's “Concept Dollar” patterns I was excited to have the opportunity to acquire this specific carved nickel. 4) Ron showed his customary creativity when he sprinkled the field above his great elephant sculpture with the night sky. A really nice touch to a great carving! 5) Ron's hatchling dragon only partially out of his shell is my all time favorite dragon carving hands down! All of these carvings were done in 1994... thirteen years ago.
Ron Landis Carvings
First Skull “Mind's Eye”
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Horse and Castle
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Con$ept Dragon
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Nighttime Stroll
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Hatchling Dragon
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   Seven early nickel carvings; one each by Sam Alfano, Steve Adams, Joe Paonessa, and William Massey plus three nickels carved by Sonny Carpenter (including his very first carved nickel... serial number 1) were added to my sack. To cap it all off were six classic nickel carvings which included a Peanut Ear and a G.W. “Bo” Hughes 1931-S specimen. ~ V-Dubya
Recent Carvings ~ Circa the latter 1990's
Steve Adams
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Sam Alfano
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Joe Paonessa
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William Massey
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Sonny Carpenter {1}
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Sonny Carpenter {8}
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Sonny Carpenter {29}
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Classic Carvings
Undated Type2
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Undated Type2
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1913 Type2
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1913 Type1
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1927 “Peanut Ear”
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1931-S G.W. “Bo” Hughes
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30 October 2007
Baseball at the Corner 1896-1999
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   Baseball began in Detroit around 1896 at the corners of Michigan and Trumbull. This area was, and still is, called “Corktown” because of all the Irish living in the neighborhood. In 1999 the team left Tiger Stadium to play ball in a new stadium called “Comerica Park.”
   The Detroit Free Press ran a cartoon of a devastated fan, hugging the streetpost and crying. In the picture you could see the old brick street and trolley tracks pushing up through the worn street tar. I sent this picture to Steve Cox to engrave on a silver round, which he did. When I showed the coin at the Northwest Detroit Coin Club meeting, it raised quite a few eyebrows.
   Well, I talked to Steve and decided that it would make more sense to engrave it on a 1896 silver dollar, which he did and it complimented the cartoon entitled “Baseball at the Corner 1896-1999” very well. The club president bought the silver round off me which helped me pay for the other coin.
   With the closing of Tiger Stadium, it leaves only two original stadiums I believe, Chicago Cubs Field and Boston's Fenway Park -- Home of the 2007 World Series Champs. ~ Joe Goode, RM991
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28 October 2007
###  Mama Jo's Tracks  ###
“Gas Can Paddy”
Tribute to Gas Can Paddy from Liberty Justice”
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   Liberty Justice phoned me from his bed in the ICU telling me Brenda called him about Gas Can Paddy who caught the westbound this morning (Sunday, October 28, 2007.) He said, “I just wrote a song about Gas Can Paddy and I want you to hear it.”
   “Picture this” as the grandma used to say in the television program, “The Golden Girls.” Liberty Justice is in the ICU at the VA Medical Center of Kansas City with pneumonia. He has a phone in the ICU room. He sang and played his guitar the song he wrote as a tribute to Gas Can Paddy. He said he wrote the song in about five minutes. ~ Mama Jo
Gas Can Paddy a Rambling Man
Gas Can Paddy was a rambling man.
Gas Can Paddy lived in Illinois.
Gas Can Paddy since was a boy there was no road he did not know.
Gas Can Paddy was on the go.
I just received a call today,
Gas Can Paddy has gone away
with his gas can by his side
Waiting for another ride.
Gas Can Paddy on the big highway headed home.
You're on your way.
God is waiting for you, I know.
Gas Can Paddy you got to go.
Gas Can Paddy was a rambling man.
Gas Can Paddy lived in Illinois.
Gas Can Paddy since was a boy there was no road he did not know.
Gas Can Paddy was on the go.
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5 April 2007 (reprint)
###  Mama Jo's Tracks  ###
“Hit the road Jack!”
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   A hobo uses a moniker instead of his or her real name. The moniker is a road name or you might consider it a nickname. Every since the “Knights of the Road,” known as hobos, have existed they have used monikers. A well known hobo during the Great Depression years is “Gas Can Paddy” who is now 90 years old and living in Illinois.
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   Gas Can Paddy had gotten caught riding the rails and was told by a railroad bull basically to “Hit the road Jack!” or go to jail. He decided to hitch-hike to another town to catch the rails. He had spent a few days walking and trying to hitch-hike with no luck.
   He saw a guy with a gas can catch a ride immediately. This inspired him. He bought a gas can and he too caught a ride. The guy after driving for a period of time stated; “Guy, where is your car?” He replied I am a hobo trying to get as far as I can near a town with a railroad to catch out again. He explained he tried hitch-hiking with no luck but saw a man catch a ride who was carring a gas can. The guy laughed and took him eighty-five miles to a town and wished him luck.
   He used a gas can for his bindle (usually a neckerchief tied to a hoe with various items, such as socks, stored in it) to carry his personal belongings. A hobo suitcase you might say. The hobos, seeing him carry a gas can, gave him the moniker of Gas Can Paddy. The modern day hobo uses a duffle bag or a back pack for a “bindle.” ~ Hoboically, Mama Jo ~ Hobo Queen 2003/2004   { Carpet bags were commonly used for bindles in the late 19th Century. ~ V-Dubya }
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Filmmaker David Eberhardt has just landed a sweet deal
City Pages review of “Long Gone”Click to read this article
−by Jeremy O'Kasick for the Twin Cities City Pages, April 2, 2003
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20 October 2007
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Bob Shamey's “Western Collection” Silver Bracelets
   I have carved sixteen nickels in what I call my “Western Collection” and I have made faithful molds of each using the lost wax process to duplicate exact reproductions of these carvings in solid sterling silver.
   Then I sculpted a link/framework to hold each coin and using six of the sixteen designs available assembled solid silver bracelets. It is interesting to note that the reverse side of each coin is visible through the open back of each link.
   The client has the choice of any six of the sixteen carved coins to create the bracelet of their own personal design.
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   There is a wonderful likeness of the “Duke”, a Mountain Man, a Buffalo, a Sacred Indian Buffalo Scull and twelve different Indian Chiefs, as depicted above, to choose from.
   This will make a spectacular addition to any serious Western Jewelry Collection. ~ Bob Shamey
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19 October 2007
Joe Goode's “Hobo” Trade Dollars
I purchased these two trade dollars off eBay a few years ago and later found out that they were bogus.
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Steve Cox carved the 1875 forgery with N(orth)W(est) D(etroit) C(oin) C(lub) and “I collect coins.” The 1876 forgery turned out
to be copper under the silver coating so Steve scraped it off, polished it, and put a picture of “Charlie Chan” on the back.
I believe them to be of considerably greater value than my “counterfeit originals.” ~ Joe Goode, RM991
Here you see PCGS's “population of one and none finer” preserved Trade Dollars of the same years as Joe's specimens.
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  Carving Chips.....   • The Art of Whittling ~ Woodworking Classics Revisited (Paperback)  
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The Art of Whittling   −by Walter L. Faurot
   One of the earliest guides to traditional whittling, this reprint of a 1930s classic preserves all of the original projects and text and adds updated drawings for the contemporary whittler. This manual is still sought after by whittlers because it explains how to carve many items popular in American tramp art and more complicated items that are not included in most whittling books, such as continuous wooden chairs, hand tools, puzzles, balls inside spirals, swivels, entwined hearts, and buildings inside bottles. The line art has been redrawn, color added, and additional art included, making this unique book valuable to a new generation of whittlers.
   Mr. Faurot was the author of the first edition of this book, one of the earliest books on traditional whittling, published in the 1930s. Available from Independent Publishers Group for $9.95.
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De Zwerver Dossier #5 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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7 October 2007
Steve
Ellsworth
Strikes
Again!
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As you can tell from these COOL pictures it has been a very interesting week on eBay.
Click to view an enlargement of Steve Cox's carved 5¢.Steve Cox's engraved knife $126.27 10/3/2007.Click to view an enlargement of Steve Cox's carved 5¢.     Click to view an enlargement of Cliff Kraft's carved 5¢.
Click to view an enlargement of Bob Shamey's carved 5¢.     $313.01 10/1/2007     Click to view an enlargement of Jon Dake's carved 5¢.Click to view an enlargement of Jon Dake's carved 5¢.
Another discriminating numismatist becomes a Bill Jameson enthusiast with just cause... check out his recent Billzach carved nickel acquisitions.
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Translation... “The Hobo File #5 [ bits and pieces ]”
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After 69 years of combined law enforcement service...
Last Days on the Tracks: Railroad policemen weather murderers, guns, drugsClick to read this article
−by Lee Beach for the Klamath Falls, OR Herald & News, June 1, 2003
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1 October 2007
OHNS Membership Medal Order Status
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From: lee@athena.csdco.com
Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2007 08:03:45
Subject: Re: { www.hobonickels.org query }
Sorry, I have no silver medals or plans to strike any.
Copper medals are $20 unengraved.
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1 October 2007
We have just added a new “core” webpage to the OHNS website to provide members with a mechanism to help them on their quests
to find items of special interest. It might be a publication or a token to fill a hole in your collection like Ralph and Jeff are searching for.
Or it might be that third example of a Classic Carving, so you can nickname a classic carver, that I know Art is hoping to find.
OK Art... it is time to hear from you now!     Here is a link to the actual webpage... OHNS Member ONLY QuestsClick to visit webpage
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OHNS Member ONLY Quests
 Send your “Quest” to:
 EMail address for V-Dubya
Tell us if you are successful in your quest so we can post your results here.
   
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. 30 Sept 2007 ~ Jeffrey Daniher, LM145 ~ I missed the 2006 OHNS token set.
Does anyone have an extra set that I can purchase or trade for? jdaniher@zoomtown.com
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30 Sept 2007 ~ Ralph Winter, LM37 ~ I'm looking for an original copy of the Spring 1998 “BoTales”, Vol.7-No.1.
Does anyone have an extra copy that I can purchase or trade for? hobobazoo@comcast.net
1 Nov 2007 ~ Ralph Winter, LM37 ~ CeeBo supplied me with my missing copy! Thanks CarolLee!
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Items Wanted and Trade Offers are encouraged... but Sales Offers won't be posted!     Single digital photos are helpful.
Your full name and OHNS membership number will be shown... no aliases or nefarious identifications will be tolerated!
Contact information will be limited to your EMail address and/or telephone number... mailing addresses won't be posted.
This is NOT a forum for debating political or social issues relating to nickel carving.
This is a work in progress... we will learn as we go here.
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  Carving Chips.....   • Cooter and the Hant: Cooter's Halloween Adventure  
Click to view Bill's “Cooter's Halloween Adventure”.
   This is a double sided carving by Billzach. The subject is “Cooter's Halloween Adventure.” This is the way Cooter tells the story... but before we start you'll notice Cooter's jaw sticking out. Well, Cooter has to have a big wad of chewing tobacco before he can talk right. So here is where Cooter begins his story... Cooter is on his way home on Halloween night and as he gets about half way home, low and behold out jumps a Hant [spook]. (Also haunt, ha'nt or haint. Chiefly Southern U.S. A ghost or other supernatural being. -vrw) Cooter said it looked something like an old witch, but it had a derby hat on.
   If you looked close... its ear was really a snake and its tail was dangling a lantern with a head of an old man in it. The old man's face in the lantern had a hat, ears, nose, beard, and etcetera. The “hant” had a horn on his nose, a wart below his nose and he was moving on wheels. Look close and you'll see the original head of the buffalo and other parts as I used them to blend in the carving. As for the obverse side it's detailed out with Cooter chewing his tobacco and needing a shave. Lots of detail and a good story to go with it. ~ Bill Jameson
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De Zwerver Dossier #4 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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27 September 2007
The idea for this carving came to me from the scene in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” when the “Soggy Bottom Boys”
were singing on the stage, had the long beards and were tipping their hat to the crowd. ~ Bill Jameson
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view Bill's “Soggy Bottom Pete”. Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.
Take note that “Soggy Bottom Pete's” nose points directly to the “Y” of “LIBERTY”... considerably higher than the normal carved nickel. -vrw
“O Brother, Where Art Thou?”... Homer's epic poem “The Odyssey”, set in the deep south during the 1930's.
In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. ~ The Internet Movie Database
“The Evolution of Pig” −by Amy Armstrong
Click to view Amy's “The Evolution of Pig”.
Lee Griffiths' website, www.lgartistry.comClick to visit Lee's website, receives some much needed attention.      
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Recent creations from the bench of engraver Stephen Cox... the Byrd Knife sold on eBay... the carved nickels are headed for OHNS's FUN2008 Auction.
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Hobo Nickel Carver Joe Paonessa Creations
      T黵k鏴 Hali Satici               Klima Kranos Polemistis
Click to view Joe's “T黵k鏴 Hali Satici”. Click to view Joe's “Klima Kranos Polemistis”.
Lee Griffiths carvings ready for display at GRS Masters Weekend in Emporia, Kansas in mid-October.
L鴖arbejder Filosof        
Click to view Lee's “L鴖arbejder Filosof”.
Gylden Hvalros-Sk鎔
Click to view Lee's “Gylden Hvalros-Sk鎔”.
$132 9/23/2007 $335.90 9/28/2007
Auction Houses normally take superb photographs which we all benefit from since they document many classic carvings.
Translation... “The Hobo File #4 [ bits and pieces ]”
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The audience squats on milk crates
or just mills around in the parking lot
behind the Corner's Plan 9
Rail culture: the language of freight-hoppersClick to read this article
−by James D. Graham for issue #0224 of the Charlottesville (VA) Hook, June 19, 2003
459 
13 September 2007
Memorable quotes from  “Wild Boys of the Road”  (1933)
Set in the Depression, this film portrays hard times as it follows the lives of three teenagers who ride the rails looking for work.
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   Edward 'Eddie' Smith (Frankie Darro 1917-1976)... [to judge] I knew all that stuff about you helping us was baloney. I'll tell you why we can't go home -- because our folks are poor. They can't get jobs and there isn't enough to eat. What good will it do you to send us home to starve? You say you've got to send us to jail to keep us off the streets. Well, that's a lie. You're sending us to jail because you don't want to see us. You want to forget us. But you can't do it because I'm not the only one. There's thousands just like me, and there's more hitting the road every day.
   Tommy Gordon (Edwin Phillips 1911-1981)... You read in the papers about giving people help. The banks get it. The soldiers get it. The breweries get it. And they're always yelling about giving it to the farmers. What about us? We're kids!
   Edward 'Eddie' Smith (Frankie Darro 1917-1976)... Go ahead! Put me in a cell. Lock me up! I'm sick of being hungry and cold. Sick of freight trains. Jail can't be any worse than the street. So give it to me!
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  Carving Chips.....   • By the mid-1880s, the center of whaling activity had shifted from New Bedford to San Francisco  
Nils “Shanghai” Nilson
Click to view Bill's “Nils “Shanghai” Nilson”.
Sam “P醝ste” Francisco
Click to view Bill's “Sam “P醝ste” Francisco”.
When Bill Jameson sent me scans of his most recent carved Jefferson nickels I wandered off on my usual quest to give them interesting names.
The fine Irish fellow here on the right clearly favors Art DelFavero's recently nicknamed “Sam Francisco” subjects and the gentleman in knit cap and sweater here on the left brought to mind a seaman... perhaps on a whaling bark, brig or schooner out of San Francisco in the 19th century.
I immediately fell down the rabbit hole into Wonderland! The resources and libraries out there covering that subject are astounding. Here is the key that unlocked that portal for me... San Francisco Shanghaiers : 1886-1890 Click to visit website.
I hope you are as overcome with a sense of wonder as I was. ~ V-Dubya
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De Zwerver Dossier #3 [ stukken en brokken ]   −by V-Dubya
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457 
11 September 2007
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view Jim's “Ozawkie Watertower”.
It is amazing how much a carving can change in the last few hours in the hands of a superior engraver like James Olivencia!
Super Sized PhotoClick to view Super Sized photo
Rare Coins of Raleigh's “Hobo Nickel Gallery” Click to visit website offers a wide variety of carved nickels.
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An intriguing cross-section of items gleaned from various nooks and crannies during this trip through hyperspace.
$301.64 9/11/2007$335 9/14/2007$163.06 9/7/2007Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.
The classic carving on the left was found in 1979 by a clerk in a five and dime change drawer in the state of New York!
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.Click to view an enlargement of this photograph.$157.50 9/2/2007$40.77 9/4/2007
Recently Quiescence Carvers... Sam Alfano, Ray Castro, and Cliff Kraft ...Display Their Elephantine Engraving Talents
Click to view Sam's “Abul-Abbas”.Click to view an enlargement of Ray Castro's carved 5¢.Click to view an enlargement of Ray Castro's carved 5¢.Click to view an enlargement of Ray Castro's carved 5¢.Click to view Cliff's “Odobenus 'Ode' Rosmarus”.
Translation... “The Hobo File #3 [ bits and pieces ]”
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456 
11 September 2007
I Keep Coming Back To Indians
“1913 Chief”
Click to view an enlargement of Bob Shamey's carved 5¢.
Click to view an enlargement of Bob Shamey's carved 5¢.
“War Chief”
Click to view an enlargement of Bob Shamey's carved 5¢.
“Reverse Applique”
Click to view an enlargement of Bob Shamey's carved 5¢.
   This subject seems to me the most fitting considering the host coin of these carvings. So I keep trying something a little more complex with each of these Indians that I carve.
   On “1913 Chief”, I wanted to tie a full headdress design directly into the border, while leaving enough room to be able to work in a very deeply textured background. A background that would make the subject “Pop” out. I think I finally got this one down.
   Once I worked out the design and background I then shaped the feathers, all 19 of them, to give the feeling of the headdress fanning back from the face. After this I engraved hundreds of barbule lines to give the feathers texture.
   Then came the stippled fur of the mink tails hanging down each side of the eagle bone breastplate. This breastplate I carved with 24 eagle bones and 35 beads followed by the engraved beadwork on the headband. I then decided to set off the stern and weathered face by inlaying and engraving two 24 kt. Gold roundels at the chief's temples.
   Finally I engraved a small arrow to draw attention to the date on this 1913 type one that has a wonderful “full horn” reverse side.
   This carving will join my John Wayne and close to twenty others in my 揋reat Western series that I will be offering as solid Sterling Silver replica jewelry very soon. ~ Bob Shamey ~ OHNS RM-788
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Vagabonds who hopped the wrong train,
ending up in Marshfield rather than Minneapolis
Tramps found riding the railsClick to read this article
−by Jonathan Gneiser for the Marshfield News-Herald, Aug 20, 2003
454 
7 September 2007
A Passionate Collector   −by Michael W. Michelsen, Jr.
Collector: Verne Walrafen    Passion: Hobo Nickels
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Antiques” gave the hobby a full two page spread... Thanks Mike!!!
Click to visit website
453 
5 September 2007
James Earle Fraser's Model for the Buffalo Nickel
1913 Armory Show Click to visit website
First International Exhibition of Modern Art In America
69th Infantry Regiment Armory, New York City
February 15th to March 15th 1913
Click to visit website
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  Carving Chips.....   • Air-Tite Capsule Measurements Table Available  
When I needed some Air-Tite capsules for a few carved coins other than my regular carved nickels it took me a lot of thrashing to figure out precisely which capsules would work. The results of that extensive research effort is the table you find posted here...
Air-Tite Capsule Measurements Click to view Air-Tite Capsule Measurements Table ~ V-Dubya
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