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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #9 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 1/08  
506
  Picture Postcard Magic! −by Ralph Winter ... 1/08  
505
  Carving Chips..... A Fine Pair of Ken Hunt Engraved Guns
504
  Carving Chips..... Spring BoTales is Progressing
503
  “Shamey Unwrapped” ~ Bob Shamey toothpick and fruit pit carvings ... 1/08  
502
  Armstrong Engraving & Custom Jewelry ... 1/08  
501
  Have You Ever Seen a “Hobo Nickel”? −by Timothy B. Benford ... 1/08  
  500  
500
  Art or vandalism, railcar graffiti roll across land −by David Paulsen  
499
  Carving Chips..... OHNS BoTales Editor Ralph Winter and King Louie
498
  The Eclectic World of “The Aurora Borealis Carver” Clifford L. Kraft ... 1/08  
497
  OHNS Workers On The Convention Floor ... 1/08  
496
  $9,020 ~ Record Price for a Hobo Nickel!     ... 1/08  
495
  Roster of OHNS Officers − 2008 ... 1/08  
494
  2008 Prices Realized OHNS Auction #16 ... 1/08  
fun2008
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492
  Railroad Nicknames −by Jon Macleod ... 1/08  
491
  Time to pay your OHNS dues!     ... 1/08  
490
  Real hobos ride the rails as a way of life −by Deb Saine  
489
  Both New and Old Nickel Carvers Excel in New Year! ... 1/08  
488
  Carving Chips..... A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress
487
  Welcome to the 慗ungle −by Josh McAuliffe ... 1/08  
486
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #8 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 1/08  
485
  Train hoppers' adventure ends in arrest −by John Lynch  
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484
  Sinterklaas in Different Countries ~ A Carved Nickel by Clifford Kraft ... 12/07  
483
  “Something Different” ~ Antiques Roadshow Insider ~ November 2007 ... −by Jane Viator 12/07  
482
  Keith Pedersen Carved Nickel Sells for $313! ... 12/07  
481
  A Two Hour Carving Session by Carvers Joe Paonessa and Steven Adams ... 12/07  
480
  Living on the Edge: Charlottesville residents... −by Patricia Cooper  
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Recent NiCE collection acquisitions... a Hobo Art specimen, Derek Pegnall's "The Blond Bombshell" and two awsome Bill Jameson carvings.
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Sculptor John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum couldn't get funding for his original concept “Echos of the Sea.” −Bill Jameson
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31 January 2008
De Zwerver Dossier #9  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Traveling to Reno for the FEGA and ABS shows I needed some pocket money to meet and greet other Engraver抯 Caf members! −Steve Cox
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−by Ray Castro
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−by Bill Jameson
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Captured at FUN2008
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Translation... “The Hobo File #9 [ bits and pieces ]”
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506 
30 January 2008
Picture Postcard Magic!
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Are you a postcard collector, remember the Golden Rule of collecting?
Do you have more than three? If so, you are a collector! Since they take up so little space, perhaps that number can be bumped up a bit with postcards, but think about how many postcards you have around the house. −Ralph Winter
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505 
  Carving Chips.....   • A Fine Pair of Ken Hunt Engraved Guns •  
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     Lot 67 ~ J. PURDEY & SONS ~ A FINE PAIR OF KEN HUNT ENGRAVED 12-BORE SINGLE-TRIGGER SELF-OPENING SIDELOCK EJECTOR GUNS, NOS. 26427A AND 26427B ~ weight 6lb. 12oz. ~ Estimate 50,000-70,000 GBP ~ 28-inch chopper-lump barrels with 2 3/4-inch chambers, about 1/4 and 1/2 choke borings, the frames, locks and gold numbered top-levers with fine bouquet and scroll engraving and retaining almost all of their original hardening colour, the lock plates each with a fine game scene of a brace of gold inlaid gamebirds, in flight against a realistic habitat, the no.1 gun depicting duck and geese, the no.2 gun depicting grouse, lockplates and trigger plates signed by the engraver K.C.Hunt, gold washed lockwork, lined cocking indicators, rolled edge trigger guards both numbered in gold, 15-inch highly figured exhibition quality stocks with engraved heel and toe plates, nitro proof, in their brass bound oak and leather case with canvas outer cover. ~ Sotherby's “Fine, Modern and Vintage Sporting Guns” ~ Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder Perthshire ~ Monday, 30 August 2004
504 
  Carving Chips.....   • Spring BoTales is Progressing •  
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     On the right is the first nickel carved by 2007 GRS Grand Master Engraver Ken Hunt of Surry, England. It was done on a host nickel selected from his birth year and he is Nickel Carver Marcus Hunt's father.       Read Ken's GRS BiographyClick to visit this webpage
     On the left is one of the two earliest known nickel carvings by Bert Wiegand as published in Joyce Ann Romines' 1996 book... “The Hobo Nickel ~ Hobo Carvings: An Exclusive Upgrade of Hobo Nickel Artistry”.       Read OHNS's NEWS ItemClick to visit this webpage
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503 
21 January 2008
“Shamey Unwrapped” ~ Bob Shamey toothpick and fruit pit carvings
 
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Nickels For Sale
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Replica Nickels
Page 1Click to visit this webpage
Page 2Click to visit this webpage
−from the TV program “Unwrapped” on the food channel
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Click to visit Amy's website. 20 January 2008
Armstrong
Engraving &
Custom Jewelry
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502 
NewestClick to visit this webpage
NewerClick to visit this webpage
RecentClick to visit this webpage
OlderClick to visit this webpage
OldestClick to visit this webpage
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501 
17 January 2008
  Have You Ever Seen a “Hobo Nickel”?  Click to read this article
Did You Know More Than 400 People Collect Them, and Some Cost More Than $1,000?
−by Timothy B. Benford, published Jan 08, 2008
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500 
The graffiti, whether considered beauty
or blight, are almost impossible to miss
Art or vandalism, railcar graffiti roll across landClick to read this article
−by David Paulsen for the Wausau (WI) Daily Herald, 1/6/2003
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499 
  Carving Chips.....   • OHNS BoTales Editor Ralph Winter and King Louie •  

Ralph didn't tell me who was who in this photo but I think we can make a pretty good guess even though both guys look pretty durn happy. ~ V-Dubya

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498 
 www.CliffsKrafts.com 
 The Eclectic World of
The Aurora Borealis Carver
Clifford L. Kraft 
About the Aurora Borealis Carver
Blarney is also an Artform
Carving in a Brass Holder
Personal Commission Carvings
Previously Undocumented Carvings
Reminiscing About Recent History
Testimonials from Collectors
Watching Carvings Gestate

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497 
12 January 2008
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            Dave Boulay                   Archie Taylor                       Don Farnsworth         Sandy Pearl     Don Haley
OHNS Workers On The Convention Floor
Dave Boulay demonstrating the art of carving nickels
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496 
12 January 2008
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$9,020
Record Price for a Hobo Nickel!
This Bert Wiegand carved nickel
is illustrated on page 38 of
Joyce Ann Romines' 1996 book...
“The Hobo Nickel ~ Hobo Carvings: An Exclusive Upgrade of Hobo Nickel Artistry”
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Illustration from book.
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According to the author this is one of Bert's two earliest known carvings.
She stated additionally that by microscopic inspection, this artistic carving was found to be a “total knife” carving.
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495 
12 January 2008
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Roster of OHNS Officers − 2008 Click to visit this webpage
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OHNS President Archie Taylor in character for the kids → 
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494 
12 January 2008
  2008 Prices Realized     OHNS Auction #16  
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12 January 2008
Auction info provided here as a courtesy only.   The “official” auction catalog is the printed version and will have all the final editing shown in it.


ORIGINAL HOBO NICKEL SOCIETY, INC.
A Florida Not-For-Profit Corporation
FUN2008  Mail and Floor Bid Auction
to be held at the
Original Hobo Nickel Society Meeting
Saturday, January 12, 2008 at 10 a.m.
Orange County Convention Ctr, Hall NB, North Concourse
9400 Universal Boulevard, Orlando, Florida 32819
Individual “Prices Realized” are posted with each LOT description on the catalog pages.
$36,716.20 Auction Total

This item will remain at the top of NEWS webpage until the Auction is held.                         Posted:   16 November 2007
492 
10 January 2008
Railroad Nicknames   −by Jon Macleod, texas_madman_1999
For years both Railroad Men and Hobos have made up Nicknames for different railroads depending on many factors;
such as attitude of employees, track, freight handling, passenger handling, and attitude toward Hobos.
This is a list of Railroad Names and the Nicknames for each Railroad Line!
ACELA
AMTRAK Customers Expect Late Arrivals
Akron, Canton and Youngstown
The Pumpkin Vine
Algoma Central
Agony Central
Alamony Central
Algoma Central and Hudson's Bay
All Curves Hills and Bumps
All Curves and High Bumps
Indiana and Ohio
Incomplete and Overextended
I&M Rail Link
I Might Receive a Living
I M Really Lost
IMpeded by River Level
IM Ready to Liquidate
Interesting Milwaukee Rock Link
IM Receiving Little
Indiana, Bloomington and Western
I Better Walk
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491 
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Time to pay your OHNS dues!
Which list are you on?
Membership due January 2008!Click to read the list
Members paid through 2008 or beyond!Click to read the list
490 
They call him Iron Horse Brad
Real hobos ride the rails as a way of lifeClick to read this article
−by Deb Saine for the Logansport, IN Pharos-Tribune, 2/16/2003
489 
7 January 2008
Both New and Old Nickel Carvers Excel in New Year!
−by Ken Hunt
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−by Lee Kinder
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−by James Olivencia
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−by Steve Cox
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−by Marcus Hunt
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WWI's Lord Kitchener nickel carving (upper left) −by Derek Pegnall
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Newest chef-d'oeuvre −by Ray Cover
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−by Mike Pezak
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−by Robert Shamey
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Classic carving sold on eBay
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−by James Olivencia
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  Carving Chips.....   • A Sneak Peek at a Work in Progress •  

James tells us that he has been working on this one ounce $50 gold carving off and on for a year now and hopes to finish it up here shortly. I know the obverse shown here has a few refinements needed yet in his eyes (engravers, it seems, are NEVER satisfied!)
He also reveiled that the same stream you see behind our prospector here flows across the reverse of this carving also, showing... in his own words ..."He was a gold prospector, as you can see, turned Railroad Tycoon after he struck it rich."
James closed his message with... "You will see when I'm done - this picture is just a teaser!" Guess we will just have to wait! ~ V-Dubya

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3 January 2008
Welcome to the 慗ungle   −by  Josh McAuliffe,  Staff Writer
揌obo Homes During the Depression: Photographs of the Scranton 慗ungle by R. W. Jeffers.
 

Starting Friday, the University of Scranton抯 Hope Horn Gallery will host 揌obo Homes During the Depression: Photographs of the Scranton 慗ungle by R. W. Jeffers.
 
 
If you go
  What: 揌obo Homes During the Depression: Photographs of the Scranton 慗ungle by R.W. Jeffers
  When: Friday through Jan. 25
  Where: Hope Horn Gallery, fourth floor, Hyland Hall, University of Scranton
  Details: 揇ocumenting the Hobo Jungle, a lecture by gallery director Darlene Miller-Lanning, will be given from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday in Room 228 of the university抯 Brennan Hall, followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. Gallery hours are Sunday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m., and Wednesday, 6 to 8 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, call 941-4214.
   The word hobo evokes images of mangy, hardbitten characters riding the rails in movies and on television.
   But their presence was a fact of life during the Great Depression, when desperate men took their meager possessions to shanty towns located on the fringes of one city after another, Scranton among them.
   On Friday, the University of Scranton抯 Hope Horn Gallery will unveil its latest exhibit, 揌obo Homes During the Depression: Photographs of the Scranton 慗ungle by R.W. Jeffers.
   The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 25, kicks off at 5 p.m. with 揇ocumenting the Hobo Jungle, a lecture given by gallery director Darlene Miller-Lanning, Ph.D., in Room 228 of the university抯 Brennan Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gallery, located on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall.
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1 January 2008
 
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2008 OHNS hobo token “Starvin Marvin” Click to visit OHNS Tokens webpage
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−by David Jones
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−by Steve Adams
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−by Steve Cox
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−by Amy Armstrong
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De Zwerver Dossier #8
[ stukken en brokken ]
  −by V-Dubya
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Found in change at a fast food restaurant 25 years ago.
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Nicknamed carver, “Spiffy”, carved nickel sold on eBay for $167.50
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Nickel Carver Cliff Kraft has been both creative and busy recently!
Joey Kaahpiihaatei                                The                                     President         
(Kickapoo for Brown)                             Wiz                               Andrew Jackson     
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Carved Morgan Dollar
($315 on eBay)
−by Coin Carver Steve Cox
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Carved Franklin Half Dollar
($375 on eBay)
−by Coin Carver Bill Jameson
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Translation... “The Hobo File #8 [ bits and pieces ]”
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485 
No beach trip for them
Train hoppers' adventure ends in arrestClick to read this article
−by John Lynch for the Longview (TX) News-Journal, March 14, 2003
484 
25 December 2007
Sinterklaas in Different Countries   ~   A Carved Nickel by Clifford Kraft
Saint Country Helper
Sinterklaas, de Sint The Netherlands Zwarte Piet
Sinterklaas, de Sint Flanders (Belgium) Zwarte Piet
Saint Nicolas Wallonie (Belgium) P鑢e Fouettard
Kleeschen Luxembourg Houseker
Saint Nicolas Alsace (France) Hanstrapp or Rupelz
Saint Nicolas Lorraine (France) P鑢e Fouettard
Nikolaus Germany Knecht Ruprecht
Sinterklas Indonesia Piet Hitam
Nikolaus Austria Krampus or Schab
Samichlaus Switzerland Schmutzli
Swiety Mikolaj Poland
Mos Nicolae Romania
Mikul醩 Hungary Krampusz
San Nicol Trieste (Italy)
483 
15 December 2007
“Something Different” ~ Antiques Roadshow Insider ~ November 2007
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Antiques Roadshow just finished its 12th year of touring in search
of hidden treasures in America. While no one has an exact count,
it's safe to say that somewhere around a million items have landed
on appraisers' tables since 1996. So it's notable when an Antiques
Roadshow
guest brings in a collection that has rarely, if ever,
been seen before. But that's just what happened in Las Vegas,
when Owen came to the Folk Art table with Indian-head nickels
that have been painstakingly re-carved into minature sculptures.
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“Brother, can you spare a dime?” −Jane Viator
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482 
10 December 2007
Keith Pedersen Carved Nickel Sells for $313!
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   Keith tells me that this is not the first time that he has seen one of his carved nickels with his signature altered and offered for sale. This piece is one of his early carvings when he was punching a very small “KP” on the reverse... in three locations on this carving; above the bison's hump, below his nose and below his belly. The latter two punches have been obliterated.
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   In fact... Keith just pointed out this earlier sale of one of his carvings in September of 2007, which sold for $179, where his signature was removed from the reverse. Unfortunately there are folks who seek to take advantage of every conceivable opportunity. As always... education is our only defense! ~ V-Dubya
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3 December 2007
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   Nothing fancy, just two carvers taking three twenty minute turns at carving one side of a nickel without trying to
influence the other vocally. Just pick up where the other guy leaves off. I started off the sessions, and Joe finished.
We each took ten minutes to finish. It could have used more, but we were trying to limit our time. ~ Steve Adams
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1) Drawing, Outline and Hat   2) More Roughing Out and Collar   3) Shape Design   4) Modeling and Punching Beard
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5) Coloring with Torch   6) Finishing   7) Signing   8) Celebrating
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The whistle blows
and the line of empty freight cars rounds the corner
Living on the Edge: Charlottesville residents
and University students tell of tales on the tracks
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−by Patricia Cooper for the Charlottesville (VA) Cavalier Daily, March 18, 2003
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