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  The Jewish Nickle  . . .  A Very Clever Pocket Joke ... 12/09  
669
  This Hobo Nickel was done by Uncle John the Hobo!!! −by J.Allen ... 12/09  
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  Carving Chips..... Windows To The Soul! −by Steven G. Adams
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #34 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 12/09 
666
  The Lovely Steam Trains & Last Train Out ... 12/09  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #33 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 12/09 
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  Silver Dollar Carving Anyone? −by Bill Jameson ... 12/09  
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  Bill (Jameson) Zach Hobo Nickel Carvings Archive of available scans as of 12/1/2009 ... 12/09  
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Jim Beam J.B.Turner Train Set −by Steve Cox ... 12/09 
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A Day at the Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) Coin Show −by Ralph Winter ... 11/09 
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #32 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 11/09 
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Hall of Fame: Saluting Great Collections ... 11/09 
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658
  Winter 2009 “BoTales” Feature Article ... 10/09  
657
  Carving Chips..... Digging around in Cinco's midden heap!
656
Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #31 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 10/09 
655
  Carving Chips..... Winter 2009 BoTales (Auction Catalog) is Progressing
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #30 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 9/09 
653
2010 OHNS Elections ... 9/09 
652
The Pre-Long Beach Auction ~ September 8th, 2009 ... 9/09 
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  Fall 2009 “BoTales” Feature Articles ... 9/09  
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Click to read all historical dossiers De Zwerver Dossier #29 [ stukken en brokken ] −by V-Dubya ... 8/09 
649
Nickel Carvings with Narratives ... 8/09 
648
Jason Morris Attends Steve Cox's FIRST Hobo Nickel Carving Class ... 8/09 
647
“Inunnguaq” Carved In Gold By Lee Griffiths! ... 8/09 
646
  Carving Chips..... Fall BoTales is Progressing
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670  27 December 2009
The Jewish Nickle  . . .  A Very Clever Pocket Joke
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   “With a few of these Jewish or Yiddish Nickles, you can have no end of fun. Hand it to a friend, street car conductor, or a storekeeper and watch his face as he examines it. It is made of silver finished white metal.
   Jewish Nickle, price.....5c, 3 for 10 cents, 1 doz. for 30c postpaid.” ~ 1929 Johnson Smith & Co. Catalogue Click to view 1929 Johnson Smith thumbnails
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669  24 December 2009
This Hobo Nickel was done by Uncle John the Hobo!!!
Offered on eBay
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   While on Vacation one time years ago with my parents, we stopped at a Fair. We saw The Side-shows, and the Wild Animals and this Cute Hippo named George, who liked to get the roof of his mouth rubbed - maybe he had a toothache?
   My Dad took Mom and I on The Big Ferris Wheel. We could see all over from way up there, even the Ocean breakers on the beach and the Freight-Liners (Ships) at Sea. As we were coming down dropping off folks ahead of us, I saw this Man Carving something on a bench, while he was tending to his Elephants. My Dad was the Curious type, so he said “Let's go see.” He asked the man what he was carving.
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The Man stood up and Introduced himself as “Uncle John the Hobo” as he was shaking my Dad's hand. He told my Dad, A lot of Hobos worked the Fairs and Carnivals and helped put up The Big-Top Tent. He said some of the Hobos in their spare time, Carved Bird Whistles and sold them for extra cash. He wanted to make something that would last a lifetime. So since there are alot of interesting people who work the Fairs, he decided to start Carving them.
   I remember my Dad buying all he had. I'd forgotten all about them, as I was only ten years old at the time. I was Cleaning out the Closet today, when I came across an Old Tobacco Tin. I opened it and here I find all these Fantastic Pieces of Folk Art, and a crumbly old piece of paper, which Dad had written “Bought at the Fair - done by Uncle John the Hobo 1950's.” ~ J.Allen, Dec. 17, 2009
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668 
  Carving Chips.....   • Windows To The Soul! −by Steven G. Adams •  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 667  17 December 2009
De Zwerver Dossier #34  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Doug Sutherland... $82 eBay
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Jim Stewart... $130 & $135 eBay
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Marcus Hunt... $186 eBay
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Howard Thomas... PrivateSale
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John Carter... $59 eBay
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Adam Leech... $16 & $57 eBay
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Steve Cox... PrivateSale
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Bob Shamey... $324, $357 & $434 eBay
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Marcus Hunt... $186 & $528 eBay
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Amy Armstrong... $178 & $200eBay
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Eric Truitt... Swedish Krona
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Keith Pedersen... Private Sale & Only Hand Tools Used
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No Classic Carvings unearthed during this time period.
Translation... “The Hobo File #34 [ bits and pieces ]”
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666  5 December 2009
The Lovely Steam Trains
A video for steam trains lovers and music too.
The music is the famous tune “Orange Blossom Special.”
Guest star is Charlie McCoy, with his golden harmonica.
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Last Train Out Click to visit www.cdbaby.com website
Arkansas Red - Ozark Troubadour
Hobo songs using folk acoustic instruments with vocals.
I Can't Afford A Ticket On Your Train...5:17
Goodbye, Old Pal, Goodbye...6:37
The Last Train Out...2:34
Weary Hobo Blues...4:38
Say A Few Words Over Me...4:06
The Ragged Orphan...3:31
Hobo's Dream...3:40
Cisco Annie...4:15
An Old Hotel...4:30
Tonight I Am Weary And Lonesome...3:46
If You Want To Ride This Train...3:04
God Bless The Hobo...2:52
Trestle Number Five...2:47
Hobo's Life...3:04
Powder John...2:23
Daddy And His Train...3:19
Click to read all historical dossiers 665  3 December 2009
“Jay Bird”... “Clipart ETC
Source: Caricature:
Wit and Humor of a Nation
in Picture, Sound and Story

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De Zwerver Dossier #33
 [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Ralph Winter's Awesome
Hobo Buffalo Postcard
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Sold on eBay for $200
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Stephen D. Cox
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Carved for Ralph Winter
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Stephen D. Cox... Five Private Commission Carvings
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Gleanings from the recent innovative creations by Nickel Carver Eric TruittClick to visit Eric's Photobucket Photo Album.
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Bob Shamey... $416 and $542 on eBay
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Howard Thomas... $229, $210 and $148 on eBay
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No Classic Carvings unearthed during this time period.
Translation... “The Hobo File #33 [ bits and pieces ]”
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664  2 December 2009
Silver Dollar Carving Anyone?
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     This was a 1921 XF Morgan dollar I brought off of eBay. I'm thinking this carving's subject will end up being a Cajun subject, but I may change my mind. My main tools so far in carving this coin has been a #36 flat[no heel], a #42 flat[no heel]. I did cut the bottom of the hat brim with my Airtact.
     Depending on how fast you are and how well designed you want this carving, it'll take you from eight to fifteen hours to complete it. We could have more than six steps in carving a silver dollar, but I think these six will allow you to carve one.
     [Top photo on left] This first picture shows maybe the hardest step in carving a Morgan dollar. That is removing wheat from original subject between letters and removing raised metal and designing top of hat or cap while keeping the field level or “mint-like.”
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     [Top photo on right] I've now refined the hat and hat band and have started to sand the field with a Gesswein sanding stick.
     [Middle photo on left] I've now removed metal and carved a new nose area, lowered mouth and changed the jaw line. I may change my mind and recut the lower jaw and put a beard on this subject, this can be tricky to do as I'll have to form a beard in the field of the coin.
     [Middle photo on right] I'm now using my Airtact to cut the hair, add hair on forehead, stippled hat with stipple tool. I also removed a portion of the original hair from bottom right of subject to give the hat brim a more defined look. I'm still not sure if I'm going to cut a beard on this subject.
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     [Bottom photo on left] I decided to put a beard on subject. The coin is now ready to be sanded down with a 600 grit sanding stick, burished again, sandblasted and aged out.
     [Bottom photo on right] I've checked for scratches, sandblasted coin, aged it out and it's now ready for a carved coin collector.
William “Billzach” Jameson, OHNS-RM599
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663 
1 December 2009
Bill (Jameson) Zach Hobo Nickel Carvings Click to view Bill's Photo Album
Archive of available scans as of 12/1/2009
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    I started coin carving in late 1996. I used a small hammer, a small chisel and a magnifing glass out of a movie projector to see coin better. I used wood screws to hold ny coins down. The tools cost me about $3. I can see where I've made an improvement cutting my fields.
    Shown here is my FIRST completed coin, it was never offered for sale. I sold my first coin carvings in early 1997 to a coin collector at the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company where I was employed as a tire inspector. He in turn showed them to other coin collectors and bought more and resold them for a couple of years. ~ William “Billzach” Jameson, OHNS-RM599
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662 
1 December 2009
 Jim Beam J.B.Turner Train Set 
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     Recently, I completed this Jim Beam J.B.Turner train set on 2009 Silver Eagles requested by a private collector.
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    The request was inspired by a train set by Jeff Koons, a contemporary artist, who made an edition of three of the Jim Beam Trains out of stainless steel back in 1986. This was part of an exhibit called “Luxury and Degradation” which was his critique of the pursuit of luxury. The train is composed of seven highly polished stainless steel railcars each of which was sent to Jim Beam to be filled and tax stamped. He chose stainless steel because it would preserve the whiskey forever and could be highly polished to look like silver (“faux luxury”). One of the trains was auctioned at Christie's with a pre-sale estimate of $2 million to $3 million. Actual sale price was $5,495,500 for seven fifths of Jim Beam in stainless steel railcar “bottles”. The original sale price in 1986 was $75,000! ~ Steve Cox, OHNS-LM53
“Jim Beam J.B.Turner Train,” by Jeff Koons, stainless steel and bourbon, 6.5x11x114", 1986.

This work is one of an edition of three plus one artist's proof.  Sold for $5,495,500 5/11/2004.
"Jim Beam - J.B.Turner Engine" by Jeff Koons,
stainless steel and bourbon, 6.75x11x17.25", 1986.

This work is the artist's proof from an edition of three
plus one artist's proof.  Sold for $2,322,500 5/13/2009.
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661  29 November 2009
A Day at the Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS) Coin Show
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Joe Goode

Ralph Winter ~ Art DelFavero ~ Joe Goode
   Every year I look forward to the Michigan State Numismatic Society's Fall Convention and Coin Show which is always held the Friday-Sunday after Thanksgiving. I always look forward to the possibility of finding a nice hobo nickel but also of seeing many of my collector friends and fellow OHNS members. This year was no exception.
   I'll tell you up front I didn't score any great hobo finds. But I had great fun looking. I did pickup a below average nickel with "character" and another average classic carving. I saw another pretty nice classic carved on a 1924-S Buffalo nickel. Since this is a fairly rare date, the seller was asking way too much for the quality of the carving, so we couldn't come to terms.
   What was equally rewarding was running into some of my OHNS collector friends. Joe Goode was helping at the MSNS Show (He's a member of the Northwest Detroit Coin Club which co-hosted this year's convention.). Of course I met up with Art DelFavero (We first met at this same show in 2003.). Ray Dillard was there with his roller press creating elongated Lincoln cents for the attendees. OHNS member Dan Freeland, who is a MSNS Board member, and I had a nice visit. Later I went up to visit with OHNS members Rita Jene Sledz and Don Charters. Don and Rita Jene are husband and wife and were working in the hospitality suite where they provide refreshments for the show workers.

Ray Dillard

Dan Freeland

Rita Jene Sledz ~ Don Charters
   As always, it was a fun outing. For me it's a warm-up for the 2010 FUN Show and OHNS Meeting and Auction. Orlando, here I come! ~ Ralph Winter, OHNS-LM37
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Click to read all historical dossiers 660  29 November 2009
De Zwerver Dossier #32  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Bill Jameson... Private sale & $235 on eBay
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Amy Armstrong... $154 eBay
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Telephone Ear... $405 eBay
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Classic... $535 on eBay
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Classic... $9 on eBay
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Jim Stewart... $200 on eBay
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Bob Shamey... $315 and $319 on eBay
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Art Hutchison... $73 on eBay
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J.W.Hughey... $127 on eBay
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Classic... $101, $101 and $228 on eBay
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Classic... $208 on eBay
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Doug Sutherland... $64 on eBay
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Howard Thomas... $90, $135, and $84 on eBay
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Mike Pezak... currently being offered on eBay for $205, $231, $256, $256, $754, $754, $754, $754 and $812.
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Translation... “The Hobo File #32 [ bits and pieces ]”
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659 
14 November 2009
Collectors Weekly Hall of Fame Saluting Great Collections
The Original Hobo Nickel Society
The Original Hobo Nickel Society
Founded in 1992, The Original Hobo Nickel Society is mostly devoted to folk art derived from Indian Head or Buffalo nickels minted from 1913 to 1938, whose thick profiles made them perfect for carving. Feature articles from the Society's member newsletter, “BoTales,” are reprinted online, and its annual auction catalog is published online. The crown jewel of the site is the Nickel Carver's Showcase, where you will find examples of Hobo Nickels produced by contemporary carvers, as well as a link to Stephen Alpert fine illustrated article on dozens of classic carvers (the Old Nicknamed Artists Synopsis at the bottom of the page is a terrific resource).

Visit this site now


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658 
31 October 2009
Winter 2009 “BoTales” Feature Article
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BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ... 2
Check Your Mailing Envelope Address ... 2
New OHNS Members ... 2
Announcing OHNS 2010 Annual Meeting ... 3
2010 OHNS Elections ... 3
Auction Manager's Message ... 4
Auction Subject, Artist & Donation Index ... 4
Auction 18 Rules ... 5
OHNS Auction 18 Catalog, Lots 1-97 ... 5-21
2008 OHNS Board ... 22
OHNS Hobo Tokens Available ... 22
Auction 18 Bid Sheet ... 23
Membership & Quality Designation Form ... 24
Recent eBay Auction Sales ... 25
Pre Long Beach Goldberg Auction Sales ... 25
Story Contest Deadline Extended, Stakes Upped ... 26
“Curly and Earl” by Stephen Cox ... 26
Coffee Table Book; OHNS Meeting Souvenir ... 26
OHNS Meeting Door Prizes; Back issues of BoTales ... 26
Applying for a 2010 ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship ... 27
Time to say goodbye has come for well-known hobo couple ... 27
“23 Skidoo” by Carol Bastable ... 28
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  FUN2010 Mail and Floor Bid Auction Catalogue   Saturday, January 9, 2009  
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The ONLY way to enjoy all the other fantastic content in “BoTales” is to join OHNS. So quit procrastinating and do it NOW!
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657    Carving Chips.....   • Digging around in Cinco's midden heap! •  
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Hobo Depicted On Halftone Copper Plate
This small, 2.75"x3.75", halftone copper plate resides in the collection
of our Archivist Art DelFavero.
Art claims that he was taught to carve nickels by a guy who
looked just like the fellow portrayed on this plate.
Should we believe him?
V-Dubya    
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Click to read all historical dossiers 656  28 October 2009
De Zwerver Dossier #31  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Amy Armstrong... Private Sale
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Art DelFavero, Ralph Winter and Fred Avan have a “PlayDate” on 8 October 2009
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Steve Cox... Private Sale
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Bargains on eBay... $92 Peanut Ear & $53 Telephone Ear
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Bob Shamey... $419 on eBay
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Howard Thomas... $73 and $67 on eBay
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Classic... $243 on eBay
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Marc Banks' latest finds
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Steve Cox... Comission Carvings
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Eric Truitt... “Ijs Draak”
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Eric Truitt's Sketchpad       ( Click on excerpt to see entire page. )
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Sonny carved this → nickel, his 21st, in 1997 and gave it to his Mom.
Sonny Carpenter... “Sam”
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Translation... “The Hobo File #31 [ bits and pieces ]”
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655 
  Carving Chips.....   • Winter 2009 BoTales (Auction Catalog) is Progressing •  
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Click to read all historical dossiers 654  30 September 2009
De Zwerver Dossier #30  [ stukken en brokken ]  −by V-Dubya
Bob Shamey... $374 on eBay
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Eric Truitt... $81 on eBay
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J.W.Hughey... $154 on eBay
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Bob Shamey... $175 on eBay
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Classic... $434 on eBay
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Bill Jameson... Private Sale
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Eric Truitt... $41 on eBay
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Bob Shamey... $468 on eBay
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Classic... $60 on eBay
This Hobo looks like he has recently returned from the Crusades!
Art DelFavero... Private Buy
There is no accounting for a person's tastes!
Marc Banks... Private Buy
Marc takes wonderful photographs!
James Stewart... $108 on eBay
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Bob Shamey... $320 on eBay
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Getting Your Hands on Owen's Bo's
“The Collection”
Here is one of my books done and published that I'm working on.
It is in full color and hard bound covered. It is a 12x12 size and
intended to be a coffee table book loaded with photos of my carvings only.
My second book is 60% done and will be wire bound in grey scale
with all carvers listed... all known and modern. ~ Owen Covert ~ 9/3/09
Translation... “The Hobo File #30 [ bits and pieces ]”
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653 
9 September 2009
2010 OHNS ELECTIONS... Every even-numbered year, OHNS holds elections to allow for new officers
and Board members. The BoTales Editor is appointed by the Board. An election will be held at the FUN Show
in Orlando, Jan. 9, 2010. If you would like to run for one of the offices or for a Board position, please submit your
name and the position that you wish to run for to our Secretary, at 12000 Sunset Ridge Drive, Ozawkie, KS 66070
or EMail him at walrafenATgmmnut.com.

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652 
8 September 2009
Click to view this GoldbergCoins Auction Catalog.
The Pre-Long Beach Auction ~ September 8th, 2009Lot#2543 ~ $460Lot#2540 ~ $460Lot#2536 ~ $483
Lot#2524 ~ $460Lot#2522 ~ $75Lot#2519 ~ $138Lot#2510 ~ $109Lot#2509 ~ $127
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651 
8 September 2009
Fall 2009 “BoTales” Feature Articles
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Chuckles by Steve Berenhaus ..... Front Cover
BoTales Banner Banter & Editor's Message ..... 2
New OHNS Members ..... 2
President's Message ..... 3
Make Your Plans Now for FUN 2010 ..... 3
Deadline Fast Approaching for
              Submission to Auction 18 ..... 3
Do I Have to Beg? ..... 4
At the Corner by Joe Goode ..... 4
My First and Favorite by Michael Brannon ..... 5
Hobo Misses the Train by Marc Banks ..... 5
Creamed Squab a la Jungle ..... 6
Curly and Earl by Stephen Cox ..... 6
2008 OHNS Board & Hobo Tokens Available ..... 7
Membership & Quality Designation Form ..... 8
Three's A Match & Who Is “MAB?” ..... 9
ANA Summer Seminar Adventure by Robbie Horvath ..... 10
Applying for a 2010 ANA Summer Seminar Scholarship ..... 11
Introducing “Money Man” by S.Alpert & M.Brannon ..... 12
Introducing “Pencil Neck” by M.Banks & A.DelFavero ..... 12
Introducing “Carvetoon” by DelFavero, Covert & Winter ..... 13
BoRetro How I Got Started by J. Allen ..... 14
J. Allen, Carver Emerita ..... 15
Hobo Nickel Carver “Playdate” by Dave Boulay ..... 16
BoRetro Tracking The Elusive “Bo” by Dallas Shaw ..... 17
An Ounce of Prevention ..... 17
Some Recent eBay Sales of Hobo Nickels ..... 19
Collector of Merit & Summer F.U.N. Show ..... Back Cover
Introducing “Money Man”, “Pencil Neck”, and “Carvetoon”
Click to read this article −by Stephen Alpert, LM10 and Mike Bannon, RM413 and Marc Banks, RM538 and    
    Art DelFavero, RM552 and Owen Covert, RM686 and Ralph Winter, LM37
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  “Money Man”  
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  “Pencil Neck”  
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  “Carvetoon”  
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The ONLY way to enjoy all the other fantastic content in “BoTales” is to join OHNS. So quit procrastinating and do it NOW!
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Click to read all historical dossiers 650  31 August 2009
Bill Jameson... $208 on eBay
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“Snout” Bottoms
De Zwerver Dossier #29
 [ stukken en brokken ]
 −by V-Dubya
Bill Jameson... Commission
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Diana Frances Spencer
Eric Truitt... Private Sale
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“NeedleEar”... $639 on eBay
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Classic... $206 on eBay
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Amy Armstrong... $149 eBay
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Marc Banks... Private Buy
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Eric Truitt... Private Sale
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Bob Shamey... $180 on eBay
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Amy Armstrong... $225 eBay
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Classic... $198 on eBay
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Classic... $130 on eBay
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Lee Griffiths... Commission
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James Stewart... $55 on eBay
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James Stewart... $90 on eBay
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Stephen D. Cox... $228 on eBay
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“Wild Man”... $54 on eBay
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“Long Nose”... Mike Peabody
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“Smiley”... $123 on eBay
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James Stewart... $80 on eBay
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Translation... “The Hobo File #29 [ bits and pieces ]”
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649  29 August 2009
Nickel Carvings with Narratives
“Sam Francisco”... Private Gift
Little known fact... Marbles drives a 1999 Buick LeSabre and is reported as being willing to travel almost anywhere for a couple of oxblood corkscrew marbles.
“Marbles” Malone
This "Hobo Nickel" was found three blocks from our home − we lived at 6719 Nestle Avenue in Reseda, California. My son, Vince, was twelve years old at the time, so that would have made the year 1978. He used to visit with an old lady as she did her gardening − it was right next to Reseda Park. On this day, as she hoed in her garden, she picked this nickel out of the ground and handed it to my son. He brought it home and gave it to me. I threw it in my jewelry box, where it sat for many years. I'm sorry that there isn't any more to tell, but now you know all that we know about it. ~ Lynn Jeffers
Art “Cinco de Arturo” DelFavero tells us; Now we know... “Rough Beard” is bald! [All of his other known carvings show him wearing a hat.]
“Rough Beard”... $187 on eBay
Little known fact... Ballard is an Old English and Scottish derogatory nickname for a bald-headed person.
“Ballard” Baard
Stephen D. Cox... $175 on eBay
Little known fact... Inky was once quite popular with the Vegas show girls.
A Las Vegas legend, Inky Gilbert, was a small town printer from Tonopah. When times got tough, Inky headed to Vegas with some freshly printed Green Cash to pass at the casinos. Things were going well until he got to Vinny Vinion's downtown casino. Vinny had a keen eye for scams and cheats along with a short temper. When he spotted Inky's Green Cash... Vinny had a couple big boys from Security escort Inky to his office. Inky Gilbert was never seen or heard from again. Rumor has it he can be found in a shallow desert grave outside of town.
It is said, “Don't pull an INKY in Vegas”. ~ Stephen D. Cox
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648  9 August 2009
Click to view an enlargement of this photograph. Jason Morris Attends
Steve Cox's FIRST
Hobo Nickel Carving Class
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Jason Morris' first carvings
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Jason & Steve carving
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Steve Cox carving
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   Steve− I wanted to say thanks again for bringing me into your studio & home and for imparting the knowledge that you've gained.
   I met Steve at a gun show in Las Vegas, NV while he was inlaying a border into a belt buckle. My first question to him was “How does a fellow learn how to do this sort of thing?”
   He responded politely with a flyer, offering private one-on-one instruction and at that point he had my attention.
   The price for the course was extremely reasonable so I decided to give it a shot.
   From day one, he stressed the importance of keeping sharp tools and then showed me how to sharpen & shape gravers. We moved on to microscope setup, transfer methods, and a slurry of other topics that are too many to count in a small course review. In roughly an hour, I learned what would've taken me weeks of experience to figure out on my own, and it didn't stop there. We started out cutting circles & lines on practice plates but just after lunch we were well on our way to cutting a hobo nickel!
   From design & layout, transfer methods, fixing your mistakes (the mark of a true artist!), and different methods of finishing & carving, I wound up walking away with four one-of-a-kind hobo nickels that I'm very proud of.
   Steve & Kathy's hospitality cannot be described in words. I often felt more welcomed in their home than I would in my own relative's home.
   Thanks again for welcoming me and teaching me the basics of engraving. You've made a friend and fellow hobo nickel collector for life. ~ Jason (Las Vegas, NV)
   The Parrothead nickel was chosen by Jason as his final project... we are both Jimmy Buffett fans. I engraved the “EYE” nickel for Jason. It was inspired by his tattoo. ~ Steve Cox (Las Vegas, NV)

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Hobo Nickel
BASIC ENGRAVING CLASS

Five Day Class (Mon-Fri) in Las Vegas, NV
COST: $750.00
CLASS PROJECT: Complete HOBO NICKEL ready for SALE on eBay!
This course teaches basic hand engraving skills.
Engraving a Hobo Nickel will help you learn
to execute a variety of fundamental engraving cuts that builds confidence and accuracy.
The Beginner has the opportunity to get PAID to ENGRAVE
while building a foundation to engrave on Knives, Firearms, Jewelry, Etc.
For an Experienced engraver, Hobo Nickels can be an additional source of Income.
Hobo Nickels are Sold on eBay, everyday!
Stephen D. Cox
1-702-431-9196
SDC SERVICESClick to visit Steve's website
Fine Hand Engraving by STEPHEN D. COX
Hobo Nickels - Knives - Firearms - Jewerly - Dies
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647 
6 August 2009
Inunnguaq” Carved In Gold By Lee Griffiths!
The inuksuk...is a metaphor. It reminds [the elders] of the time when people were attached to the land by an unbroken
thread of reference, when they created great dancing circles, built fish weirs, placed huge inuksuit on hilltops,
made traps to catch the most cunning animals, and communicated by rearranging or shaping fragments of the landscape.”

 
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Inuksuit photo poster.
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   Inuksuit are among the most important objects created by the Inuit who were the first people to inhabit portions of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland. The term Inuksuk (the singular of Inuksuit) means “to act in the capacity of a human.” It is an extension of Inuk, meaning “a human being.”
   These stone figures were placed on the temporal and spiritual landscapes. Among many practical functions, they were employed as hunting and navigation aids, coordination points, indicators, and message centers. The Inuit also constructed a stone figure called an Inunnguaq which means “in the likeness of a human.” In addition to their earthly functions, certain Inuksuk-like figures had spiritual connotations, and were objects of veneration, often marking the threshold of the spiritual landscape of the Inummariit -- the Inuit who knew how to survive on the land living in their traditional way.

  Original project conceptualization artwork.
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   Alex Janvier portrays the white buffalo coming alive and leaping into action. The four cardinal points are marked with stylized teepee pegs joined by sixteen stones -- another important symbol of spiritual renewal. The “heartline” shows that the buffalo has life. The lines in the background suggest water, the source of life.
   With such a fantastic buffalo on the reverse, this gold piece cried out to have an “Inunnguaq” or an “Inuksuk” carved on the obverse. This project was three years in the making and though this half ounce, 29mm host coin was “pricy”... we did finally managed to pull this one off! ~ V-Dubya

Judith Varney Burch “Arctic Inuit Art”  −by Norman E. Hallendy
 “Inukshuk”... from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  
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646 
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