We are a club dedicated to furthering the art of wood carving. To this end we meet monthly to enjoy the fellowship of like minded artists and craftsmen and to learn from each other how to improve our woodcarving skills. We welcome wood carvers of all skill levels. Even if you have never put a knife to wood, just bring the desire to learn.
THE LI WOOD CARVERS SHOW
Monday, January 7, 2013
Carve Hobo Nickels
Discover the expert in you.
How to Make Hobo Nickels
The United States minted buffalo nickels from 1913 through 1938.
During this time period and beyond, folk artists used hand tools to
alter the distinguished Indian head on the front of these coins.
Famous hobo nickels show the Indian's head accentuated with
details such as beards and hats or fully transformed into a famous
personality or comical character. Some artists would even transform
the buffalo on the back of the nickel into a different animal.
With a few engraving tools and a steady hand, you can alter
your own buffalo nickels or use your imagination to carve modern coins.
Things You'll Need
Hand engraving tool with nail and carbide tip
Draw your desired shape and details on the surface of the nickel,
using a fine-tipped marker. Try to work with the details and contours
of the original nickel to make your finished nickel look authentic.
Smooth and carve away away large areas of metal with your hand
engraving tool and a carbide tip.
Engrave fine lines on the metal surface with the hand engraving
tool and a nail tip or a craft knife.
Hammer a nail into the coin to create stippling or small, rough
details such as pockmarks.
Polish the finished nickel with metal polish and a polishing cloth.