Category Archives: Hobo Nickel

Knapadonia Challenge Coin Tutorial

I’m curious to see if I can make this work: a coining die so I can create small copper challenge coins in my little 20 ton press. Every year, I try to create an art object as a fundraising opportunity … Continue reading

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Combined CNC and Hand Engraving on a Hobo Silver Dollar with Handprint Skull

After a few successes with wood, moose antler and brass it’s time for something a little more challenging. There have been a few technical glitches and broken end mills along the way, but I’m confident enough I’ll risk a $20 … Continue reading

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Koi and Waves Hobo HalfDollar Tutorial

How about a Koi-themed Hobo Nickel (OK, it’s actually a silver half dollar)? Above, I’ve begun the coin carving by transferring my pattern to the face of the half dollar, and then using a V-graver to cut in all the … Continue reading

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Yellow Jacket Hobo Nickel Tutorial

The gold inlaid wasp I added to a recent knife I engraved for William Henry Studios turned out so splendidly I had to do a Hobo Nickel with the same theme. Above, I’ve taken a 1930 Buffalo nickel and transferred … Continue reading

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Shibuichi Longhorn Beetle Hobo Nickel Tutorial

Starting a new project, a Hobo Nickel with a shibuichi Japanese-style inlay of a longhorn beetle. I’ve been watching Ford Hallam (https://www.facebook.com/Ford-Hallam-Following-the-Iron-Br…/) make his lovely metal inlays, and have been taking his advice to “steal with my eyes.” I think … Continue reading

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Inlaid Shibuichi “Slimy Snail” Hobo Nickel Tutorial

Starting a new project, a Hobo Nickel with a shibuichi Japanese-style snail inlay. I’ve been watching Ford Hallam (https://www.facebook.com/Ford-Hallam-Following-the-Iron-Br…/) make his lovely metal inlays, and have been taking his advice to “steal with my eyes.”  I think I’ve broken the … Continue reading

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Skull and Centipede Hobo Nickel

Back to engraving with a Hobo Nickel project, just for me. This is my first solo Hobo Nickel, with 24 karat gold centipede legs, moose antler zombie eye. Here’s my design transferred onto a 1937 buffalo nickel. Don’t know what a … Continue reading

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