Introducing The Draftsman
By Arturo DelFavero RM552, Marc Banks RM538, Don Wolfe RM981
Some time ago I had the pleasure of purchasing a beautiful carving of a hobo in a safari hat (1), or at least this is how I viewed it. Shortly after the usual show and tell Marc Banks contacted me and told me that he owned two (2 & 3) by the same artist. He also stated that Don Wolfe owned a fourth example (4) of which he promptly sent a photo. To my surprise none of the others had anything close to the same type hats, although they did possess a band adornment that set far to the backside. We kicked around a couple of names but none seem to fit the bill. Marc had noticed that all the carvings did display features as if an engineer had lain out and executed a design, such as a draftsman would do. So at this point Marc, Don, and I present to you the nicknamed carver "The Draftsman."
The carving characteristics for "The Draftsman" are as follows:
- Lines and angles used to make up the design.
- Hat band adornment set left of center of the addition.
- Pointed end hat brims.
- Head and facial hair created by using a beading tool or circular punch.
- Added ears (though different) sit low on head.
- Flying V collars.
- Similar jacket collars with button holes (on three specimens).
- Loose cross hatch design over shoulder area (on three specimens).
- Dates obliterated on all.
- No or very minor profile alteration.
- Field behind head very similarly finished.
- Full to partial LIBERTY left intact on three examples. LIBERTY completely removed on one example.