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Introducing Weasel


By Kerry Keller RM1613, Ralph Winter LM37, Marc Banks HLM538

On page 50 of the Hobo Nickel Guidebook by Stephen P. Alpert it says, " 'Weasel' (actual name unknown) was a friend of Bo who made hobo nickels up to the 1970s. His works are rather similar to Bo's and it is often difficult to distinguish his works from those of Bo."

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The carving characteristics for "Weasel" are as follows:

  1. Brush marks similar to those on George Washington "Bo" Hughes carvings.
  2. Art work similar to "Bo" but rough dressing in the field.
  3. The works of "Weasel" have hair consisting of dashes or parallel lines, and the ear is usually more oval than Bo's, and with a thick outer ring.
  4. Apparent lack of patience; hastily created renderings.
  5. Raised metal not as dramatic as raised metal carvings by "Bo."
  6. Toning on most carvings suggests storage in leather.
  7. He signed some of his nickels "W.L."