Carol Bastable submitted this note about an artist's coin carvings featured in a new book. Thanks! -Editor
Artist Paolo Curcio had some of his coin carvings featured in a book called Skullture. Paolo reported that the book is by Vetro
Editions and is published in Italy. Although when checking on Amazon, the same book is shown to be by Ginko Press and in another listing it shows
Luca Bendandi and Paz Dizman as the authors. Possibly it has had more than one printing run which would explain the varying information. Or better
yet, maybe it was translated to another language and reprinted in another country just after release.
Coincidentally Paolo is originally from Italy but resides in northern Spain now. Paolo has traveled to the United States on two
different occasions to attend the FUN show in Florida. The Original Hobo Nickel Society holds its annual meeting there and sets up a bourse
table at that show which includes demonstrations on hobo nickel carving.
Paolo is one of several modern hobo nickel artists that embraces skull themes in his carvings. I actually theorized a year or two ago
that hobo nickels with skull, skeleton, and zombie themes would give the hobo nickel craft mass exposure outside of numismatic audiences
just because those themes are popular with much of the youth these days. These skull carvings have received mixed reviews among hobo
nickel/numismatic collectors. While some collectors embrace them, there are other more traditional collectors who favor the basic portraits
and people in derby hats. And then there are still others, possibly older generation types, who are not necessarily skull fans but
can't help but collect some based on the skill and quality of execution.
To read the Facebook post, see:
Some of my
Carvings was featured in the book "Skullture" by Vetro Editions (www.facebook.com/groups/theoriginalhobonickelsociety/
To read the complete article, see:
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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