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   Posted by: woodbeecarver

SAGE OF THE ROADHOBO RUBEIn every block of wood there is a carving subject waiting to be set free by carving away all the wood that does not look like the subject imagined.  Or so the old saying goes.

Such is the case of the subject of carving a hobo envisioned in a block of wood.  The first photo shows Sage of the Road standing in front of a basswood block.  Sage was used as a model for the Hobo Rube whose story was told in the February  26, 2009 posting of “Carving Hobo Rube.”  The second photo shows Rube standing in front of a block of basswood from which Hobo Cedrick will be carved in this posting. Read the rest of this entry »



   Posted by: woodbeecarver

SAGE OF THE ROADSage of the Road is a hobo carving that is serving as a model for another hobo carving of Rube who will be carved out of the basswood block standing behind Sage of the Road. The block is five inches tall by two and a half inches square.  Hobos are nostalgic and romantic figures of a by-gone era that some call the “good ole days.”

Hobos began around the American Civil War and were itinerant labors who traveled all over the country in search of adventure as well as work.  It has been said that a “hobo is one who travels for work, a tramp travels but will not work and a bum neither travels nor works.”  Some say that the term “hobo” is a shortened version of “hoe boy” or an itinerant farm laborer who carried his hoe with his bindle bag tied to the hoe handle.  Read the rest of this entry »