#58 How Dusty Met Digger
Dusty is a Hobo who rides the rails. He loves the freedom of the iron trail. He is weary, dirty & dusty from travel. Dusty's daily adventures are worth all the hassle.
Digger The Dog was a stray, until he met Dusty on the tracks that day. Digger was covered with dirt from head to tail. He smelled badly and needed a bath. Apparently Digger was the victim of one skunk's wrath.
Dusty chuckled while he puffed on his pipe. Dusty said, "What the heck is this dog gonna do tonight? Come on Digger follow me. I can use some company." SOLD
#62 Dusty and Digger "No Fishing" (series # 2)
"No Fishing" is carved on the reverse side of a 1936 Buffalo Nickel. The characters are carved with great care for the miniature details. The fishing line is the approximate thickness of dental floss. The background is carefully removed & flattened for a relief effect. The nickel is torch toned to darken. This is the second carving in my Dusty & Digger series. The nickel is signed AA 62 D+D 2.
Dusty and Digger were walking the tracks. When hunger set in, they stopped for a snack. They sat by a riverbank and pondered what to eat. Then Digger found a wooden sign and Dusty said "SWEET!"
Dusty took the sign and snapped it in two. He made a crude fishing pole and left the other end for Digger to chew. Dusty sat down by the riverbank and made a wish. It wasn't long before he caught a BIG fish. Dusty smiled and said, "What a great day! Hmmm... I wonder, what did that sign say?"
You see, Dusty didn't mean to do a bad deed. He didn't heed the sign's warning "NO FISHING" cause Dusty can't read. SOLD
#73 Dusty & Digger - Work 4 Food Hobo Nickel
Carved on a 1938 Full Horn Buffalo Nickel is #3 in the Dusty & Digger Series "Work 4 Food." Dusty & Digger are carved and sculpted. Background is relieved and stippled. Dusty is holding a sign "Work 4 Food" and Digger is begging. Rim of nickel is engraved with Hobo symbols "good for a handout" and "work found here."
Dusty & Digger Work 4 Food by Amy Armstrong
Hello my name is Dusty and I'm traveling through.
May I ask if you have any odd jobs I can do?
I'm a hard worker and I'll give you a great deal.
I'll trade a day's labor for a good hot meal.
I'll make you an offer you just can't beat.
My dog Digger will entertain you performing tricks for treats!
So, I ask you kind soul to consider my plea.
Do you have any odd jobs for me? SOLD
#92 Dusty and Digger's Duet
Dusty sat down to play his guitar
It was a refreshing break from riding in the freight car
With the strum of the first cord
Music was his reward
After riding the rails all day
Digger howled with delight
With every song Dusty sang that night
The music was the pair's evening pleasure
Dusty and Digger's duet to treasure.
Carved on the reverse side of a 1937 Buffalo Nickel is "Dusty and Digger's Duet." Dusty is featured singing and playing guitar. Digger the dog is seated along side Dusty howling to the music. The musical notes are inlaid in 24 karat yellow gold. The background is relieved, lightly stippled and darkened for contrast. This is the fourth carving in The Dusty and Digger series. SOLD
#117 Dusty And Digger Sweet Dreams Hobo Nickel
Carved on the reverse side of a 1937 Buffalo Nickel is "Dusty And Digger Sweet Dreams." This hobo nickel features Dusty the hobo and Digger the dog curled up tight to keep warm and in a deep slumber. Unfortunately for the pair, they have to make due with cold weather and poor sleeping conditions. The carving is done with background removed and stippled. This is the fifth hobo nickel and poem in the Dusty and Digger series.
DUSTY AND DIGGER SWEET DREAMS
By Amy Armstrong
Tired from travel; yearning for rest.
No jungle in sight, they'll have to make best.
Take shelter from the cold and snuggle up tight.
Soon dusk turned to evening; moon And stars their only light.
It was not long before the pair fell fast asleep.
Dusty snored loudly.
Digger dreamed peacefully, not making a peep. SOLD