Any fisherman who’s struggled to reel in their catch can relate to the Bass Cowboy. This whimsical, bronze sculpture was created by Scott Nelles using the sand-casting method. It is also a coin bank, remove the cowboy to reveal a coin-slot. Coins can be removed by one screw at the base.


Scott Nelles (pronounced nell-ess) has worked in cast bronze for over three decades. His work displays a childlike playfulness, elegant design and superb control of his medium. In his foundry and studio located in northern Michigan, he designs and creates everything from decorative art to toys. Using the timeless methods of sand-casting and hand-finishing, Nelles creates objects of beauty, strength and whimsy.

Much of the inspiration for his work actually comes from the process in which he makes it. Cast metal toy cars, boats, and airplanes take him back to his childhood in Detroit, where his father, a manufacturer’s representative, would take Scott on factory tours. The dramatic sight and heat of molten metal became a part of his soul, and the excitement of the foundry process has never left him.


Artist: Scott Nelles

100% American-Made in Williamsburg, Michigan

Sand-casted bronze

Dimensions: 5.75” H x 10.25” L x 1.50″ W

Bass Cowboy Bank by Scott Nelles

SKU: ME065