This small Gnome is whittled out of a piece of Basswood that measures one inch thick.
First cuts are stop cuts at the corners/bottom of the hat. Then remove the "chips" at these corners. In removing the face corner chips, start your knife slice cut near the bottom of the beard and slice up to the corner stop cut . Angle these cuts to go between the ears and the bottom of the nose sides. Be sure not to cut into the ears. Leave enough wood for a good Gnome nose.
Close-up of knife placement for making stop cuts at the sides of the nose. Start by "plunging" the knife tip into the wood at the top side of the nose, then "rock" the blade down.
We'll continue tomorrow!