Here's another in a series of "Pocket Projects". This one is the Santa Pin. These are simple and fast small whittling projects, so called because a hand full of the blanks can be carried in your pocket, next to your pocket knife.
Cut the blank out of 1/4 inch Basswood.
I some times leave a handle on the blank to hold onto when whittling. Cut the handle off after whittling.
There is one slight short cut to completing this Santa. The nose is an add-on. After the whittling is completed, drill a small hole where you want the nose. Countersink the hole a wee bit so that a small round wood bead will fit. Glue the round wood bead into the hole, glue the pin back on, and paint.
Can't get much easier than this.....