(1/2 or 3/8” #7 gouge & Carving Glove)
Scoop shallow chips all along the long middle part of the hat. They may overlap slightly; try to keep them close together.  A spiral pattern gives a good appearance; while flat (unscooped) areas are not desirable.




                              (Hat only partially done to show process)
(2 to 3mm U gouge & Carving Glove)  (1/16”- 3/32” #11 gouge)
Scoop circular chips in an irregular pattern all around the same fur ball.




  (Fur ball only partially done to show process)
The patterns outside

dimensions
are
2 in. x 6 in.
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Bottom of nose
Tip of nose
Note: one side of this pattern is a mirror image of the other
1 inch
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With knife, scoop out two places on top corners of nose
(single curved cut) 
This cut also shapes and smooths the eye areas
With knife, cut out two places on bottom corners of nose
(two flat cuts; one along nose and one along upper lip)
1 x 1 x 6 inches
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Free Pattern - A Christmas Ornament

This ornament is my own design; I have carved it for many years as Christmas gifts and even used it for a carving class project a couple times. 
It is not difficult to carve, follow the directions step-by-step and you will see.

(Saw)
Cut a piece of basswood 1 x 1 x 6 inches with the grain direction along the
six inch measurement.
(Pencil)
Print or draw and cut out the pattern; folding along the centerline.  Place the fold on one of the corners of the basswood, and draw around it with a pencil.
(Pencil)
Mark the location of the nose, do not carve on this corner of the wood.
(Saw)
Saw each side of the pattern out leaving 1/4 inch of wood at one end of each cut until both sides are nearly cut out.
(Saw)
Then finish the cuts
[A word of caution; carving small ornaments require that both hands be very close to the carving tools.  Wear a carving glove and pay close attention to where your hands are at all times.]

(Knife & Carving Glove)
With a short bladed (1-1/2”) knife, shape the (1 inch x 1 inch) top of the hat into a cylinder along the length of the carving; it need not be perfectly round.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Shape the (1 inch x 1 inch) top of the hat into a ball; it need not be perfectly round.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Carefully round the corners slightly along the long curved part of the hat;
use caution, the grain changes direction often.
(Pencil)
Draw the lower fur section of the hat all around.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Round three sides of the area that will become the head; avoid the corner where the nose will be.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Cut in along the line to form the fur; also finish rounding the fur above the nose.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Carve the bottom of the beard back to front in a sweeping arc; you may want to remove a little from the bottom left and right corner of the beard.
(Pencil, Knife, & Carving Glove)
Mark the bottom of the nose with a pencil, and undercut the nose a little at a time.  I usually make the nose slightly turned up without nostrils.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Cut from the tip of the nose to the bridge of the nose; round and smooth the wood from the bridge of the nose to the fur under the hat.
(Knife & Carving Glove)
Smooth the mouth area from the bottom of the beard to the bottom of the nose.
(Pencil)
Draw the beard where it circles the face.
(Small U-gouge, & Carving Glove)
Outline the face by removing the line you drew for the beard.
(1/2 or 3/8” #7 gouge, & Carving Glove)
Scoop chips from the top fur ball to create a cratered surface.
(Knife or small #3 gouge, & Carving Glove)
Smooth the transition between the beard outline and the rest of the face; also slightly smooth the beard side of the face outline.
(Pencil, Knife) 
(1) Draw a few lines to show the flow of the beard.
(2) Chamfer/round corners of lower fur.
(3mm or 4mm U gouge, & Carving Glove)
Carve beard; each cut should be about 1/4 to 3/8 inch long.
(This helps maintain control of direction)
Carve up or down depending upon grain direction.
(Knife, or #3 gouge, & Carving Glove)
Clean up any cuts in the face area resulting from carving the beard.
(No picture required)

(2 to 3mm U gouge & Carving Glove) 
Scoop circular chips in an irregular pattern all around the lower fur on the hat.
[At this point, we should be complete except for carving the face.
(Hopefully we still have a nose) This face is fairly simple but the eyes require special attention.  If they are carved too open, they will look bad, and cannot easily be repaired.]

(Knife & Carving glove)
Shape nose (refer to finished ornaments below)
(Pencil)
Draw in face; a more realistic face is possible, but for an ornament,
I find this face seems to fit.
From this point on, I hope you will use your imagination to create many wonderful ornaments to share with loved ones.

A couple completed ornaments
(Knife & Carving glove)
Make sure your knife is sharp and cut straight in on all lines.
The eyes require two cuts to remove a very thin chip.
The smile lines require wood to be removed along the upper lip.
Once you have the smile cut straight in, make two or three angled cuts to create the lips.    (This face looks pretty rough this close up.)
( 4 or 5mm U gouge & Carving Glove)
Gouge out the areas shown to create separation between the eyes and smile lines, and to make the lower lip stand out. 
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