I find these guys running around in my shop at Christmas time.
A simple project and a very popular gift.
Most turners make these from multiple parts [head, body, hat, tassel, nose] but these are made from only two pieces of stock [body & knose]. The nose is also turned from a remnant of the same wood. This design makes them much easier and faster to turn.
This is scrub [Gambel] oak a wood that is indigenous to Utah. I harvest this wood from the neighbor’s fall clean-up.
Multiple wood stain colors are used to highlight the elements of the single-piece Gnome.
The beard is made from faux fur.
The band on the hat is burned into the surface by first outlining the band’s area with a wire pulled tight around the circumference. Then a piece of walnut is held against the wood between those marks to burnish the band’s interior. Both are done while turning at high speed.