Carving a Nose with Tony Harris – Part 2

A Nose Tutorial by Tony Harris

Part 2

Last week I posted Part 1 of a photo nose tutorial done by my good friend, Tony Harris from Tennessee.  Tony is an excellent carver who creates his own Santa ornaments and was gracious enough to share his expertise with us on how he carves noses.  Because of the number of photos in this tutorial I have broken it into two parts of 8 photos each.  Part 2 consists of Photos 9-16.

Part 2

Sharp tools are important.  Before you begin, make sure your tools are sharp.  Keep them sharp as you go with periodic stropping.

Photo 9. Use an inverted #7 gouge to round off and shape the bridge of the nose.

Photo 9

Photo 10. Use a 2mm Dockyard gouge to re-form the ball on the tip of the nose.

Photo 10

Photo 11. Deepen the nostrils with the 3mm Dockyard gouge.

Photo 11

Photo 12. Use the 1/4″ #6 gouge to define the bottom tip of the nose.

Photo 12

Photo 13. Use the #6 gouge around the outside of the nostrils to clean up around the nose.

Photo 13

Photo 14. Finished carving.  Front view.

Photo 14

Step 15. Finished carving.  Right side view.

Photo 15

Photo 16. Finished carving.  Left side view.

Photo 16

NOTE: Substitute alternate tool sizes and shapes as necessary according to the size of your project.

Questions & Comments

I got some very much appreciated comments and compliments this week from Jim Shay who said:

“Great articles this week Bob. Will follow the tutorial Carving a Nose. I too struggle with them. Always ends up much smaller than in the beginning stages due to cleaning up my inferior cuts.  Thanks for your continued excellent work with Wood Chip Chatter  Jim Shay”

Thank you so much for your kind words, Jim!  It’s comments like yours that keep me moving forward when I feel like my blog efforts are just not working.  It’s knowing there are folks like you who look forward to reading Wood Chip Chatter every week.

Next we have a question from Dick Bonewitz from Carmel, IN who wants to know what is the best bench top dust collector for power carving.  Dick writes:
"I have a question about dust collection when power carving.  Specifically, what personal bench top collector Is the best ? There are several brands available at different price points and features.
Dick Bonewitz 
Carmel In"

Well, Dick, that’s actually an impossible question to answer because there is no one correct answer.  If you ask 10 different people you will probably get 10 different answers.  There are many factors that must be considered when any carver is looking for a bench top dust collector.  For example, there are price, size, quality and power (cfm) just to name some top considerations.

A dust collector priced at $500 is going to be of much better quality than one priced at $300, but if you’re on a tight budget and can only afford the $300 unit, then that one might be the best one for you.  On the other hand, someone with a bigger budget might choose the $500 unit for its better power, size and quality.

Here’s something else to consider.  Take my situation as an example.  My workbench is only 5′ long by 18″ deep.  Let’s say I’m looking at two dust collectors…one draws 1000 cfm and is 18″ long, the other is 12″ long but only draws 500 cfm.  I would love to have the more powerful unit but it’s too big for my workbench.  So even though the 1000 cfm model is better I have to settle for the smaller, less powerful unit, considering that one as the best one for my needs.

Basically, it comes down to personal needs and preferences.  There are a lot of good bench top dust collectors out there.  Don’t knock yourself out looking for the best one…it doesn’t exist.  Look for one that fits your needs and budget, and buy it from a reputable dealer who will stand behind their product.  The same thing holds true for any tool or equipment you buy.

Heath sent in a comment just to say:

“Thanks for the great nose tutorial.”

You’re welcome, Heath!  I hope everyone found it helpful.  I’m always trying my best to keep Wood Chip Chatter informative and interesting every week.

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News & Announcements

Beginning on April 29 Wood Chip Chatter will be published every other Friday.

39th Annual Showcase of Woodcarvings

CPCC Main Campus

1128 Elizabeth Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204

April 2 & 3  10am to 4pm

150 Carvers   Vendors   Seminars

FREE Admission     FREE Parking

The International Association of Woodcarvers has upcoming Zoom meetings on the following Saturdays at 3PM EST with special guest presenters.  Check them out…

Zoom:  310 460 3575


4/2 – Steve Tomashek

4/9 – Joe You

4/16 – Chris Hammack

4/23 – Brett Andrews

4/30 – Cecilia Schiller – Cranklady

5/7 – Ken Kuhar

5/14 – Dana Kababik – Carving Junkies



Lancaster County Woodcarvers Zoom Meeting

(Informal meeting – Open to all)

Tuesday, April 5th, 2022 at 7PM

Zoom meeting: 417 966 8402

Unfortunately, we had no contributions to the Carver’s Corner or the Photo Shop this week so Wood Chip Chatter appears rather empty.


I’m sure you all have some terrific carvings to share in my “Photo Shop” section.  Photos of your carvings liven up the blog’s appearance and make it more interesting.  Also, my “Carver’s Corner” is a great way to get constructive critiques on your carvings so you can learn where to improve on your next ones.  When sending in photos please specify whether you want them for display in “Photo Shop” or if you want me to critique them in the “Carver’s Corner.”  Send your photos in to


Send in your questions and comments so we can keep Wood Chip Chatter active and keep the conversations going!  Effective discussions are one of the best ways to learn about the topics that interest you.  Remember, there’s no such thing as a dumb question.  Plus we would all love to learn about the unique tips, techniques and products YOU use in your woodcarving process.  Send your questions and comments to 

Keep a sharp edge and keep on carvin’!

Funny Bone

Published by carverbobk

I’m a self taught award winning wood carver who has been carving since I was a teenager. I enjoy instructing other carvers, especially beginners.

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