1. Place hook in vice as shown (placing close to the shank keeps
it from bending too much while spinning). Start thread.
2. Spin a generous clump of deer hair on the bottom of the hook and
then another on top. One trick that you should try is to cut the
tips of the deer hair off before spinning, this makes things a lot
easier in the long run.
3. Continue spinning and packing white deer hair about 5/8 of the way
towards the eye of the hook.
4. Cut and clean some black deer hair and pack about 4 more clumps,
each a bit bigger than the diameter of a pencil. Try to keep the
black from intermingling with the white.
5. Whip finish at the head and you should have a great big mess that
looks something like this.
6. Cut off all the stragglers and using a razor blade make
the whole thing shaped like a tube. Scott did this on my
non-rotary vice and admitted that it was way easier on a
rotary. Scott prefers scissors for this job but a razor
blade would also do nicely.
7. Round off the bottom.
8. Slide the scissors in at an angle so that the tips are right in
between the segments of the snowman.
9. Round off the edges.
10. Make the brim of the hat as large as you would like it and round it.
11. Slide scissors in to thin the brim.
12. Again, slide your scissors in to round the head. Things are
starting to take shape. Don't worry that it's not perfect; you can
take the scissors to it later and polish it up.
13. Take the fly out of the vice and trim all the straggling hairs to
make it look smooth and well rounded.
14. Cut the barbell mono eyes as shown. Hold with tweezers and slide
in place. Put a drop of ZapAGap on each.
15. For the hands use a pheasant back feather. Strip part of the
quill. Coat it with flexament and tweak it to the desired shape.
Here Scott tries to simulate a tree branch. Slide it into place
and apply ZapAGap.
16. For the nose, take a dyed orange pheasant body feather and fold it
back using the wonderwing technique. Set it in place by hand and
apply some ZapAGap.
17. A snowman isn't complete without a feather in his hat. Here Scott
has coated a pheasant body feather with flexament and set in place
with ZapAGap. Any small feather or biot would work for this.