Concerning my pumpkin carvings. . .
I started with a carving kit called Carve
O' Lantern that included some precision saws and several interesting
patterns, a few of which I use each year. Each pattern takes about
an hour to do. The kit includes cut-out patterns which you "punch"
into the surface of the pumpkin. After that, it is simply a matter
of cutting from dot to dot to create the image. After I mastered
the easy patterns, I moved up to the hardest patterns they could
throw at me. Which at the time was a pattern titled "If Tiffany
had used a pumpkin" . Many of the three faced pumpkin geometrics
are from that pattern. I simply elaborated on the idea and incorporated
a few other patterns. The picture doesn't give you a sense of
the pumpkins size. At it's tallest point the pumpkin stood almost
3 feet and a full 2 feet wide from horizon to horizon. The effect
was great. The finished work received rave reviews at the Halloween
party that I attended that year. I went a step further in the
seasons that followed and began to flip through Victorian fretwork
pattern books for ideas. These patterns, once used to add a flourish
of art to the houses and buildings of the early twentieth century,
work wonderfully with a little modification. One carving of a
dear standing in a vine encrusted forest stands out in my mind
as an example. Some of the vines within that pattern measured
less than 3mm across. I found that applying the woodworking techniques
to the softer medium of pumpkin required some modifications but
overall they worked out fine. To sum up, I borrow my ideas from
other's work when it comes to anything harder than geometric patterns.
It's a lot of fun! Go look for a carving
kit at local craft stores during the months of September and October.
Check for "Carve O' Lantern" by "Pumpkin Masters"
it's the best kit I've seen and has become worthy of copycat packages
by other names. Patterns, tools, and history come with the Pumpkin
Master's kit. Furthermore, what's nice is the fact that many of
the patterns are really easy to do in a short amount of time with
the right tools. Please believe me when I say that this particular
kit is safer for children than any table knife. Parents's everywhere
may be the only victims of the kit because many are likely to
be gutting more pumpkins. Regardless, Give it a try sometime!
I hope you enjoy the pictures!
I borrowed this mandala pattern from a
Victorian Fretwork panel used for woodworking.
This particular one worked out well after modification
to the overly elaborate vines in the parent pattern
Two delightful examples of patterns
that can be purchased from Pumpkin Masters.
On the left is a pattern named 'Booo'; on the right 'Grin'.
Halloween and Pumpkin Links!
A wide pattern for a low, fat
Good Halloween feel but didn't suit my fancy.
A Haunting Question About Hallow'een. A crusade
in a Canadian town to light up crosses instead of pumpkins? -
A different point of view. To each his own. . .
I much prefer and value the earthy and festive
-- that inviting light within a pumpkin--- as being a mundane
A splendid series of photo scans of my version
"If Tiffany had used a pumpkin"
The carving took roughly 36 hours to complete.
I plan on posting this year's
carvings in the next week or so.
To those of you that sent e-mail requests for
carving templates for the pumpkins on this page. . .
Have no fear, in the next month or so I'll work on creating some
of my favorites for your use.
Studies consumed the time I would have spent carving
1998 is going to be a orange glowin' year! Studies come first,
so hang in there.
Credit due Mike Stanton for the dim light photo work. The Photos
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