Monday, 14 October 2013

Pumpkin Practice

One of our activities this weekend was getting in some pumpkin carving to hone our skills before Halloween.  My brother-in-law is very passionate about his pumpkin carving and I got to learn a few things.

First off, forget about using the Dremel.  Every year I think the rotary tool will be an awesome shortcut to carving my pumpkins but every year it disappoints.  This year, Morgan introduced me to his set of pumpkin carving tools.  The big revelation was how effective pottery tools were at skinning and shaping pumpkins.  I need to get a set of these.

I also need to get an ice cream scoop.  I used one of these in years past to really dig out the innards and thin out the wall to be carved.  Didn't have one this year.

And just a procedural point, always skin first and carve second.  I ruined the eyes and nose of my practice pumpkin because I forgot this basic step.  Duh.

Anyways, I think I'm ready for the big show.  We made a trip down to a pumpkin farm near Shakespeare and got the final show piece.  Can't wait to dig into it.

TBone's Practice Piece

Lit up!

Morgan's much more artistic endeavour.

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