Over the past few years, I've had requests to share my pumpkin-carving process.Ask and ye shall receive.
We begin by searching the Internet for ideas.
Once we find an exciting design, I either freehand a pencil sketch on the pumpkin—or if the image is intricate, I print out the design to scratch/copy onto the surface.
This year was a scratch/copy year.
Holding the print against the pumpkin, I use a sharp needle to firmly scratch the outline onto the surface.
I use a sturdy, serrated steak knife to do all my carving.
I have tried using "pumpkin carving kits" but I find the strength of a solid knife is more reliable.
I use very little quick sawing motion when I carve. My method is slower and more controlled.
After I've stabbed around a shape, I press against the inside of the pumpkin to determine if the piece is ready to come out.
Often, I need to gently repeat insertions around the segment before it is loose enough to push out—like a puzzle piece. Be gentle and patient.
|Slice around a section until it is loose enough to slip out with minimal pressure|
Slow and steady.
Once you pop out your final segment, light your pumpkin's candle and bring your design to life. VOILA!
Any great carving tips or tools?
Send ideas our way!
Happy HALLOWEEN, boils and ghouls!