Creative Carving ’09

I hadn’t carved a pumpkin in a few years, but I felt like we were very efficient this time.  It must be the new tools they’re selling – especially a little plastic rasp that comes in one of the kits from Target.  I remember emptying out the gunk with big salad spoons in the past, but this thing is shaped a bit like a spatula with a short handle and a serrated edge.  Very effective.

Here’s a little montage from the  event:


In the end, we decided that each pumpkin resembled his carver.  (I silhouetted all of their facial expressions in a row at the top.) Mine is the one with the big smile, and my husband is the one who looks a bit concerned.  :)  We also had a Dr. Jekyll who rotated into Mr. Hyde, and first-time Czech carver who seemed uninhibited – or at least not inclined to use the traditional symbols on the Jack-O-Lantern’s face.

We’ll see if these semi-solid sculptures can make it through a week of wet Berkeley October…


  1. Cathy Heck October 21, 2009

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  2. Leslie October 21, 2009

    Yay commenting! Looking forward to creative pumpkins this year! Thanks for the ideas.

  3. Muv October 22, 2009

    I wonder what your neighbors thinks of all these…have you put them outdoors?

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    Ellen Heck October 22, 2009

    We have. I think (I hope) that they like them. Andrius and mine are very friendly, and they have not started to mold yet, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed. Last year, we waited with our basket of candy and orange lights, but not one trick-or-treater came, so we had to eat the candy all by ourselves…

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