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…