pumpkin carving

pumpkin carving

pumpkin carving

One of the joys of childhood in October is the tradition of pumpkin carving. Back in the 70’s I remember grabbing a pen and drawing some triangle eyes and a triangle nose. I would then draw a jagged tooth smile or frown.

pumpkin carving

After drawing the face on the pumpkin, I would get the sharpest kitchen knife and TRY to make a jack-o-lantern. Rarely did it look right, but I always had fun and took pride in my jack-o-lantern until it was began to decompose.

pumpkin carving

Today, the process is a lot safer. With some simple pre-printed stencils we are able to create the most artistic jack-o-lanterns without having to be artistically gifted.

I purchased a good sized Perry Family Farms Pumpkin to work with. I also purchased the Pumpkin Masters All in One Carving Party Kit and Pumpkin Masters 3 in 1 light.

pumpkin carving

I decided for this pumpkin carving I would follow the steps in the book.  I began by fighting my urge to cut open the top! Pumpkin Masters suggests cutting out the bottom.  I used one of our Cutco knives in the house for this step. It is amazing the things Cutco can cut through.

pumpkin carving

Initially I was only going to use the scraper spoon in the Pumpkin Masters set to clean the guts out. Being that I am in many ways that 7 year old, I eventually got tired of the gunk on my hands and felt it was taking way too long! I hit up google for advice. I found out that an ice cream scoop is the magic trick. I grabbed the Kitchenaid ice cream scooper and finished up quickly

I did put all the insides in a bowl. I am thinking I might try making pumpkin seeds of some sort.

pumpkin carving

It seams that in the past you taped the pattern to the pumpkin. In this kit, the suggestion is to wet the pattern and then place it on the pumpkin.

pumpkin carving

I wasn’t too sure on Pumpkin Masters cling wrap step.  When I was poking my pattern into the pumpkin, I found the cling wrap held the pattern in place nicely.

Once I finished poking the holes, I removed the cling wrap and pattern. I then used the saw with a thumb hole. I found I really didn’t need the other tools for this pumpkin.

I also thought this was a lot easier then I expected for a level 3 pumpkin.

pumpkin carving

Instead of using candles, I was thinking of using a glow stick. That would be a lot of glow sticks over the next few weeks. I ended up with the Pumpkin Masters 3 in 1 light. It has 3 settings. They are dramatic strobe, natural soft glow, or  color changing.

The light requires 3 AAA batteries that were not included. Luckily I have a stockpile in the house.

pumpkin carving

Without lighting it up, you don’t realize just how awesome this pumpkin carving turned out.

The Dramatic Strobe is a bright white light that flashes rapidly. The soft natural glow is a mellow yellow glow. The color changing selection rotates between red, blue and green.

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pumpkin carving

Below is an video of the color light show feature.

 

I suppose it is obvious, I am very happy and very proud of my pumpkin carving!

 


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