I started carving our family pumpkins when I was in grade 7.
At the time there weren’t any of those namby pamby pumpkin carving kits you see the kids using today. Nope. I had my dad’s Buck Knife, a soup spoon and a box of bandaids.
These are the actual pumpkins.
I have that buck knife around here somewhere.
Yup. A gift from dear old dad. As the years went by and my pumpkin carving become more elaborate I had my father (who was a machinist) make me a set of pumpkin carving tools that I still use to this day.
My dad also supplied me with my first reciprocating saw, bequeathed me all of his fishing tackle and taught me how to chop wood. I was the last of 3 girls so I was his final chance at having a son. Apparently when he didn’t get one , he decided to just pretend he did.
So in honour of my dad and his influence on me and my pumpkin carving, this week I have for you a selection of the pumpkins I’ve carved throughout the years.
Before you get too excited, I am a good pumpkin carver, but not a GREAT pumpkin carver. Use them as inspiration for your own pumpkins this year.
Trust me … I used Internet inspiration for some of my own.
Up first … the Man in the Moon. Circa 2005.
I took me a while to decide to post these pictures. The reason I didn’t want to is because I can’t really tell you how to carve a pumpkin like this. It’d be like trying to teach your mother to use a computer over the telephone after she’s dipped into the homemade wine the neighbours brought over recently. And by recently I mean 17 Christmases ago. Almost impossible and infuriating for all involved.
I can tell you, to do the a sculptural pumpkin you need to first remove all the rind from the pumpkin. I use a potato peeler and a really sharp knife. Then I just start carving away with a soup spoon, a teaspoon and a knife. I also use the pumpkin carving tools my father made me.
I usually let the pumpkin dictate how the face is going to look ’cause it’s way to difficult to argue with a vegetable. (or fruit depending on how picky you are)