The key to pumpkin carving

A reader sent a link to a photo.

Someone is having fun with punkin’s.

Hint: There is a photo of it lit up, too.

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  1. jarhead462 says:

    Now THAT deserves an OOH-RAH! as well.

    Semper Fi!

  2. frjim4321 says:

    Nicely done. I never saw the technique of removing the solid orange layer in order to get a partially lit or ‘gray’ area. Very clever.

    Love how some artists use the light cleverly and carve out not the shapes of eye, mouth, nose, etc, but rather their outlines, giving the pumpkin a super-dimensional look.

    What a wonderful time of year – would be better without these torrents of rain!

    Best to all. Fr. Jim.

  3. PostCatholic says:

    That is indeed a very scary jack o’lantern, isn’t it? I’m sure it strikes fear into hearts the world over…

    (Very nice carving skills!)

  4. wanda says:

    Perfect Papal pumpkin.

  5. Phillip says:

    Surely this one merits a “Just too cool” tag as well? I love it.

  6. TLMom says:

    This is the best pumpkin EVER!! I have 4 children and we carve many jack o’lanterns. Everyone sketches their designs first then Dad and older kids go to work. Guess what which design I am submitting? Hope they have the skills. :)

  7. MouseTemplar says:

    Oh! My! There is an uncarved pupmkin sitting on the garden wall….now for a knife!

  8. Maria says:

    Wow, that is so original and meaningful, perhaps there is a point to having Halloween after all!

  9. Dave N. says:

    Fun!! But the genitive in place of the plural was frightening :)

  10. irishgirl says:

    Oh, wow-I love it!
    How did the carver do the ‘tiara’ part without puncturing the ‘skin’ of the pumpkin?
    Very creative!
    ‘punkins’–that’s what we called them back in my childhood days. My mother used to say it when she referred to ‘Punkins on the windows’.

  11. lucy says:

    Just too cool.

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