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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-03-2008, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Pumpkin Carving Tips

I know some of you have kids and enjoy doing this every year, or you're like me and just like to carve pumpkins in general and pretend you're a kid, but I had this e-mailed to me and it had some good ideas. 6 and 8 I never thought about before but seemed to be pretty good ideas. Enjoy!

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1. Good carving starts with the right pumpkin. Choose one that is fresh (with a sturdy stem and no bruises) and that has a flat bottom (so it won't roll).

2. Cut out the lid a boning knife works best. Cut on an angle (not straight up and down), so the lid won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it.

3. Remove the pulp. You can buy a special "claw," but an ice cream scoop will do. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1 1/4-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell.

4. When you're ready to carve the features, hold the pumpkin in your lap so it's gazing up at you. Don't cut on a slant; clean up-and-down slices look best. To make intricate designs, try using a small saw. Pumpkin Masters makes a pumpkin-carving kit with two saws, a poker, a drill, and 16 nifty patterns ($4.99 to $6.95; at mass merchandisers or yankeehalloween.com).

5. Make a tongue out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell.

6. Keep your pumpkin fresh. Spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges to seal in moisture. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.

7. If you like to leave the lid on while the candle is lit, create a chimney. First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns, then make a small hole where the lid has blackened.

8. Sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the lid. When you light the candle, your jack-o'-lantern will smell like a pumpkin pie.


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I prefer using power tools
6" holt saw cuts the top off wonderfully
weedwacker in the pumpkin loosens the guts to make they pourable adn easy to get out
spade bits on the drill for the eyes
chainsaw for nose and mouth

dump a can of sterno in adn waaalaa
a spooky jack-o-lantern complete with flames

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I haven't done any real pumpkin carving for several years, but Brianne and I are going to try out some Funkins (fake pumpkins) this year. These are real pumpkins from many years past:







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this is what my family can do with a pumpkin and my carving set



Here's Dave punkin on fire he used a road flare for the effect.


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