Pumpkin Carving 101
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pumpkin carving designs PUMPKIN CARVING HISTORY
Learn the history of Pumpkin Carving and Jack O' Lanterns

pumpkin carving designs CHOOSING YOUR PUMPKINS
How to select the right pumpkins for your Halloween festivities

pumpkin carving designs PUMPKIN CARVING TOOLS
Pumpkin carving tools to carve your Jack O' Lanterns

pumpkin carving designs TRADITIONAL CARVING
See how we carve our pumpkins the old fashioned way

pumpkin carving designs LIGHTING YOUR PUMPKINS
Various methods to light your Jack O' Lanterns on Halloween

pumpkin carving designs LIFE-SPAN OF A PUMPKIN
How to extend the life-span of your Halloween Jack O' Lanterns

pumpkin carving designs PHOTOGRAPHING
How to photograph your carved pumpkins for Halloween posterity

pumpkin carving designs PUMPKIN BURIAL TRADITION
Lay your post Halloween pumpkins to rest with love and dignity

pumpkin carving designs YOUR OWN PUMPKIN PATCH
Grow your own pumpkins for Halloween

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Be sure to visit these great Halloween websites!

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Carving a pumpkinYou can carve some truly beautiful and artistic pumpkins freehand, but if you want to create really detailed carvings you'll want to use a stencil. And all you'll need is a couple of extra tools to cut out the patterns. Below is step by step photo-tutorial on how to carve your pumpkins from a stencil. The pattern we choose is an example of a very simple design, but you can do just about anything. Use your imagination and they'll come to life! Click here for instructions on making your own pumpkin carving stencils.

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into a Jack O' LanternA Carving Saw is essential for carving fine, detailed areas, but can be used for the entire Jack-O-Lantern.
A Transfer Tool is used to transfer your designs onto the face of the pumpkin.
Carving Stencils can be drawn either freehand onto paper or use your computer to make your pattern.

at HalloweenPrepare the pumpkin as you would for basic carving, i.e. cut out the top hole and gut the pumpkin out. Select the paper stencil you want to use and trim the excess paper from it with scissors. Be sure to leave at least a 1/2 inch border for the tape to go on. Attach the stencil to the face of the pumpkin with tape. Top first, then the bottom and lastly the sides. You may have to crease the stencil to tape the corners, if so, try to make the creases where the pattern will be distorted the least.

is great fun and aUsing the Transfer Tool, press the pointed tip into and through the design lines on the paper stencil spaced about a 1/8 of an inch apart. Complex and thin designs might require the dots to be a little closer together. The tip of the Transfer Tool should be pushed in just enough to go through the paper and the outer skin of the pumpkin, not all the way through the pumpkin.

Halloween traditionIt's important that you take your time when transferring the pattern from the stencil. Remember, you're making guide lines for sawing. Before removing the stencil, look it over carefully to make sure that all the lines have been transferred clearly. Once the paper stencil is removed you'll see the outline of the stencils pattern marked on the face of the pumpkin via little dots. Once you remove the stencil be sure to save it in case you need to refer to it while carving.

that should never be forgottenUsing the Carving Saw, push the tip of the saw-blade into a pattern hole and saw through the design lines with short back-and-forth motions. Basically, you're playing "connect the dots". It's important to remember that these are "saws", not knives. The saw is not used in the same way as a knife. You never cut with it, you saw with it.

at Halloween!Take your time and follow the pattern edges carefully. Always align the saw blade to make the cuts straight into the pumpkin. When making sharp corners, remove the saw and re-insert it at the new angle. To make removal of the pieces easier you can cut them into smaller section while still in the pumpkin. Then carefully push out all of the cut pieces with your finger or an un-sharpened pencil.

Its fun to carve a pumpkin intoOnce you've removed all of the cut pieces, carefully trim the inside edges of the pumpkin of any excess flesh with the Carving Saw or a small knife. We like to carve the excess off at about a 45 degree angle. This allows more light to come through, showing your design to it's fullest. Remove any cut pieces that have fallen inside the pumpkin from your carving. Coat the edges with petroleum jelly. (See our pumpkin preserving page)

a  Jack O' Lantern for HalloweenYour finished pumpkin should look like the one on the right. The silhouette, in this case a cat, should be clearly visible. When picking a design to use, make sure that it will be clear when finished. We tried a tombstone with hands clawing up, it looked cool but you couldn't tell what the hands were until you looked at it for a while. Adding a lit candle to it made it a bit easier to figure out.

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