On a related note, my friend and talented wood carver, Steve French, shared a picture of the Jack-O-Lantern he carved for this year. It is too cool not to share it!
I asked Steve for a little detail on how he goes about the carving these short lived sculptures and here is what he had to say:
The pumpkins were all carved with the sheep's foot blade of my Old Timer pocket knife. Very little layout - if any - happens before hand. I just come up with a general idea then start cutting.
Most fancy pumpkin carvings are best done with other tools, such as gouges and variously shaped scrapers, so using only a straight blade creates a challenge (and, unfortunately, limits what I can do). I keep hoping that one day I'll get good at it!
You hope you get good at it? Man, I say you are there! Great work!
Of course, I had to ask him for more pictures too, so here are a few of his past pumpkin carving endeavors, enjoy!
|And lastly, The Mad Pumpkin Carver Himself, Steve French|
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