Carving Up A Masterpiece!

Pumpkin Carving Secrets From the Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack O' Lantern Spectacular

Probably the most asked questions about the Roger William Zoo’s Jack O’ Lantern Spectacular have to do with carving technique – what are the secrets of the Spectacular’s expert carvers?


Carving pictures courtesy of Passion for Pumpkins

Here are some tips from the experts on how to get crafty with pumpkin carving.

Carve the hole and gut your jack o’ lantern in the bottom of the pumpkin, not at the top. This will provide more stability for your jack o’ lantern as it gets softer and it is much easier to light.

Use the features of your particular pumpkin to your advantage. For example, if the pumpkin has a long, curly stem, place the pumpkin on its side and use the stem as a nose.

Use a detail carving tool, such as those used in ceramics, to peel the pumpkin skin for more detail, rather than just carving holes into the pumpkin.

Practice peeling more or less of the skin away. By peeling different thicknesses of the rind away, you can create a 3-D shading effect when the light shines through.

Use markers to draw your design before you carve.

To help your pumpkins stay fresh longer, coat the inside of your finished jack o’ lantern with garden lime. You can also spray the outside with a diluted bleach solution.

 

 

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