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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:27 AM
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"Obama Hope" Pumpkin Carving & Pattern
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 03:27 AM by sfam
Hi all, here's my carving of Obama's famous pop-style poster:




Here's a day shot:



If you're familiar with pumpkin carving, give it a go. Here's the pattern I created - first the mockup:




And the pattern, which you trace onto the pumpkin:





For other carvings, feel free to check out my site:

http://www.fantasypumpkins.com

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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 02:57 AM
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1. Is that hard to do? I'm not really good at artsy stuff.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:18 AM
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4. Its easier than it looks, but there are a few difficult parts of this...
The eyes and the rainbow are a tad difficult for those first starting with this type of pumpkin carving.

I've been doing it for a while though...here's my site:

http://www.fantasypumpkins.com
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endthewar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:59 AM
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22. You really think you're going to convince us this is easier than it looks?
Well, I guess you're right since it looks impossible, but is probably only very hard. :rofl:
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:05 PM
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26. If you want "impossible", try these carvings...
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 12:06 PM by sfam
And yeah, I did all the patterns for these as well...























Actually, the last one, the Death Star, is fairly easy - although I'll be doing it on a 186 pound pumpkin this year, so not so much when you do that size....

But the patterns are all online at my site (http://www.fantasypumpkins.com) so knock yourself out. :)
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Frank Booth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:09 PM
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44. Woah! Those are awesome.
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NikolaC Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:30 PM
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46. Absolutely Awesome!
I envy you your talent :).
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 07:39 PM
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51. The Death Star.
You need to do the vampire Bewsh. If I didn't have so many Repuke neighbors, I'd do it also.

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Parker CA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:13 AM
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2. Those are incredible! How long did it take you to do the Obama one?
What kind of tools do you use? I'm guessing it gets pretty precise with the cutting and shaving needs.

Very, very cool!! I might give it a go if you can lend some advice on what tools to use.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:17 AM
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3. About 4 hours, but I did lots of minor cleanup. I just fixed the eye for instance...
For tools to you, you want to use "V" groove woodworking tools for like 5 bucks. Or splurge for a speedball set for like 12 bucks. You can get these at your local craft store.

Here's a link to show you want you can use:

http://www.carvingpumpkins.com/sales/pwshop.shtml

Carvingpumpkins.com also has pretty good instructions on how to get started with 3-color patterns.
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beltanefauve Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:36 AM
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5. Wow, thanks for this,
sfam! You're incredibly talented! And thanks for sharing the carving tips, too! I've tried my hand at this a few times and it's great fun!
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Joe the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:40 AM
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6. Careful Republikkkans might try to steal that....
Just like they have been stealing all of the Obama signs.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:53 AM
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8. I'm actually thinking of dropping this off at the local Obama office on Halloween...
I'm guessin folks will still be doing calls then. If so, this should raise their spirits some.

Anyways, I'll have another 25 pumpkins sitting outside my house, so stealing isn't really a worry. There's pretty decent traffic at my place that night. :)
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Joe the Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:57 AM
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9. Sounds like a great idea.
I forgot to mention that you did a really great job. :thumbsup:
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Raine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 03:41 AM
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7. COOL...
B-) GREAT job!!! :thumbsup:
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silverojo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 04:18 AM
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10. Holy crap, that's amazing!!! - n/t
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VolcanoJen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 04:41 AM
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11. OMG... you're amazing!!!
You're an artist! How beautiful!!! Thank you for sharing this!
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krkaufman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 04:43 AM
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12. impressive! n/t
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Hope And Change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 05:46 AM
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13. K & R!
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1Hippiechick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 05:54 AM
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14. I get it - where the pattern is white, no pulp is carved away. Depth of carving determined by
degree of white (no pulp carved out), black (where the most pulp is carved away thus allowing more light through), and grey (less carved out than the black part of pattern.) Makes perfect sense - would have never thought to do this, though. (No copyright violation, is it?)

Great!

Hmmmmmm...I like this pattern better than lipstick on a pig!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:49 AM
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18. Disney is really the only worried about pumpkin carving copywright violations...
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 11:50 AM by sfam
A few years back, there was bunches of free patterns posted that people made from Disney characters. Really, this was free marketing for Disney in the sense that there's something magical about transitory art - its only there for that day, and then its gone. Lots of folks carved Disney characters for their neighborhood to see. So I still carve Disney pumpkins, and share the patterns via email to the pumpkin carving community, but I don't post them on my website (which is really just a holding bin for my carvings and patterns I give away).

Disney sent out bunches of Cease and Desist letters to everyone, so nobody puts their Disney patterns online anymore.

Regarding my own patterns, I usually contact the artists whose prints I use to make my pumpkin patterns. For instance, this year I'm doing a cool fairy pattern from Molly Harrison - she's thrilled to see this carved. :)

Regarding the carving itself, yeah - you either cut all the way through, or you scrape off the skin. You need to carve the inside to about 1/2 inch thick. In some cases (like my Obama carving), the pumpkin will have deep green veins which dirty up the carving. There is little you can do about this, but this is a minor problem.
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kywildcat Donating Member (529 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:04 AM
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15. You are gifted! Thank you. nt
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Clio the Leo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:00 AM
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16. Here's one I did of John McCain....
I'm really not all that talented, but I think I at least got the teeth right.

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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 05:35 PM
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33. One of the pumpkin carvers did the McCain "Nope" pattern...It's a Carving Contest now...
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 05:36 PM by sfam
In the pumpkin carving community, things are a tad more toned down, but still...

http://www.carvingpumpkins.com/newqna/viewtopic.php?t=5271&sid=3d1b0fa6d79c63e0f015d2c83a565053

Paul, the guy who did the McCain pattern is a great carver - I'm interested to see how he does with his McCain pattern, but, um, I bet mine is better!
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alphafemale Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 07:04 AM
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17. That's great!
:applause:
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:51 AM
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19. Thanks for all the compliments everyone.
Thanks for the kind words. Hopefully the carving and pattern get out into the blogosphere. :)
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BlooInBloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:52 AM
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20. NIIIIIIICE!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 11:58 AM
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21. BTW, if I get around to it, my next political carving is far less hopeful...
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 12:01 PM by sfam
Here's the pattern I'm working on now...



I'm a big believer that Halloween, at least in front of my house, isn't about politics - its for the kids (and teens). So I won't be putting this out in front of my house with my other 20-some pumpkins (I learned this right after 9/11 - I did a Uncle Sam pumpkin and got absolutely no comments or interest in this - the reaction made it clear that they were looking to escape from the world's issues, which I fully agree is necessary on occaision).

But if there's interest online for a picture of this (or perhaps if someone in the DC area would want to take this to a Democratic event around Halloween), I'll take the 6-7 hours or so to make it.

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Basement Beat Donating Member (303 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:01 PM
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23. Wow awesome stuff...
I do a lot of stencil/spraypaint art so I'll give this go!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:01 PM
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24. Oh, I'd love to see that!
Do it!
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RayOfHope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:03 PM
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25. Did you send it to yeswecarve.com? They would love it! (Its the Barack O'Lantern site) n/t
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:05 PM
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27. I sent both the pattern and pumpkin carving to YesWeCarve yesterday...
Hope to see it online today. :)
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RayOfHope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:10 PM
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29. Yes! You did an AMAZING job. I could barely carve the "O", lol. n/t
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:07 PM
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28. True artistic
genius! Are you kidding me!
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:10 PM
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30. way cool!
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Lorien Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 12:23 PM
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31. That's wonderful! I've sent it out to my friends
and I LOVE your site!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 01:10 PM
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32. All compliments accepted. Thanks!
And yeah, send it out far and wide. :)
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:10 PM
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34. YES WE CARVE
http://yeswecarve.com/index.php

...a website just for Obama pumpkins. (You should totally submit images!)
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:14 PM
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35. I sent them late last night to YesWeCarve...hopefully they go up soon...nt
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lizzieforkerry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:21 PM
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36. Amazing!
My 7 year old son walked by just as I was looking at your death star. I guess we are going to give that one a try. Thanks for the inspiration! You have added some special magic to our Halloween.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 06:27 PM
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37. Oh terrific! You saw the tutorial, right? BTW, I have a 186lb pumpkin for the death star this year
Should be fun!

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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:32 PM
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38. Kick...
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ailsagirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:34 PM
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39. WOW! That's awesome!! Thanks for sharing
:hi:
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Kukesa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:35 PM
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40. Terrific! And thanks for sharing the patterns. n/t
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phusion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 09:56 PM
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41. WOW
Edited on Sun Oct-19-08 09:57 PM by phusion
awesome stuff. I checked out your website too! :wow:

I'm going to try something like this I think...Thanks!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:02 PM
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42. I'm always looking to indoctrinate more pumpkin carvers...
Good luck!!!
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minnesota_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:03 PM
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43. I like it but scary pumpkins are my forte
Can you do a design for a scary McCain pumpkin?



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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:20 PM
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45. Here ya go...
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minnesota_liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:37 PM
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48. Thanks!
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medicswife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:32 PM
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47. Holy Crap fricking awesome!!!! I now have a project! :)
:yourock: :toast:
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-19-08 10:47 PM
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49. Be sure to post the picture!
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HughBeaumont Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 07:32 PM
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50. Guess who's ALSO on DU!!
Great carve and what's up from the PW message board???
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 07:54 PM
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52. Hey Hugh, Howaya? Lets see your Obama carve!
And I actually call it the carvingpumpkins.com message board - it has two domain names hitting it, but such is life.

Its nice to see you here. I say we take over the pumpkin carving contest. I'm trying to get Villafane here, which of course would mean the contest is over, 'cause if he does one of his sculptures of Obama similar to as well as he just did Predator, we'll all be bowing down to his greatness.
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 08:19 PM
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53. Wow. That is art.
And waaaayyyy beyond my pumpkin carving skills.

I still do the upside down triangles for the eyes and nose and then do the peg teeth for the mouth.

I would PAY to have someone carve me one of those to put on my front steps.

Very well done.
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 08:21 PM
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54. There are many out there who do take orders for pumpkins...lemme know...
if you want some leads.

Personally though, I keep money far away from my pumpkin carving. I'm quite happy making it a major money losing endeavor. :)
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 06:23 PM
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55. Fantastic!
Farthest I ever got was Garfield!
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sfam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 10:53 PM
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56. Garfield is always good, but Scooby and Sponge Bob absolutely dominate...
There is NOTHING that beats those two in terms of crowd reaction. :)
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road2000 Donating Member (995 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 11:14 PM
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58. Oops!
I was remembering 1988 when my son was four, and Garfield was HUGE!
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D23MIURG23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 11:02 PM
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57. Badass.
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Steelworker In OH Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-22-08 02:19 AM
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59. Heres Mine!
I did a blend of 2 patterns I found online, it's my first skin only carving (tri color), I thought it came out nice. Had it out in front of the house for a while tonight.




I got 3 more to carve this weekend, not political ones, more traditional.
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President Decider Donating Member (646 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Oct-22-08 11:11 AM
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60. K&R for the PCOA Local #1216 - Pumpkin Carvers of America
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