PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Spooktacular PumpkinsOctober 18, 2013
Many people carve pumpkins for their homes for Halloween. Ray Villafane, 44, carves the gourds throuhought the fall, and he exhibits them at events around the world. He is a prizewinning professional pumpkin carver. In October, he is scheduled to appear at events throughout the U.S. "The pumpkins have a very broad appeal," he told TFK. Villafane uses a ribbon loop, a tool used for carving clay, to carve his designs. Click to the next slide for some carving tips.
Carve a 3-D Pumpkin
Here are some tips for carving your own 3-D pumpkin:
- Pick a heavy, oval pumpkin.
- Remove the rind from the front of the pumpkin using a clay ribbon-loop tool. Go as deep as you can without breaking through.
- Decide what type of face you will carve (angry, happy, or sad). Hint: Make a sketch on paper.
- Carve a line for a brow.
- Sculpt around where the nose will be. Make the nose into a triangle shape. (The nose will stick out when you dig out what is around it.)
- Make indentations for the eyes.
- Add details for the mouth and nose.
For more inspiration, view the rest of the slideshow.
What a Face!
Ghoulish gourds like these are visiting the New York Botanical Garden this month.
Ray Villafane turns a gourd into a Viking warrior.
Spectators view Ray Villafane's 3-D pumpkin sculptures at the New York Botanical Gardens, in 2012. In 2014, the master carver returns October 18-19 to transform new giant pumpkins.