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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.