Halloween again? Already? Where did the year go?! It seems like only two weeks ago I was making New Year’s Resolutions:
- Eat Right
- Carve a Pumpkin in October
Oh, well. One out of three ain’t bad, right?
Long-time readers of The Fridge know I like carving pumpkins. My first post on the topic happened three years ago where I took the opportunity to showcase my pumpkins through the years. I’m going to do that again today for two reasons: 1) I’ve been able to fill in some of the missing photos, and 2) I may have a few readers who haven’t seen it.
Here we go!
So I’ve started a Harry Potter trend. I’m not sure how long I’ll keep it up, but if at some point in the future you see me post a carving of “Slytherin Boy #3”, be sure to let me know I’ve gone too far.
I also started carving fake pumpkins. Beginning with Snape I decided that I maybe wanted to keep the fruits of my labor instead of watching them turn into pools of black, soupy goo each year. So a few weeks ago, we restocked our supply:
Once the raw materials are purchased, it’s time to select the source image. I had a much harder time with it this year. I must have gone through seven or eight Hermiones before finding a reasonably suitable picture.
My technique for converting said picture to pumpkin design remains the same:
I invited someone new to the party this year. Tada!
I’ve always carved pumpkins with knives and tiny saws and have never had any trouble. Well, except for how much it hurts my hand to painstakingly trim away rind using an Xacto blade. For years I’ve threatened to get a Dremel tool and this year I finally made it happen.
Though I still begin carving with this:
There are really only three steps: 1) cut out full holes for the bright spots, 2) cut away the rind for the half-bright spots, and 3) don’t cut anything for the dark spots.
And after only a few short hours, tada!
Is it a good carving? Yes.
Does it look like Hermione? More or less.
Did it turn out the way I wanted? In spite of my fancy new Dremel tool, no. I was a bit disappointed with this first attempt but that’s all part of the learning process? I’ll try carving Ron Weasley next year and see if it goes better.
And at some point in the future, I’ll give Hermione another go. Right after I finish carving Slytherin Boy #3.