Pumpkin Carving – The Unfinished Project


I am sure glad I didn’t throw away this video!  Instead I found a great pumpkin carving video!

I started to carve this pumpkin around 7:00 P.M. and between carving, having dinner with the family, and other chores around the house, before I knew it, it was midnight!  I was tired and worst, I had to get up early the next morning.  That’s when I decided to shut the camera off and end this project.  It would be my one and only unfinished pumpkin.  I would throw it away in the morning and call it good.

The next day, I got up early, went to work.  Around mid-morning I received a call from my wife who proceeded to tell me about my youngest son, who was two years old at the time, and his way of fixing my unfinished pumpkin by carving a huge hole on the unfinished side.  I guess this project has been really scrapped for good, I thought and laughed it off.

Fortunately for me, I did save the video footage in my computer’s hard drive and left it there simply calling it “Pumpkin”.  I came across it a few days ago and looked through some of the raw video and I thought there was actually enough video to make a decent short video about my unfinished pumpkin project I started many months before.

Today I sat in front of my computer and went to work on it.  By learning a few new editing tricks and by adding a nice little jingle to it, a nice little video emerged out of a pumpkin who was meant to go to the trash and say no more!  Not today!  He wanted to speak to those of us who sometimes give up too quick, and say that sometimes there is great lemon juice out of very sour lemons.

I hope everyone enjoys this video!  I had a great time carving it, and definitely editing the video.  Please let me know what you think of it by adding comments below, and as always I will leave links to the tools I use.  I know a lot of people are interested in what tools are best for the job, and I certainly want you guys have the best tools to carve the best pumpkins.

Premium Pumpkin Carving Tool Set

Ray Villafane Pumpkin Carving Tools

B009BFB62G Ray Villafane’s 3-D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials DVD



Thanksgiving Pumpkin Turkey – Table Decoration

new pumpkin

For this Thanksgiving, I decided to carve a Thanksgiving Pumpkin Turkey!  I had a lot of fun doing it, but this little guy took me all day to do.  I also decided to make a video and incorporate the Thanksgiving pumpkin into the Thanksgiving table decorations.  With the help of my wife decorating skills, it all came out very nicely.

The great thing about carving pumpkins is that whatever you come up with at that very moment is your very own idea, and whether it works or not, no one can take that from you!  It’s yours and you made it work one way or another.  One of the main comments I get from people is that I must have a lot of patience to carve these pumpkins, because they sure don’t have the patience to carry the pumpkin carving through to the end.  Too much work, some say.  The reality is that, yes, you do have to have patience.  Lots of it!  But the end result pay off outweighs everything else.  The feeling that you get from finishing something that you thought of and that now you are actually looking at the finished product, is truly rewarding.

That’s my recommendation to all of you who wish you could do the same thing, but don’t think you have the patience nor the talent.  To stick it out and actually finish at project you cooked up in your mind, and then sit back and enjoy the awesome feeling of actually bringing to fruition a spark of a thought.

The end result of what originated as a thought...

The end result of what originated as a thought…

Thanksgiving Pumpkin


Thanksgiving is just right around the corner!  What would be better then a pumpkin carving of a turkey for the center piece of your Thanksgiving table?  Apparently there seems to be a lot of interest in just that: to have a beautiful pumpkin carving of a turkey as the center piece on a wonderfully decorated Thanksgiving table.  The problem: where to find a pumpkin?  Much less, a pumpkin carving of a turkey?  The way I was able to have this nice pumpkin was to go to a fruit yard we have on the outskirts of town and purchase a nicely fresh pumpkin.  As you know pumpkins seem to disappear shortly after Halloween.  There are a lot of farmers, however, who plant pumpkins a little later for just that reason; to keep selling fresh pumpkins into Thanksgiving.  After all, just because Halloween is over, we still love pumpkin pies; and what would be Thanksgiving dinner without pumpkin pie desert?  Right?  As far as finding a pumpkin carving, well, that’s a different story altogether!

If you are not very artistic and you don’t know anyone who carves pumpkins in your area, you might think you might just have to do without the pumpkin turkey.  In my opinion, however, I believe that anyone can carve a beautiful pumpkin, turkey or no turkey (refer below to the picture of “Charlie Brown Pumpkin”).  All one must have is the right tools, a little patience, and most importantly, the right attitude!  By the right attitude, I mean to have fun with it and understand that even if it does not come out exactly how you would like it to be, you enjoyed the process and you learned something.  Just know that next time it will only get better.

So, my friends, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving and that you will have lots of fun carving your next pumpkin master piece.

Until then, I’ll see you soon!

P.S.  I am thinking of making a video of the next turkey pumpkin carving… look forward to seeing it on here soon.

Charlie Brown Pumpkin

Charlie Brown Pumpkin

New Pumpkin Addition


Creative pumpkin carving is probably not for everyone, but definitely can be done by anyone who wishes to spend time learning the basics.  Carving pumpkins follow a few basic steps:  know where the eyes are going to be; knowing where the tip of the nose is going to be.  Simple!  After that, you are left with carving everything else out of the way.

One thing I do is to watch people’s faces for all different kinds of variances, expressions, looks, and emotions.  I am always constantly on the look out for that face that stands out and how I could make it into a pumpkin carving.  Sometimes I mix and match.  For example, I’ll get someone’s eyes mixed with someone else’s smile or completely and totally out of my imagination.  Whatever works for that instance.  That’s the beauty of carving pumpkins.  You simply have fun and carve something that is completely new and completely out of your imagination along with your life experiences.  It mixes everything that is you and brings it out in a totally different expression through the carved pumpkin.

That is why in this new pumpkin addition to my growing library of pumpkins, I try to just have fun with it and bring out something new and refreshing.  I totally love working in making the teeth stand out.  It is actually easier to me than, let’s say, the eyes.  Even thought time consuming, it is totally worth it.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the challenge the eyes bring.  I’ll spend more time working with the eyes than anything else because I believe that the eyes is what makes or breaks the pumpkin carving.  Although in this pumpkin, the mouth area really brought out what this pumpkin was meant to be.


Having Fun With 3D Pumpkin Carving – Halloween 2014

Having fun with 3-D pumpkin carving is a video that just basically shows the process of how to carve a 3-D pumpkin in fast forward motion while listening to some nice tunes! This Halloween 2014, if you are a bit inclined to be artistic with your pumpkins and would like to know how to carve a 3-D pumpkin, then give this technique a try… Halloween 2014 will forever be etched in your mind as something cool that you did with the plain old Halloween pumpkin. How to carve 3-D pumpkins is really a lot of fun and I recommend anyone who is interested in carving 3-D pumpkins, to just start. Go out a buy yourself some clay carving tools and a pumpkin and start carving pumpkins. Take your time and be patient,because to learn how to carve 3-D pumpkins takes time but I assure you that you will enjoy carving pumpkins immensely even if your pumpkin does not look anything like what you thought it would look like when you started out. After that, just continue to carve at it and get better and better as you keep carving pumpkins. For reference, watch YouTube videos. For me, watching Ray Villafane was my biggest inspiration. I watched on YouTube everything he has done, and he never fails to amaze me. He is an awesome artist and, even though I know I’ll never be like him in his talent, I aspire to get better and better every time I carve a pumpkin because I know there is always room for improvement, knowing what can be accomplished watching what Ray can do.
I went out and bought the tools Ray Villafane sells on Amazon which includes his hand tools and his tutorial videos. I highly recommend these pumpkin carving tools, specially if you are just starting out. They are a great way to get you pointed in the right direction. After that, your imagination is the limit. Below I’ll have links to Ray Villafane’s tools and YouTube Channel.
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Ray Villafane YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/VillafaneStudios/featured

Tools: http://amzn.to/1BTurtB
Tutorial Video: http://amzn.to/1AUFAIp

0:00 – 1:19 Neon Storm by Jungle Punks
1:20 – 5:13 Take You Home by Silent Partner
5:14 – 7:53 Crimson Fly by Huma Huma
7:54 – 9:12 Smart Riot by Huma Huma

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Zombie Pumpkin – 3D Pumpkin Carving – 2014

Zombie Pumpkin – 3D Pumpkin Carving – 2014, is simply, I believe, one of my best works this year. Carving 3D pumpkins has become, to me, a great way to reach out to other people who are interested in how to carve pumpkins in a way that is simple and fun, but yet challenging. How I carve my pumpkins is not only fun but relaxing as well. While carving 3D pumpkins, I am taken to that place in my mind where the only thing that exists is the imagination. If you would like to start carve pumpkins but have no idea where to start, YouTube is a great place to watch videos about how to carve pumpkins for ideas and inspiration. To me, how I got inspired to start carving pumpkins was to watch Ray Villafane’s and John Angevine videos and how these guys carve their pumpkins. Simply amazing! My pumpkins are children’s play compared to his. I recommend you buy his tutorial videos, which I did, that way you can be taught the basic principals he uses to carve pumpkins. Here is a link to these videos you can buy from Amazon: http://amzn.to/1AUFAIp
If you are interested in buying the tools he and I use, here is the link to those as well: http://amzn.to/1BTurtB
Check out Ray’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/user/VillafaneStudios/featured
Check out John’s YouTube Channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsG3SQVig901G6BQxKQu4OQ

I also have other videos that show basically the same thing: http://youtu.be/MWX0EtpWIs8

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