Tom Nardone, of Hazel Park, Missouri, is the author of two books on pumpkin carving and the webmaster of ExtremePumpkins.com
. His non-traditional carving style—he relies on the most basic carving skills, power tools, and interesting (if not slightly disgusting) designs—especially appeals to the DIY set. A couple of favorites: ''The Puking Pumpkin''
and ''The Cannibal Pumpkin.''
For this carving, Nardone used a rasp to shave the top layer of skin off of a pear-shaped gourd. Then he used his jigsaw and Dremel rotary tool to carve out the details. "My desire to use power tools on pumpkins comes from a need to get to it," says Nardone, who can complete a carving in as little as 10 minutes.
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