2008 Pumpkin-Carving Contest Winners
It's astounding what a DIYer can do with a Dremel and a gourd. See the 10 finalists you voted tops in the first ever TOH Pumpkin Carving Contest
Wow. It's just amazing what a handy person can do with a Dremel and a gourd. Here at This Old House, we learned that with the right set of tools and a little ingenuity, a Halloween pumpkin can be fashioned into just about any form. From the Jolly Roger to the Man in Black, here are the carvings that you voted tops in our first-annual pumpkin-carving contest.
I am in the Navy and thought a nautical theme was in order. I used a set of pumpkin carving tools, and it took about an hour to complete!
Ladson, South Carolina
I discovered I had a love for pumpkin carving just a few years ago. I was surprised to find that I'm not a bad carver. Then again, I did do very well carving wood in Native Art class during my young years in school.
Brooklyn, New York
I used a Sharpie to draw out the design and then used my Pumpkin Dremel to carve/etch the design. It took me about 1½ hours to finish the pumpkin.
Yonkers, New York
Carved with Speedball linoleum block carving tools. By far the best tool to carve intricate designs in a pumpkin with!
East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
These pumpkins were carved using a pumpkin carving tool and family for workers. My fiance carved every single letter when he proposed to me on Halloween 2007. There's also a heart-shaped pumpkin below which held my engagement ring. I said YES, of course!!
I used a Hubbard squash with a mini pumpkin for her ears, and corn husks for her permanent-damaged hair. I look for unusual shaped pumpkins and noticed this squash and even though it was harder to carve (the eyes,teeth , and etc.) I loved the effect. I always end up using a paring knife for my maine tool and finish up with some craft paint.
Salt Lake City, Utah