2009 Pumpkin-Carving Contest Winners
You picked 'em! Here are the winners of the second annual Pumpkin Carving Contest
We asked for a few jack-o'-lanterns and you delivered a harvest of masterpieces. Then, we asked you to pick your favorites, and pumpkin-lovers came out in droves to select these winners.
It turns out that with the right set of tools and a little ingenuity, a pumpkin can be fashioned into just about any form. From a 3-D relief carving inspired by Where the Wild Things Are to a painstakingly lettered sign that warns, "Beware!", here are YOUR top 10 picks.
Shown here: This carving was created by maddoghoek100 in New York, New York, and missed our entry deadline by mere minutes. But we liked it enough to give it honorable mention. Tools used were a Dremel, a Speedballer, and wood carving gouges. Keep reading for winners and finalists.
"This is an original design and carving inspired by an upcoming Halloween wedding in our family. It took about 20 minutes to create the drawing, but a lot longer to zero in on an idea. I used a Dremel and a pumpkin saw from a traditional pumpkin carving kit. It took about an hour and a half to carve."
"After my nephew went to the zoo and saw a gorilla up close for the first time he became very good at doing an imitation of one of the great apes with the angry look and all. In honor of his imitation I chose to carve out a grumpy gorilla for Halloween. I used a X-Acto knife to cut the fine lines and a steak knife to cut deeper, larger chunks. I used a few tools from a pumpkin carving kit, but for smaller grooves and curves I used ribbon cutters. Regular old pumpkin scoopers worked for cleaning out the insides."
Saint Louis, Missouri
"The tongue is made from the flesh of a smaller pumpkin. The eyes and horns were made from small gourds. Tools included a sanding pad, wood chisels, coping saw blade, paring knife, X-Acto knife, small files, small clay sculpting tools."
Bronxville, New York
"This party Jack-o' was carved for an '09 Mardi Gras event in back in February. The 360-degree carving has fantasy Harlequin Mask Scene inside. I used every tool McGyver ever conjured up on his best day. Thank you for the opportunity to strut the stuff!"
"In honor of the movie version of possibly the greatest children's book ever, I decided to make a carving of one of the wild things from Where the Wild Things Are. I used an X-Acto knife, a rotary hand tool, and a few regular pumpkin carving kit tools. To clean out his guts I used a scooper. Not too high-tech, but it works."
St. Louis, Missouri
"I've been pumpkin carving since '98, and started making my own patterns in 2003. I use various wood working tools ('V' wedges), little pumpkin carving saws, and clay loop tools for my carvings."
"For this pumpkin, I was inspired by Hitchcock. The pattern itself was fairly simple but the detail nearly made my hand fall off! I used the simple tools that you can get at any grocery store, along with some wood carving tools."
"I just finished this carve in time! It's a gift for my son Travis who is a freshman at WVU. The Mountaineers will play UConn and the South Florida Bulls soon. It will be displayed in the community room at his dorm. I used various Dremel tools, but love the stylus for tiny details."