The whole pumpkin carving thing has been one of those far-off experiences I remember as a kid or hear about in other people’s fantastic tales. As I have a two-year-old now, this week was the first time I’ve picked up a pumpkin and fired off a design. It was both better and worse than I thought it would be.
From childhood, I remember the general process with a hazy sort of recollection. Cut the top, scoop the insides, grab a knife, and set about making a bunch of triangles. I remember it as boring and kind of crappy. First step: remove the guts — made much easier with latex gloves and a bucket with a trash bag in it. I hate pumpkin innards, though that experience became worthwhile when my daughter, upon seeing the pumpkin’s inside for the first time said, “Look, macaroni and cheese!”
Since I wasn’t into the traditional version of carving from my youth, I opted for the much trendier, more complex image which in this case turned out to be Mickey Mouse. Not my first choice, but I wasn’t the target audience, either.
Listening to the carving videos on the interweb will tell you that you need a Dremel to get this carving done. I found the Dremel to be excellent at two things during this project: 1.) outlining the overall design and 2.) throwing pumpkin flesh in my face. So once Mickey was laid out and the shape done, it was time to put the Dremel down.
I found a plain old peeling knife and hobby knife to be much more useful for the real business of getting the skin cut away and removing the meaty flesh part. The whole thing took about 40 minutes from start to finish, which isn’t bad for someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing. It turned out great and the youngster was happy, so we’ll call that a success.