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Halloween Pumpkin(s)

Okay so I only have one pumpkin carved (and yes, I missed Halloween because I was working late so I wouldn't have been around to the main even anyways). I actually tried buying a pumpkin the week before (around there) and the stores downtown didn't have any pumpkins left! So I had to call up my sister and she bought a couple from the farm near my parent's house. She brought those in the weekend following Halloween and I started to carve one of them.

I kind of forgot how cold the insides can be, even though it had been sitting inside for a couple hours. This is what I ended up for the first one!

Nearly headless cat!

I was trying to carve out the tail area (I'd moved left to right) and I don't really know what happened but I ended up snapping the head off! I panicked for a minute then realized I had toothpicks so I just left the head for the moment and finished up the back end of the cat and the grass. I also had to carve out the eyes and nose so it was actually much easier to do with the head snapped off!

I will point out that the head fell off the following morning so it is a headless cat now. I'm waiting for it to stop being so windy out so I can get another picture of it without the head.

This is what Mynx thought of the Cat pumpkin on the balcony. I think she thought I was trying to replace her with this other strange cat. She just kept staring at it, then she'd look back at me and glare for a minute before turning that frosty gaze on the Cat pumpkin.

As for the second pumpkin, I think I'll keep it simple and do a classic pumpkin. Triangle eyes and nose all the way!!!!

6 blog comments below

That's pretty awesome fine work there. What kind of equipment did you use to get it so precise?
deanhills on Tue Nov 05, 2013 6:28 pm
That's a pretty sweet job, Grem! Looks like some very clean lines and curves; some fine knife work Smile

You may have seen what I did for my daughter through Tumblr, but, here's the link -
Like your cat head, I snapped off one of the ears on that one Razz
Ankhanu on Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:03 pm
I used two knives. I curved paring knife (that's just what I have) and a slightly longer knife (again, just what I have). Carving this thing was a pain in the arse but I'm glad the lines came out as smooth as they did.

I had actually contemplated carving out Pikachu, but I was pretty sure I'd mess it up somehow. Also one of my friends already carved him. I also can't tell that the ear was snapped off Smile
TheGremlyn on Wed Nov 06, 2013 12:28 am
That's awesome!
Pretty good design and handwork.
rx9876 on Wed Nov 06, 2013 3:52 am
I see the 'Great Pumpkin'! laugh
Nice work, L. Has Mynx got a chance to go out to get up close with the new enemy?
standready on Wed Nov 06, 2013 11:34 pm
Mynx doesn't seem to care that much about the pumpkin. I've set her out and let her sniff around but she just looks at it, then turns and walks away. I should mention that the cat head fell off the following morning and I was going to try and get a shot of the headless cat that night but the wind kept blowing my candles out. Well, the next day I got home from work and it was kind of dark and overcast. I noticed the cat looked off and I looked closer and, sure enough the front part of the cat fell forwards because the front leg snapped. I'm pretty sure the cat has fallen over completely now.

I still have that second pumpkin. I haven't mustered the energy and will to clean it out and carve it.
TheGremlyn on Fri Nov 08, 2013 2:24 am

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