not wood... but same skills...

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Project by EPJartisan posted 10-29-2010 06:17 PM 1849 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My partner picked up a new computer client in the Arts district of Oak Park, I went to pick up a computer and the owner pulled me aside saying she loves my work and was wondering if i would be willing to do a live display of pumpkin carving. The next door restaurant Trattoria 225 was having a halloween Kids Night and wanted to raffle off a 100 lb carved pumpkin. I live in Oak Park, but my studio is way across the city… so they asked local artists, but no one stepped up for the fun. So they were a little desperate, but I came along and said yes within a heartbeat… and it was the best time carving a pumpkin I have ever had. The kids were amazing, I let them try all the tools, and chatted with them to the approval of thier parents… and then chatted up the parents for my woodwork.

3.5 hours of carving, using my wood carving and clay carving tools. The walls of the pumpkin were almost 3 inches in some places, so my relief carving was quite deep and people could not stop touching it.. and asking if it was a real pumpkin.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#1 posted 10-29-2010 06:27 PM

amazing work, and great for the kids. kudos.

-- Junior -Quality is never an accident-it is the reward for the effort involved.

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#2 posted 10-29-2010 06:47 PM

Thats pretty cool man. I’ll bet it made you feel pretty good getting the kiddos involved.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 10-29-2010 06:47 PM

Sweet work man! Those pumpkins are awesome! Way to give back to the kids also.

-- Jeff , Wisconsin Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 10-29-2010 06:55 PM

Happy Halloween.
A smile,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#5 posted 10-29-2010 07:01 PM


-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 10-29-2010 07:44 PM

what a great way to promote your skills/business.. AND you made a difference in the lives of many (young and old) including “saving the day”.
Win/win/win/win.. AWESOME

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 10-29-2010 11:38 PM

Excellent opportunity to have some fun and market your talents!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#8 posted 10-30-2010 01:02 AM

We had a pumpkin carving contest at the collage i am at now but none of them turned out half as good as yours. You did a excellent job on it.

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#9 posted 10-30-2010 02:37 AM

What a great story and the pumpkin aint bad either! ;-)

-- Theresa,

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#10 posted 10-30-2010 04:44 AM

Super job. I love it!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 11-01-2010 06:54 AM

Too awesome!!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#12 posted 11-20-2010 03:54 AM

Very awesome carving, no matter what he medium. Thanks for sharing that.


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#13 posted 11-20-2010 09:19 AM

I dunno, you could make a justifiable case that it is woodworking. It’s a fiberous solid material from a plant! No different than carved walnut shells or tagua.

Anyway, great carving job, and really great job helping the community, encouraging kids to be creative, and selling yourself!

-- Nate,

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 07:28 PM

This is so great – I love how you literally changed the shape of what used to be round – it really looks like it melted!


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#15 posted 12-06-2010 01:23 AM

thats so crazy that you can make a pumpkin look like this!! haha. I remember when i was like 10 (only 27 now) you would NEVER see something like this! Creativity has come a long way!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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