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| Carving the Death Star
The Death Star
from Star Wars is one of the most impressive pumpkins you can carve.
If you start with a very large pumpkin, you can come away with a pumpkin
carve that will floor your guests.
I've recently put tutorial online
which should allow the average pumpkin carver to make this thing a reality.
Give it a go!
Places to Learn How to Carve Your Patterns?
CarvingPumpkins.com: The Pumpkin Wizard is a terrific resource for
learning how to carve 3-color pumpkins. This site also has members-only
patterns and an online storefront for buying pumpkin carving supplies. Specific page to access for carving a pumpkin with transfer paper is here.
CarvingPumpkins.com Q&A Board: The Q&A board serves as a pumpkin
carving community of practice. There you will find pumpkin carvers
of all skill levels sharing advice on carving real and fake pumpkins and pattern
making. You will also find a nice group of pattern makers there,
many of which are willing to share their patterns.
Pumpkins: There is a decent tutorial here that can give you the
basics of carving
Ray Villafane is an awesome professional artist who creates the most
impressive 3D pumpkin sculpts. I am still a novice at this type of
carving, but found his tutorial very illuminating. You also
can check out his most awesome carvings here. For other pumpkin
sculpts, check out
| Other Places I Find Patterns
Q&A Board: The Pumpkin Wizard is
where I started. Brad, who runs this site, has a number of free
and Member-only patterns to choose from. Previously he also had
TONS of Disney patterns, but due to Disney threatening lawsuits, these
have all been removed from all pumpkin carving sites. Still, its only
like $8 bucks to join, so give it a go!
Zombie Pumpkins: Zombie
Pumpkins has some really good cut-through patterns. Again, some
are free, and lots more are available for a nominal fee.
JP's Jammin Pumpkins: JP
also has bunches of terrific cut-through patterns. Again, for a
very nominal fee, you'll find a bevy of terrific patterns.
Cut-through patterns are especially good for using multi-color lights
Jay Ball at Pumpkin Glow has some really decent cut-through patterns (I
especially like his Medieval ones), as well as some terrific books on
St0neyKins: St0ney has a
bunch of good three-color patterns, again for a nominal fee
Masterpiece Pumpkins: Gene at Masterpiece Pumpkins has a terrific
set of patterns, and a pretty good storefront, including lots of pumpkin