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Book Name: The Pumpkin Carving Book

Author: Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell

Publisher: Lorenz Books


Cover: Hardcover

# of Pages:64

Illustrations: Color photos and templates

Experience Required: various skill levels

Book Review

It is explained in the Introduction that you should start off with a simple design using tools you have on hand for your first project but that after you gain confidence and enthusiasm for what you are doing, you should by all means attempt more detailed projects requiring specialized tools.  This is a very sound piece of advice and makes this book a good one because there are projects of various skill levels to meet the needs and capabilities of any reader interested in pumpkin carving.  It is important to read the Introduction as well as the subsequent sections for valuable information such as the difference between how pumpkins and squash are used (because of their properties compared to gourds for lasting quality) due to their composition. 

In the Guide to Pumpkins and Squashes the properties of a variety of squashes and pumpkins are described (and illustrated in color photos) as well as the best methods to carve them.  This section is followed by Carving Techniques that covers the tools you can use (most of which you probably have around the house) as well as photos demonstrating the step-by-step instructions for the various techniques (preparing the pumpkin for carving including cutting off the lid and leveling the pumpkin, hollowing our, transferring the pattern to the pumpkin, storing the finished pumpkin as well as growing your own pumpkins, squashes and gourds) you will be using on different types of pumpkins & squashes.

The good advice doesn't stop with the introductory sections, below the title of every project in the Pumpkin Carving section there is a brief description of how best to carve that particular type of pumpkin or squash (i.e. Keep carving simple on the smaller pumpkins, lending variety with slits, zigzags and scrolls.  Make several, then group them in an evocative autumnal window display.).  The templates section at the back is simple and straightforward and explains how to enlarge the patterns to fit the pumpkin or squash you are using. A couple are large enough that you may not need to enlarge them at all which makes things easier since the carving you will be doing on the pumpkin gives you enough to do without worrying about enlarging a pattern.  The photocopier method of enlarging is definitely the way to go because the copier does the work for you and once again saves you time which you should be spending on actually carving your pumpkin or squash.


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