Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Pumpkin Carving



I love to carve pumpkins, the bigger the better. Every year, for the last 5 years, I've competed in the Chadds Ford Great Pumpkin Carve with my mom. I'll be there again this year if you want to check it out. I've also been invited to carve at Newtown Square Harvest Festival this year on October 10th, how exciting! Here are some pictures of the pumpkins we've carved with my original designs...


Haunted Holstein - 2004 Best Overall Winner


Arise from the Fire - 2008 Best Overall Winner


Sleepy Hollow - 2007 Best Carving Award


Headless Horseman - 2005 Most Halloween Award



19 comments:

Rosanne said...

Oh I love those pumpkins!
You have so much talent in so many things you do. Its amazing and so much fun to look at!

Angie at Free Rein said...

I've never tried carving artistically. How long does it take you to do one? They are beautiful!

Lisa said...

My gosh...they are fantastic!! I love them! My pumpkins always have the triangle eyes and picket teeth! LOL. Good luck with the carvings. (I received the pendant and it is beautiful - she is going to love it. Thanks!)

*retro-rudolphs* said...

Jen, you have carved some of the best Jacks I've ever laid eyes on... can't wait to see this years!

Lori

Kathleen Coy said...

OMG, how cool is that!!! :-D

Cheryl Kugler said...

Very nice pumpkins. Love the varying colors of the orange. The designs look great! Also, the new little kitty in your previous blog post is a cutie...

Cheryl
www.cherylkugler.com

mrsb said...

Wow!! Those are amazing!
I'm lucky to get my triangle eyes close to the same size, lol!

Jennifer Rose said...

those are amazing! what tools do you use to do that?

Aelwyn said...

Those area AMAZING! And as Mrs. B said, I'm lucky to get my triangle eyes the same size...LOL!

Dawn said...

Wow! You are even amazing in the medium of pumpkins! LOL!

be well...

Jo said...

They are truely amazing, is there any way of preserving the pumpkins, or are the images lost once the pumpkin rots?

WillOaks Studio said...

Wow, those are just awesome, Jennifer! Incredible how your images translate and look forward to seeing what you come up with this year!

Possible Impossibilities Studio said...

Some most amazing Pumpkins indeed! Beautiful designs, depth of color and oh so spooky! VERY nicely done!! :-)

magikalseasons said...

Your paintings and carvings are amazing! I think I saw one of your carvings on Martha's Halloween workshop was that last yr? :)

Jamie said...

I was just thinking last night about how I look forward to seeing what you carve this year. Is it harder to carve a pumpkin leaving that thin layer to to carve all the way through? I was thinking of trying the thin layer this year on one of our pumpkins. I don't think my hands could handle doing three that way. We carve them every year for us and sometimes for my mom as well when she doesn't feel like doing it. (she CAN, she just chooses to have MY hands hurt... LOL) The previous ones you have done are absolutely awesome.
Jamie

Split Rock Ranch said...

OMG these are incredible! You are so very talented. (turning shades of green here...) ;o)

Jennifer MacNeill-Traylor said...

Wow, thanks for all the comments! Each pumpkin takes several hours to carve. My mom works on the back taking the guts out and thinning the walls so the light shines through. I work on the front using mostly lino cutters.
I sent in photos of my pumpkin from 2008 to martha Stwearts website and won a prize for having one of their favorite pumpkins but they never sent a prize. That pumpkin was also a finalist on the This Old House website!

Five O'Clock Somewhere said...

Wowee! Mighty impressive. I have a hard time with triangle eyes and an open mouth.

Cathy said...

Wow,They look So Cool!How long does it take you to do?They look awesome!