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The pumpkins you find on these pages were either done by Rich & Flo Newman (aka TagYerit) or sent in by friends & contributors. There are easily more than 10 pages by now, so give yourself plenty of time to explore the vast range of wonderful creations assembled here!
CLick for 2014 pumpkins The pumpkins carved in 2014 were moved to a new gallery.
When we learned of the huge numbers of animals euthanized every day, we were inspired to send this message onward to help find homes for these sweet animals awaiting homes in shelters.
The pumpkin tells it all. Meg and Eric met at Long Lake in Maine. Their wake board Tige' boat travels between their families' houses under the full moon.
First time carving a watermelon. Our niece was getting married in the spring, outside of pumpkin season, so a different vegetable was in order. Since her fiance' had proposed to her on the Brooklyn Bridge, it made a great subject for the carving. The original image was from an old postcard.
Sydney got 2 pumpkins for her birthday this year. First we created a composite picture which you can see in the set up picture. And here's the final result lit up. The unlit pumpkin was photographed before the final touch-ups. Rich carved the majority of this pumpkin, but Flo put on her jeweler's glasses and cleaned up some details, especially around the ears and eyes.
But then we all wanted Sydney involved in the process, so we headed down to the farm - Sydney thumped on a bunch of different pumpkins before she settled on this one. Sydney was born in the Chinese year of the dragon and she'll also be trick-or-treating in a purple dragon outfit. So, during the party we teamed up and carved the dragon in about 45 minutes.
Print makers are a rich source of material for pumpkin carvings. This was a single level peeled pumpkin. Even the unlit pumpkin shows up nicely. Aubrey Beardsley (1872 - 1898) was a master of simple effective designs which he created for posters and book illustrations, though some of his pictures will surely make you blush. In fact, in his year, when he converted to Roman Catholicism, he begged his publisher to destroy some of his own works.
Flo made 3 carvings on this pumpkin as a gift to our favorite Alice collector.
Alice in Wonderland, or maybe in this case Alice in Pumpkin Land. On the reverse side, the Mad Hatter serves tea!
Flo started with this pattern. On the side the mushroom was cut out to hollow out the pumpkin and to get the compact fluorescent inside to illuminate the pumpkin. Was this the Caterpillar's mushroom, or the one where a nibble on the left or right changed Alice's size?
Detail showing the White Rabbit dashing past the "Eat Me" Cake and table. And 2 pictures of carvings in progress.
Rich saw a poster for the movie Microcosmos showing a praying mantis backlit by the moon and thought it would make a wonderful pumpkin … Here's the result!
Flo carved this beauty featuring three views of the Pirate Bride showing off her tattoos.
In 1852 Nathaniel Hawthorne told the story of how Mother Rigby imbued her pumpkin headed scarecrow, Feathertop, with life. Feathertop was able to maintain his life as long as he kept his pipe lit.
I don't want to give away the story which is well worth reading, but when Feathertop saw that the mirror revealed his true make-up, Mother Rigby decided that his "feelings are too tender ... in such an empty and heartless world". She decided he was most fit to be a scarecrow after all.
And that was certainly the end of the story as Hawthorne knew it. BUT in her last years, Ms Rigby decided that it was safe to let Feathertop come alive for one day each year. She was careful to make sure he knew the stuff he was made of before letting him venture forth and this was a much happier arrangement for him. In fact she taught the secret of his transformation to a successor before she died. It is still rumored that on a certain day each year, Feathertop can be seen visiting amongst us in this our fair city.
Rick has been sending us his pumpkin pictures for years and now his daughter is carving as many as he does. Visit his gallery to see more
Yet again, Nurse Karen sent in another of her colorful creations. For 2012, Karen made this sculpted painted pumpkin: "The Incredible Hulk", who smashes out heart disease!
To see more work from Karen and other wild pumpkin painters, visit our Painted Pumpkins page.
Miles Best Contributed his painted pumpkins to our website. Check them out at our Painted Pumpkin page.
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