Thank you for visiting my site. Don’t forget to check out the latest carvings in my gallery section. Perhaps my online tutorial can help you with your own pumpkin projects.

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180 Responses to this post.

  1. Emily
    October 24th, 2014 at 7:45 pm

    Is it really a good idea to leave it outside? From what I’ve been told, the process of heating and cooling actually accelerates the process of deterioration. I’ve also heard that you should soak it in diluted bleach, which sounds like a bad idea to me. I’ve never done this type of carving before, but I do spend many hours on my pumpkins and hate to see them rot right away.

  2. mariah hensley
    September 1st, 2014 at 2:23 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your gallery and all your amazing work! My teenagers and I are going to attempt to use your tutorial this year! Hopefully we can come up with something cool enough to post on my blog! I will definitely be linking back to your site for others to see from my own blog! Thanks for sharing and wish us luck!

  3. Jonathan
    October 23rd, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hey, just wanted to say I really enjoyed this tutorial – great work!

  4. Ryan McSwain
    September 30th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you for giving me an idea on what tools I will need to carve this years pumpkin. I have a lot of experience in art and performing the tedious tasks such as carving pumpkins. But I would like to show you my work when I’m finished and let you be the judge of my work!!

  5. Anne
    September 16th, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Did you ever have a slide video of your pumpkins with a background song of the “Tennessee Waltz?” If so….can you post it. It was the best!!!

  6. Gabrielle
    April 21st, 2013 at 7:17 am

    Just happen to come across your creations in my search for bridal pumpkin stencils and was amazed at what I found on this site! Although I haven’t seen anything bridal on your site as of right now, I did want to ask if you did any carvings in wedding designs? We’ll be having a fall themed wedding with all the joys of the fall!

  7. Jessie
    October 31st, 2012 at 3:22 am

    A couple years ago I ran across your site. I followed your tutorial and carved a pumpkin that got many great reviews. Because of your website, I found a gift I never knew I had. When I find the picture of that pumpkin, I’ll send it your way. Thanks again for the inspiration.

  8. R Valdes
    October 30th, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I randomly came across your website.. You’re brilliant, amazing, so incredibly talented.. I’m sure that you hear that all the time, but you are truly brilliant. Thank You for sharing your talent with us so we can admire and appreciate your work.

  9. Jessica O'Donnell
    October 29th, 2012 at 7:59 pm

    Hi, I’m 13 and look forward to pumpkin carving all year. I was online looking at interesting pumpkin carvings when I saw many of them with this webiste stamp on the bottom. Me and my dad are very interested in this and I read the whole thing to him out-loud. (He was too tierd to read it himself) I really like the videos you put up and they help a lot. We both laughed at the immigrant joke, very funny. I hope you will comtinue to post pictures of your pumpkins. (I looked at all of those too.) Keep up the amazing work!

    P.S. I love the Pirates of the Carribean ones! Johnny Depp is the best! I Love all of your carvings! Also, the rinds on our pumpkins are always too thin. How do you get thick ones?

  10. Laurie Switzer
    October 29th, 2012 at 6:35 am

    I have been “chief pumpkin carver” in my family for over 35 years. I started out with the regular two dimensional carvings and have advanced over the years to using pretty much the same process you describe. I discovered the value of pottery tools by accident one year when I needed ” something better for this”, and stumbled upon them while scrounging through my craft room. – I was amused to find the exact same tools recommended on your website! Anyway, I am writing to say thank you for sharing your work, and your knowledge – and especially for all the wonderful photos! Thank you.

  11. Roger
    October 28th, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This tool works great for removing the skin from the pumpkin:

  12. Kevin
    October 25th, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    More Classics from The Pumpkin Master…
    Ray Villafane

    Not sure if the pics would copy and paste. I just wanted to share some of the carvings from Ray Villafane. I think you are both amazing.

  13. Anonymous
    October 21st, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    You should do a BANE carving!! that would be epic!!

  14. Valerie D.
    October 18th, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    I am so grateful that you are teaching art to junior high kids. Thank you for showing them art matters.

  15. Angela
    October 18th, 2012 at 7:09 am

    Hi, I just want to say you are amazing!!! I am carving a pumpkin for my 3D art class in college and you blow me away with your talent :) also, you seem so funny..I loved reading your FAQ section. Send me an email if you like :) maybe we can exchange pumpkin carving notes 😛

  16. Yanny Chueng
    August 13th, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    We love your pumpkin art so much~!! Really wanna bring those pumpkin to Hong Kong. I have sent you an email about the details. Please let me know your schedule. Thanks~!

  17. Carolyn
    June 24th, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Your carvings are amazing, but I like your answers to FAQ even better. Shows what a good education can do.

  18. Tod Schessler
    June 9th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Fantastic submit coming from expert along with it’ll be an excellent understanding for you to us and thank you a great deal with regard to sharing this unique info with us.

  19. Funny Halloween Pictures
    January 9th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    These are some of the most amazing pumpkin carvings that I have seen. Keep up the fantastic work!

  20. Julie
    December 17th, 2011 at 4:17 am

    The carvings are marvelous and the FAQ page is hilarious. Thanks so much for sharing your talents. My 13 year old wants me to send her the link so I’m guessing a bunch of teens in Berlin will soon be visiting your site:)

  21. lis
    November 30th, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    really love your creative carving work, amazing…i love the aspect of the halloween pumpkins having light shining out tho…seems that somewhere in me i miss it if it doesn’t ‘shine’ from within…

  22. JD
    November 4th, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Your carvings are amazing! I was inspired to try carving pumpkins in the round after watching the carvings of John Lavigne and Ray Villafane. I’ve just now found your website through Deviant Art. Amazing work! Love the detailed instructions on this site.

  23. Amanda
    October 31st, 2011 at 8:34 am

    you have much talent, young grasshopper. haha i think i saw you on food network’s challenge or something-or-other. i recognized the statue of liberty and the hands with the screaming mouth pumkpins. anyways, LOVE the grudge pumpkin :)

  24. Robin
    October 30th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    You are very talented! Thank you for the tutorial I know a lot of work went into it… I love halloween and carving pumpkins. I own all those clay tools but didn’t know I could use them for carving pumpkins. I will be trying the tools out today. Thank you.

  25. Marc
    October 29th, 2011 at 11:27 am

    This site is incredible. I always carve pumpkins during the season. But you have helped me take it to the next level.

  26. lucy
    October 27th, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I think your pumpkins are worth selling they are so good! Me and my mum were totally dazzled by your works of art and we are definitely going to try out some 3D pumpkins this halloween! :)

  27. Rube Calle
    October 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Thank you for the tutorials, and the amazed carvings

  28. Paula
    October 26th, 2011 at 6:04 am

    Amazing, love it x

  29. James Porter
    October 25th, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    How do I log into your site and how can I get some of your slide shows to put on my comuter. I have one slide show on my old computer and I would like to put one on the new computer, thanks for your assistance. Jim Porter

  30. Patricia Norris
    October 25th, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    I love your site. Every year, I send a list of Halloween/pumpkin websites to our teachers for them to share and enjoy. Yours is a hit!

  31. Paul
    October 25th, 2011 at 10:55 am

    You have a true talent here! Unlike your new found friend Mitchell, I love the fall, I love Halloween, I love October and everything that comes along with it. I will be attempting my first 3D carving this year…wish me luck!

  32. jan
    October 24th, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Thank you so much! My students are wow’d by your talent. I show a running slideshow of your pumpkins every halloween holiday for my 6th grade students during homeroom. They are inspired!!

  33. Ray Thornton
    October 22nd, 2011 at 11:42 pm

    Very nice work. I will try to implement some of your techniques in this years pumpkin carving extravaganza with the kids.

  34. The Mrs.
    October 17th, 2011 at 7:29 pm


  35. 123
    October 16th, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    awesome tutorial … I think I’m going to try my hand at pumpkin art this year … thanks.

  36. Tom Lindskog
    October 12th, 2011 at 10:59 am

    I am a budding professional carver who puts on demos at schools and local businesses and like you I try to encourage as many people as possible to give this a shot. I’m also a teacher (social studies, not art)and in my “professional” opinion this is a really well done tutorial. I’ll be plugging it at all of the shows I do. Also, I’m trying to find the right price to charge for my demos. Would you mind sharing how much you charge per day and how much you charge when people ask you to do these on commission. Any help you can offer would be much appreciated.

  37. Maddy
    October 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am

    dude…THATS AWESOME!!!! im gonna try it as soon as i can! Wish me luck down here in Florida. thx so much!!!

  38. Chris mccourt
    October 9th, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Awesome Work. You have a beutiful talent that inspires people to get their hands dirty.

  39. Holly
    September 30th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Awesome! I just love your work. Thanks for sharing the techniques. I can’t wait to give it a try.

  40. Carol Koenig
    September 27th, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    Hi Scott, I am on the Board of the Art League of West Texas and we would love for you to come, at our expense, to Lubbock on Sunday, October 10 to do a demo at 2 p.m. at our member meeting. Today is Tuesday, Sept. 27. Would that be possible? Please respond either to our website or my e-mail as soon as you can. We think your work is fabulous and would love to share it with our members, especially at this time of year. Thank you in advance for your consideration, Carol Koenig, ALWT

  41. pumpkin carving patterns
    September 11th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Awesome work with great detail. I think you might be able to give Ray V a run for his money!

  42. Carrie
    September 6th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Would you be interested in teaching a group of art teachers in Chattanooga on Oct 7th. Contact me if you’d be interested in hosting this workshop. I know your a teacher too…This is a day we have for inservice in our county.
    Let me know, Carrie

  43. kathryn
    August 24th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    These are amazing, love it!!!
    I was wandering if you had tried any
    good british ribbon tools and could
    tell me the company name, and what
    tools do you use for reverse carving?
    And thanks for the tutorial,
    it’s really helpful+ interesting 😀

  44. Peter
    August 8th, 2011 at 6:37 am

    This is absolutely great. A friend showed me your site. Never thought there was a pumpkin art. :)

  45. Chris
    May 19th, 2011 at 1:20 am

    Just wanted to say how much I admire your work and apprecitate your sharing it. Several years back I used to pick one of your projects and try to replicate it and it was very instructive. The past two years I’ve picked my own designs and it has been rewarding. I still check here every fall to see what’s possible. The snake this year is amazing. I think the crispness of your work stands out the most. Its speaks to someone that has a clear idea with the skill to execute quickly before the pumpkin becomes mush. Well thanks again for sharing.

  46. Jamala
    April 18th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Just gave a try a week ago , i think i did it well with only a knife . I just ordered some ribbon tools so i will give a better try next time . I like you work very much keep going w8ting for new 2011 pictures

  47. Russell
    February 28th, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Very cool , I think I’ll give it a try !

  48. alex
    February 18th, 2011 at 4:51 pm

    I admire your work .Your verry good at this.
    I have a site and i would like to put your creation on it.
    How can i contact you?
    My e-mail is

  49. Sherry Reed
    January 9th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    My 7 year old son and I watched Texas Country Reporter this morning and they were doing a story on you…we were glued to the TV and promptly got on the web to see this page. You are sooooo talented and we really enjoyed seeing other pumpkins that you have created. Thanks for sharing. We will stay tuned for future art!!!
    -Sherry and Dalton

  50. Jack Johnson
    January 9th, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    I think the skull looks so cool! I want one just like that!
    Will you carve one like that for me? !
    Jack (9)

  51. Greg
    January 9th, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Fantastic Scott! I absolutely love all of them. Hooray for public school teachers too! You are undoubtedly a positive influence on may people! Thanks for the skeptical/freethinking comments as well.

    Thank you for your sculptures and thank you for your positive influence on your students and friends. (and tributes to Sci-Fi classics!)

  52. jaide
    December 8th, 2010 at 7:12 pm

    wowow my mom thought they were unreal you could make some real money off selling those

  53. tanmay pathare
    December 3rd, 2010 at 4:00 am

    it’s great i m going to try this out….:p

  54. akash
    December 3rd, 2010 at 3:57 am

    nice one . it’s awesome .just ammazing….:)

  55. Stephanie
    November 4th, 2010 at 10:34 am

    It has come to light that a magazine, Cooks Source, has completely lifted an article from, and when contacted by the owner of that site/author of the article, the editor ‘informed’ her that everything that can be found online is ‘in the public domain’ (

    I noticed that elsewhere in the magazine your tiger pumpkin (from was printed in the same issue ( or check Cooks Source’s facebook page in their gallery for the recent issue), and I’m willing to bet they used the same specious logic that if they found it online, even with your clear copyright notice, it was theirs to use.

    You may want to contact the author of the other copyright violation, as (if you did not give them permission), this is pretty endemic at the magazine, and both of you can back each other up.


  56. melissa rusheon
    November 2nd, 2010 at 8:37 am

    i love ur pumpkins!!!! u r so very talented my love is for sports……urs must be for pumpkins lol

  57. Russ
    November 1st, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I saw your report on TV yesterday. You are amazing. I think I remember hearing you mention that you also do paintings. If that is the case, please let me know where I can find some of your other artwork. Thanks.

  58. Jeff W
    October 31st, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for the pointers! I did a 3D carved pumpkin for the first time last year, but after finding this site (and of course being inspired by some Food Network Challenge) I had much better direction this year – thanks again – awesome work! (see my pumpkin here: )

  59. Laura
    October 31st, 2010 at 11:29 am

    Wow. I just visited the gallery and was very impressed. You have an amazing gift.

    ps: Texas Country Reporter is were I found out about you. :)

  60. Carole
    October 31st, 2010 at 8:30 am

    these are amazing! just wondering how do you do the rattlesnake one?

  61. Ian S
    October 31st, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Within the last few years, I actually got pretty good at the 2-D carvings, though I am really not that creative. My kids love seeing the finished product and are always proud to show off “Daddys pumpkins”. Your work, along with some great instructions and advice from your website, have given me some new inspiration for next year. After all who doesnt love havin’ their kids proud of them? Thanks from a non-pro.

  62. Victor
    October 30th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    You are very talented. This website is nice and clean looking. Thanks for putting it together. I got the most benefit from seeing the tools you use. I always thought people used some type of rotary tool or something, guess not, it’s definitely more work than I thought. Great job and keep up the excellent work!

  63. Melissa
    October 29th, 2010 at 12:28 pm


  64. Monlynn
    October 28th, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Wonderful technique and great ideas for carving images. I’ve got a couple pumpkins to spare this year and I’m going to give this a shot with some lino tools and the like, starting out simple since it’ll be my first attempts. I’m wondering though, what your recommendation would be for the best time to carve them up if I want to display them for trick-or-treaters on the actual night of. 18 hours ahead for most 12 – 16 inch pumpkins?

  65. fc
    October 28th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    well i am just carving pumpkins at schol and was loooking for some ideas these are amazing

  66. Linda Roy Walls
    October 28th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Amazing skill and talent. I thoroughly enjoyed the pumpkin gutter slide show and “Monster Mash” song sent to me today by a classmate of my parents’ (from the class of 54′). Your carvings sure have intergenerational appeal. Thanks for sharing.

  67. modie
    October 28th, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    Great tutorial. For the beginning carver this lets us understand what you, the artist, are thinking as you create a new sculpture. Now just lots of practice and trial and error for me, the beginner, to work on this year. Thanks again.

  68. Alexzandra
    October 28th, 2010 at 11:53 am

    man those pumkins are awesome i think im gonna try them next year.

  69. Jill
    October 27th, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Any chance you’d do The Hoff for me? Pleeeeeeeease? :)

  70. Breanne
    October 27th, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    Could you leave it in a bath of cold water over night ???

  71. ChrisD
    October 25th, 2010 at 11:18 pm

    I wish pumpkins grew year round! Seems like an awesome way to whittle away the time.

  72. Jessica
    October 25th, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Have you ever made darkness from legend? I would love to see that! These carvings are amazing! WOW!

  73. L
    October 25th, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    Amazing! How about a Conan O’Brien pumpkin?

    – 2001 gallery. sc

  74. Amy
    October 23rd, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Hey, Scott! I love Mater, the Lego man, and Buzz Lightyear. Thanks for doing kid-friendly pumpkins this year. (Cousin Amy that is…)

  75. jaide
    October 23rd, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    im in your wifes class i got to see some in real life so cool

  76. Dalton Bunyard
    October 22nd, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Do you have a book? If so, where can I get it. If not, why not, cause you are a freakin sweet carver.

  77. Gina
    October 22nd, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Hello! I am a high school art teacher and I show your DVD to my students every fall. They love it! Thanks! I was wondering if you still sell copies? I showed your DVD to one of my art teacher friends and she would like one. Happy carving!

  78. Emily Joy
    October 21st, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Incredibly informative and, even better, entertaining to boot. I enjoyed reading this tutorial and appreciate your taking time to share it.

  79. Kalyn
    October 21st, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Amazing work! Just wanted to inform you that I think omeone has stolen your work, here is the link

    Anyways, just thought you should know! Your carvings have brightened up my day :)

    –WOW! That was the funniest thing ever! I encourage anyone to go read some of that thread. That person got thrashed! -sc

  80. Monique
    October 21st, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I thank you for all your hard work that goes into your carvings. I look forward every year looking at your new creations and wonders! Please keep it up as I’m sure all of us agree you are one of the best out there for this talent.

  81. fff
    October 21st, 2010 at 7:57 am


    i loved the lego head one

    great site!

  82. Carie
    October 20th, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Hello! Just like “Dave” (Oct 13, 2010) I too have been following your site and am SO pleased that you have shared your techniques with a tutorial. Thank you so much. I carve 4 pumpkins every year and love your work for inspiration. Will be checking back daily now that it is Pumpkin-guiting season!:) Can’t wait to try something new.

  83. Jan
    October 20th, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Hi There
    Was looking for some carving patterns, stumled on your site.
    Damn’ you’re good!!!
    difficulty level way to high for Belgian rookies.
    Keep on carvin!

  84. Mo
    October 19th, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    The carvings are mad cool! but can i just say the answers to the FAQs were equally as enjoyable

  85. bruno
    October 18th, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    your carvings are fantastic. i am going to try this, thanks for being there.

  86. Paul
    October 17th, 2010 at 1:45 am

    Incredible works of art!
    Thank you for being so gracious with teaching all of us your many techniques. And you’ve a great sense of humor on the FAQ’s page too! LOL

  87. Melodie
    October 14th, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    My friend Tim recommended your site so I checked it out. Dude, you are phenomenal. Keep on rockin!

  88. Stacie
    October 14th, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    For preservation, you might want to consider brushing on a coat of glycerin (liquid). It can be purchased in a pharmacy by the bottle. Usually near the lotions.

  89. Dave
    October 13th, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I’ve been following your work for about 4 years now and trying to emulate your work. It has been a hoot, and my door step has becom quite an attraction on Hallowe’en. The toutorial is great and I have learned more techniques to improve my work. Thanks for sharing.

  90. Jerri
    October 12th, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Hello! I think your pumpkins are amazing. I am a beginner carver and have been searching all over for the tools but haven’t had any luck. I’m currently using xacto knives and wood carving tools. Could you help? Thanks, Jerri, New York

  91. Mom
    October 12th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    I love the new pumpkins! I had been checking every day several times. Kerri thought you had just quit since Super Dad is your profession these days! :) I love Humbug

  92. Oldbuck
    October 12th, 2010 at 1:35 pm

    I just want to add my praises to those already sent. You have a wonderful talent. There must be a more permanent material you could work with? It’s a shame to spend so much talented time for such a short life span of the finished project. Thanks for allowing all of us to see your work. oldbuck

  93. Heath
    October 12th, 2010 at 11:43 am

    What other medium is closest to carving a pumpkin so that i can improve my carving skills during non pumpkin seasons? These pumpkins are fantastic!

  94. Raquel
    October 11th, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Can u make me some keepsake pumpkins I’ve got several designs I would Like please email me or call me 8656219357

  95. jOsh in Kentucky
    October 6th, 2010 at 7:51 am

    Great website! I’m going to go practice and try and make a little extra $ this haloween! I have heard that when the pumpkin is too “wet” it’s hard to carve. Any way to avoid this? Thanks! – jOsh

  96. Natcha
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Wow! you are the king of pumpkin.I can carve but on only flowers will following your step. Thank you.

  97. Patty
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I really love your pumpkin carving you have done a terrific job,your work is just so amazingly great. I have only done the 2 dimensional work but i really want to try the 3d work,looks amazing.
    Thanks for sharing your great work

  98. Shen
    October 3rd, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    simply amazing! i’ve wanted to know how you make your pumpkins so smooth and now i know! can’t wait to try it ou this halloween!

  99. Brian Bateman
    September 25th, 2010 at 10:37 am

    So many masterpieces! I have never used a scouring pad on my pumpkins–I can hardly wait to try! By the way, I’ve had bad experiences trying to keep pumpkins wet–they get moldy.

  100. Grant
    September 23rd, 2010 at 12:12 am

    carve the Fire Belrog from fellowship of the ring. It has the fire within theme. I think a carving of this would really work out pretty cool.

    — That one is actually on my list. Just waiting for the perfect pumpkin. -sc

  101. Joel
    August 31st, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    This site was a great inspiration been trying for several years now, attached a few pictures on the below link. This year I’m going to try my own design.!/album.php?aid=163621&id=500038011

  102. raph
    August 19th, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I was goin thru the internet lookin for some nolstalgia from home. Home being the states. i know live in the UK and let me tell you , the brits can be kinda drab. They dont do any pumpkin carving here. I used to when i lived in the states, and wanted to see some good ol fashioned jack-o-lanterns; in hopes of perhaps inspiring my wife ( she is a brit) to let me get my hands and the floor kinda messy this year. you know, festive.. then i come across this site, and i was blown away. i mean i am an artist, but never have i dreamed to see such amazing unique work likr yours. my wife is greatly impressed, and wants me to give it a go. thanks for bringing the wonder back to this kid. love your work!

  103. Fred
    August 18th, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I like it now aday it is pumkim season, so I try it
    Next time I do hope that u have share more carving

  104. tatipedra
    March 23rd, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    nossa!são todas super fantásticas,cada escultura da vontade de ter em locais diferentes da minha casa e onde trabalho!fora presentear alguns amigos.vcesta de parabéns,são todas deslumbrantes.

  105. annabelle
    March 17th, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Can you be payed to carve someones face on a forever pumpkin my cousin has a fall wedding and we wanted to get her and her husbands faces carved on pumpkins for a wedding present so how much would we pay you to do this her wedding is in October but we just need to find out

  106. Fran Erick
    November 20th, 2009 at 7:25 am

    A friend of mine sent these pictures to me once as a powerpoint presentation. Is that something on your website that I can’t see or something they did themselves. We would like to link this to our website at school for the Art teacher.

  107. Martie Tompkins
    November 15th, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your gift with those of us who can only dream of having such talent. I will post a link to your site on ours.

  108. salvador
    November 14th, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    what a wonderful website. it’s very informative and quite easy to follow. i will definitely, slowly but surely try these techniques out. thank you so much for your generosity in sharing your great and exceptional talent.

  109. Courtney
    November 6th, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Happy Halloween Scott & Lucy!

    Love the new website and the ’09 carvings are terrific!

  110. Reagan
    November 4th, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Great job on the pumpkins!!! I actaully go to PJH, (and I’m an 8th grader by the way.) but I found your site through my aunt that lives out of town and she thought they were AMAZING! Keep up the great work!! Oh, and you are extremely hilarious. Very witty, also. I enjoy a bit of dry humor and sarcasm. :)

  111. Marcel
    November 4th, 2009 at 1:30 pm


    Here are my pumpkins over the years! (I hope the link works)

    But you’re still the master!

  112. andrea
    November 3rd, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I have friend who has just been to a halloween party and saw some fantastic carved pumpkins. Thought I would find out more about it. Wow what a great site. I have made sugar and cold porcelain flowers but really fancy having a go at this. Brilliant tutorial. Pity they can’t be preserved.

  113. Hannah
    November 1st, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    My friend sent the slideshow to me and I loved it!

  114. Tomas
    October 31st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Thank you very much for sharing your skills Scott. Its nice to see someone with a great talent willing to take the time to share with other, FREE of charge. I have learn’t a ton and I look forward to carve mine today. Let me know if I can email you a pick when its done. (If I was successful of course. I’d hate to send you a bogus pumpkin….)

    Take Care


    If you’re a Facebook user, you can upload your own carving photos to my fan page. – sc

  115. miguel
    October 31st, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Las calabazas muy bonitas y eso. Pero vuestros videos no me han ayudado en NADA.

    – Lo siento – sc

  116. holly
    October 31st, 2009 at 2:20 am

    you guys are so amazing! each pumpkin that you have created is truly a work of art. you have inspired me to try to carve the way in which you do. im sure it will look like a hack job, lol. but seriously i cant wait to see more, keep them coming.

  117. Emmzthemac
    October 31st, 2009 at 12:16 am

    You are absolutley hilarious! LOVED the “dude”. High five. The Maguai was my second fav! Keep carvin.

  118. Mary
    October 30th, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Loved the FAQs! Hilarious! You are witty as well as being talented. Lovely work as well. I, too, know the joy of creating a piece of art that doesn’t last. Sand art, pumpkin art, street painting — it’s ephemeral nature is part of what makes it appealing. Now — about these cravings of yours…

  119. Allen
    October 30th, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Great to see someone enjoy life and share their talent. It’s hard to believe that you live so close and I have not heard of this sight till now. Spearman,Texas

  120. Danielle
    October 30th, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Ok, not only is your work incredible, but your faq page and pumpkin facts page has made my week. You are hilarious. Happy Carving!

  121. karen
    October 30th, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Thanks for sharing the how to’s. Always wanted to know just never took the time to learn. Teach art and this would be a fun activity for the students to do, the advanced students.They are really cool. Thanks

  122. Debbie Holder
    October 30th, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Scott! Awesome work! Thanks for sharing!

  123. Sydney
    October 29th, 2009 at 6:17 pm

    Sooooo Awesome! you have a gift man!!! and if u need any help brainstorming could you plz please pleassse!!!!! make an MJ jack-o???!!!! tnx 😀

  124. Lans
    October 29th, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial. Well done.

  125. Ryan
    October 29th, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Sharp tools seem to be the biggest key. I’ve been experimenting with this technique for the last two seasons. I’m definitely getting better and trying more complicated sculptures. I’ve never been a sculptor, so my first sculpting training is coming on pumpkins. You’re my inspiration. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

    Recommendation… Slimer from ghostbusters.

  126. Danardo
    October 28th, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    I like your pumpkins, they look fabulous! I will try carving one this year!(don’t know how that will go!):v{}

  127. Jason
    October 28th, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Your work is wonderful. It’s really forcing me to take my stuff to the next level. I think your site is well laid out and your tutorial is very informative. I have a co-worker who’s wife is an artists and wants to start doing these carvings. I forwarded her a link to your site.

    Thank you,

  128. Anna
    October 28th, 2009 at 9:54 am

    Scott, wow isnt’ powerful enough a word to describe not only your talent, but your generosity in showing how to carve these pumpkins. I will show it to my 16 yr old and hope he will take it on. I have some of the tools already, because I’ve always wanted to try carving pumpkins this way. You are a great inspiration, and please let me know if you happen to be in Michigan and are giving a live demo, we’ll be there. Many regards, Mr. Pumpkingutter.

  129. David
    October 27th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Amazing stuff, i will be attempting your iron man mask, i think you should try a bumble bee or optimus prime face, i would love to see that.

  130. Stephanie
    October 27th, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Beautiful work. I’ve been visiting your site for awhile now and I’m always amazed. Also, I saw you on Food Network last week. You were robbed!

  131. Michael
    October 27th, 2009 at 10:32 am

    Excellent, excellent…excellent! I did one in 2006 (it’s currently on my facebook page for the season)but wish I had more of the tutorial back then. This year’s will be awsome.

    October 27th, 2009 at 7:49 am


  133. Daniel
    October 27th, 2009 at 7:13 am

    I really appreciate the tutorial. I did my first 3D pumpkin this year. It looks great! Your carving skills are unrivaled. Nice job, sir.

  134. Lynne
    October 27th, 2009 at 6:28 am

    I just marvel at people like yourself that have such talents. You are truly an artiste. Please keep up your God given talent.

  135. emily
    October 26th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    this is useless it dosent teach you anything… these faces and such are to complicated what if you had a 3year old sister who only wants to carve a smiley face… i will say out of 10, 5 this is not a good website!!!!!!!!!!!

    One can always tell when a person feels strongly about something because they save up all punctuation until the end of their comment. – sc

  136. Andy
    October 26th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Simply put, very cool, informative and moreover, interesting.

    Always wondered who the ‘pumpkin gutter’ was after seeing the e-mail a few years ago on your projects! (Know you didn’t put that slideshow together, but I think they helped get you and your art around)

    You and your family have a great Halloween!

  137. Sharon
    October 25th, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Totally awsome! thanks so much for sharing your art with us. I will recommend this site to friends and family.

  138. Ken
    October 25th, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you for putting together your tutorial. I have been carving pumpkins similar to yours for a few years now, but without good tools. I use chisels and do not take off the outer layer. Your method looks much easier and your results speak for themselves. You are an inspiration.

  139. JanV
    October 25th, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    Incredible! You have one fantastic imagination! I bet you could do this with Watermelon rinds too – I’ve seen some carvings on them, I don’t think they hollow them out first though.

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial, site and inspiration!

  140. Sarah
    October 25th, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    You, sir, are a GENIUS!! Would love to see some of your sculpture that is done in other media. I’m a craftsman, not an artist, and I envy you your talents and abilities. Thanks so much for sharing! Wish all of the photos would load on my lousy slow computer.

  141. Bill
    October 25th, 2009 at 12:02 pm

    You are truly a talented person. Love the Pumpkin Facts.

  142. Matthew
    October 24th, 2009 at 10:13 am

    Greetings from the dairy state, miles from where they wear cheese on their head to watch a football game.

    Just one suggestion to get you through the other 11 months of the year… try carving CHEESE. You may or may not believe it, but people do it all the time. At the State Fair in this state, they even have contests and displays of various artists work. It’s a bit more expensive than pumpkins, but can be preserved much better and you can throw all the trimmings on a pizza and you’re good to go. 😉 Nonetheless, it might be worth trying at least once. Take Care!

  143. Steve
    October 24th, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Great stuff! I’ve been a fan for a few years now and even my weak attempts to emulate your work have made me a Halloween hero in my neighborhood. Smoothing with scouring pads – a real aha! moment when I read that. Thanks for the excellent tutorial. – Steve

  144. Doris Robinson
    October 23rd, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Unbelievably talented..

    WHAT..NO OBAMA face????

  145. Vicki
    October 23rd, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    Your work is awesome! It looks like a dirty job. Have you thought about doing one of Mike Rowe from the Dirty Jobs show on the Discovery channel? I bet he would come out and help you carve it!

  146. Emily
    October 23rd, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    This is awesome! Am going to try it on a set of “16 Ton” cartoon-type weights, found a matched pair of big pumpkins for my gym. Was wondering when and how to do it, and your tutorial is just exactly what I was looking for. You even suggested a timeframe — I’ll do it Halloween morning! Straight lines, little detail, what could go wrong? 😉 Thanks again!

  147. Marti
    October 22nd, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Scott, I have visited your website often. I just love your F & Q’s. You are so talented and we are proud that you are from Hollis, OK. Thanks for letting us view your talented projects.

  148. Dan
    October 22nd, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Hey mate, greetings from New Zealand!

    Amazing stuff you have here – I’m blown away. If you don’t mind I have featured some of your amazing art on my blog and linked back to your site.

    Awesome job and look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  149. Isac L.
    October 21st, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Love your work!! Have you considered making a carving of Master Chief from the famous xbox game Halo? You will win the hearts of millions of video game fans!!

  150. John H.
    October 21st, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Have you ever considered giving lessons?

  151. John H.
    October 21st, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    I’m one of your students at PJH and I think your incredible. I think It’s great how you carve just for the fun of it. You rock! P.S. I saw you on Food Network Challenge. Have you ever considered a Bear face pumpkin. *Wink *Wink

  152. Saliki
    October 21st, 2009 at 9:24 am

    You are my hero! Star wars, Frank from Donnie Darko, The Dude, The Robot Chicken chicken… You are awesome! I would love to have Frank on my front porch, but all I can carve is an owl face and the normal pumpkin face. You have inspired me to try more!

  153. Jasmine
    October 21st, 2009 at 6:59 am

    I am a High School Art teacher and am carving pumpkins with my Sculpture class this year. It will serve as a great bridge from our Steatite Stone carvings and our Wood carvings. Thank you for posting your proccess!

  154. JANA
    October 21st, 2009 at 6:53 am

    I work with your Aunt Molly. She is so proud of you. I am going to use your site with my kids as I “carve” a pumpkin Monday, and my class writes a How To paper.

  155. Anthony Williams
    October 20th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    you are truly an inspiration and magnificent talent. Noting that you are an art teacher, I am certain your students are truly blessed with your creativity. I should say that having read your tutorial, we are all your students and blessed by your inspiration. Thank you for enticing us to excellence. I can’t wait to go get a pumpkin and give it a carve.

  156. Freddy
    October 19th, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Can you help with any tips as far as carving eyes that seems to be my major stump

  157. Abby
    October 19th, 2009 at 8:16 am

    This is awesome. What are your thoughts on the fake pumpkins and have you tried to carve them like this?
    I’ve never seen any that would allow this type of carving. They are too thin or irregular throughout. – sc

  158. Mom Millie
    October 18th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    This is great! Your tutorial is wonderful and must have taken hours to do! I love your work (and you).

  159. Jody
    October 18th, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    Ditto to every positive comment above. About your generosity, talent, and making it actually sound do-able. Loved the tip about putting ice in the hole in a plastic bag if you have no fridge space. I’ve heard of dipping the whole carved pumpkin in a basin filled with water that has a little bleach or antibacterial soap in it AND/OR spreading vaseline on the cut surfaces to seal them. Not a good idea? Thanks again.

  160. Jess
    October 15th, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Wow! really fantastic, thank you for putting this page up. 😀 My friends and myself are going to give it a go, with our own designs of course.
    Happy Halloween!

  161. alex johansen
    October 14th, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    i use a potato peeler for skinning my pumpkin.

  162. SaxChuck
    October 14th, 2009 at 8:53 am

    Wonderful tutorial, and fantastic pumpkins! I have been a long time 2-D carver, but I am now going to try the deep-end of the pumpkin carving pool!! You are truly generous to share your techniques, but, as a fellow artist (musician) I appreciate that you have the skills, patience, dedication, and talent to create these unique works of art. Happy Halloween!

  163. Heidi
    October 12th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    These are awesome gona have a go but i am no where near as talented as you :-) x

  164. Heidi
    October 12th, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    Your phenomenal talent, creative carving, and generosity for sharing your skill via an excellent tutorial is greatly appreciated! Thanks for inspiring me and my family.

  165. Audrey
    October 11th, 2009 at 1:59 am

    I can’t believe how awesome, absolutely awesome your pumpkins are. I wish I was as talented as you are. Kudos!

  166. Chad
    October 9th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    I have to say that just as impressive as your pumpkin carving skills is how well you have composed your tutorial. It was an absolute pleasure to read, in addition to being very clear and informative. I am being very honest when I say that your site is one of the most enjoyable and well put together sites I have ever visited. Very impressed.

  167. Eileithyia Fedora
    October 9th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Hey mr.Cummins sorry i had to use my grandmas email but that ok so… do you like pumpkins?
    bcuz ya know i do hahahaa. i like cereal did u know that? I know where you live Perryton,Tx i have passed thru there before on my way to montana where u live its a really pretty i love it there i may move there and i am excited i am in 6th grade and yea you may see me !and maybe you can carve a pumpkin for me!!o yes i would be delighted!:)

  168. Jace
    October 9th, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Fantastic website! I’ve been looking to break into the “relief” style of carving for a long time. Even though this site is oriented more towards actual sculpting, many of the principles and techniques are the same. It’s hard to find good tutorials on, say, skinning a pumpkin, or how thick to leave the rind. Fantastic job putting this together. And of course, the pumpkins look amazing!

  169. Greg Plantamura
    October 9th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Awesome work, man! When you say to avoid handling the finished carving with your bare hands, is that to avoid smashing it or to avoid getting more skin oil on it?
    Do you ever incorporate the seeds into your carvings?
    Do you ever carve the stems?
    Do you ever do watermelons?

  170. Ralph
    October 8th, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I am looking forward to next year’s improvements. This one will be hard to beat.
    Thanks, the ideas and suggestions will help beginners immensely.

  171. Lindsey
    October 7th, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Wow!!! You are unbelievable!!! I have never seen anything like this!! I posted your site on my facebook to show people you mad skills!! Keep up the good work. I am truely amazed!!!!!!!

  172. Andi O
    October 7th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for showing the tools you use! It always takes me longer to sculpt with toothpicks and spoons… just kidding but those clay tools will be much better than what I’ve been using. Thanks again:)

  173. Charlene
    October 6th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

    Could you not paint the entire pumpkin inside and out by dipping it in rosen like a decorative glass finish my mom used to paint rose petals and dip Cat’o’nine tails in rosen to preserve them wondered if this would work for this as well?
    Hmm creative mind humming on this lol

  174. Joe
    October 6th, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Awesome work on your pumpkins! I’m gonna try to carve a pumpkin by following your tutorial.

  175. jopumpkin
    October 5th, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    You are the bomb my pumpkin carving brutha!

  176. Jerry Lynn
    October 5th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Looks real good, do we need to advocate the use of safety glasses? I know a couple of lawyers we can ask!

  177. Andreas
    October 5th, 2009 at 3:16 am

    Great tutorial, love your work. Thank you

  178. Dan
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    You are very nice to put this together. I am sure it was a lot of work to compile the tutorial. Thanks & Great job!

  179. Kerri
    October 4th, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    This is great! Collin tried to do a carving this year. It was very hard, I had to peel it for him. I ended up using a kitchen knife.

    I might let him try again if he wants to. We’ll look for a couple of tools. Todd can sharpen some stuff for him.

  180. Lucy
    October 4th, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I LOVE IT!

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