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Pumpkin Carving Patterns for Halloween and Other Times of the Year

What is the origin of the Jack-o-Lantern? An article published on the website of the University of Illinois Extension traced it back to an Irish myth about a man called Stingy Jack.” Jack was sent off “into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way.” It also mentioned that “in Ireland and Scotland, people began to make their own versions of Jack’s lanterns by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes and hanging them at windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack and other wandering evil spirits.” Irish, Scottish and English immigrants to the U.S. brought the tradition along with them. It was they who realized that pumpkins are more suitable for the purpose, being much larger fruits.

Posted on 25 October '13 by , under Info Article. No Comments.

Summer Picture Perfect Pancakes

Here is one creative idea you can do with pumpkin patterns and pancakes this summer:

Posted on 24 June '12 by , under Uncategorized. 1 Comment.

Un-Halloween Artwork

Here’s something not related to pumpkin carving, but worth calling attention to.

Dixie Andrew has helped me create some pumpkin carving patterns in the past for a particular client who was looking for something unique for their seasonal farm & hayride location. She has also illustrated a children’s book I have written (you can check it out here at
Well, now Dixie has her own website featuring her incredible talent and artwork. Go check it out here:

Cherish the Moment Painting

Cherish the Moment Painting

Posted on 8 May '12 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Pumpkin Carving Pattern of Steve Jobs

Say what you will about Steve Jobs, but for me his story is inspiring.

Find Steve Jobs Pumpkin Pattern Here.

Steve Jobs Pumpkin Pattern

Pumpkin Carving Pattern of Steve Jobs

Posted on 20 October '11 by , under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Wedding Watermelon Carving

What does a professional pumpkin carver and pattern designer create for his own daughter’s wedding?

If you are thinking of something exotic and complex, well, you’d probably be right for most pumpkin carvers. In my case, it was actually quite simple. All she wanted was a butterfly.

In the end, I was grateful for the simple request. With all the other things going the day before (and day of) the wedding, carving a complex watermelon would only have been more stressful (though I would have happily obliged).

butterfly watermelon carving

watermelon carving of butterfly

You can download this watermelon carving pattern here (you will have to scroll all the way down), under my special occasion patterns.

Posted on 16 October '11 by , under Uncategorized. 3 Comments.