What’s New in Pumpkin Carving Tools?

2 of the questions I get asked most are about shading and how to make pumpkins last longer.  Did you know that by shading your pumpkin it will last longer?

Once you poke all the way thru the pumpkin it’s display life diminishes quickly. By shading your pumpkin you get several benefits:

  • No gutting required (yuk!). You don’t have to get messy cleaning out your pumpkin.
  • No messing with lights or candles. It looks great all day long.
  • It lasts longer. Much longer.

The downside is that shading is typically harder to do.

But wait. I just ran across something that may be just the ticket. If you’ve tried shading before and found it a hassle, you may want to check this out:

Pumpkin Surface Carver

I have not tried this product myself. I just learned about it today and I was impressed with how easy it looks.

I am not affiliated with this product and I make no commission if you buy it. I don’t even know the people who are selling it, but I pass this on because I always like trying new tools and think it may help you with your carving.

Go check it out now.

Pumpkin Surface Carver


P.S. I would be very interested to hear how this tool works out for you. Share your comments and experiences below.

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Posted on 5 October '10 by +, under Uncategorized.

5 Comments to “What’s New in Pumpkin Carving Tools?”

#1 Posted by campino (07.10.10 at 17:13 )

I did the Dean Martin pattern with these tools last year and a parrot pattern on a water melon in this year´s summer. Personally I think that these carvers are more appropriate for simple designs with large cut-out-areas (like comic figures).
I´d like to use them for 3-dimensional carving – I think they´re gonna be very helpful for this kind of carving …
Greetings, Campino

#2 Posted by Jay (07.10.10 at 19:58 )

Thanks for the comment, Campino.
I have a set of these on their way. I’m excited to try it out.

#3 Posted by campino (08.10.10 at 00:58 )

I took some pictures of the pumpkin after I had finished my work on it and posted one of them on facebook.
Just follow the links below if you´d like to see it (in the case you have access to facebook of course …)



#4 Posted by Sarah E. (10.10.10 at 14:12 )

Hey Jay, my husband and I carve pumpkins from your patterns every year. We’ve got a bunch saved for the “future” that we could use this year, but we were wondering if you had any news ones for this year before we pick something we already have!

#5 Posted by Jay (10.10.10 at 17:07 )

Sarah – and whoever else it may concern,

This year’s pumpkin walk theme is on animations.
I had planned on creating a set of patterns on one of my favorite animations (I have several favorites), but this year has been…

well, let’s just say “eventful”.

I haven’t even removed the “2009” star from last year’s patterns on my site yet. (Geeeesh)

Fortunately, I have quite a library of cartoon patterns from previous years, so we will be choosing a selection from these for our Pumpkin Walk event this year.

Unfortunately, I have removed these patterns from my site since they would be considered copyright violations on my site. 🙁

I plan on adding patterns if I can this year, and I certainly plan on continuing to add more each year. But this year I have had to put other priorities first (like family and work).

Thank you for your interest in my site and my patterns and for your compliments.

All the best,

Jay Ball