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Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

Ray Villafane’s relationship with pumpkins began rather early in his life. Born in a poor farming family, he found himself having to whittle his own toys out of wood as times were very hard for Pa’ Villafane. As things got worse he was forced to give up using wood to create his toys and eventually had to make them out of pumpkins as the precious wood was needed to heat the small farm house during the winter. Because his toys rotted away a week or so after making them, Ray found himself carving nonstop just to keep his toy box from spoiling.

Throughout his academic career, Ray’s classmates and teachers also recognized his natural artistic abilities. Ray graduated from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991.

Despite all of the big name products Ray was sculpting, the public seemed to be most intrigued with his on going pumpkin carvings. Ray has won back to back Food Network Challenges for his pumpkin carvings and has been featured on many TV shows and news broadcasts including The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. In 2010 Ray was even invited to carve pumpkins at the White House!

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  • aliona

    photoshop..nothing more

    • Anonymous

      Why is it that you people always assume that something you can’t do is photoshop? Did you read the top paragraphs at all? If it was photoshopped, none of those things would have happened.

  • Rihannalovesyouall

    Great artwork, I understand why so many people like this.

  • Troll

    FAKE! Pupkins don’t exists!

  • Duongyen_ynd

    It’s so great,..thanks

  • lullah92

    wow such a creative ppl   
    amazing job  !

  • Eric | Negocios en Internet

    Woow amazing pictures !! I want the depredator pumpkin…

  • Bill Meyers

    Unlike Orange, I don’t pretend to know everything about anything. But there is no reason to stand on a basis of this not being real.

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  • icdcow1

    The first paragraph in this article is nonsensicle. So Ray Villafane whittled so much wood, that it threatened the ability to warm their home? Highly unlikely. And carving toys out of pumpkins is ridiculous. I do see a warped mind in his carvings, but he has a serious gift for scuplturing.

  • 2dogz

    I think icdcow1, Orange and Bob are just plain out to lunch. However this work was done, it’s a fabulous job. Just enjoy it or stfu.

  • Seleste Clark

    those are amazing!

  • triton2toro

    Personally, if I carved these pumpkins, I’d take it as a compliment if people claimed my work was ‘faked’ or ‘photoshopped’. All that means is that my work is so unbelievable (literally) that a person could not have physically done it.

    As a side note, I wonder at what point people have enough “proof”. It used to be a picture was sufficient. Now it’s not enough. For some people, I think if these carved pumpkins were right in front of them, they’d still say, “This is fake. For all we know, we could be in the matrix right now, and it’s just a computer creating this. Fake.”

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