Inspired by pumpkin-carving genius Ray Villafane, I started carving pumpkins  6 years ago. As pumpkins only tend to be in the shops for about a month in the UK, I don’t get much chance to practice most of the year and it feels a bit like starting from scratch every October, although I think I am slowly improving.

I work from a photo, so the main challenges are firstly just how deep the pumpkin will let you carve without breaking through the flesh, and secondly trying to convert a 2D picture into a 3D pumpkin—my pumpkins often look quite 3D from the front, but from the side, can look a bit flat.

I sometimes wish the pumpkins would last a bit longer when they’re finished, but the fact they are so temporary encourages me to carry on carving—if they didn’t rot, maybe I would have stopped after one I was particularly proud of, thinking I couldn’t do better next time...

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Pumpkinzee

Pumpkinzee

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Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

That is utterly fantastic!!

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Pumpledore

Pumpledore

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Csaba Hegedűs
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5 months ago

I thought it is Bud Spencer.

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Baby Pumpkin

Baby Pumpkin

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Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

Wonderful.

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Frankenpumpkin

Frankenpumpkin

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Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

Actually, I'm almost speechless. They all look so real!

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Pumpkin It Is

Pumpkin It Is

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TheSneakyNinja
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5 months ago

Awesome this is.

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Albert Einkin

Albert Einkin

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Dorothy Cloud
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5 months ago

I love the way the fiber in the pumpkin is Hair!

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Goblinkin

Goblinkin

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BoredDragon
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5 months ago (edited)

Haha! This is the one that works at Gringotts, right?

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Hagriderkin...

Hagriderkin...

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BoredDragon
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5 months ago

Hagrid!!!

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Gollum (Running Out Of Pumpkin Names!)

Gollum (Running Out Of Pumpkin Names!)

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Aragorn II Elessar
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5 months ago

Preciousssss

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Inspired By A Ray Villafane Creation

Inspired By A Ray Villafane Creation

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Hi my name is mistake
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5 months ago

You did such a good job on these! thanks for posting!

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5 months ago

Thanks “mistake”

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Lynn Verbelun
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5 months ago

wow, great.

Lady Vader
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5 months ago

That's a Madball!

Patty Leaton
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5 months ago

my fart face

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#11

A Beast Of A Pumpkin

A Beast Of A Pumpkin

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ᴍɪᴋᴀꜱᴀ ᴀᴄᴋᴇʀᴍᴀɴ
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5 months ago

-Who is he? @v@huh-

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Donald Trumpkin

Donald Trumpkin

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Maria Roberts
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5 months ago

I could not stop laughing when I saw the title!

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