It can be done!  But rather less satisfying than the traditional method, at least according to intrepid experimenter Jack Chalkley.  I would think a fresh pumpkin would smell pretty good under a laser, but Jack says no. [Thanks, Jack!]


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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Anonymous

    Tried that last year…. my laser only has room for an 8″ depth though, need to hunt out tall skinny pumpkins.  Also, to have any light come through I had to scrape (and scrape and scrape) away at the inside.  I guess that’s common with any carving that doesn’t go clear through though.