How-To: Carve astounding art-pumpkins

How-To: Carve astounding art-pumpkins

We wrote about Ray Villafane’s pumpkin carving tutorial several years ago, but it’s worth linking to again. We were reminded of Ray’s astounding squash-sculpting mojo when our most-awesome Director of Marketing and PR for Maker Faire, Bridgette Vanderlaan, sent around a gallery of Ray’s work through internal email. Even if you don’t have Ray’s artistic chops, I bet, if you carefully follow his instructions, what you get will be a heck of a lot more “high-brow” than triangle eyes and a jagged mouth. [Thanks, Bridgette!]

[A few more gourdly ghouls after the jump]


Ray Villafane’s Pumpkin Carving Tutorial

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30 thoughts on “How-To: Carve astounding art-pumpkins

  1. jmjgodville says:


  2. Ruben Roel says:

    this is really cool!

  3. Natashia Fischer says:

    I agree! Very well done ^_^

  4. Kelsey June says:

    Hahaha, wonderful.

  5. Allison Gaines says:

    Holy cow! These are amazing!

  6. azcrumpty says:

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.

  7. The List Ninja says:

    More zombies pumpkins please! Love these though, truely amazing.

  8. Lilith Wingates Hellsing says:


  9. Anonymous says:

    Too bad the link is bad…

  10. Anonymous says:

    HOLY FREAKIN’ CRAP!!! That one with his eye falling out and his head half unzipped stickin’ his tung it sssooo cool I can’t even make a stinkin’ smiley face.:) (EXEPT THAT ONE <-)

  11. The Design Work says:

    i would just wanted to say that these are just awesome :)

  12. Divine Tumenta says:

    post more pics @

  13. Sidnei Dasilva says:


  14. siavash says:

    The dangling eyeball one is my favorite.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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