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Pumkin Carving
Tips and ideas to make it easy

Pumpkin Carving for the Entire Family
Tips and Fun Ideas

Today, there are many different specialized tools to help refine the art of pumpkin carving, while making the process quicker, easier and safer than ever before!

Many of these are items you probably have around the house, along with precise carving instruments that make it easy to get into the tiniest of spaces.

#1  Basic Pumpkin Carving Kits - these pre-packaged sets include simple tools for use by pumpkin carvers of all ages. They may vary in the number of tiny chisels included, whether they have a "scoop" or not for cleaning out the seeds.   Most have plastic handles and safety guards to keep fingers away from sharp edges. These kits make a good starter set for carving pumpkins year after year.

#2  Deluxe Pumpkin Carving Tools - a collection of professional quality cutting tools specifically designed for the task of pumpkin carving. These are larger, sharper, and do more things.  Deluxe carving tools can only be found online or in stores where other tools are generally
carried.

#3  Chisel Sets - your basic household item, the chisel, comes in lots of different shapes, sizes, and materials. (For example, wood handles vs plastic handles.) With the various profiles offered, you can make lots of unique designs and some interesting features can be added to your pumpkin masterpiece. Surface Pumpkin Carving - instead of slicing open the pumpkin and carving completely through the skin, you might want to try simply carving the outer layer of the pumpkin instead. It's the hottest new way to carve pumpkins these days, and some pretty fancy designs have resulted from this clever technique.

#4 Paint and Markers - Safest and the easiest clean up!  Be sure your pumpkin is clean and dry for your paint.  Acrylic craft paint works fine.  Clear spray paint can be added after your paint is dry and should be done in a well ventilated area.  Permanent markers work best when used on a
room temperature pumpkin.

#6  Dremel Tools & Accessories - since it runs on a rechargeable battery, a dremel makes it easy to take your pumpkin carving project
outdoors and away from electrical outlets. With a wide variety of attachments and dremel accessories, you can get very intricate in your pumpkin carving designs. With proper supervision this is an opportunity to teach 'young adults' how to use tools and get them to join the family in some fun!!

#7  Power Tools - Tim Allen would be proud; more power has hit the world of pumpkin carving! Think of the power tools you already have around the house -- from the jigsaw to the router, and everything in between. Common handheld power tools can make quick work of your world class Jack-o-Lantern.  A power drill makes amazing designs just add some lights!
 
      

You get the idea. There are lots of creative ways to carve the perfect pumpkin! Whether you decide to use the tools you already have around the house, or try a pumpkin carving kit designed specifically for carving pumpkins, all you need are a few handy tools in order to carve the best pumpkin ever!

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