Once I found a suitable pumpkin, it was time to get carving! Being that I recently started a new job at a large dot com, I figured I would carve something appropriate. Here’s what I came up with:
The Google Chrome logo! It was carved twice as fast as the Internet Explorer and Firefox guys, who were still scooping out their pumpkins as I was finishing up. Here it is lit up in the dark:
I carved this pumpkin in a few steps:
- Find a suitable pattern. I couldn’t find anything good on the Internet, so ended up drawing one by hand.
- Tape the pattern to the pumpkin, then use a tack to poke through the pattern to transfer the design to the pumpkin.
- For the first pass, use a sharp knife to cut out the edges of the pattern as a v-cut. This defines the edges of the pattern. Peel away the rest the rind and even out the depth of the inner areas.
- For the second pass, use a spoon or scraper to shave away the areas where you want the light to shine the brightest. I didn’t actually cut any holes through the pumpkin, but still wanted areas of the pattern to be lit up.