p>LIZZ: Hi. I’m Lizz Winstead with howdini.com. The carving of the pumpkin, either you love it or you hate it, I happen to love it. You get a knife and you get your hands dirty, and you dig right in it. Other people are completely freaked out by it. But, my friend Bruce Littlefield is here to walk you through pumpkin carving so at least you will like it a little bit.
BRUCE: I can’t wait to see you reach your hands in these pumpkins, I tell you.
LIZZ: I know I’m telling you its awesome.
BRUCE: Oh gosh, well I picked these pumpkins up at a local patch. I think that’s one of the fun things about Halloween is to go out to a farm patch and actually get your pumpkins. But, you can also of course get them at the grocery store. I look for a nice big plump round one, good orange color. You know when you see things like that you want to steer clear or find, make sure you have a spot on there that can accommodate the face. Ok, so let’s dive into one, what do you say? All right so you take your pumpkin and I like to figure out which side my face, which side the face is going to go on correct.
BRUCE: So, obviously, this looks more of a –
LIZZ: Michael Jackson face if you were going to do Michael Jackson I’d use that side.
BRUCE: I wouldn’t, I wouldn’t particularly use that side so maybe we’ll use that side. And then what I like to do is draw out my pattern on a piece of paper. This doesn’t look like much at this point.
LIZZ: No. It doesn’t, it looks like a raw shank test.
BRUCE: It does, so yes your raw shank test, but if you look right there you see the outline of a cat.
LIZZ: Oh. Ok. Great, so you’re cutting this part out.
BRUCE: We’re going. We’re going to end up-
LIZZ: Here’s the cat and here’s the crazy, got it.
BRUCE: You got it. So everything here we’re going to be cutting away on the pumpkin.
BRUCE: So then you put your stencil, your drawing, your sketch-
BRUCE: Onto the pumpkin, thumb tack it, then take a fork, I like to have a fork and you go around the lines marking into the lines as you go around. So, I’ve already marked this one with my holes and you can see that right there.
LIZZ: Yeah. Yeah. Awesome, yup.
BRUCE: Now the next thing is the cutting of the lid. Go in on an angle because the lid is going to have to not fall through.
BRUCE: Ok. So oh, wow, it’s a very moist pumpkin.
BRUCE: Ok, so make your lines as such.
BRUCE: Just keep going here-
LIZZ: You know its funny, they always told us to do it round which was so hard when you could do a square and who would know.
BRUCE: Yeah. Who knows? All right, and…
LIZZ: I love this, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
BRUCE: All right you know the next thing.
LIZZ: I always go from the top you get it all the way down to the bottom.
BRUCE: You’ve done this before!
LIZZ: I love it, ohh piles. I get a little obsessive.
BRUCE: Ok, you’ve done good pig. Come on let’s look at what one would look if we weren’t the most enthusiastic-
LIZZ: When it looks like when Bruce does it, here is what it looks like when Bruce does it.
BRUCE: Well I’m not Martha but come on, that’s pretty darn good.
LIZZ: It’s perfect no it’s amazing.
BRUCE: It’s good. It’s good. It’s clean when you light it up inside; it’s going to have an even surface. Ok, you get the point.
LIZZ: It’s gorgeous. It’s gorgeous.
BRUCE: Now its time to cut around into our pattern, so let’s do it.
LIZZ: So you went ahead and drew a little outline as well on your dots.
BRUCE: I did, just because so I can see it better. See right here, using the knife you can just sort of sculpt out how you want it. There we go.
BRUCE: All right. And again, again, I’m not rushing myself, tiny slices. And especially because I have sort of a large knife for this detail, and I’m making do with what I’ve got. But, I’m doing a good job here. Now you can see the body of the cat is forming, here’s the tail. This chunk is ready to come out. This is our next chunk, and the last chunk we have we’ll take out is the leg. And you’ll see the legs there and the legs there look pretty good, almost done.
LIZZ: Ok. So let’s spin around and show everybody.
BRUCE: Ok. Let’s do it, come on.
LIZZ: Ok. Um, it’s gorgeous, come on now.
BRUCE: Can you tell it’s a cat?
LIZZ: How cute is that!
BRUCE: And I’m going to use a candle inside, a votive, and a votive inside a glass-
BRUCE: So this would be able to fit down in there just fine.
BRUCE: Let’s light her up. And you know I like to use the candles this way because first of all it reduces the risk of fire and they last longer-
BRUCE: Inside the votive holder they last a lot longer.
LIZZ: Now how cool does that look? Glowy, Glowy candle. It’s amazing. So talk to us about how long this pumpkin should stick around before the whole funk, rot start in?
BRUCE: Yeah, well pumpkins can really last about a week once its cut. But once you cut it it’s going to actually get a little wilted inside. Think of a piece of fruit left on the counter.
BRUCE: But one of the greatest beauty secrets of all time, Petroleum Jelly works great.
LIZZ: It’s probably good for the smile on the other pumpkin too.
BRUCE: Yes, it is.
BRUCE: Oh, you’ve got it.
LIZZ: Those pageant contenders, they use the Vaseline-
BRUCE: Did you compete in a pageant?
LIZZ: Can’t you tell!
BRUCE: I can.
LIZZ: I came all the way up the ranks to Miss whatever.
BRUCE: So anyway, take it, and you don’t wanna be doing this when there’s a candle in there. But, basically get that around in there.
LIZZ: This is all kinds of weird.
BRUCE: Right. I know. Yeah, I know it is.
LIZZ: The Vaseline trick its probably great.
BRUCE: It, it, it really does work, because what it does is it seals it up a little bit. You wanna say goodbye?
LIZZ: Not really.
BRUCE: Come on shake my hand.
LIZZ: I’m not going to say goodbye that way, but I love your pumpkin. I’m not going to shake your lubed up hand, thank you darling. I’m Lizz Winstead for howdini.com