Pumpkin carving and the Internet

The foliage is at its peak here in Massachusetts, the Red Sox are heading to the World Series, the weather is in the 70s…and on Saturday I went to Russell Orchards with Chris and some friends for our yearly pumpkin purchase. What could be better than that? If you live in the area or are anywhere close to Ipswich, MA, I highly recommend a trip to Russell’s. They have fresh produce, apple picking (in season), farm animals (including the largest pig that I have ever seen – Big Boy is his name), hay rides, and to-die-for apple cider donuts. Cara picked out the ugliest pumpkin that she could find and was determined to use the stem as a nose, so she got on the Internet to see what patterns she could find. There are a slew of pumpkin-carving resources online, including Pumpkin Masters, which has free patterns, tips & tricks, a $15,000 contest for the most original carved creation and the latest tools (does anyone really need a battery-operated pumpkin carving saw?!) She finally decided that she wanted her pumpkin to look like the book cover below and delegated most of the work to Chris. Here’s the model and the final product.

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