Pumpkin carving is a fun tradition that can provide hours of fun for you and your family. But if you want to carve your pumpkin right, it’s important to get together a set of tools to help you make a perfectly designed pumpkin.
Pumpkin Carving Tool Kits
Pumpkin carving tool kits are a truly great innovation. Not only are they safer for kids, but they also give you more flexibility and control in creating your pumpkins, making them safer for everyone.
Pumpkin carving tool kits typically contain everything you need to design and carve your pumpkin, and generally include items such as:
- Pumpkin saw or saws
- Pumpkin scoop
Visit Ramseyer Farms to purchase a pumpkin carving tool kit to aid in your pumpkin creations.
Tools Around the House
If you forget to purchase your pumpkin carving kit before carving time, or if you have an unexpected guest show up to your carving party, there’s no need to panic. You can assemble the tools you need from around the house. You’ll need:
- Boning knife
- Paring knife
- Marker or grease pencil (in a pinch, a Sharpie will do, but it can be hard to conceal on the finished pumpkin
- Ice cream scoop or large spoon
Assemble these and you’ll be ready to carve.
Note: Tool kits are generally safer than kitchen knives for kids to use. Allow children to carve only when you feel they are up to the challenge and supervise them carefully.
Advanced Carving Tools
Some hardcore carvers utilize unusual tools to create their artistic pumpkin creations. If you are going to attempt advanced carving techniques, having these tools on hand will definitely make the job easier. Hand tools that are good for carving relief pumpkins (not carved all the way through, just down to the pith at various depths) include:
- X-Acto knife
- Linoleum cutters
- Wood gouge
Other hardcore carvers go one step further and utilize power tools to create their Jack-O-Lanterns. Some power tools they use include:
If you’re using power tools to cut your pumpkin, it’s a good idea to secure your pumpkin so it’s not rolling away while you’re cutting. (Safety tip: Never put a Sawzall or other power tool in the hands of a child!)
Now that you’re ready to carve, did you forget something? If you haven’t gotten your pumpkins yet, please visit Ramseyer Farms, located near Akron between Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio for your pick of thousands of pumpkins, not to mention a fun family atmosphere.