From the Back Cover
Amaze Family and Friends-Take Your Pumpkin Carving to the Extreme! Halloween has become one of the most popular holidays in the U.S., and carving the family pumpkin is a life-long tradition for many. In Extreme Pumpkin Carving by Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams, you'll learn how to create the most amazing, never-before-seen designs to astound your Halloween guests. Extreme pumpkin carving applies relief carving techniques commonly found in woodworking and stonework to pumpkins. Starting with solid pumpkins (no hollowing is necessary!) extreme pumpkin carvers use simple household knives or woodcarving tools to create fantastic faces and scenes in the flesh of the pumpkins. Inside, you'll find a complete resource for extreme pumpkin carving-whether you're a beginner or a seasoned carver. Getting started: including the history of Halloween and how to select the right pumpkin Step-by-step instructions: using readily available household knives or woodcarving tools Extreme pumpkin patterns: nearly two dozen fantastic designs to review and practice With relief carving, you'll be able to add form to your pumpkin carving by creating actual cheeks, lips, eyebrows and more-instead of just cutting out solid shapes. This gives you an almost endless opportunity for creativity and unique expression, resulting in a one-of-a-kind Halloween pumpkin that will be the talk of the neighborhood!
About the Author
Vic Hood is the president of Leatherwood, Inc., which specializes in historic restoration. He has been responsible for the restoration of several presidential houses, landmarks, national monuments, and house museums. He lives in Fairview, Tennessee. Jack Williams is a commercial photographer, the coordinator of the woodcarving show at Dollywood, and the president of the Tennessee Carvers Guild. He lives in Knoxville, Tennessee. They are the coauthors of Carving Found Wood.