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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423624262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423624264
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8.3 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Ray Villafane is best known for being a world-famous “pumpkin artist.” Craft He is the two-time champion of Food Network’s Challenge Show “Outrageous Pumpkins,” as well as a contestant on season one of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. A sculptor by day, he has been featured at com ics shows for sculpting collectibles and action figures for DC Comics, Marvel, World of Warcraft, and more. See more at villafanestudios.com, home of the most “gourdgeous” pumpkins on the planet!

About the Author

Ray Villafane is most well known for being a world famous “Pumpkin Artist.” He is the two-time champion of Food Network’s Challenge Show, “Outrageous Pumpkins,” as well as a contestant on season one of the Food Network’s Halloween Wars. A sculptor by day, he has been featured at comics shows around for sculpting collectibles and action figures for DC Comics, Marvel, World of Warcraft, and more. An incredibly diverse former art teacherturned professional artist, Ray has also sand-sculpted around the world. With his many years of teaching experience, Ray knows how to captivate audiences of any age with his wit and humor that accompany his dazzling displays. He lives near Phoenix, Arizona.


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I bought the book and the video to try and see how he does it.
karen p
The book was very nice the pictures were great we all enjoyed using it for inspiration while carving our pumpkins.
jeanna M Maines
Villafane is a marvelous artist and can make the humble pumpkin and gourd into works of art.
Janice Card

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on August 19, 2012
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Do you think all Jack O'Lanterns look alike? Ray Villafane is a commercial artist who's going to prove you wrong. Technically, these aren't Jack O'Lanterns as they aren't internally lit. They are, however, sculptures that use a pumpkin or gourd as the medium and Villafane brings a creativity to these sculptures that's simply unbelievable. The various faces he carves into these range from the whimsical to the ghoulish, and I think anyone who has a taste for gargoyles and other grotesques is going to love looking through this book. Almost all the pumpkins reproduced here are shown in full-page photos and there's a brief "how-to" at the beginning as well as some unobtrusive plugs for Villafane's website and the products he endorses and sells toward the end of the book.

If I hadn't seen some of Villafane's sculptures at the New York Botanical Gardens last year, I would not believe that a pumpkin could possibly be such an excellent medium for carving 3-D sculpture. These aren't photoshopped pumpkins - they are the real deal!

I recommend this book for anyone who loves Halloween, especially those who like to make Halloween-themed crafts. This is definitely a book that will inspire you to think outside the Jack O'Lantern in the Box.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 2, 2012
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Aside from 2 or 3 pages of directions on how to do this kind of carving, the rest of the book only contained numerous photographs of Ray Villafane's many unique carvings. While they are fantastic, more effort could have been made in writing a few comments at least on how the carvings were done, or pitfalls, or things to consider.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jollygorilla on December 31, 2012
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This is a great book of art and that is what it is art. amazing detail and photography. I wish it was bigger but i am 100% happy with it. If I had to make a critique I guess some more "how to" would have been nice but really I can not complain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard P. Taylor on December 1, 2012
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This is a wonderful book for the coffee table, full of breathtaking work by carver Ray Villafane. There is even a tutorial on how to carve one of the pumpkins.

In addition to the book, there is "Ray Villafane's 3-D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials DVD" available here on Amazon on the follow page: Ray Villafane's 3-D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N DRANSFIELD on November 24, 2012
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Went to see Ray Villafane for the last 2 years at NYC botanical gardens, always a marvel, such a talent, highly recommend this book.
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By Merc on May 29, 2014
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Just a great book with awesome photos of some real masterpieces. Very high quality book through and through. It is a great book for reference.
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By Bernardino G Moreno III on December 30, 2013
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The pictures in this book are awesome! They are very close up and you can really see the detail put into Ray Villafane's work.
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