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    7 Great Pumpkin Carving Tips

    The jack-o'-lantern dates back to the days of Jack the Irishman, who,
    as punishment for playing pranks on the Devil, was sentenced to wander
    the world carrying a lantern to light his way. Carve your own scary
    jack-o'-lantern with these seven super tips:

    1. Choose a good one. Any pumpkin is good carving material, provided
    it's big enough for your design, has enough structural strength to
    withstand carving, and has a flat bottom to stand on.

    2. Spill your guts. Begin by cutting a lid. Carve a circle around the
    stem, angling your knife or pumpkin-carving saw toward the center so
    the lid won't fall inward. Scrape out the seeds and fibrous pulp.

    3. Create a ghoulish design. As for the design, you can draw it
    directly on the pumpkin or draw it on paper, tape the paper onto the
    pumpkin, and fold or snip the paper to conform to curves. Transfer the
    pattern by poking perforations in the rind at 1/4-inch intervals with
    a tack, nail, or official pumpkin poker. If you have trouble seeing
    the dots, connect them with a felt-tip pen.

    4. Cut it out. With a sharp knife or a carving saw, cut along the
    dotted lines. First cut out small features like eyes, then cut larger
    ones like the mouth.

    5. Save face. If you wish, attach the cut-out eyes to the outside with
    toothpicks, making ears.

    6. Preserve your work. When your jack-o'-lantern is done, rub all cut
    edges with petroleum jelly to slow drying.

    7. Light it up. If you light your jack-o'-lantern with a candle, let
    the candle burn a few moments with the lid on, then create a chimney
    by boring a hole into the blackened portion of the lid.


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    Great carving tips, getting pumpkins tonight to carve too!! Thanks!!
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