October 3, 2007, - 3:51 pm

Tasteless, Yet Creative Pumpkin Photo of the Day

By Debbie Schlussel
It’s pumpkin season. And people are making my favorite (pumpkin pie), as well as carving Jack-o-Lanterns for Halloween.
Perhaps, the most creative (and tasteless) pumpkin “sculpture” comes from Tom Nardone, author of “Extreme Pumpkins: Diabolical Do-It-Yourself Designs to Amuse Your Friends and Scare Your Neighbors.” One of his unusual “creations” is below. But there are many others equally as “innovative” that he’s created, like a Medusa pumpkin, cannibal pumpkin, etc. He calls his creations “subversive”. More interesting pics here (Click on “Photo Gallery” on upper left-hand side). Visit Nardone’s Extreme Pumpkin website.

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Nardone gave an interesting interview to USA Today. Did you know that pumpkins in some states are naturally bigger than in others? An excerpt:

Q: You talk about certain qualities a pumpkin has to possess to work as good Halloween design. What are they?
A: If you want it to be funny, you can’t tell anyone about it. If you tell all your friends you’re going to do a pumpkin being eaten by a squirrel, it’s not funny when they finally see it. It needs to be a surprise. For it to be cool, it has to be universally accepted as cool. Go for the gross. If it gives someone the heebie-jeebies, it’s a great pumpkin.
Q: What’s your favorite pumpkin in the book? I see the cannibal pumpkin made the cover.
A: I like the cannibal pumpkin, but my favorite one is the property defender. It’s got old rotten pumpkins at its feet. It’s a traffic-stopper. It’s dramatic. I like when I do a scene on the lawn.
Q: What’s your favorite tool to carve a pumpkin?
A. It’s almost all done with the jigsaw. I experimented. What’s the best way for a manly man to carve pumpkins, I asked? I tried all the different tools. I’m a tool kind of guy.
Q: What’s the biggest mistake pumpkin carvers make?
A: Just making an everyday pumpkin probably. Making the same old triangles they do. And then some try to get too in-depth. They try to make George Bush’s face, for instance, and fail. They try to make it too complex. What’s the point? It’s a pumpkin.
Q: So, how do we get that Halloween attitude back?
A: Think of your fears. What’s truly scary. Are you afraid of heights? Get a pumpkin that just fell off the roof. What really grosses you out? Are you afraid of rats? Do one with rats. Casper the ghost is not scary.
Q: Why are pumpkins larger in Wisconsin and Ohio, as you say in your book? And do you need a different saw there?
A: They just are. For the big guys, you need something more. Blade length is important. If it’s not long enough, you won’t get the chunks out of it. Sometimes a jigsaw won’t go through. The kits in the store aren’t that good for taking the top off. You have to go at it with a steak knife, but you can’t make art with a steak knife.
Q: Tell us a bit about the mooning pumpkins.
A: Me, being the wise guy that I am, we had neighbors who were in a bit of a feud. So I put the mooning pumpkins (two pumpkins peeking out of the top of jeans) on one neighbor’s lawn and pointed it at the other neighbor’s. They were infinitely amused. It was a big hit.

Happy carving.

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4 Responses

looks like they arrested oprah winfrey found 50 pounds of crack on her?

PNAMARBLE on October 3, 2007 at 5:25 pm

Your headline was correct: tasteless. You can do better than this, Debbie.

Dr. D on October 3, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Tasteless, yes. But I wholeheartedly agree with your taste in pies. Pumpkin is also my favorite. My late mother told the story for years that when I was probably 6 or 7, she asked me what kind of cake I wanted for my birthday. I told her I’d really rather have one of her wonderful pumpkin pies. That was it, from then on my birthday cake was pumpkin pie! Never was a cake person, the pies had it!

Floyd R. Turbo on October 3, 2007 at 11:16 pm

hello all

harry on July 31, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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