We went picking pumpkins the other day, and after a few days of busy nights, we finally got to carve them. We had five of them and it was time to begin carving pumpkins. I got out the cute pumpkin carving kits we had, prepared the table, and tried to control the chaos. Daddy had disappeared. I was just about to lose my mind when he came back in.
Enter the Power Tools
He was carrying our jig saw, and our power drill. Then he looked me in the eyes and said, “Now we’re ready to begin carving pumpkins.”
I laughed out loud. Never, in my life, have I ever carved a pumpkin using a jig saw and a power drill. I had some major doubts about the safety and advisability of this plan. But, I also had five large pumpkins and some impatient kiddos waiting to get to the pumpkin carving. So, I let go of my preconceived ideas and stepped aside.
Daddy plugged the jig saw in and went to work. I have never seen tops come off of pumpkins faster in my life. He had all five tops off of the pumpkins in less than five minutes. I was amazed.
The “Meat” of the Pumpkins
With the tops off, we all set to work on the guts. Honestly, I did most of the removal of seeds. Apparently, my children don’t really like the texture of pumpkin innards.
Let the Creativity Begin
After the guts had been pulled out, and the outside of the pumpkins washed off, we went to work on creating our designs. We drew designs with our markers or copied from patterns. Our fourth grader drew her own design. Our Kindergartener and preschool used designs from the carving kit, and I drew the design for our second grader. His pumpkin had a skin that was really tough. I’d call it gourd-like. The pattern he’d picked out was too detailed, and we wouldn’t have been able to carve the design. He allowed me to draw a spooky tree and graveyard for him to carve.
Then, we passed the pumpkins back to Daddy. And he went to work. He went to work with the power drill. He drilled “dots” for the children to connect. No, we weren’t going to let the children use the jig saw to carve their pumpkins – and we told them so.
Carving the Pumpkins
After the holes were drilled, the children got to work sawing away at their patterns. Everyone did a great job working on their patterns. But unfortunately, our second grader wasn’t able to make any headway on his tough pumpkin. Finally, in frustration, he handed me his pumpkin and pumpkin carving knife and asked for my help. After about one minute of trying the carving knife, I went to the kitchen to get my best, sharpest, kitchen knife. Well, that didn’t even make a dent. So, I asked my husband for the jig saw.
Carving Pumpkins Daddy Crusader Style
Yes, I carved his spooky graveyard and tree with the jig saw. He helped by cleaning out the pieces after I’d finished. After finishing, I thought, wow, that was easy. Then, as we were moving our pumpkins outside, my preschooler dropped her pumpkin on the floor. Disaster! Her carefully carved ghost broke out of the pumpkin and tears flowed out of her eyes.
Well, at that moment, there was only one thing to do. I grabbed the pumpkin, flipped it around, grabbed the jig saw, and carved a great big face on the back of the pumpkin. My husband turned to me and said, “I think you carved that pumpkin in about 30 seconds.”
I am never carving a pumpkin without a jig saw again.