gathered a plump, firm-skinned pumpkin and an assortment
of tools; now you need inspiration. An image search on
your Web browser will provide dozens of examples, or simply
stimulate your artistic talents.
Take into consideration that a sphere isn't the easiest
shape to control while carving, even if the design is
a simple one. The pumpkin should be stabilized beforehand.
To do so, twist a small towel and shape it into a circle
by tying the ends together. Place the pumpkin in the
middle of the towel loop.
The next step is to transfer the image onto the surface
of the pumpkin. You can sketch it freehand, but an easier
alternative is to print the template, affix it to the
pumpkin in the appropriate position and then trace around
the design using a piercing implement, such as the tip
of your knife, a fine sewing awl or a large pin. You
do not have to poke deeplythrough the template and
the surface of the pumpkin skin should be sufficient.