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Pumpkin Carving Tips From Pumpkin Masters

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Pumpkin Masters Master Carver Gene Granata Offered up some of his best Pumpkin Carving Tips & Tricks to Steve & Maria this mroning.

How to select the pumpkin: You want to choose a pumpkin that fits the design you wan to create. I always like to go for ones with character .

Opening up your pumpkin: I like to open the pumpkin from the bottom, when you take off the bottom you'll see many of the seeds come out with it. It also creates a stable, flat bottom.

Getting started carving: You want to clean the inside of the pumpkin really well, thinning the walls to about ¾ of an inch. This helps it last longer and make it easier to carve.

Carving using stencils: Using stencils like lets carvers of all levels create masterful designs. I love the stencils, they are easy to use and each pack comes with a variety of designs. Follow the directions to apply the stencil and then begin to use the tools to poke holes in the pumpkin. Tip: start from middle of the design and work your way out. Resist the urge to push the pieces into the pumpkin, wait till your done and then push from the inside out.

Carving with kids, safety tips: Pumpkin carving is a great family activity. Kids can carve easily with the right tools. Kitchen knives are the most common carving tool, but they can slip. Using a carving kit like these from Pumpkin Masters makes carving for kids easy and safer. You can pick up carving kits at Safeway, Target, Walmart or craft stores.

Keep pumpkins looking good through Halloween: Using an LED light instead of a candle will help preserve your pumpkin.

For more information on pumpkin carving, tips and tools visit www.pumpkinmasters.com

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