Pumpkin Carving For All Experience Levels

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Halloween is a time when many people go out and purchase pumpkins to butcher into various shapes, lantern styles, and even impressive sculptures.

This isn’t an article on HOW to go about carving pumpkins, because I’m definitely not in expert in the field. Instead I’m going to round-up some resources to get you started, and provide a few tips from talking to people who have experience in pumpkin carving.

1. Pick Your Tools

Tools come in a variety of materials, designs, and range from simple sets for beginners to full tool-kits. Here are a few to choose from, depending on your budget and level of experience.

From talking to friends who carve pumpkins yearly, I came up with some recommendations:

  • Plastic tools are cheap, and don’t last long. In fact they may even break before you finish carving your first design, if it’s complicated.
  • Spend the extra money and buy stainless steel tools, if your budget can stretch that far. They work better, and are far more durable.
  • Don’t spend more money than you need to. If you’re not carving a full sculpture, you don’t need a ton of different tools.
  • Materials: Plastic
  • (2) Carving Tools
  • (1) Marker
  • (1) Pumpkin Scooper
  • (10) Carving Patterns.

  • 【 LUXURY SET】This Pumpkin carving set includes 8 pcs (1 Pumpkin Scooper, 1 Large Saw, 1 Small Saw, 1 Drill, 1 Poker Wheel, 2 LED Candles & 10 Carving Stencils).
  • 【 SAFE TO USE】The most secure carving kit for Children to use, no blade, safer than kitchen knife. Happy Halloween!
  • 【HAVING FUN WITH FAMILY】Halloween won’t be complete without carving pumpkins and jack-o’-lantern! It’s a fun way to enjoy the wonderful Halloween time with family and friends.
  • 【NO-RISK PURCHASE】If any problem with the item, please feel free to contact us for unconditional refund.
  • 【WARNING】Our carving tools are safe to use. It is important to note that children are required to use the tool under adults’ supervision, even if our tools are safe for children.

  • MULTIPLE TOOLS — The Pumpkin Carving Kit contains all the tools you want, including pumpkin scooper, double-sided saw, small saw, cambered etching tool, pumpkin drill, triangle carving spoon, carving knife and a carrying case.
  • DURABLE & RELIABLE — The our pumpkin carving set is made up of riveted stainless steel handles that ensure our tools can be re-used year after year. Do not worry about them breaking and ruining your Halloween experience!
  • SAFE TO USE — Our high-quality pumpkin carving tool not only ensure the efficiency of carving pumpkins, but also the high quality materials and professional design of the pumpkin carving tool kit ensure the safety of your use. We also recommend that children under the age of 10 should use these tools under the supervision of an adult.
  • MEMORABLE HALLOWEEN — Halloween won’t be complete without carving pumpkins and jack-o’-lantern! Carving pumpkins is a tradition and we want our tools to help build that memory with your friends, family, and loved ones.
  • 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE –AT Creative Carvings we trust that our premium pumpkin carving kit will exceed your standards and make this the easiest pumpkins you have ever carved or we will refund your entire purchase!

2. Pick A Design

  • 10 pieces in a package
  • Perfect for teens and adults
  • Draw elegant, detailed pumpkin designs with ease with these stencils to create patterns of ghosts, grim reapers, cats, witches, aliens, and more
  • Great for halloween events, spooky entertainment and other themes occasions

  • 11″ tall stencil book
  • Includes 12 different designs
  • Stencils are reusable if traced onto pumpkin
  • Feature a fun variety of Halloween scenes and faces
  • Makes carving pumpkins quick and easy

Pumpkin Masters Classics 8 Pattern Collection-Patterns may vary from photos.

26 great patterns and loads of tips for awesome jack-o-lantern fun!

Make your Halloween a hit this year whether you’re carving and painting real or artificial pumpkins! This book includes 26 patterns and tons of helpful hints to make your Halloween crafts fool-proof as well as easy and safe.

Take your pumpkin carving to the extreme and amaze your neighbors!

  • 20 frightful, fabulous patterns for 3D faces & scenes in pumpkins
  • Step-by-step instructions for extreme pumpkin carving with either kitchen knives or carving tools
  • Expert advice on creating realistic features like cheeks, lips, and eyebrows to bring your pumpkins to life
  • Stunning gallery of extreme pumpkins art, plus photos of each finished carving
  • Uses solid pumpkins, with no hollowing necessary

Put a new twist on the Halloween tradition and create the best jack-o’-lantern on the block! Extreme Pumpkin Carving takes a fresh approach, showing you how to use relief-carving techniques to create realistic features.

You’ll learn the secrets of adding personality to pumpkins by carving out actual cheeks, lips, eyebrows and more—instead of just cutting out solid shapes—that really make your pumpkins come alive! Authors and award-winning carvers Vic Hood and Jack A. Williams show you to create awesome never-before-seen designs that will astonish your neighbors and guests.

Learn to carve 20 fun three-dimensional faces and fantastic scenes in solid pumpkins (no hollowing necessary) using tools ranging from simple kitchen knives to carving gouges and chisels. Complete information is provided for getting started, including an overview of tools and tips for finding the best pumpkin to work with.

Step-by-step instructions are detailed for using handy household tools to carve dramatic Halloween figures, and using professional tools for creating more elaborate and intricate details. Twenty extreme pumpkin carving patterns are provided, along with full-color photographs of each finished carving.

This is a great book for Halloween enthusiasts who are striving to create the best jack-o’-lantern on the block. It’s also perfect for woodcarvers who are looking for new and inexpensive ways to celebrate Halloween.

Extreme Pumpkin Carving provides a terrific opportunity for creative expression. Inside you’ll find everything you need to get started, with step-by-step instructions for carving frightful but fabulous pumpkins to amaze and delight your family.

3. Getting Carving

We all know that the pumpkins are the stars of Halloween! Whether they’re sitting on your driveway, enticing trick-or-treaters to your door, or sitting in the windows warding off evil spirits, who can resist the flickering glare of a “Jack-o-Lantern”?

In this short book, you’ll learn about the history of pumpkins and Halloween as well as discover how to carve a great pumpkin to impress your family, friends and neighbours.

If you’ve always just hacked and slashed at a pumpkin to create the “scary” face, but wondered how talented artists manage to create faces you recognise in a pumpkin, this is the book for you! 
Happy Halloween!

Carve the perfect Halloween masterpiece! 14 fang-tastic patterns for:

  • Sugar Skull
  • Frankenstein
  • Bat
  • Creeper
  • Black Cat
  • Witch on Broomstick
  • Ghosts & Ghouls
  • Scarecrow
  • …and more!

Whether you’re a first-time pumpkin carver or an experienced pro, create the best jack-o-lantern on the block with this handy guide!

Impress those trick-or-treaters with clever, easy-to-carve, easy-to-make pumpkin ideas. Easy Pumpkin Carving offers tips and tricks to make your pumpkin carving easier, faster, and more effective, plus techniques for simple but innovative pumpkin carvings that go way beyond traditional methods. Create luminary pumpkins and etched pumpkins, combine multiple pumpkins in creative ways, or embellish pumpkins without even touching a knife!

With inspirational color photos and over a dozen ready-to-use pumpkin carving patterns, you’re sure to have a spooktacular Halloween with Easy Pumpkin Carving!

Carve the best pumpkin on the block!

  • Learn carving techniques that bring out pumpkin personalities by creating three-dimensional faces
  • 2 step-by-step projects to help you get started
  • 24 ready-to-use patterns for carving imaginative faces
  • Start with solid pumpkins, gourds, squash, or sweet potatoes—no hollowing necessary
  • Get inspired with a gorgeous colorful gallery of realistic pumpkin art

Make Halloween magic this year by carving realistic pumpkins!

This book will show you how to use easy-to-learn techniques to create awesome “3D” pumpkin personalities that will astonish your neighbors, family, and friends. Learn the secrets of bringing expressive pumpkin characters to life by adding realistic details like teeth and eyes—instead of just cutting out solid shapes—so you can create your own one-of-a-kind Halloween pumpkins.

Award-winning pumpkin carver Lundy Cupp teaches you how to use simple household knives and inexpensive tools to carve memorable pumpkin faces, from frightful and spooky to fanciful and goofy. He takes you step-by-step through detailed projects for both beginning and advanced carvers.

Twenty-four ready-to-use patterns are included for carving imaginative faces in pumpkins, gourds, squashes, and sweet potatoes, plus two complete step-by-step projects, and a stunning photo gallery for inspiration.

4. Show Off Your Masterpieces

If you’re carving pumpkins this year, please feel free to share your masterpieces in the comments. I’ll give away a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” to my favorite design.


Cover Reveal Events & Pre-Order – “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

Under A Hunter's Moon - Cover Reveal - FacebookFacebook Cover Reveal @ 6pm EST Today

May 9th 2018 – Cover reveal event on Facebook. My Facebook followers will get to see the cover for the first time, unless they already attended the May 2nd reveal on AuthorBitz.com

Here’s what you can expect to find:

  • I’ll be chatting with folks between 6pm & 8pm EST
  • There will be some games running, and I definitely encourage participation
  • You’ll also get a sneak peek at part of the story (spoiler-free)
  • Please feel free to post questions and comments

But You’re Here, And That Means Bonus Time:

Available For Pre-Order ($0.99) At:

Smashwords, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Scribd

Come Join The Fun on Facebook 6pm EST – 8pm EST

Cover Reveal Events & Pre-Order – “Under A Hunter’s Moon”

Under A Hunter's Moon - Cover Reveal - Author BitzCover Reveal Events

  • May 2nd 2018 – Cover reveal event on AuthorBitz.ComCome join me for the first of two cover reveal events.
    • You will require a FREE membership at AuthorBitz if you want to comment on any of the posts.
    • I’ll be revealing the cover for the first time, and giving people some insights into the background for the story.
    • I’ll be chatting with folks on and off throughout the day, so please feel free to post questions and comments
    • I might even drop some photos from my research trip to Seattle.
  • May 9th 2018 – Cover reveal event on Facebook. My Facebook followers will get to see the cover for the first time, unless they already attended the May 2nd reveal.
    • I’ll be chatting with folks on and off throughout the day, so please feel free to post questions and comments

Available For Pre-Order ($0.99) At:

Here’s Where You Come In

If you have a blog, or newsletter and would like to volunteer to help with passing along the news or doing a review, I’m very interested in hearing from you.

Tweet, share, pin this post like crazy. I’m looking forward to reaching new readers, and your help would make that possible.

How To Reach Me

Drop me a line at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I meet any reasonable deadlines.

“Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels” Release News

256x256-Wolf-MoonThere are some very exciting things coming up between now and the end of 2018. I’m in the process of planning three releases.

Upcoming Release Schedule

  • 26th June 2018 – Re-release of “Under A Hunter’s Moon (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #1)”, and coincidentally my birthday.
    • This 2nd Edition release will include a new cover, which will be revealed in the coming weeks.
    • I’ve made some minor edits to fix a couple of spelling and punctuation errors, as well as updated the author bio, acknowledgements and copyright information.
  • August 2018 – Release of “The Lupine’s Call (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #2)”
    • I’ll provide news on the release schedule nearer the time.
    • In the meantime, anyone picking up a copy of “Under A Hunter’s Moon” will get a free preview of the first chapter.
  • October 2018 – Release of “Wolves In The Desert (Shadows Over Seattle: Prequels #3)”
    • I’m currently seeking the advice of beta readers on this story.
    • There are some aspects of this story that I want to be sure are handled correctly, and that might mean re-writes of certain portions of the story.
    • Depending on the feedback I get, I might choose to delay the release.

Extended Release Plans

Ever since I started releasing my own stories in eBook form I’ve had them exclusively available on the Amazon Kindle Direct program. That has allowed for them to be listed as available for free to Kindle Unlimited members.

However, even though I have seen sales of the stories, I’ve never seen any page reads from Kindle Unlimited (KU).

So, I’m taking a big step. In mid-June “Under A Hunter’s Moon” would be up for renewal on the KU program, and I’ve decided to not let it roll over for yet another three months.

Instead I’m going to work with a distribution service to make it available on a wider selection of eBook stores, including Kobo, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and Scribd to name a few. I’m currently in the process of deciding which service to use, and making the appropriate changes to my formatting for “Under A Hunter’s Moon”, so expect news on this soon.

Here’s Where You Come In

Ahead of each story’s release, I’m going to be posting more information about what I plan to do as part of the build-up. I’ll also be putting together graphics and a full press-kit for each story.

If you have a blog, or newsletter and would like to volunteer to help with passing along the release news or doing a review, I’m very interested in hearing from you.

I’m open to doing author/character interviews, posts about the stories themselves, backgrounds on the characters, or pretty much anything that you think your readers would love to see.

How To Reach Me

Drop me a line at timothy.bateson.author@gmail.com and I’ll do whatever I can to make sure I meet any reasonable deadlines.

B2BCyCon2018 – Fantasy Events Indexes

Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo 2018This post appears as part of the “Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo Fantasy Blog Tour”…

Running from April 6th through April 8th, 2018 this online book event brings readers and authors together for a weekend of books, and book-related events.

I have the pleasure of being part of this event for the fourth year running. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been getting some great events set up for readers and authors alike.

Learn more about the Cyber Convention.

Be sure to scroll through the entire post, because there are a lot of events happening this weekend in the Brain to Books Cyber Convention & Book Expo.

I’ve linked to all of the Fantasy Genre events to make them easy to locate…

Blog Tour #1 – Why I Write Fantasy

For this tour I asked the participating authors to write about why they write fantasy fiction, and what inspired them.
Each of the authors has very different reasons for what they write, and very different inspirations.
Enjoy getting an insight into what makes these great fantasy authors tick.
B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Tom Fallwell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Mary R. Woldering B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Ashley Capes
B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Connie Cockrell B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Shakyra Dunn B2B Fantasy Blog Tour - Dove Winters

Blog Tour #2 – What Elements Define Fantasy For Me

B2B Fantasy Blog Tour #2 - HeaderThis tour was more challenging for the participating authors.
I asked each of them what elements they expected to see in fantasy stories, or what differentiated the fantasy genre from other genres.
Not all of us agree on what defines the fantasy genre, so I’m sure you’ll find their answers very interesting.
 B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Assaph Mehr  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Renee Scattergood  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - A.F. Stewart
 B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Sarah Kennedy  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Tiffany Apan  B2B Fantasy Blog Tour2 - Angela B. Chrysler

Other Events That Are Happening In The Fantasy Genre:


Author Showcase

Come take a look at the GoodReads Author Showcase. Discover some great Fantasy authors, and learn more about them and their work.


Character Tournaments

Eight authors have come together to pit their characters against each other in a free-for-all fight. Each author has provided images representing their characters, as well as written examples of their characters in combat. This is a no-holds-barred, no-spells-forbidden knock-down fight.

Each round starts at 12:30am EDT and ends at 11:30pm EDT

Each competitor will fight for entry to the next round and a chance to be crowned Fantasy Character Tournament Champion 2018

The tournament starts: Apr 6th, 12:30 am EDT

Vote in every round to put your chosen combatant in the Champion’s Arena!

28277251_10156339822541522_950759962388064035_nCover Wars

Sixteen authors have come together to pit their book covers against each other in a free-for-all fight. Each author has provided their cover images with the goal of becoming Fantasy Cover Wars Champion 2018.

Each round starts at 12:30am EDT and ends at 11:30pm EDT

Each competitor will fight for entry to the next round and a chance to be crowned Fantasy Character Tournament Champion 2018

The tournament started: Apr 5th, 12:30 am EDT

Vote in every round to put your chosen cover in the Champion’s Arena!


Daisy Chain Story

This is what happens when you get a number of authors together, lock them in a chat group and tell them to write a story with the following rules:

  1. The event host posts an opening story segment
  2. Any participating author may post the next story segment
  3. No-one may change events that have already been written but may portray them from another perspective (if relevant)

Read the story as it develops

28168124_10156339822641522_4505188515169272936_nPanel Discussions

The fantasy genre authors will be taking part in three discussion panels over the course of the weekend.
Each panel will be recorded and posted over the course of the weekend.

  • Subject To Be Determined – 6th April @ 8pm GMT
  • World Building For Fantasy Settings – 7th April @ 8pm GMT
  • Mixing Fantasy With History/Other Genres – 8th April @ Midnight GMT

28467747_10156339822691522_5352823701347136053_nStory Time

This is a wonderful event, where authors submit samples of their work to be read aloud.

I had the pleasure of being asked to read from “Murder in Absentia” by Assaph Mehr. Please forgive me for any stumbles or mispronunciation.

It’s like getting an audiobook sample for free.

Listen To “Murder In Absentia” by Assaph Mehr

12 DAYS OF INDIE BOOKS – In conjunction with Our Write Side

Our Write Side (OWS) is a team that has built a writing community dedicated to supporting authors, and providing reviews.

From their inception nearly 10 years ago, the team has continued to grow, as have their range of services. I’m proud to have worked with OWS to feature a number of great authors on this very blog.

What is “12 Days of Indie”?

From December 1st through December 12th OWS will be featuring a selection of books each day. These books will range from $0.00 to $2.99 in price, and their review team is offering up a challenge;

Pick one book per day, and enter your receipt into Rafflecopter for an entry into their prize drawing. Each receipt is one entry, and at the end of the event a winner will be selected to win  an exclusive mug.

More information about the event can be found here

Where Can I Find These Book Lists?

The lists won’t be available until the actual day in question, but I have all the links below…

Day 1 – December 1st
Day 2 – December 2nd
Day 3 – December 3rd
Day 4 – December 4th
Day 5 – December 5th
Day 6 – December 6th
Day 7 – December 7th
Day 8 – December 8th
Day 9 – December 9th
Day 10 – December 10th
Day 11 – December 11th
Day 12 – December 12th

Don’t forget to sign up for the OWS news updates, to get new day’s lists as they are released…

At the end of the event you should have 12 or more great books to start your reading for 2018. If you enjoy those books, please remember to leave reviews.

B2CyCon might be over, but the fun doesn’t stop!

I just got done with a huge online event (#b2bcycon2017), which I use for networking with readers and authors every year. I’m a three year veteran at The Brain to Books Cyber Convention, and I’m always trying new things.

Trying New Things

My latest experiment was a Fantasy themed scavenger hunt, where I challenge participants to match the first lines of books to their covers. It uses the Amazon “Look Inside” feature to encourage people to actually look at the books featured, and explore the first few pages.

What Were The Results?

It’s proved to be an interesting experiment, because a lot of the participants have agreed to sign up for author mailing lists, and indicated they would do similar quizzes in future.

The event can be found here, for those interested in having a look, and will be available until Saturday 15th April, when I draw the winners