INTRODUCTION: This is an advanced carving tutorial. It should be useful to both beginners and experienced carvers who are looking to fine-tune their techniques. If you're a beginner, I recommend starting with a simpler pattern. Once you have some practice, you can move on to more difficult designs.
DO I HAVE TO BE AN ARTIST?: Transferring and carving the pattern does not require any drawing ability. If you have a few hours and a lot of patience, you can carve an amazing jack-o'-lantern.
WHERE CAN I FIND A PATTERN?: There are many patterns on the web. Try searching for "pumpkin patterns" or "jack-o-lantern patterns." The Pumpkin Wizard and Stoneykins have shaded patterns ranging from easy to difficult. You can also try making your own patterns.
CHOOSING A PUMPKIN: Find a large, fresh pumpkin. Check the entire surface for blemishes and soft spots -- especially the underside.