Have you ever read the poem The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe? I couldn’t stop thinking about it when trying to come up with ideas for my pumpkin carving. But I didn’t just want to carve a raven. I wanted to carve a portrait. When looking at the poem, I came across the part when the raven enters the house and perches on a bust of Pallas Athena. I decided to focus on this image for my pumpkin this year.
I hollowed out the pumpkin, chose a couple of images of Pallas Athena and the Raven for references, and sketched the image on the pumpkin.
Using pottery tools and wood carving tools, I got to work and started carving. Every once in a while I took a break and checked my progress by lighting a candle in the pumpkin.
The walls of the pumpkin were so thick that I had to really carve to thin them out enough for light to show through. Here is the finished product.
If you are planning on carving a pumpkin this year, and you want more information on where to start, you can check out this post. Also, I would love to hear about your carving adventures. If you have any pictures, please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can post them on my blog!