I was honored and fortunate to be asked to carve a pumpkin that would be auctioned-off to raise money to fight breast cancer. What I absolutely loved about this opportunity was that it was original and allowed me to have fun with my skills and be in excellent company with talented physicians from our community who were also invited to carve! I have to admit that my polystyrene pumpkin sat on the shelf near my bench for a couple of weeks while I attempted to tap into my deep well of pumpkin-carving creativity. I also resisted the urge to climb onto the internet and pull-up cool designs. Unfortunately, no hallowed muse visited me in my sleep. With great angst, I googled “pumpkin- carving” and was rewarded with the most incredible images..but they mostly looked like CNC carvings or photo etched, computer enhanced somethings…not what I wanted. I really enjoy shifting the context of an object from the everyday expectation to one not thought of at all. One of my goldsmiths suggested a “Jack-in-the-box” idea and I loved it! Perfect for a Jack-o-Lantern! Alas, polystyrene pumpkins don’t lend themselves readily to the intricacies of jack-in-the-box mechanics. I decided to retro-fit a real jack box inside of the fake pumpkin and marry the two. Now for the pop out surprise…what to use? Thank you Toys-R-Us for their awesome Halloween goodies. I found a spectacular eyeball that would serve to come blasting out of the top of my gourd-of-horror.
My production staff in our workshop had to listen to me swearing and muttering foul pumpkin things as I tried to retro-fit and carve the damn, possessed thing. Hours of scalpel work, flex-shaft carving and Gorilla gluing tested my resolve and patience. After painting it black and hand-painting the blood red face on, I was ready to hand it over to the committee, only the crank wouldn’t release the poltergeist top lid! Finally solved that little problem and safely delivered the dark, horrific orb to the proper authorities. If I never hear “Pop goes the weasel” ever again, that will be absolutely fine with me. I heard the auction was a blast and Dr. & Mrs. Jon Kagan were the lucky bidders on my possessed artwork. I thank them for all their support and my staff for all their patience… on to trick or treating!