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The Best Knife for Pumpkins is a Laser

Whenever I think about carving Halloween pumpkins nowadays, my mind naturally goes to Crocodile Dundee. It’s not much of a scary movie, despite its moments of croc-related suspense, but it does have the quintessential knife quote, and pumpkin carving is all about knife size/skill.

At least, it used to be.

If you’ve been to the library the past few Octobers, you may have seen some nifty mini pumpkins that looked like they were carved by the steady, precise hand of an expert knifesman. The secret to such primo pumpkins isn’t a bigger knife; it’s a different kind of knife. A knife so different, it’s not even a knife at all; it’s a laser.

Yes, the library’s laser engraver may be used to carve pumpkins. It’s as easy as finding a miniature pumpkin (think no more than 6-7 inches tall, including the stem), doing the gooey gutting work, finding an image file of a simple stencil, doing some simple design setup work, and letting the laser do it’s magic. It’s that “simple design setup” part where we come in. This coming Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 PM at Tinker Tuesday, we’ll walk you through the process. If you just can’t wait until then or can’t make it, you can see all of the steps here.

Knives are pretty useful tools, but with apologies to Mr. Dundee, you’ll never want to go back to them once you’ve tried carving with a laser. Now THAT’S a knife.*


*No. No, it isn’t. But you know what I mean, right?

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