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Old 10-03-2014, 12:56 PM   #1
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This is for everything that has to do with Jack o' Lanterns. Tips, ideas, trivia, history and of course images, whether plastic or real...

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People have been making jack-o’-lanterns at Halloween for centuries. The practice originated from an Irish myth about a man nicknamed “Stingy Jack.” According to the story, Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Stingy Jack didn’t want to pay for his drink, so he convinced the Devil to turn himself into a coin that Jack could use to buy their drinks. Once the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money and put it into his pocket next to a silver cross, which prevented the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil, under the condition that he would not bother Jack for one year and that, should Jack die, he would not claim his soul. The next year, Jack again tricked the Devil into climbing into a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree, Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil could not come down until the Devil promised Jack not to bother him for ten more years.
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There are some well known pumpkin carvers like Steve Clarke(featured in the video above) and then there's Ray Villafane.

Here are some of Steve Clark's. He's set a record for being the fastest.

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Thanks for making this thread, we will be doing 2 Jack-O-Lanterns this year, I will post pics once they're done closer to Halloween
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Here are some from Ray Villafane.

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More of Steve Clarke's beautiful art.

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I want to make sure any others I find are his.
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Here are more of Ray Villafane's.

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Here's a link to free pumpkin carving stencils:

Pumpkin Pile - Hundreds of Free Halloween Pumpkin Carving Patterns and Stencils
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I read about the Kenova’s Pumpkin House a few yrs. ago. I'd love to see it in person.

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A concerned woman from Ohio came to Ric Griffith’s house in Kenova a few years ago, looking for the owner. She seemed worried. From her home on the north side of the Ohio River, she could see a strange orange glow lighting up the sky around Halloween. She thought maybe something was burning, but there was nothing in the papers about a huge fire in West Virginia, and the light, whatever it was, never seemed to burn out.

Ric smiled and explained that it was nothing to be alarmed about – it was only the massive collection of jack-o-lanterns he carves each year and displays at his house. Last year, there were more than 3,000 of them. Pumpkins line the porch, cover the eaves and much of the roof, and extend precariously to the cornice and tower atop this 115-year-old Victorian structure. They also line the front sidewalk three high, fill a large pyramid display in the yard, and occupy scaffolding and wooden shelves along the perimeter of this property and along three sides of the house. Oh, yes. There’s also Noah’s Ark, filled with a menagerie carved into jack-o-lanterns. And each one is lit up, 24 hours a day.

This is Kenova’s Pumpkin House, and it’s been Ric Griffith’s creation – obsession, perhaps – for most of the past 20 years.
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More images of Kenova's Pumpkin House.

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Here's a video of pumpkin carving artist Ray Villafane creating his sculptures.

The Art of Pumpkin Carving with Ray Villafane - YouTube

Ray explaining 3-D pumpkin carving.

Villafane's 3-D Pumpkin Carving Tutorial DVD Set Preview - YouTube
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