Expert Pumpkin Carving

ray villafane carving a pumpkin

This post is a long way from what I typically write about, the garden and recipes therefrom. However, those of you who know me will understand why this post is being posted. It is at least related to gardens, just not mine.

Some of the produce I grow is for very specific reasons, like cupid peppers being used to make a pickled sweet pepper like those from South Africa. Other items, like tomatoes, have lots of purposes. One thing I do not purposefully grow are giant jack-o-lantern pumpkins for carving. Aside from not having the space, I am not very good at carving pumpkins. One person who is a master is Ray Villafane.

Ray is a master carver. There really can’t be any arguing that. Once you see his pumpkins, you will go on a quest to at least elevate your own carving. I, on the other hand, will go on a quest to watch him and his group carve fantastical creatures right down the road from me. Ray and his many talented cohorts are putting on demonstrations and displays at the Carefree Enchanted Pumpkin Garden, in the Carefree, Arizona Desert Garden.

If you live in or are visiting the metro-Phoenix area the last two weeks of October 2015, and are up for a scenic drive up to Carefree stop in to see the master at work. There are all sorts of events and activities. You can learn more by clicking here.

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