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Week 1
Just 2 weeks (4 hours) to learn the technique and carve a pumpkin!  We have our work cut out for us.  The pumpkins we received were quite green, but the effect should be just as good as that with and orange pumpkin.  We will see next week!
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Her pattern (an owl on a branch) transferred, she is ready to start carving.  She managed to fit her drawing within the only orange spot on her pumpkin!
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Everyone worked very hard, picking up the technique very quickly.
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Nick seems to be saying "you lookin' at me?" as he pauses while drawing his pumpkin.
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Drawings complete, we begin to carve.  This is a VERY accelerated class as compared with what I delivered in Merrimack.
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To provide inspiration, I displayed some of my pumpkins so that the kids could see why it was worth spending so much time and energy on a pumpkin carving.
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Some still drawing, some beginning to carve, the whole class worked very hard for the whole 2 hours.
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Here are the lit pumpkins that I had on display.
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On the way home I was struck by the beauty of this lone maple tree.  Autumn in New England.  You have to love it!
Next week we finish our carvings and light our creations up!  Stay tuned!
Week 2
While not the best pumpkins we have ever had to work with, they served the purpose of helping teach this unique carving technique.
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First pumpkin completed we got this one gutted and lit to spur on the rest of the class. Great job!
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Working hard, following proper knife safety while carving.
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This boys pumpkin rotted out over the past week so I gave him mine to carve.
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One by one, the kids finished their pumpkins and we gutted and lit'em up!
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The "burnt guy" makes for a great pumpkin subject.
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Proof that pumpkins do not need Halloween themes to look good!
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However, scary themes DO look good this time of year!
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Nate had a heck of a time but he managed to get his pumpkin done and it looks a LOT better than Nate thought it would. Good job!
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Group photo showing all of this years Litchfield pumpkin carvers!
Next week we begin a 3-week Flight Club to finish out the 5 week session.

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