Master pumpkin-carver Barry Brown stopped by the 9NEWS studio Friday morning with some tips and tricks on how to create the perfect pumpkin.
To start, carve the pumpkin out from the bottom rather than the top with special carving tools available at most grocery stores. This method makes it easier for the pumpkin to stay the same shape and it can be easily places over a candle once it's finished. Starting from the bottom also allows the scraps to fall right out, rather than having to dig it out.
To help kids with the project, parent should thin out the inside walls of the pumpkin.
"It's hard to get their little muscles to use the saws," he said.
Kids can help scrape out the guts after it's thin enough. Once the process is finished, place the pumpkin in water.
"You want to soak you pumpkin in water so you get all the sawdust out," Brown said. Soaking also helps preserve the shape and freshness of the pumpkin.
For more tips, visit http://barrybrowncreative.com/.
Brown also offers carving classes and a special "secret dipping sauce" to keep pumpkins creations looking their best for weeks.
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