Turning a Pumpkin into a Pendant
Perhaps the only redeeming quality of Halloween is pumpkin carving, a sentiment I shared here last year. Unlike the holiday it represents, there's a lot to like about gourd gouging —
- You can't go buy a freshly carved pumpkin. You have to make one, with your hands.
- What you make won't last. In the end, you're left only with how you made it, and that's what counts.
- And because the process of carving a pumpkin is so darn cheap, the only limitation to experimentation is how many pumpkins are in the patch.
This year my experiment involved a 12-inch diameter pumpkin, a variable speed woodworking lathe, a fingernail bowl gouge, and an IKEA HEMMA cord set, black.
Centering the not-so-round pumpkin on the machine proved most difficult, but persistence eventually struck the right balance.
Turning the pumpkin was great fun, truly. The knife cut so effortlessly, hypnotically even, that by the time I stopped their wasn't much left of the fruit.
In the end I was able to string it up as a highly questionable pendant light, and although I'm not enamoured with the result, I am with the pumpkin turning process.
Now that I know it's possible to spin a pumpkin on a lathe, I can turn my attention to what to do with it. I'll also need to figure out how to keep six pounds of pumpkin goo off the Volvo.
'Til next year!