Let's carve a pumpkin - 2016 Edition | Marc Isaacson | Skillshare

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6 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Welcome to class

    • 2. Preparing the pumpkin

    • 3. Putting the design on the pumpkin

    • 4. Carving the pumpkin

    • 5. The finished product

    • 6. Final thoughts

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Halloween is around the corner and we'll be having a party at our house! I decided to film my son and me carving his pumpkin together.

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Marc Isaacson

Bhavatu sabba mangalam | May all beings be happy


Hi! I'm Marc Isaacson. I'm a vegan and a triathlete. But, I didn't start out life as either. I was raised as an omnivore and didn't become vegetarian until 1997, when I was thirty years old. In 2001 I made the switch to veganism.

I did my first triathlon in 1989. It was a fairly short "sprint" distance and I couldn't believe how hard it was. I didn't do my next triathlon until 1999. I continued participating in triathlons until 2002, working my way up to half Ironman distance races. I didn't exercise at all from 2005 - 2013. On August 2, 2015, my 48th birthday, I became an IronMan.

All of us is on a journey in life -- one that can take many paths and "side trips". I welcome you wherever you are on your life's journey.

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1. Welcome to class: Hello. We are about a week away from Halloween next week, and we're gonna be having a Halloween party here. And so I thought it would be fun if Eli and I did a fun little seasonal video here. And we are going to carve a pumpkin. How old are you, Eli? Yeah, we can say four and 3/4 right? Yeah, almost five years old. So we're getting ourselves set up here. Uh, was it maybe two or three weeks ago, Eli went with his grandmother to a pumpkin patch and picked out this great pumpkin. And we've got way. Yeah, we're thinking about doing a minion on one side, and we'll see about two unhappy face on the other side. You think the happy face on this side, this side looks pretty good to me that I think I'd like to do the Minion year, because what I think will you might do. All right. I guess we're gonna have to be figuring this out together. I guess Eli wants a happy face on this side and a minion on this side. We've got the pumpkin in the tray here to catch the group that's going to come out. And we've got our pumpkin carving tools here. The master tools for ghouls, The carving kit for advanced users. We have all kinds of fancy tools here. That's what it says on here. Tools for ghouls. Ghouls are like scary things. And so they were making it rhyme. And then we've got a pot here where we'll put in all of the calls and the seeds and will soak those to get him off from the pulp and make some pumpkin seeds later. So you lie. And I were going to start our planning here, and we'll check back with you in a bid. You ready? All right, we're going to do it. 2. Preparing the pumpkin: we are now going to work on cutting the top off the pumpkin and pulling out all of the goo . So, uh, Eli has opened the package. I'm not gonna have him cut. This is We'll see if this blade is even gonna work here, I may need to get some bigger tools out. Uh, so I'm gonna go ahead and see if I can start to get this cut. This is actually working pretty well, I would say Ready. Okay. We have cut the top off the pumpkin way. Yeah, and we put it in this pot here, we're gonna take the pot over to the sink and filled with water and let it soak. Eli was using his scooper, scraping down the sides, getting out the seeds, got her pumpkin cleaned out. And our next step is to start putting together our design so we can start cutting the faces . Maybe we'll do. Miss triangles will draw it out first on a piece of paper, and we'll decide what we want it to look like. Okay, Right on. I like the menu. Have lied, and that's okay. All right, We'll see 3. Putting the design on the pumpkin: okay? Eli and I have drawn are templates. So on this side of the pumpkin that you're seeing, he wants to do the minion. So we drew our minion template here, and we will use that with, like, this poker tool and stuff like that so we can get our design on the pumpkin on that side. And then on the other side, he said he wanted to study. Wanted to be a smiley face. So he drew this. We've got triangle eyes and triangle nose, and that's supposed to be a smiling face in the teeth there. So we're gonna get to work. Um, getting the design transferred from our template here onto the pumpkin. All right, Eli is shown you this poker thing here. We put our designs onto the pumpkin, and you can't see the holes in here. But what I did is I took that poker. I poked it all around. So we've got our shapes that I'm gonna use to cut a lot of holes. Uh, a lot of holes, and then we did on the other side is Well, we poked the design in there. So now it's time to get to work with. Well, it's supposed to be happy face with cutting these things out 4. Carving the pumpkin: 5. The finished product: So we have finished carving the pumpkin. You're seeing the minion side here right now and then on the other side, like half so called inside. My God Acne. Me? Yeah, well, I was working in a little bit with the little shaver thing. The scraper. It's not so easy to use. And so we did the happy face on the other side. Uh, got part of the I. I had a little bit of a problem than have enough left there. And so that ended up actually getting cut out. We can show you the shaving stuff that Eli had done. Drawn some What, sweetheart? Oh, I thought about like, uh, yeah, the year you were drawing the here on him. Yeah. Yeah. You're talking about this part here? No. Why? No. Okay, so this is what it looks like. Um ah. We're going to see maybe about, uh, closing the shades and turning off all the lights and putting a candle in here and seeing what this looks like when there's a candle inside of it. So now we have lit the candle kind of hot and the Yeah. Yeah. So I put that candle in the bottom of here first, and I lit the match and I had to try toe put my hand in. There is a little tricky getting a candlelit. This is sort of a narrow opening. So you're seeing the pumpkin the way it looks with the light coming through, and we'll let you see the other side here is well, now and there you go. There's the smiley face. So there's our finished pumpkin the first time that Eli and I have Donna pumpkin together. And what do you think, buddy? How do you like the way it came out? You like the smiley face? Better take a look at that one. You like the smiley face? One. All right, there you have it. Can you tell everybody? Happy Halloween. 6. Final thoughts: let me wrap up with some final thoughts on this project. So the first thing that I'd like to do is talk about the equipment that came with this kit . Either I was able to use this scooper pretty successfully. It does a pretty nice job. The edge here is pretty good. It's scraping down the sides. The two little knife tools were also surprisingly effective, and I probably could have used them on his own pretty Well, I'll talk about that more in a little bit. This poker tool was also a nice thing to be able to trace the design onto the pumpkin net that work pretty nicely, poking it around, leaving the little dots there. Now, I didn't use this too old, which you like, poke it and then you drill it. That probably would have been a good idea to have made, uh, the holes using this instead of having trying to cut the holes with this little tool here. Um, Now, this tool, this shaver tool was a little bit tricky to use. And I think the mistake I made initially was that I was trying to kind of scrape it down this way when it's actually better. I don't know if you can see two off my finger here, but if you just get it sort of in the corner and peel off a little bit that way and then like the same with ease here. So this one was a little bit tricky to use. So let me talk a little bit more now about that he use of these tools with, um, a young child. This scraper to was pretty hard for you. Lie To be able to work, to have the coordination in the hand strength, he would occasionally be able to you get this into the pumpkin and scrape it down some. I mentioned that he probably would have been fine with these knives, and I did give him a little bit of an opportunity to use them. But part of my hesitation, besides effectively even worry about whether he's gonna cut himself was just that we had chosen a design, and it was really it would be really hard from to cut along the proper area. So one thing that I would probably do differently in the future is that if I want to give a younger child the opportunity to participate more, which I think is a good idea, because when you watch the videos, you can see that he spent a lot of time kind of sitting around, and that's pretty hard for a young child to do. He really would have liked to have been mawr involved. So what I would do instead of trying to do a design and worry about getting it just right, would be to just spend the time to have more fun and that my son do more things and not really worry so much about the way the pumpkin would look at the end. And then he would have had the chance to do more of this stuff. And I could have just made sure that he wasn't injuring himself. Basically, um, so speaking of doing, ah, design, I've never tried to use a tool kit like this before. I never actually created a template to put onto the pumpkin before I did it. And this idea of trying to shave and do some of the things where you just take away some of this outer skin of the pumpkin was totally new to me. I pretty much just typically gone the route of Just cut the openings in there and you call that good? So it might be interesting to try that mawr in the future, but it definitely was something that would take a bit more planning in a bit more practice on my part to really understand how to make the design look interesting and where I'm gonna shave and where I'm actually in a cutaway in doing some or those pieces. So that was a bit trickier than I had anticipated it being. So those are my thoughts. Having done the project with my son, I'd love for you to carve a pumpkin whether you do it with the child or you do it on your own and let me know the types of things that you did and how it went for you. Thanks for watching