Carve ‘Em Up!

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Halloween has rolled around again, and here at Nest HQ, that means it’s time to create this year’s squirrel o’lantern!  It’s been an annual tradition that dates back before this blog even came into existence.  The first squirrel o’lantern design in 2009 was a rather simple, but certainly unique carving of the outline of a squirrel…

squirrel pumpkin 2009

There’s something to be said for this glowing squirrel.

In 2010, I reversed the basic design and carved out the negative space instead…

Glowing squirrel

Didn’t Pink Floyd talk about the squirrel eclipsing the moon?

In 2011…. well, let’s forget that October even happened….

Squirrels are hereby banned from wandering onto ball fields.

Squirrels are hereby banned from wandering onto ball fields.

The squirrel o’lantern was back in 2012, and this time with my blog as a vehicle for my artwork, I was inspired to try a much more intricate design.  And behold the awesomeness…

halloween squirrel

Is he holding an acorn or a martini? Either way, it’s pretty cool!

Last year, Rainbow Donkey was the hottest thing going on my blog, so I found a way to incorporate him into the squirrel o’lantern along with witchy MBRS…

Maybe the only unicorn pumpkin carving ever.

Maybe the only unicorn pumpkin carving ever.

And now for this year’s squirrel o’lantern!  I did not pick out the greatest of pumpkins, and doing this was more of an afterthought since bowling will prevent me from being home for Halloween evening, although I salvaged this shitty pumpkin with a pretty nifty design, and I’m gonna have this out on the porch tonight regardless!

Off with Buster's head!!!

Off with Buster’s head!!!

Yeah, my possum can’t even catch a break in my pumpkin carving artwork!

Have a happy Halloween everybody!


About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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43 Responses to Carve ‘Em Up!

  1. Oh my gosh those are soooooooooo cute. I haven’t carved my pumpkins yet and might borrow some ideas.

    I swear the squirrel, the BIG IN CHARGE squirrel, in my yard has decided to scream like a banshee and thump his tail nonstop like every day is Halloween!

  2. And I shared this on my Facebook page so you don’t have to. Cute cute cute.

  3. draliman says:

    I was wondering how you were going to top your previous designs but you did! This year’s is hilarious, um, I mean really scary 🙂 (Obviously I was going to find it funny.)

  4. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Oh my gourd!

    I was going to ask why Dr. Claw was reaching out for the squirrel in 2012, but never mind. This year’s wins the awesome Great Pumpkin Prize!

  5. Ally Bean says:

    Amazing! Those are the best pumpkins I’ve seen in years. Good job, evil.

  6. merbear74 says:

    My pumpkins never turned out as cool as yours. Nice!

  7. markbialczak says:

    You suffer for your art Bill, and I respect you for it. 🙂 Now who’s going to keep the neighborhood roughnecks from Smash City on this masterpiece while you’re bowling tonight?

  8. markbialczak says:

    Forgot … I rolled a 551 last night, including a 214 in the middle of the sammich. Yay! Bounce back night and we took 5 of 7 on position night. Roll good tonight, sir.

  9. Nice! And poor Buster, even in a carved pumpkin he gets it in the neck!

  10. Wow! Impressive carvings! I’m glad you took pictures because these deserve to be seen. Love the negative space carvings especially.

    • The negative space makes it glow! I’m no master by far, but I have a touch with pumpkin carving that I really don’t have for any other art form… we need more Halloweens on the calendar!

  11. Gibber says:

    These are awesome! You have talent.

  12. Those are all awesome! Some day I’ll design my own jack-o-lantern, but for now it’s Little Guy’s turn! I doubt too many people will know it’s supposed to be an Enderman (to match his home-made costume). Merry Tricks! 😉

  13. my mom was not able to dismember a pumpkin today for a soup :o) I love your creations! Have a super squirrely howl-o-ween!

  14. goldfish says:

    That’s a very cool punkin, ES. Happy Halloween!

  15. gentlestitches says:

    Wow!!! You are so talented! That is so good! 😀

  16. Lynda says:

    Somehow each year I’ve missed this event!
    Thanks for getting me up to speed; I love this!

  17. Trisha says:

    OMG, your pumpkins are SO awesome! I’m going to be embarrassed to post photos of mine after seeing these. My plan this year is to put squirrel food in the pumpkin so the squirrels have to reach in to get it so I can take photos of them with the pumpkin. Hopefully, the cute squirrel in the photo will make my lack of artistic talent less noticeable!

    Damn, now I want a squirrel pumpkin!

    • That is an excellent idea! I never remember to save any of the goop when I hollow mine out, but I’m going to try this year so when I put the pumpkin out by the tree on Sunday morning, it’ll be an open invitation for the critters.

      My secret to carving is drawing my design on the pumpkin then using a steak knife to cut it out. The teeth make them easier to control around the curves. I also got one of those carving kits with the really small blades that helped my recent punkins get some of their finer details…

      • Trisha says:

        I’ll have to try a steak knife for carving. I do have some of the little saws and other carving stuff too. I’m just not good at drawing or wielding sharp objects!

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