There were plenty of 3D pumpkin faces carved at the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving just for fun. All of the judges, pros or amateurs were welcome to sit in the judges tent and carve whatever they wanted, when they had free time. It was entertaining for the Columbus Zoo visitors to see the carving in action.
Greg Butauski, owner of Rock on Ice, is also a pro ice carver in Columbus, Ohio. Greg was the organizer for the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving Competition.
Completed 3D Pumpkin Faces and More
If these photos inspire you to learn to carve 3D pumpkin faces, the video lessons, Ray Villafane’s 3D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials are a great way to learn. We also offer the pumpkin carving tools like the ones that you see many of the carvers using in the photos on this page. We offer them in our online shop.
The zoo visitors had fun seeing and posing with all the the pumpkin carvings.
Doug Ghantz, who served as one of the judges along side me, is a community college teacher who teaches ice carving, and fruit carving. Under his direction, his students have won many ice carving championships. Doug has also appeared on Food Network fruit carving challenges.
Chad Hartson, served as one of the 3 judges along with me, Nita Gill, Doug Ghantz and Jeff Petercsak. Chad is a professional ice and vegetable carver.
I’m not sure which artist made which of the following pumpkins. There was so much going on it was hard to keep track.
One more funny thing I wanted to share.
During the set up of the People’s Choice competition Tyler Coleman entertained the other competitors by putting his Star Wars Storm Trooper carving over his head.
All in all, the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving event was a great success. Fun was had by the carving artist and the attending public.
If you missed any of the previous blog posts showing all the amazing carvings (including some even more amazing 3D pumpkin faces) here are the links to the competitions at the Jack Hanna Pumpkin Carving competition at the Columbus Zoo.
If all of this inspires you to learn to carve 3D pumpkin faces, the video lessons, Ray Villafane’s 3D Pumpkin Carving Tutorials, are a great way to learn. We also offer the pumpkin carving tools like the ones that you see many of the carvers using in the photos on this page. We offer them in our online shop.