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3D Pumpkin Faces

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.

carving 3d pumpkin faces

Amateur and Pro competitors carved for fun when not competing.

zoo visitor watch carving

The zoo visitors enjoyed watching organizer, Greg Butauski, carving live

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.

Ron Roberts shows his 3D Frankenstein face to an enchanted zoo visitor.

Ron Roberts shows his 3D Frankenstein face in progress to an enchanted zoo visitor.

Completed 3D Pumpkin Faces and More

3d pumpkin face frankenstein

Here is Ron Robert’s 3D Frankenstein face. Can you believe that this was only his 2nd ever 3D pumpkin face carving? Great job, don’t you think?

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.

zoo visitor posing with pumpkin face at the zoo

While most zoo visitors stood by the pumpkins to pose for photos, this lady had fun posing for her photo in a more creative way.

3D pumpkin face in progress by Greg

Greg Butauski’s 3D pumpkin face in progress

3D pumpkin face by Greg

Greg Butauski’s completed 3D pumpkin face

Doug Gantz carving 3D- ace

Say aaahhh. Doug Ghantz touching up the mouth of his 3D pumpkin face

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.

3D pumpkin face by Doug

Doug’s finished 3D pumpkin face. Doug took advantage of a naturally occurring blemish on the pumpkin. He used it as mole on the chin.

warty 3D face pumpkin

Don’t you love the warty face? You can use a melon baller to make warts like these.

Pretty pumpkin by Maryse Richards

Pretty pumpkin by Maryse Richards. She used a melon baller to add pretty decorations. It’s the same techniques used for the warty face above.

Greg Butauski's pumpkin carving was a favorite of Ohio State fans.

Greg Butauski’s O pumpkin carving was a favorite of Ohio State fans.

3d pumpkin face by Chad

Chad Hartson carved this 175 pound pumpkin

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.

pumpkin flower by Nita Gill

Simple pumpkin Gerbera daisy by Nita Gill

mustached man pumpkin face

Mustached man by Greg Butauski

another on Doug Ghantz' pumpkin faces

Doug Ghantz carved this funny face. I like how he attached pumpkin rind shavings with super glue to make eyebrows. Nice touch.

3D pumpkin faces on display

Some of the 3D pumpkin faces on display.

giant pumpkin dog

This dog’s face was carved from one of the big pumpkins (200+ pounds). I think Chad Hartson made this one.

I’m not sure which artist made which of the following pumpkins. There was so much going on it was hard to keep track.

pumkpin tiki face

pumpkin dragon head

Dragons’ head pumpkin

fun 3d pumpkin faces

monster-pumpkin-face

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.

star wars pumpkin Storm Trooper

Tyler Coleman entertains the other competitor by wearing his Star Wars Storm Trooper pumpkin carving.

star wars pumpkin head selfie

Even pumpkin Storm Troopers take selfies.

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.

People’s Choice
Master’s 3D Competition
Master’s Build Competition
Professional Competition
Amateur Competition

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.

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