This blog post features the lovely fruit and vegetable carvings of one of my student/customers, Allan Jarvis. Allan is in Queensland, Australia. In one of Allan’s first emails to me he told me that he was introduced to fruit and vegetable carving many years ago in Thailand but had not done too much until recently. He wrote, “The book I bought in Thailand is great but not enough steps… ” Shortly after, Allan joined our video lessons.
For spring celebrations like Easter, Songkran Festival and the Indian Festival, Holi you might see some ideas here that you can use. Blooming flowers, bunnies and butterflies are all great fruit and vegetable carvings for celebrating Spring.
Here are some of Allan’s photos of his vegetable and fruit carvings.
Fruit and Vegetable Carvings Decorate Fruit Trays
The roses in Allan’s photos are taught in my Hearts and Roses, video lessons. No special tools are required. Just a sharp pointed paring knife.
This turnip butterfly is taught in my DVD Bouquets and Butterflies which is part of the Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners. This carved turnip butterfly is perfect for adorning any spring time fruit display. Really pretty job Allan did on this butterfly.
Melon Bunny Fruit Carving is great for Easter
These bunny fruit salad bowls are great for Easter celebrations. Here are 2 that Allan Jarvis made. He wrote,
“Rushed off a quick fruit tray for my weekly visit to the temple and yes I did straighten the little fellas whiskers.”
And here a a couple of girls enjoying one of Allan’s honeydew melon bunnies. I teach how to make this easy honeydew melon bunny fruit salad in my DVD Melon Bunny and Lilies. The lesson set is also part of the Vegetable and Fruit Carving Course for Beginners.
Allan’s Fruit and Vegetable Carvings Earn Free Meals
Allan has taken to providing some table decorations at a restaurant, just for fun. He wrote to me,
“I have been doing little table decorations for his tables at the restaurant and the patrons love it and he thinks it has improved his business…who knows..anyway I am happy and as a result can’t leave without take out or eat in as he thinks he owes me so much. Seems the barter system is alive and well.”
Here is a closer look at a couple of the table arrangements with fruit and vegetable carvings that Allan has made.
Allan learned to carved these daisies from my video, Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang. In that lesson, Jimmy shows watermelon radishes which have pretty watermelon colored flesh. The carving on this page do not who the watermelon radish but you can see photos of pink flowers carved from watermelon radish here. Allan couldn’t find any to purchase so he located some seeds online and started growing them in his garden. That was resourceful of him, don’t you think?
This easy to make onion lotus flower make a pretty plate decoration. Its great to add as a garnish on a serving platter. I teach how to make this simple but lovely onion flower in the first lesson of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.
This watermelon design that Allan Jarvis carved into watermelon is taught in my DVD Carving Watermelons – Roses, Buds and Leaves. This lesson set is also part of my Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.
Here is a melon -lotus bowl which is a variation on the design that I teach in my video lesson Honeydew Lotus that is one of the lessons in the Vegetable and Fruit Carving 101 Course for Beginners.
This last photo shows pretty radish and turnip flowers like the ones taught in Amazing Carving with Jimmy Zhang.
Allan has been having fun and is doing a lovely job of making pretty fruit and vegetable carvings, don’t you agree?
Allan, thank you for sharing your photos of your fruit and vegetable carvings with us.
I hope that seeing all of these pretty fruit and vegetable carvings gives you some ideas that you can use.