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Pat O’Brien’s Patriotic Watermelon Carvings

Pat-USA2Pat O’Brien, one of my students, showcased his beautiful patriotic watermelon carvings at the “Red, White and You” 4th of July celebration near Fayetteville, North Carolina.

You might remember Pat from blog post I published earlier about Pat’s journey from a beginner carver to a culinary competition medalist. Now you can see what he carved for the Destination America r 4th of July event that was mentioned in the blog post.

Hosted by Destination America, the Independence Day festival drew a crowd of several thousand people. Pat’s patriotic watermelon carvings were on display in the VIP tent, which was catered by Pitmaster’s BBQ and Fatback’s BBQ and Rib Shack (a former winner on the show BBQ Pitmasters) and Huske hardware (a local restaurant/brewery).

Pat’s watermelon towers were a hit! Pat reported that the reactions were awesome with people crowded around the displays throughout the event snapping photos with their phones.

Pat received great feedback at the event. Pat wrote to me,

The best was a little girl who was riding on her father’s shoulders coming into the tent. Once she cleared the entrance, she exclaimed, ‘Watermelons!!!’ She was so excited. I can honestly say that kind of reaction from a little kid is the biggest reason I love carving.”

Pat carve 15 melons for the event.

I made two melon towers, one was all the sponsors of the event (Destination America, Pitmasters BBQ, Fatback’s BBQ and Rib Shack, and the city of Fayetteville), the other tower was all patriotic melons.” – Pat O’Brien


Pat created a watermelon tower honoring the sponsors of the “Red, White and You” event.



Fayetteville, which hosted the event, received its own watermelon carving.


Sponsor BBQ Pitmasters watermelon carving



Fatback’s BBQ and Rib Shack catered the event.



Red, White and You watermelon carving.


Patriotic Watermelon Carvings

Pat’s two patriotic watermelon carving towers are certainly breathtaking.

Close-ups of Pat’s Patriotic Watermelon Carvings

Since Pat works during the day, he devoted his after-work hours to creating these patriotic watermelon carvings. He carved a total of 15 melons over the course of a week for the displays.Talk about dedication!

The patriotic tower was a lot of fun to do. I tried a few new techniques on the backgrounds. I came up with a way to incorporate fireworks, and transposed images on the melons, which made them all look great, even though some were ridiculously tedious and complex. It was a lot of work but I had a wonderful time.” – Pat O’Brien


This watermelon shows off Pat’s wonderful attention to detail. Look at all those tiny stars he carved around. That is some meticulous work.



An intricate eagle watermelon carving by Pat O’Brien.


The Iron Mike statue watermelon carving.



The intricate firework art on this watermelon is spectacular!


Beautiful eagle patriotic watermelon carving.

Beautiful eagle patriotic watermelon carving.

Fruit Bowls are Great Patriotic Watermelon Carvings Too

Pat also created three melon fruit bowls for the event.


The flag-adorned backside of one of Pat’s watermelon fruit bowls.



A star-spangled watermelon bowl.



Showing his support for the U.S.A.

Pat wrote to me that he enjoyed showcasing carving to a huge audience. Not only did people attending the event get to see his carvings but,  some of Pat’s carvings are featured on the Destination America website. Although Pat doesn’t have cable and can’t verify for himself, he’s heard that the displays have also been shown on television promos for Destination America.

What a fantastic job Pat did! I know Pat’s carvings will inspire many readers. If you want to learn the essential techniques of carving letters and words, check out my newest lessons, Carving Letters and Words.

Pat ended his message to me with,

…thank you for all your great ideas and techniques!

Thank YOU to Pat for letting us share his beautiful patriotic watermelon carvings!

Learn to carve like a pro

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4 Responses to Pat O’Brien’s Patriotic Watermelon Carvings

  1. Noa.Niubalavu June 18, 2015 at 12:37 am #

    Well done Pat I was very impressed with your patriotic watermelon carving.

    • Noa.Niubalavu June 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

      I’m very impressed with your watermelon carving, and thanks to Nita for all that we have learned through your carving lessons.

  2. Suzy david June 21, 2015 at 5:23 pm #

    Amazing carving

  3. Penny Nelson June 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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