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Thanksgiving Centerpieces – carved turkey, birds and pretty pumpkins

I know that Thanksgiving has past for this year but I wanted to share the carvings that I made to bring to the Thanksgiving dinner that I attended. There were almost 30 people and 3 tables so I made one centerpiece for each table. Here they are.

The pumpkins carved with flower designs were medium and small pumpkins. These can be made hollowed out from the bottom, then you can add a battery operated light inside to make a pretty lantern.

The turkey’s feather were carved from a kabocha squash. These are pretty hard and dense and require a sharp knife and patience. The other two bird’s bodies are made from acorn squash. These were even harder in density than the kabocho squash. On all three birds the necks are made from crookneck yellow squash with carved carrot beaks and whole clove for eyes. The flowers around the birds were carved from yams and sweet potatoes.

Click on the thumbnail photos below to see larger images. Enjoy!

Here is a link to a short video showing how to make very simple squash birds.

Perhaps you’ll get an idea for next year’s Thanksgiving centerpiece or for any autumn dinner party. You can always come back here to look at these photos next Thanksgiving.

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9 Responses to Thanksgiving Centerpieces – carved turkey, birds and pretty pumpkins

  1. David L. Rose November 30, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Wow..Outstanding quality. What’s next?

  2. chef dave November 30, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    do you have a dvd for sale and home use not just lessons on line

    • Nita December 1, 2010 at 8:18 am #

      Yes, I do have DVDs for home use. Check out my shop at //

      The Hearts and Roses DVD is designed for beginners and does not required any special tools.

      The first 4 lessons of the Vegetable Fruit Carving 101 are now available on DVD.

      The Yams and Turnip Flowers DVD shows how to make several variations of root veggy flowers using corrugated U-cutters and 4 designs of cucumber leaves. This is lesson 4 of the 11 week Vegetable Fruit Carving 101 course but can be purchased separately.

      Those who purchase the DVDs listed above also get instant online access to the lessons.

      Thanks for your interest.

  3. Lisa Neppel Danzer November 30, 2010 at 9:49 pm #

    Very lovely pumpkin carvings NIta! Looked like a very nice Thanksgiving!

  4. Frieda Eberhardt December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm #

    What beautiful ART!!!
    I’m amazed at the semetry of the petals, etc……how do you do that???
    I love the ‘bird couple’!!

  5. Sachin Kate November 14, 2011 at 6:19 am #

    Fantastic site and work, and classes that you offer Nita. I am stunned by the beauty and exquisite work created by you. I am sure all Vegetable and Fruit Carving artists and enthusiasts will find this site an inspiration. Keep it going. My best wishes. I have liked your site so much that I have dedicated a few posts to your work and your site on my own vegetable and fruit carving blog.

    Artists like you are a true source of inspiration and motivation to all.

    Warm Regards, God Bless.

    • Nita November 14, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

      Thank you! :~)

  6. Sachin Kate November 14, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    Hello Nita, as commented above, please find my first post dedicated to your fantastic work on my website . Hope you like it. Warm Regards, God Bless!


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