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Let’s Talk About These Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane

It’s that time of year again. Like it or hate it, fall has arrived and it’s time to give that sad little pumpkin on your front porch some personality. Here are some inspiring ideas from sculpture artist Ray Villafane. I stumbled across this article looking for examples of pumpkin carving and I couldn’t believe some of the beautiful pieces this guy’s cranked out.  Check out this Indian….


Pumpkin Carving 5


YES! That is a pumpkin! And it’s incredible.


“Born and raised in Long Island, Ray Villafane showed great interest in the arts at a very young age, with his parents as well as his classmates and teachers recognizing his natural artistic abilities. He graduated in 1991 from New York’s School of Visual arts and pursued a career in teaching arts for students grade K-12 in Bellaire, Michigan from 1993 to 2006. It was during this time that he slowly began carving pumpkins, initially as projects for his students. Eventually, the school projects were followed by custom carved requests from his students’ parents and finally he started offering his carvings to local hotels and restaurants.”


Here are some other examples of his work worth checking out:


Pumpkin Carving 1

Pumpkin Carving 3

Pumpkin Carving 7

Pumpkin Carving 8

Pumpkin Carving 4

Pumpkin Carving 2

Pumpkin Carving 6


The article I discovered was first published last year by Zy Gonzales for the website You The Designer. You can check out the whole piece by clicking the link below.

Link: Amazing Pumpkin Carvings by Ray Villafane


While digging up some more information on Ray and his art, I found several YouTube videos including this one from The Wall Street Journal. My favorite line from the report is “people often mistake it for being difficult, but it really isn’t” ….really?



Keep up the good work, Ray.

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