For Daniel Herrguth, fall cannot come quickly enough. It’s his favorite time of the year because it’s pumpkin time. Time for creativity, time for carving. The DIY enthusiast discovered his passion only six years ago. “My first piece was a swan fashioned from an apple,” says the 43-year-old from Potsdam. “Then I tried it with other materials – and that’s how I ended up with pumpkins. They’re the ones I have most fun with.” And fun has many faces: with incredible finesse, Daniel has created likenesses of famous characters such as E.T. and the Cheshire Cat from “Alice in Wonderland” from this Halloween favorite. Daniel takes his inspiration from social media channels, finding ideas for new carvings on Pinterest and other such websites.
“You have to look closely at the pumpkin and also listen to what it has to tell you.”Daniel Herrguth, Laboratory development assistant at OSRAM
He is meticulous in selecting just the right shape of pumpkin for his next subject. “You have to look closely at the pumpkin and also listen to what it has to tell you,” he says with a smile. With a combination of a trained eye and judicious tapping on the skin, he can quickly find the ideal raw material.
Each intricate carving takes him between three and six hours. First, he scrapes away the outer layer of the pumpkin and then makes a rough sketch of his subject. “I can do all the preparatory work pretty quickly, but then I get totally absorbed in the detailed work,” says Daniel.
The finished work of art is ephemeral – the pumpkins generally last no more than a week. But that doesn’t bother the amateur sculptor. “For me, it’s more about the process itself and the fun I have doing it.”
He has now taken to growing his own pumpkins in his garden. But there’s one place they won’t be found, and that’s in the kitchen. “I really don’t like pumpkin soup,” says Daniel. “I prefer to carve them rather than cook them.”
Halloween is coming soon, so it’s high time to cut a gruesome pumpkin face. Daniel Herrguth, laboratory development assistant at OSRAM in Berlin and a pumpkin artist in his spare time, explains how this works.
Orange-coloured Ghost Rider pumpkins, for example from the supermarket, are easy to process and can be stably placed on the ground. There are special carving sets available in craft shops and on the Internet that make finer and more elaborate work and filigree patterns easier to handle. They are also recommended when children carve along. Sharp and serrated small kitchen knives and a spoon do the same. But please be careful!
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