Hallowe’en Jack O’Lantern


Photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

A shot of Jack looking devilish awaiting ol’ Hallow’s Eve.


With Hallowe’en coming up, I decided to experiment with carving a Jack O’Lanten with the ol’ trusty Stihl MS 193 C and MSA 200 CBE.  Carving a pumpkin is a relatively easy task, but hollowing out the pumpkin from the bottom, and carving a face into it is a bit more difficult.  Luckily, I made it through the hollowing process and face carving without any disastrous slips.  Carving with chainsaws is a lot of fun, but they are pretty unforgiving in that they can go from “that’s just about right” to Oh, crap, it’s ruined” in a heartbeat.


Legend says that the fire lighting Jack’s lantern was a wee bit of hell-fire to light his way through his cursed existence. A little reminder of why it isn’t always a great thing to outwit the devil.

The real challenge to the Jack O’Lantern process was getting the pumpkin hollowed enough and the facial features deep enough to really allow the light source to shine through.  Altogether, this isn’t a crazy difficult carve by any stretch of the imagination.  It is a fun way to cut your teeth on the whole chainsaw carving thing.  After the carving process was finished, I was really aggressive with the torch.  My reasoning was two-fold: one, I was too lazy to bother doing any sanding, and two, the aggressive charring seemed to add to the creepiness of  Ol’ Jack.

photo by A.J. Kilpatrick

Although hollowing out the sculpted lantern was a pain, it seems to have achieved the desired spook factor.

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