|Some questions from an outsider about pumpkin carving
||[Mar. 2nd, 2010|09:22 pm]
Hello pumpkin enthusiasts!
I'm editing a novel in which pumpkins and pumpkin carving play a major role. There's just one problem. I've never carved a pumpkin before, much less at the competitive level that my main character does. The book already takes place in the space of nine days, but based on what I've read while researching this topic, it looks like this timeline will need to be shortened. By how much? That's what I'm trying to figure out.
Prepare for the wall of questions.
1. How do you prepare for carving your pumpkin(s)? I'm thinking of anything: your knives, the space, how much time you need, etc. On that note, what's the process like?
2. About how long does it take to carve a complex and intricately designed pumpkin? My character is talented and well-regarded in the realm of pumpkin carving, but he's also a high school student, so naturally his studies will have some priority.
3. About how long do pumpkins last after being carved? The general consensus is not long, of course, but for those with experience, about how long can I expect without a preservant of some kind?
4. For those who have experience carving at a competitive level, what's the experience like? On a related note, do people generally preserve their pumpkins for competitions or let them go au naturel? If they do preserve, any advice on this? **This question will have the biggest impact on my novel and its planning.
Don't feel obligated to answer all of them; a thought-out answer to a few is much preferred to short answers to all of them. Anything else you want to add is excellent, as it'll add to the authenticity of the story. Thanks in advance!