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Pumpkinnovators: From Gourds to Ghouls

By Suzanne Woolley - 2013-10-25T17:14:06Z

Courtesy  Scott Cummins

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Revenge of the Pumpkins

Cummins, who likes pumpkin pie, is somewhat tortured by pumpkins in the raw: "I have a negative reaction to pumpkin rind when I get it near my mouth or eyes. It even affects my hands if I spend several hours on pumpkins in a single day."

His pumpkin-carving weapons of choice have also caused him grief. He uses clay ribbon tools, which are basically knife blades bent into various loops attached to handles. "You pull them through the pumpkin rind to lift a strip of rind and leave a groove," he says. "And the same thing happens when I slip and take a strip out of my hand."

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