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Pumpkinnovators: From Gourds to Ghouls

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

Photograph by Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images

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Fileting a Leg

Many pumpkin carvers do custom work for corporations, such as simply carving logos into pumpkins. Leno, who carves mostly for fun, just carved a haunted house into a pumpkin for Nike International. She charges $100 an hour, depending how long it takes and how detailed the client wants the carving to be. "Most of the time I can do something good with quite a bit of detail in five hours," she says.

Like most pumpkin wranglers, Leno has been injured in the line of duty. "One time I was using a very sharp, very thin filet knife. I was straddling a pumpkin, carving it on the garage floor, and I moved my leg around and right into the knife. I actually had to pull the knife out."