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Great pumpkins readied for the big night

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Gordon McDonald of Tigard created this jack-o-lantern.

While some folks are happy with a toothy grin of jagged teeth and triangular shaped eyes, others go to great extremes in carving their Halloween jack-o’-lantern, such as Judi Jarosh of Lake Grove and Gordon McDonald of Tigard.

Jarosh explained that she likes to create complex jack-o’-lanterns because she enjoys getting down to the gritty details.

“I typically find an image on the Internet that can lend itself to a pumpkin,” she said. “Then I use PowerPoint to modify the image to facilitate carving. Because I’ve been doing this a long time I have a pretty good sense of a workable pattern.”

She says she uses standard carving tools from the company Pumpkin Masters and a few custom tools.

“It’s a lot like connect the dots,” she said. “Anyone can get good at it over time.”

Judi Jarosh of Lake Grove created these two jack-o-lanterns. She likes the tedious nature of carving them.

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