PHOTOGRAPHS BY MEGHAN CAUDILL
Cover a table with butcher or newspaper. Gather supplies: pumpkin, keyhole saw, awl or needle tool, linoleum cutters or wood gouges, large spoon or scraper, bowl, tape, and a template (try making one in Word using your favorite font, but remember to make the letter big enough so that it covers 50 to 75 percent of your pumpkin).
Use a keyhole saw to cut a hole for the lid, slicing through the pumpkin at an inward angle so that you’ll be able to replace the lid without it falling into the pumpkin. Scoop out the flesh, pulp, and seeds with a scraper or metal spoon. Save the pumpkin seeds to clean and roast for a delicious snack later!
Tape your template onto the pumpkin, and trace the edges by poking small holes with the awl or needle tool, piercing the skin but not poking the whole way through the pumpkin.
Remove the template. Using a linoleum cutter or wood gouge, scoop out the pumpkin skin and flesh following the holes you poked when tracing the design.
Prevent exposed areas of the pumpkin’s flesh from turning brown by applying a light layer of coconut oil. If desired, place a small battery-operated candle or light source inside.