My Face Carved Into a Pumpkin — Twice!
As you look around you see a lot of carved pumpkins as people prepare for Halloween on Sunday, October 31st.
My pumpkin carving skills leave a lot to be desired. That is not the case for Randy Finch. Randy has carved the image of my face into a pumpkin on not one, but two different occasions.
The first time goes back 20 years ago. I was working at WGRD with Rick Beckett and Darla Jaye. Randy, and his business partner Derek Maxfield, surprised us with pumpkins with our likenesses carved into them. I have to admit...I could definitely see the likeness!
The second time I modeled for a jack-o-lantern was five years ago. And this time it was a 3 dimensional carving of my face!
It all started with me taking a trip to the Ice Sculptures, Ltd., world headquarters. I had to sit still and “hold a pose” while Randy walked around me with an tablet that had an attached camera on it. This device was actually scanning my face into a 3D file that would be used to carve my face into the gourd!
Once the scan was complete, Randy went into the file to “fine tune” the scan. I should have asked him to clean up the wrinkles, the bags under my eyes, and maybe given me a nose job while he was in there! After the final details were updated, my face now existed as a 3D file on their computer (that in itself is a scary thought!).
With this file -- and with the help of some very sophisticated carving equipment -- my face would soon be carved into the side of a pumpkin. The whole process took about 15 minutes, but here is a quick time lapse video of the carving process…
Once the machine carved out the rough texture of my face, Randy went to work with a few final touches…
And then the final process was to hose me down! (This kind of reminds me of my mother washing my face as a child!)
It was a little creepy to see how accurate the Scott-o-lantern actually was! The carving was almost life-size which made it even weirder. Imagine seeing your “face” sitting on your kitchen counter when you walk into the room. Or perhaps sitting on your front porch when company arrives for Halloween!
You'll be able to see some of Randy's carving abilities in downtown Grand Rapids on Friday afternoon, October 29th, from 2-6 pm near Rosa Parks Circle. Randy and his crew will work on carving a 500 pound pumpkin.