Professional carver gives tips for pumpkin carving

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — David Smith can do just about anything with the tools you’d find in a typical kitchen.

His business, Frost Lion Ice Plus, creates sculptures from ice, sand, fruit, chocolate and yes — pumpkins.

Smith stopped by NBC4 Today Sunday to share some of his secrets to pumpkin carving.

The unique way he carves pumpkins has some perks over the traditional method:

  • Start by shaving off the rind.
  • Then use a brillo pad to smooth the surface of the pumpkin.
  • Once it’s smooth, you have a blank canvas to create any design

Smith recommends using coloring pages as a stencil if you’re doing this with kids.

The best part of carving pumpkins this way is there’s no need to take the pulp out from the inside.

It’s less mess to clean up afterwards.

Rick Petersen of Johnstown grew the giant pumpkin Smith brought to the NBC4 studios. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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