Vancouver pumpkin carver continuing to hone his craft with each seasonal masterpiece

  
Via:  Buzz of the Orient  •  9 months ago  •  17 comments

By:   Ian Holliday- CTV News (Canada Television News)

Vancouver pumpkin carver continuing to hone his craft with each seasonal masterpiece
 

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Vancouver pumpkin carver continuing to hone his craft with each seasonal masterpiece

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A pumpkin Clive Cooper carved to look like a bear (sparksflydesign.com)

VANCOUVER -  

The medium Clive Cooper chose for his art is, by nature, temporary. He likes it that way.

"There's no really good way to preserve a pumpkin," he told CTV News Vancouver in an interview on Halloween weekend.

"You never know, when you pick a pumpkin, how long it's going to last. Once you carve into it or you skin it, the time clock starts for it to rot. Just keeping it cold, you know, as cold as you can, is about the best you can do."

Cooper started carving pumpkins for a work contest, but it soon became a passion. He's sculpted hundreds of pumpkins, watermelons and other fruits into unique and highly detailed creatures.

He told CTV News he draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources.

"Sometimes I go to the sweet side, sometimes I go to the dark side, whatever happens to inspire me that week," he said.

Halloween is typically Cooper's busiest time of the year. He sells carved pumpkins on commission, and also donates some of his works to local organizations.

"Some years, I'm busier than a centipede in a toe-counting contest," he said.

A small carving can take just a few hours, while bigger pieces can take upwards of eight, Cooper said.

It's a lot of effort to put into something that can't be enjoyed for very long, but that's part of the beauty of the process for Cooper. Each carving is another chance to hone his craft and improve, and that's the advice he offers to others interested in teaching themselves to carve.

"Don't get discouraged," he said. "Keep on trying. You don't get good right away. In fact, I'm glad that they don't last, because if I were to go back and look at some of my first pumpkins, I'd be appalled."

To view a photo gallery of Cooper's work,  visit his website

BUZZ NOTE:  Don't miss checking out the photo gallery of his carvings - click the "visit his website" link just above this message.


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

You're going to get blown away when you see what this guy can do.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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1.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    9 months ago

Very interesting, Buzz, and the carving is as amazing as it is beautiful. 

 
 
 
Hallux
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1.2  Hallux  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1    9 months ago

Oops! I just posted the same thing ... I'll delete mine.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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1.2.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @1.2    9 months ago

Thank you.  I'm quite happy to see your posting of Canadian stories (and your common sense attitude towards politics generally). 

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    9 months ago

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If he has a wife, he cannot starve her

Because he is a pumpkin carver.

Cause if he did he'd be a felon

So then he'll carve a watermelon.                                                                                                   

 
 
 
A. Macarthur
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3  A. Macarthur    9 months ago

But, can he carve a PIE replica?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  A. Macarthur @3    9 months ago

I guess no differently than carving this...

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Paula Bartholomew
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4  Paula Bartholomew    9 months ago

I used to sculpt like that.  My hands are messed up so I had to give it up.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4    9 months ago

Sorry that you can no longer do that which probably brought you satisfaction and accomplishment.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.1  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1    9 months ago

All that remains of my art are some of the eggs I did.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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4.1.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1.1    9 months ago

Can you photograph them and post them on this coming weekend's Creative Arts group weekend article?

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
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4.1.3  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @4.1.2    9 months ago

I have the pictures but have no idea how to create files to load here.  I am a total puter dummy.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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4.1.4  Raven Wing  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @4.1.3    9 months ago

Paula, does your printer have scanner capability? If so, scan the photos to your hard drive as a jpg or png. Then you can upload them them from there.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     9 months ago

Those are some amazing carvings. 

"Some years, I'm busier than a centipede in a toe-counting contest," he said.

LOL, gonna steal that line.

 
 
 
Raven Wing
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5.1  Raven Wing  replied to  Kavika @5    9 months ago

(I knew you would when I read it...jrSmiley_91_smiley_image.gif )

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5.2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Kavika @5    9 months ago

Yep, it is.  Never heard of it before.

 
 
 
Ender
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6  Ender    9 months ago

He is talented. Those are amazing.

 
 

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