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Enormous 5-Ft. Tall 5-Ft Dia. Pumpkin Carved Out Of Cottonwood
I make my living selling firewood and making chainsaw sculptures. Recently I carved this enormous 5-ft. tall, 5-ft. dia. pumpkin out of cottonwood. It's painted orange. The wood I used was wet and heavy so the pumpkin ended up weighing about 1,500 lbs. It was so heavy we had to haul it on a wrecker to the buyer. To transport it, straps were tied around the pumpkin, which was then winched up onto the wrecker's platform.
  I carve a few smaller pumpkins every year, including one that I recently made from sugar maple. It weighs about 400 lbs. People like the wood pumpkins because they look neat and last from year to year. (Alec Alberti Jr., 4924 Rt. 23, Windham, N.Y. 12496 ph 518 734-4689; alecalbertijr@yahoo.com)

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2010 - Volume #34, Issue #3