Anyone who lives near the Vidal home in Silver Lake knows that this family is not content to simply put a carved jack-o-lantern on their door step. Instead, interior designers Guy and Karen Vidal and their children, Ginger and Levi, have become known for creating and carving “pumpkin sculptures” that turn heads and attract photo takers to their home across the street from the Silver Lake reservoirs.
This year’s sculpture – titled ” The Giant Spider” – was inspired by seven-year-old Levi’s love for all things spiders, said Guy Vidal. A pair of giant pumpkins make up the body; the pincers and feet are made from gourds and squash and the legs are cut from steel rebar. The big challenge, said Guy Vidal, is carving through the thick skin of the giant pumpkins. Vidal uses a dry wall saw for that purpose. “It carves through very thick pumpkins very easily-like butter.”
Vidal has one more pumpkin carving pointer: spray the interior of the gourds with bleach and water to keep them from rotting out so quickly. After a couple of hours of work on Sunday afternoon, “The Giant Spider” was finished and ready for Halloween.
Besides power tools and bleach, does Vidal have any other advice for ambitious pumpkin carvers?
“The rest is just using your imagination,” he said, “and hoping for good weather so it does not completely rot out before Halloween comes around.”
Photos courtesy Guy Vidal