A Plastic Surgeon and a Master Pumpkin Carver Team Up to Give a Carving Class

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio – For some, carving a pumpkin is more than two traditional triangles and a jagged mouth. Instead, it’s a work of art for those who have signed up for a pumpkin carving master class in Chargin Falls.

Gregory Fedele, a plastic surgeon, and Deane Arnold, a world-renowned pumpkin carver, teamed up to host the workshop to teach people how to carve faces into gourds.

“I love Halloween,” Fedele said. “I’ve always loved Halloween. As a plastic surgeon, it all fits perfectly with making art and sculpting.”

The masterclass opens more doors than new skills with tools, but a community of carvers.

“It’s a community,” Arnold said. “Most of us know each other. We’ve worked together. We know each other’s work even though we haven’t met.”

Stella Kotsatosangelo appreciates the activity because it makes people smile.

“I just appreciate that. You take a pumpkin and the next thing you know, you turn it into something that makes people happy or smile or say, ‘Oh my God! It’s a pumpkin!’ It’s always been my favorite,” she said.

Arnold encourages anyone to take a course like this.

“People who didn’t expect to be able to do anything, or maybe were hesitant, walk away with a pumpkin that surprises them at how well they’ve done it,” Arnold said.

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