Pumpkin judging – let’s get this over with

Date Published: 04/11/2009

The pumpkin competition judging is complete. It’s a very tense time here at The Old Estate Yard. Seriously, I’m being harassed for the result.

(So, just to drop in a bit more of a delay, I’m making the entrants read this pointless sentence and when they get to the end of it they are going to be quite mad that they didn’t actually need to read it and could have just skipped down the page)

We’re very grateful to Caroline Stocks and Isabel Davies, of Farmers Weekly fame, for taking the time to not only judge the competition, but to provide thoughtful comments on each entry. They obviously take their responsibilities very seriously – also evidenced by the fact that Isabel did her judging while actually on holiday from work! Thank you both.

(Look, I’m dragging it out again!)

On with the show. Here are the individual entries, with the judges’ comments:

Carver: Roy Lawford
Carver: Roy Lawford

“An interesting take on the traditional pumpkin face, though it have something of Jim Rosenthal/the Count from Sesame Street about it. Very sinister.”

Carver: Ruth Lamb
Carver: Ruth Lamb

“This entry shows excellent use of the craft knife to produce the delicate spider’s web. Slight wonkiness to the eyes, but it adds to the piece’s rustic charm.”

Carver: Emma Jones
Carver: Emma Jones

“We like the fact this carver went for a jagged shape on the top of the pumpkin rather than the traditional round hole – it juxtaposes well with cobweb. Excellent attention paid to the anatomical detail of the spider, it looks very lifelike.”

Carver: Joanna Gleeson
Carver: Joanna Gleeson

“A very cheery-looking face, showing skill with a knife to produce such a fine row of teeth. Smashing shade of orange too.”

Carver: Katie Owens
Carver: Katie Owens

“The scariest of the three traditional pumpkin faces, very dramatic and some well-carved fangs. Love the eyebrows.”

Carver: Nicola Mason
Carver: Nicola Mason

“The most decorative of the entries, showing a fine artistic flair. Very difficult to maintain such detail in the smaller bats, well done.”

Carver: Angela Norman
Carver: Angela Norman

“Interesting design with lovely symmetry to the spider’s legs. Particularly like the fact the spider was given feet.”

Obviously great thought and analysis has gone into the decision. So all that remains is to announce the winner! (You really thought I was going to do that in this post???)