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Pumpkin Jack is all about carving pumpkins. I have patterns, instructions, anecdotes, carving galleries and even Halloween stories. Come in and stay a while. Please return often.

The majority of the patterns on this site are quiet complex and require hours of time to complete. If you find them to be intimidating or, perhaps, you would like a little practice first before tackling them, you might wish to attempt some more traditional patterns here, some Halloween images here or my extensive collection of smiley face patterns here.

Number of patterns so far: 1435

Buffy - Seth Green as Oz

Pattern of the Month - January

January is here and I'm not happy about it. I'm not much of a fan of cold weather and snow and while I do like darkness (jack o'lanterns show better in darkness) too much of it is unhealthy and can leave you feeling depressed. However, it is a new beginning and I'd like to start 2020 on a positive note, if possible.

January is a month of two natures as indicated by the two faced Roman god Janus for which it is named. From the transition from 2019 to 2020 we can look both ways, both back into 2019 and forward into 2020. It is a time for review and evaluation and while this is something you can and should do any time, the symbolism of the transition does provide an excellent excuse.

Dualism of this sort is commonplace among a great many of the characters in Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer physically and in terms of identity. Often people are not whom they seem or evolve to become something else. Others have more than one physical identity, primarily vampires, but also Daniel "Oz" Osbourne who becomes a werewolf. For this reason, he is our pattern of the month.

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