November 1, 2013
How a Colonial Williamsburg ‘fan’ carves a pumpkin
A California woman who describes herself as a “big fan” of Colonial Williamsburg spent Halloween carving two pumpkins based on Colonial Williamsburg furniture collections.
Lauren Csaki, who lives in Torrance, Calif., said she used her copy of Colonial Williamsburg’s “Southern Furniture 1680-1830” to create templates of a dressing table, candlestand and side table.
“I made a rough tracing of the silhouettes from the photos in the book, and scaled them down to fit on the pumpkins with a copy machine,” Csaki explained Friday.
“Next, I drew a circle around each scene and decided on the points where the furniture would meet the edge of the circle, for stability in the carved pumpkin design,” she added. “Then I cut the designs out of paper, taped them to the pumpkins, and transferred the design with a fine sharpie.”
Csaki, who with her husband became a member of the Colonial Williamsburg Burgesses this year, said she “received many compliments on the furniture pumpkins from both kids and adults alike,” from some of the approximately 500 trick-or-treaters in her neighborhood on Halloween night.
Csaki, “a collector and lover of antique American furniture,” brought the pumpkins indoors on Friday morning.
“For us to enjoy for a few more days,” she said.