Russ and Pam Leno, Sleepy Hallow Master Pumpkin Carvers, are pumpkin sculptures extraordinaire as witnessed by their sculpting of this massive 1,262 lb pumpkin.
We first discovered the Leno’s last year when we featured them in “Halloween Goes Patriotic” in Happy Halloween Magazine (Vol. 4, Issue 4). They carved a 912-pound pumpkin depicting the Firefighter Memorial for the Washington State Fair in Puyallup last September.
During our interview we discovered that they had sculpted yet another larger pumpkin in 2001. Entitled “Geneva’s pumpkin patch” (in honor of its grower), the scene depicts a lady covered with vines and pumpkin leaves. The sun is up in one corner and the vines and leaves covered her body except for her legs and arms which were left bare. The thick skin of the pumpkin allowed the Leno’s to sculpt a nearly complete watering can and several complete pumpkins. The grower did, indeed, have a magical touch as she grew three pumpkins over 1,000 pounds in the same year!
Russ, who comes from Everett, Washington, has been carving for over 15 years. A designer by trade, he has been sculpting with his wife Pam (an artist with clay art) since they met in 1993. As a couple they find great pleasure in sharing the passion of sculpting together, and actually have a good time working together. Their mediums include fimo clay, wood carving, sand sculpting, snow sculpting, ice sculpting, occasional apples, and their all time claim to fame, pumpkins.
The Leno’s expertise landed them an appearance on Martha Stewart’s. They’ve also displayed their skills internationally, noteably in China where they have done ice and snow sculpting.
To learn more, please visit their website at www.masterpumpkinsculptor.com