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Here at Grampa Bardeen’s, we believe that the simple and joyful act of carving Halloween jack-o-lanterns can bring people together and create lasting memories. It certainly has for our family and that is why it’s our great pleasure to share with you these high quality pumpkin carving tools and the secrets behind carving a pumpkin masterpiece.

Grampa Bardeen’s Family Pumpkin Carving Set is the result of a 70-year-old family tradition that began in Racine, Wisonsin, when "Grampa" Paul Bardeen created the original tools to enable his own children to carve safely and creatively without knives. Not only do our American-made tools allow you to carve safely, they allow you to create intricate designs not possible using kitchen knives.

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A Short History of this Carving Method

Up until the mid-twentieth century, jack-o-lanterns were typically carved with triangle eyes and snaggle-toothed grins using kitchen knives. Around the year 1943, in Racine, Wisconsin, an engineer and jack-of-all-trades put his ingenuity toward the challenge of making pumpkin carving safer for his children. Using pieces of coping-saw blades inserted into wooden dowels, Paul Bardeen (Grampa Bardeen) created the first fine-toothed saws designed for carving pumpkins. In addition, Paul developed a method of transferring a pattern onto a pumpkin using the point of a nail to poke along the design lines of a paper pattern pinned to the pumpkin. Once the pattern was removed, one simply carved along the dotted lines. This system enabled the creation of far more artistic and intricate carvings.Growing up, Paul Bardeen’s five children attained some degree of local fame for their unusually intricate and creative jack-o-lanterns, which they would carry door-to-door while trick-or-treating in their neighborhood. In 1946, the Racine Journal Times even featured a photo of three of the Bardeen kids, their friends and the jack-o-lantern masterpieces they had created while also featuring a story about Paul Bardeen’s visits to local classrooms to share his new carving method. In 1986, after Paul had passed away, the Bardeen children created the first ever carving kit on the market complete with patterns as a tribute to their father and his unique system.