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Pumpkin carving training

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-  Carving a pumpkin is a Halloween tradition, but it can be pretty competitive in some neighborhoods.

That's why 11 year old Alex Aldridge went to some carving experts.  Ron Lunde and Bob Gough are members of the Tri-City Wood Carving Association, and say they were happy to give Alex a few tips.

"I've seen cool ones with spirals and I've seen different kinds of funny faces, but I usually just make the little smiley faced pumpkins," says Alex.

"Create an unevenness on one side of the face or the other. Because any expression; smiling or grimacing, it contorts the face. You want to use the face muscles to create expression," says Ron Lunde.

Lunde says carving pumpkins is a good way to keep his wood carving skills... sharp.