It is very cool to read about the great experiences you're having with a tool that I invented
. Thank you all for helping to spread the word. I am so impressed with the carving work that so many of you do and the sheer numbers of pumpkins you carve.
What drives someone to invent and patent a Pumpkin Gutter? Well, a few years back I decided that I wanted to carve a pumpkin entirely using power tools. Gutting was the only part that I couldn't quite figure out, so I did some thinking, went into the workshop, and came out with Pumpkin Gutter #1. After using it for a couple years and making some improvements, I figured others might benefit from using a Pumpkin Gutter.
I'd like to pass on a bit of gutting wisdom, too. You always get some strings wound around the shaft of the Gutter when you first cut the strings and seed loose...just take the Gutter out of the drill and slide the strings off the end. Now, you're ready to start thinning the walls. You'll look like a pro! Also, use a fairly high drill speed and don't be afraid to be a little agressive with the pressure. After a pumpkin or two, you'll be perfectly sculpting the inside of your pumpkin.
Again, a sincere "thank you" to all of you and have a great Halloween!