Watermelon Carving – You probably would have seen them in parties, weddings, etc. I was witness to how intricate designs are carved on watermelons and other fruits when I had been to Kamat YatriNivas hotel in Bangalore. I didn’t know much about the history and the art until I stumbled upon this article. Susan Macquire who earlier showed us benefits of Cantaloupe, tells us the story behind Watermelon Carving and other Fruit Arts.
The History of Fruit Carving
Fruit carving is one of the oldest traditions followed in the Oriental countries, China, Japan, Thailand and some Asian countries in particular. This artistic tradition generally centers on some festivities where the beautiful sculptures draw the attention of the people. In fact carving of fruits is an exquisite work of art. In China, watermelon carving is the most popular.
The contrasting colors of melons lend a striking effect to the finished product, making them all the more appealing
Fruit carving can also be done on such fruits as carrots, papaya, pumpkins and other smaller fruits for carving individual items. But watermelon carvings appear to be highly attractive on account of its varied colors and size. The contrasting colors of melons lend a striking effect to the finished product, making them all the more appealing.
The tools and the techniques used to create watermelon art
Prior to the execution of your carving skill, it is essential to make all the proper arrangements.
A good carving knife with a single sharp pointed blade is a must- have in this case. Carving on a watermelon is done in a relief format; it can be just a simple cut out or carry an intricate engraving.
This Chinese artistic sculpture is of ancient origin that has been passed down through the generations.
In modern days, this wonderful tradition has found great recognition and popularity throughout the world.
The varying tones and colors of watermelons (pink, white, green) work wonders to give a contrasting effect to the sculptures.
Impress everyone with amazing fruity sculptures
Watermelon sculptures can turn out to be the cynosure for any occasion or international event. This artwork can be exhibited at any cultural platform to showcase some wonderful talents. The carvings done on the watermelons are endless, ranging from teapots to flower vases, to little animals or even trophies.
These amazing designs are carved out using carving tools and melon ballers. The carving tool is used to cut out intricate patterns while the melon baller scoops out larger sections. The melon baller is particularly helpful in carving out large unique shapes such as a fish, basket or fruit holder. The watermelon rind is very easy to cut into and amateurs can begin with cutting the rind to create large designs.
Watermelon carving can be a great fun with the kids too. In fact, being an excellent source of vitamins and a tasty fruit, kids can have a great time learning this art and absorbing the benefits of this fruit. This unique art sculpture should be encouraged among the children not only to propagate and keep alive the ancient tradition but also to give way to the creation of masterpieces of the future.
Here are some links on Fruit Carving and how to learn this art:
Chef’s Help have step by step picture descriptions on how to create arts forms on different fruits.
Temple of Thai offer you a book on step by step fruit and vegetable carving
Another Thai Carving website with different veggies and fruits.