Jul 31

My Future As a Watermelon Carver

in Culinary Adventurism, LFM Knife Series

Summer Watermelon

I recently had to face the cold hard truth.  I do not have a future in fruit carving.  At least not for a long, long time.  I know that this may sound like an odd profession to try dabbling in, so let me back up a bit and explain.

Mr. Fuji and I have been to Thailand on multiple occasions (one of the benefits of having lived in Japan is being so close to so many other amazing Asian countries!), and on one of our trips we watched a Thai woman carving delicate, elaborate designs into melons in the lobby of a restaurant in Phuket.  Her movements were quick and graceful and sometimes it seemed as if she had hardly made a movement at all—yet her knife would then deftly pop out a sliver of melon that she had just carved out.

Fast forward 5 years to this summer—I received a challenge from the National Watermelon Promotion Board to do a bit of my own melon carving.  July is National Watermelon Month, and the Board hosts an annual watermelon carving contest to celebrate.  How could I say no to a challenge like that?  The Board sent me a basket of supplies to help me along, including a Thai fruit carving knife, which is like a small thin paring knife and sword combined.

Watermelon Carving Contest

Seeing that knife brought back memories of the woman I watched creating works of fruit art in Thailand, and I decided I wanted to try something Thai inspired.  Do you see where this is going?

I started out by peeling off the bright green part of the rind from half of my watermelon to create my canvas.

Peeling a watermelon

Then I used the fruit carving knife to shape flower petals and a decorative sawtooth edge.  Although my floral creation doesn’t even begin to compare to the delicate finesse of talented fruit carvers, I loved the process and enjoyed seeing how the contrasting green of the rind and red of the flesh turned into beautiful flower petals, despite my clumsy technique.

Carved Watermelon

Watermelon Flower

Although I’m a far cry from being ready to be a fruit carving artist, maybe I have a future as a fruit comedian?  The Fujilings thought the watermelon “carnage” was pretty entertaining.

Watermelon Carnage

I’ll have to continue practicing my technique, but for now at least we can enjoy the abundance of juicy, vitamin rich watermelon this summer!

Juicy red watermelonFeasting on watermelon

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Betsy July 31, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Ha! This is awesome! I’ve always wanted to try watermelon carving, but seeing as I’m the world’s worst cookie/cake decorator, I’m pretty sure watermelon carving would be a joke! Yours actually looks pretty good! I’m interested to see how it goes if you try again. Practice makes perfect!


Liren July 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Oh my goodness, are you serious? You did a great job!!! Loved this post, the carnage was awesome. I know mine would be twice as bloody, LOL!


The Duo Dishes July 31, 2012 at 6:31 pm

That’s pretty cool. It takes a lot of precision and determination to get through this process, and you pretty much rocked it out. Eating it is more fun though!


Minnie(@thelady8home) July 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm

OMG!!! That carving looks Fabulous. Too good!!! And all those watermelons, making me crave for them. Hahaha. So refreshing.


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious July 31, 2012 at 8:46 pm

I think you done a fantastic job, I made a watermelon shark last year for our school and it was a hit but I did enjoy smashing it up after we got home :)


Debs @ The Spanish Wok August 1, 2012 at 1:40 am

Well done that’s an amazing effort.

I’d love to be good at fruit & veg carving but I know it’ll never happen LOL.


Kate @eatrecyclerepeat August 1, 2012 at 3:44 am

I think your flower is great! And I love Bug’s outfit


Laura @ Family Spice August 1, 2012 at 8:53 am

ha! ha! There was no way I could do the flower carving! Great job! We kept ours simple and did Mike Wazowski from Monster’s Inc.


Joy August 2, 2012 at 10:06 pm

WOW, Just wow. You did a great job.


dan morgan May 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

– Learn Vegetable Carving & Fruit Carving courses Sai International which is the only Indian institute to offer this course.


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