Carving pumpkins for a cause

For the past three years, Ashland school bus driver and motorcycle enthusiast Harry Wolfe turned a hobby into a way to give back.

Wolfe will auction off an 80-pound pumpkin he carved at the 6th Annual Brittney Mallory Ride and Auction Saturday. All proceeds will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

"I've been carving for about 10 years. All I use is a Swiss Army knife," Wolfe said.

He said he carves the pumpkin freehand.

"I just start carving," Wolfe said, "that way if you make a mistake, you didn't make a mistake 'cause you have no drawing."

After carving, he airbrushes color back into the white pumpkin flesh, and decorates the carving with eyes made from foam rubber balls.

"It all goes to kids," said Wolfe.

The auction will take place today at Touvelle Lodge, 9367 Table Rock Rd., Central Point. The auction is at the end of a Poker Ride that begins at D&S Harley Davidson, 3846 S. Pacific Hwy, Phoenix. Pre-registration is Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m., and cost is $20.

"We'll do the Poker Run, and hopefully win the Harley," Wolfe said referring to the grand prize.

On other weekends, Wolfe can also be found carving at Seven Oaks Farms in Central Point, or on his school bus.

"The children just love it," Wolfe said.

For information see the Web site or call 535-5515.

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