TURNIPS STORIES & LORE
(If you want to retell any of the stories listed below, be sure
to obtain permission from the copyright holder if the material
is not in the public domain)
A few years ago, I believe it was John Row, sent a URL for a photo
of children holding carved turnip heads. Did anyone keep it? If
so, or if you know where to find any other such photos (I've done
a google search and come up with nothing), please share the URL
There's no photo, but there are drawings and carving suggestions
at Conrad's site. I knew he'd have something there.
2) My husband used to do this (carving turnips and putting candles
in them) when he was wee. The other day he was waxing lyrical
about it and I said to him, "Why don't we get a couple of
turnips this year and carve them instead of a pumpkin?" He
looked at me and snorted. "Nah," he said. "They
were murder to do." Ah for the golden years.
3) It isn't of photos but check out
for some history (and stories) behind carved turnips There's a
single photo of a carved turnip on
brings the following illustration:
4) No photos, but the children at the "Historical Haunting"
on Saturday were carving some, using spoons to hollow them out.
It was pretty interesting. I was too frozen after my set (outdoors
under an open tent) to want to try it, though.
web page updated 10/28/03)