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Artist Carves Unbelievably Intricate Designs Into Fruits and Veggies

Some people use their carving skills to become ninjas, while others take the Saltbae route and seductively slice up pieces of meat. This creative carver uses intricate knife skills to create stunning works of art.

An Instagram user who goes by the name @gakugakugakugakugaku1, has taken the Japanese art form of Mukimono, and made it their own.

The Mukimono art form consists of chiseling images on the skin of fruits and veggies and Gaku’s geometric designs are nothing short of amazing, as the patterns stay consistent throughout the fruit or veggie.

From apples to green onions, the knife skills here will leave you in awe.

Peep the breathtaking art below, and hop on to Gaku’s Instagram to view the full arsenal:

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Baymax Green Onion

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A Carrot Flame

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Better Than The Eggplant Emoji

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An Apple A Day…

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Bloomin’ Onion

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Radish Flower

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Orange Scales

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Broccoli Tree

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Dragon Fruit Banana

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Anotha One

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Carrot Never Skips Leg Day

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This Mind-Blowing Daikon Chain Was Created By A ‘Bored’ Japanese Chef

Boredom can yield fantastic works of art in virtually any medium. A good example of this, is a recent photograph of a daikon radish has gone viral over the past few days. What’s special about this napiform root?

The radish has a perplexing design that draws you in almost immediately.

According to Rocket News 24, Twitter user @Zoe_Aishiteru uploaded this spectacular photo of a single piece of radish carved into a perfect linking chain.

According to the caption the head chef gave the daikon to the Twitter-using patron, claiming he was bored when he carved it up. The wachigai (linked-ring daikon) was a result of this apparent boredom.

No, it’s not a staged photo. In fact, another Japanese chef shows the process on how to create the chain in this instructional video here:

It’s just a simple matter of technique and consistent knife work. We have to admit, we’re very impressed with the skill that goes into carving up something like this.

We’re just not sure how bored a head chef can get in his own restaurant, he’s probably got a million other things to do. Maybe the guy just wanted a little fun to break up his duties.

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WATERMELON DAY: Tips on Carving a Watermelon from a Professional

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National Watermelon day is upon us. While the majority of the population is stabbing and slicing away at those juicy fruits, in hopes of tasting its sweet nectar, there are a select few with the talent to carve them into something truly beautiful. One person in particular is Chef Ruben Arroco.

Chef Arroco has been in the culinary business for decades. When he’s not cooking up a delicious meal, he’s hard at work making custom watermelon carvings. Whether it’s birthday, wedding, graduation, or any other type of celebration, the chef will take on the custom job. Provided you give him the proper amount of time, he can turn out a fruitful masterpiece that will make your jaw drop and tongue salivate.

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I got the chance to speak with Chef Arroco, a professional watermelon carver, to see if he could give me some pro-tips on how to dip my feet into the world of watermelon carving. Mind you, I was a blank slate, with the ability to carve nothing more than a jack-o-lantern looking watermelon.

Here’s my first attempt before speaking to him. As you can see, it’s pretty damn awesome.

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While I didn’t think there was any more room for improvement, my fellow staff members encouraged me to do the interview anyways to see if I could fine-tune my watermelon carving skills. Luckily, Chef Arroco was more than happy to help share a few notes.

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Picking the perfect melon

Chef: Since I do a lot of people’s faces or letters, I look for the greenest watermelon I can find. That way the letter or artwork that I’m doing will show more color. Of course, the bigger the watermelon the better.

I tap the watermelon. The sound that you can hear is a solid sound and it needs to be firm, not soft at all. The watermelon will also be heavy, which means it’s nice and juicy. Watermelons are the easiest to work with.

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The right knife

Chef: This carving is actually an old art from Thailand. They use a small paring knife. I bought a bunch of hi-quality paring knives. Basically with this kind of art, you can do everything with just a small paring knife.

Griping the knife

Chef: You have to have really good control of the knife otherwise you can over cut. It’s like when you’re writing something using a pen: you anchor your hand and control the flow of your pen as you’re wiring. I’m actually using my pinky and thumb to anchor my hand when I’m cutting it.

Depending how deep I am cutting the watermelon, I put my pointer finger exactly where I want the pen to go through the melon and how deep.

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Equipment

Chef: I have a turntable and I have a kitchen towel. I take the towel and fold it into a circle so that the watermelon doesn’t move around.

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It should also be noted that some creativity will be needed to make this happen. Similar to sculpting, a visual eye for details is definitely recommended when carving a watermelon. Also, years of practice doesn’t hurt.

While I didn’t have those years of experience, I was  able to make the best use of Chef Arroco’s advice. After speaking with him, I’d like to think there was some improvement on my second try.

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I think designer Chris agrees.

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Ridiculously Good-Looking Jack-O-Lanterns Made Using Ballpoint Pens and Markers

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It’s October. And that means one thing and one thing only.  It’s decorative gourd season. More particularly, it’s decorative pumpkin season, and thus the search for some serious orange art begins.

We recently stumbled upon these unique jack-o-lanterns, created by several artists for the group Passion for Pumpkins. Rather than going the traditional route of utilizing only knives to carve spooky shapes, these particular pumpkins were made using only ballpoint pens, oil-based markers, and paring knives.

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The process is pretty labor intensive. The artists must first thin out the pumpkin’s skin from the inside and out, in order to make it sheer enough (about a quarter of an inch thick) for the light to shine through, making these works of art a sight to see come Halloween night.

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