Sheffield pumpkin artist carves dragon out of biggest pumpkin in Northern England

Christian Russell's work in progress of a giant dragon head. Credit: York Maze
Christian Russell's work in progress of a giant dragon head. Credit: York Maze
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An acclaimed pumpkin carver from Sheffield has carved a gigantic dragon head out of the biggest pumpkin in the North of England.

Christian Russell, aged 43, will be completing his dragon head carving at York Maze today.

Christian said: I can only tell what Im going to carve once I see the pumpkin."

Christian said: I can only tell what Im going to carve once I see the pumpkin."

The professional video game artist from Mosborough, Sheffield, said: “I can only tell what I’m going to carve once I see the pumpkin.

“Unlike their smaller cousins, giant pumpkins tend not to be round- so only when I see the pumpkin does the design start to form in my head.”

The 248kg pumpkin, grown by Peter Geyelin from Nottingham, won the North of England heat of the International Giant Pumpkin Competition.

Although the dragon was not completed in time for yesterday's carving competition, Mr Russell came third with another creation - a pumpkin killer clown.

Tom Pearcy from York Maze with the winning carvings, including Christian Russell's clown on the left. Credit: York Maze

Tom Pearcy from York Maze with the winning carvings, including Christian Russell's clown on the left. Credit: York Maze

The dragon will be on display alongside carvings such as a mummy and a carousel at York Maze throughout their Halloween event until Sunday 30 October.

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