Ray Villafane’s connection with pumpkins started rather in his childhood life. Being raised in a poor farming household, he found himself having to carve his own toys out of wood as periods were very tough for the Villafane family. As things got even worse he was compelled to quit making use of wood to make his toys and ultimately had to create them out of pumpkins as the valuable wood was required to warm the modest farm residence throughout the winter. Due to the fact that his playthings rotted away a week or so after creating them, Ray found himself chiseling continuously just to preserve his toy box from getting ruined.
All through his academic career, Ray’s class mates and professors also acknowledged his genuine creative capabilities. Ray managed to graduate from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1991. Inspite of all of the big name products Ray was building, the public seemed to be most fascinated with his on going pumpkin designs and carvings. Ray has won back to back Food Network competitions for his pumpkin carvings and has been presented on many TV shows and news broadcasts such as The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. In 2010 Ray was even welcomed to carve pumpkins at the White House!