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Ghosts and goblins. Bats and mummies. You don’t have to be a skilled artist to create the most admired jack-o’-lantern on the block this Halloween. Dremel has a variety of exciting projects this fall.
The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit

If you’re looking for something fun to do this fall, pumpkin-carving time is here. The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit puts a modern spin on traditional pumpkin carving and decorating. Featuring the #191 High-Speed Cutter Accessory and a battery-operated rotary tool, the kit is ideal for carving fine details.

With variable speed controls of 7,000 and 14,000 rpm, you can create simple snaggletooth face designs or intricate tangled spider webs. A scary selection of new pumpkin-carving templates, including the Grim Reaper, Swamp Monster and Werewolf, is available online.

Does Dremel offer a manual that details step-by-step projects?
   ~ Amber P., via e-mail


Dremel provides a small, quick-start project book, which is generally included with the purchase of a Dremel rotary tool kit. The book offers information about the rotary tool and system of accessories, as well as different project ideas you can use the tool for. If you don't have the booklet that came with your tool, visit and complete the Literature Request Form. A quick-start project book will be mailed to you.

The Dremel Projects and Skill Guide is another helpful source of information and can be easily downloaded from the Dremel website.
Dremel – It's for the Birds

Phil Cronin, a native Floridian, has always loved bird watching. So when he and his family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 13 years ago, a conversation with a fellow hawk watcher inspired him to put his passion to use.

Cronin started volunteering at the Macbride Raptor Center, an educational clinic where sick and injured birds are nursed to health. Those that heal are released into the wild and those that are permanently injured – and wouldn’t survive on their own – are kept at the center where visitors can learn about their injuries and how to prevent them.

As manager at a True Value Hardware Store in Cedar Rapids, Cronin was familiar with the corded Dremel tool the center used for coping – filing the injured birds’ beaks to prevent overgrowth. But without power in every cage, coping was a long, stressful process for the birds. Volunteers had to catch the birds, box them, carry them inside, cope them, box them again and carry them back outside.

A few months ago, after eyeing cordless tools at work, Cronin called Dremel for help. Dremel responded by donating a Stylus for the center’s use.

“With the Stylus, we’re able to just walk right into the cage, restrain the bird and trim the beak right there,” said Cronin. “There’s no transportation involved so it’s quicker and less stressful, too.”

Volunteers cope each of the center’s resident birds – currently about 25 – twice a year, as well as birds sent from other centers. Cronin said he was pleasantly surprised that the Stylus held its charge – with plenty to spare - through an entire round of coping.

Have a project that showcases the control and flexibility of your Dremel tool? Want to show off your handiwork? E-mail a digital image of your project and a brief summary of how you made the piece (250 word maximum, please!). If we select your project to showcase, we'll send you the new Dremel Stylus!


Ringing in the Holidays
From ornament etching to decorative table centerpieces, Dremel helps you create one-of-a-kind holiday projects. We're looking for unique holiday project ideas to share with other Dremel enthusiasts this season. Send your holiday project ideas and photos via e-mail to and we'll send the new Dremel EZ Lock starter kit, the perfect stocking stuffer this season, to the first 10 email responders!

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