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Whether a spooky ghost or silly pumpkin is more your taste, Dremel® provides all the essential tools you’ll need to prepare for a fun-filled Halloween.

Visit Dremel.com for products and project ideas.

Bringing Halloween to Life in Miniature Form

Even though Fred DeRuvo of Sacramento, Calif., isn’t a kid anymore, he’s not too old for monsters and Dracula and spooky Halloween scenes.

DeRuvo began creating dioramas and figure kits – many Halloween-themed – as a kid and has never given up his hobby.

“It was a great way to pass the time as a kid, and I got to the point of being really creative,” he said.

He started building figure kits of cars, cartoon characters and other sci-fi creatures, and eventually began building dioramas (or scenes) to place the figures in. His most recent diorama is of Dracula with a detailed lit backdrop, but he’s also made amusing dioramas such as a Batmobile flying out of the Batcave through a waterfall and Spider-Man vs. Hulk. His dioramas range from 1:12 to 1:8 to 1:6 in size.

Today, as a “grown-up,” DeRuvo has written a book (in collaboration with other contributors) about his creations, “From Graves to Caves: Modeling Your Diorama!,” to teach other people the art of creating dioramas for figure kits. Available on the Modeler’s Resource Web site and Amazon.com, the book is packed with images of eerie scenes after they’re finished and while they’re under construction. Readers will find that many Dremel tools made their way into the pages of the book as DeRuvo uses “a ton” of Dremel tools for his work.

“I’ve found that the tools provide consistent speed and they’re easy to use,” said DeRuvo. “What could be better for a hobbyist? Essentially, you want to have fun with your hobby. You don’t want to become sidetracked by tools that don’t work well. I have never had a problem with a Dremel tool. Ever.”

Three of DeRuvo’s favorite tools are the Dremel 4.8V MiniMite Cordless, Dremel 300 Series Variable Speed Rotary Tool and Dremel 1830 Variable Speed Scroll Station™. He uses the scroll station to create angled blocks of Styrofoam™, among other cutting applications, and he uses the rotary tools as if they’re an extension of his right hand, for everything from drilling tiny holes in resin to sanding off edges to recreating lines.

“Dremel tools work so well that they allow me to focus on the fun dioramas and figures I’m designing,” DeRuvo said. “They simply add to the joy of my hobby.”

Featured Product – Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit

The days of amateur pumpkin carving are over. With the Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit, even the most inexperienced carver can create the scariest jack-o-lantern on the block. The kit’s 6-Volt Dremel Alkaline Cordless rotary tool is compact, cordless and lightweight, successfully helping carvers create realistic, sophisticated designs on the surface of pumpkins. Unlike other carving kits, the rotary tool doesn’t cut through to the inside of the pumpkin, producing a spooky, iridescent glow. With a variable speed of range of 7,000 rpm for beginners and fine detailing to 14,000 rpm for more experienced carvers, users can create everything from simple ghost designs to intricate skeletons.

Also included in the kit is the 191 High-Speed Cutter accessory that features rounded edges to help carvers tackle the most precise details as easily as it would be to trace or draw them and 10 spooky carving templates ranging in experience level. More templates are available for download on the Dremel Web site. Carvers can easily create their own designs by printing a black and white image as well.

The Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit is available throughout the Halloween season online at www.dremel.com and at select hardware stores and home improvement centers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Expert Advice – Take the Experts To Your Living Room

Whether you’re new to the Dremel brand and still navigating your way through the wealth of tools, accessories and project ideas Dremel has to offer, or you’re a loyal Dremel user hungry for more ideas to put your tools to use, you’ll want to get your hands on a new resource Dremel is offering its customers this fall.

The Dremel Informational DVD features more than 120 minutes of videos that teach users about Dremel history, show how to change rotary tool attachments and accessories, instruct viewers about uses for the Dremel Driver™ and new Dremel Multi-Max™ Oscillating Tool System and offer advice and how-to tips for 70 do-it-yourself, hobby and craft projects using Dremel tools. Each project video includes tips and tricks for completing the project with best results as well as recommendations for the best tools, attachments and accessories to use. Viewers can navigate to the sections of the DVD that interest them most via the main DVD menu, which lists all projects and other videos included on the DVD. To request a copy of the DVD, fill out the online order form on the Dremel Web site.

If you have additional questions, please contact the Dremel Experts via e-mail or 800.437.3635. We can be reached Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST.

Dremel News

Dremel Introduces Comsumers to Oscillating Tool Market
With New Dremel Multi-Max™ Oscillating Tool System

Dremel is introducing a new product category to do-it-yourself and professional consumers nationwide this fall with the introduction of the Dremel Multi-Max™ Oscillating Tool System, one of the most anticipated tool launches of the year. The tool will hit stores in October, but we just posted the first details on the Dremel Web site and want our eNewsletter subscribers to be among the first to check it out. We shared the tool with magazine editors this summer and the buzz is already building online, with reviews and previews on BHG.com, ToolSnob.com and Toologics.com. Be sure to keep an eye out for the October eNewsletter, where we’ll offer our readers an in-depth look at the research and development behind the Dremel Multi-Max and offer tips on using the tool. We’ll also give our eNewsletter subscribers a chance to win a Dremel Multi-Max before consumers can even buy the tool in stores.

Win a Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit

The Dremel brand is giving away seven Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kits this month to help readers create the best jack-o-lanterns on the block. To enter the drawing, submit an e-mail with your name, shipping address (no P.O. boxes) and phone number in the body and “Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit” in the subject line. We’ll pick seven entries at random and announce the winners next month.

Congratulations

Congratulations to each of the eight winners of last month’s eNewsletter giveaway. Each winner received a Dremel Engraver Kit to personalize his or her belongings. The winners, chosen at random, were: Doug Graham, Brandywine, MD; Ken Zorn, Thornhill, BC, Canada; Bob Mistretta, Old Bridge, NJ; Bill Yates, Weirsdale, FL; Stan Goeckel, Jacksonville, FL; Stephen Lane, Durham, NC; Lacey Dalby, San Antonio, TX; and Daniel Angelone, Pawtucket, RI.

Stay tuned for more Dremel news this year!

Safety reminder: When working with Dremel brand or any other power tool, always wear eye protection and a dust mask, and read and understand the owner’s manual prior to using.