New Year Tree With Fruits

>>  12/30/2013

fruit christmas tree
New Year trees with fruits

This is my last work in the passing 2013 year. Sale of New Year trees, all made of fruits, of couse ;)

Happy New Year!


New Year Fruit Garnishes for Cocktails

>>  12/25/2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Wish you to have wonderful holidays. 

Try these easy fruit carving garnishes for cocktails and drinks.

Christmas Tree and Horseshoes of apples 
for good luck.

new year tree apple carving garnish for drinks
Christmas trees of apple to decorate your drinks

Tools for Christmas Tree garnish:
Crincle cutter for the tree shape
U-knife for garlands

new year fruit decoration for drinks
how to make new year tree garnish of apple

how to carve apples
horseshoes of apple for good luck
Tools for the Horseshoe garnish:
thai knife

how-to cocktail garrnish of apple
how to make Horseshoe garnish of apple


Christmas Fruit Garnishes

>>  12/20/2013

Today I was invited to Sakhalin TV to show how to make a Christmas fruit decoration.

I explaned how to make a fruit bouquet and a mini fruit garnish for drinks, using simple cut methods.

The class was taken at "Chocolate" cafe, a cozy place with warm interior and tasty coffee&handmade sweets.

christmas fruit decorations
a cameraman at work

The TV show will be on air later. But I prepared a photo tutorial for my blog on making a mini fruit garnish for cocktails. You can read it right now by scrolling the page down! :))

You can also watch the last year Christams TV show, where I explained how to do a Christmas tree of fruit and sweets. Though it's in Russian,  I am sure you will get the method.

christmas fruit garnish
watch the last year TV show "Christams Tree of Fruits and Sweets"

Christmas Fruit Garnish

cocktail fruit decoration
mini fruit garnish for Christmas drinks

You will need:
small mandarin
red apple

Martini glass

paring knife, scissors, toothpicks.

Instruction (click the images to enlarge):
1. Cut a small mandarin in half
2. Gently separate the skin of the flesh and turn the skin inside out.
3. Don't worry about the broken skin. Just cut off the damaged parts or make a zigzag cut with scissors.
4. You will get a nice mandarin star.
5. Cut 4 thin slices of the red apple.
6. Insert a toothpick into the slices to attache all sclices together. Make a fan of them.
7. Pin the mandarin star on the top and insert other toothpick close to the first toothpick to secure the fruit garnish. Use the gap between the toothpicks to set the garnish on the glass.

Pin a small grape or a berry on to the final garnish to hide a sharp tip of the toothpick.
This fruit garnish perfectly fits a martini glass.

Step-by-step photos

step 1

christmas fruit garnish
steps 2-4 how to do fruit garnish
fruit garnish for cocktail
steps 5-7 how to do Christmas fruit garnish
fruit garnish for cocktails martini glass
The fruit decoratin perfectly fits a Martini glass. 

Check out more Christmas and New Year fruit displays and decorations

More fruit garnish ideas for drinks and cocktails here


Fruit Mosaic Technique. Olimpic Symbol and Logo

The fruit displays were done for Christmas party of Midglen Logistics Sakhalin company.

I was asked to create a fruit buffet in olympic theme. The design should also express a corporate spirit.
So I suggested the olimpic symbol for a big fruit platter and company logo for watermelon carving design.

I used a mosaic technique for the olympic platter and a big fruit medal with logo image.

No special tools required.

olympic fruit carving
Olympic fruit platter, mosaic technique

logo carving in fruits
Company logo in watermelon and in fruit medal.
Chocolate fountains have come later.

midglen logistics logo
The company logo

the hall


Sakhalin is under snow again

>>  12/16/2013

a statute under snow

Sakhalin island is snowing again. And again, I work.

The last weekend we had a snowstorm. I have written before that I work in any weather.
This time I was engaged for two days with fruit carving decorating.

I will post the fruit display in my next article. Today I'd like to share photos I took while walking to work.

the alley I usually walk. No path today.

"Color and Shadow",
a photo exhibition in the museum

Christmas sale, a market

the alley looks like a forest

I like walking the alley in evenings, it's a beautiful place.
The last picture is my painting

my painting


Carving Art Exhibition 2013

>>  12/10/2013

In the end of November my sudio took a part in a big food event. Within Sakhalin Food Show-2013 we had a fruit carving exhibition, there my students and I presented our art.

At the food show we met colleaugues from Carving Academy (Moscow).

I am happy to share with you pictures of my team and our works.

carving art exhibition
Our flower corner

fruit carving bouquet
Watermelon. melon and pumpkin, work of mine

fruit carving art
Vegetable carving bouquet arranged in my Ikebana vase,
work of mine

our team sakhalin island
My team and a person from Carving Academy

watermelon carving bouquet
Watermelon carving, made by my Irina, a student of mine

Bell pepper bouquet, made by Olga, my student and client

Me, Olga and Claudia

Pumpkin vase, made by Olga, my other student

Vegetable bouquet in a pumpkin vase, made by Claudia.

Olga (author of the pumpkin vase) posing for the local news page


Golden 50. Watermelon Carving Display For 50th Anniversary

>>  11/30/2013

golden 50 fruit display
'Golden 50' fruit carving display

The fruit display is made for 50 years anniversary. The inscription in watermelon says 'Golden 50'.

This is a 3rd fruit display I make for one client, a girl with the Apple Cats.
The 'Golden 50' fruit platter was for her uncle's birthday.

I tryed a new color combination, it's orange, carrot, yellow bell pepper and beet-root.
Hope, this design will become popular. I like it very much.

The most popular design in November 2013 was the "Australian" fruit plate. I carved it 4 times for different clients, with different inscriptions.

fruit carving with oranges
Beautiful yellow and orange color combination


Fruit Carving Display For Pink-And-White Wedding

>>  11/24/2013

fruit carving display for wedding
Hearts and love signs at watermelon

When I work on a carving display I think how it will fit the whole decoration of the event.

At our first meeting with a client I always ask about the idea of a head table decor. I consider any details, a cake, fabric color, a wedding bouquet. And then I can suggest a proper design of fruit display.

This time I worked on Pink-and-White wedding. When I came to the event hall and saw all the beauty I got amazed. My fruit display fit perfectly the head table dressing!

By the way, what do you think of my new roses with wavy petals, carved of beet-root with Kom-Kom knife? I am going to use them for a carving exhibition that we are having at the end of November.

As for the watermelon design, a bride asked to carve some more hearts or signs, or something that could explain their feelings. I suggested to carve these male and female signs. The girl said 'Wow, great, perfect, I love it!'

Just wanted to share this story with you to show how I work :))

small and big U-cutters for the apple carving
Kom-Kom thai knife for the beet-root and daikon roses
Thai knife for the watermelon carving

beautiful flowers carved of vegetable for wedding bouquet
Beet-root roses wit wavy petals, apple carving and pinl daikon roses

wedding head table decoration with fruits
the head table decoration for the Pink-and-White wedding

how to decorate wedding with fabrics
the head table decoration


How To Carve And Color Flowers of Vegetables. Carnation and Orchid Flowers

>>  11/09/2013

This small carving bouquet  in the photo is made with materials, which left after the "Australian" fruit display.
It's a simple bouquet arranged in martini glass, with carnation and orchid flowers carved of daikon radish. 

Today's post is about carving and coloring vegetable flowers.

How to color vegetable carving flowers

Liquid food colorings are perfect for carving needs. 10-15 drops are enough to 300 ml of water.
Add more coloring drops when you want to have your flowers brighter.

In 10 minutes remove your flowers on to a paper towel. Let them dry for a while (about 10 minutes).

You are done. Now you can use the colored flowers for arranging a display.

how to carve and color flowers of vegetable
How to color flowers carved of vegetables

Simple technique of carving Orchids of vegetables

In my fruit carving job I use this quick technique to make branches of orchid flowers named Phalaenopsis. 

You will need:
a piece of daikon
a radish

1. Peel daikon and cut sides in angle to a point. 
2. Carve a simple flower as shown in the picture.
3. Correct  petals with a knife.
4. Color the flower in green.
5. Carve a rose of radish and pick together the green flower and the rose with a toothpick.

how to carve orghid of daikon

how to carve orchid of daikon
Simple method of carving orchid of vegetable

use liquid food coloring
Color flowers of dailon in green

I like arranging these simple flowers in branches of orchids:

vegetable and fruit carving ikebana
branches of orchid flowers arranged in an edible ikebana

How to carve carnation of vegetable.
Alternative method

I know two methods of carving carnation flower of vegetables. 

A famous one can be learned by watching the tutorial Thai Vegetable and Fruit Carving Book and VCD Multimedia, Original from Thailand

The other method of carving carnation was demonstrated by Thai chef, Mr.Chat Kunsri, at Carving Contest 2011 in Tokyo. The Chef did the flower in watermelon. See the pictures from his demo How To Carve Carnation In Watermelon

vegetable flowers carving instruction
Carnation of daikon, carved by the Chef's method, and colored after.

vegetable carving tutorial
Colored flowers in a fruit carving arrangement


Fruit Carving Display From Australian Customer

>>  11/03/2013

Few days ago I got a call from Australia.

A Russian family from Applecross, Western Australia, would love to send a birthday fruit arrangement to their relative who lives on Sakhalin in my home town. 

Today the birthday guy was given with the fruit present and greetings. 

Here are photographs of the display.

birthday fruit carving arrangement
Birthday fruit carving display
watermelon, apples, kiwi, grapes, plums, mandarins, phisalys

Vegetable carving flowers:
carrot, daikon. radish

Thai knife for watermelon carving
UV-knives for apple garnish and flowers

In my next post I will show how to carve the flowers and color them.

fruit and vegetable carving arrangement
Vegetable carving flowers and fruit plate

watermelon carving arrangement and fruit plate
Back side of the display


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