Latest Gourd Vessel is done

My latest piece incorporates just about everything I love when I work on a gourd. It is Native American in style using the rich mahogony and red that I so love to paint with. The side design is tribal in nature and is repeated on both sides.

Carved and Embellished Bottle Gourd

Carved and Embellished Bottle Gourd

Carving into the gourd:  I love the stark contrast I get when I carve into the gourd as I did on the side design of this gourd. Once I draw my design on the gourd I burn it into the gourd using a sharp tip.  Using my electric carving tooll I start with a inverted cone bit to carve the edges, rying not to carve the black line created by the burning tool.  Once I rid the design of the hard outer shell I use a Ball bit to “dot” the whole design in. I really love the organic look this gives the piece.   To retain the beautiful white color, I immediately painted the exposed meat with an acrylic. I find that if I don’t do that right away, the meat discolors somewhat and I inevitably get some other color in the cut part.  The product I used to keep that part protected and clean was Gourd Master Gourd Varnish.

Just so you know these are some of the tools I use

Wood Burning- I have the RazorTip, which I bought many years ago from the Caning Shop. You can see it here http://www.caning.com/html/product/GRD-A9/TUFSSD10.html  See the tip in the picture, that is one I use alot as well as a skinnier one. What I love most about this product is when I break a tip (and I do that quite often, I can send the pen into the Caning Shop and they will replace the tip for very reasonable.

Carving- I have two carvers. One is a Clarke Version which is similar to a dremel. It takes the 1/8″ shank and spins very fast so that I can power carve. I also own the “Gourd Drill”, also from the Caning Shop, which takes the smaller bit and is perfect for more detailed work!!.

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New Gourd Art Piece- Apple Bowl with Weaved Rim

Gourd Bowl with Pyrographed Apples

Gourd Bowl with pyrographed and painted apples and weaved colorful rimAbout a year ago, while living in the Motorhome, I cut and cleaned a gourd in preparing it for working on it. At that time I had no idea what I really wanted to do with it, I just knew where I had to cut it.  It sat on my kitchen table for a month before I started to use it to hold my fruit, primarily apples. As I went through my daily routine I would notice this bowl of fruit sitting in this perfect sized gourd bowl and knew right then and there, what this gourd wanted to be.

Now, months later, the bowl is finished and I absolutely love it. I drew and pyrographed (Burned) apples all the way around the bowl and then painted them in using blends of Red, Green and Yellow. To finish the bowl I used waxed Linen thread and Rush to create a very sturdy and colorful rim.

Here are some additional pictures of how this gourd bowl

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I love weaving on my gourds. This one called for a spiral weave in Barn Red, Forest Green and Off White. I love the way the colors start to spiral. The rim is four coils high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Closeup view of the apples

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This is a closeup of the pyrographed apples. Pyrography is burning into the material. It is often refereed to as Wood Burning but I hesitate to call it that because I am not burning on wood!!  I burned in the outline of the apples. Using color fast transparent gourd dye I was able to model the apples using color.

 

 

 

I am asking $75.00 for this one-of-a kind piece which can be purchased through my Etsy Store

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