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.
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!!.