Gourds: Southwest Gourd Techniques & Projects from Simple to Sophisticated

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Sterling Publishing Company, Inc., 2006 - Crafts & Hobbies - 160 pages
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Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. With their varied sizes and shapes, they’re nature’s gift to the crafter, who can use a multitude of techniques to transform them into breathtaking pieces. Cut them, carve them, paint them, inlay them with stone, or embellish them with leather, fur, feathers, and botanicals: the magnificent possibilities are all featured in this splendid guide, which covers all the gourd crafting basics. Find out how to choose the right gourd (or grow your own); what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use. The projects range from a native rattle and butterfly birdhouse to ornamental treasure boxes and nested vases and bowls.   A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.
 

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Gourds

User Review  - brendalsalt - Overstock.com

This is an exceptional book! The information,instructions, and methods are so easy to follow! I am a self taught gourd artist and am so inspired by Bonnie Gibson! Bonnie is among the best!! And I wish she had more books. A great buy!!!! A Great book to have for yourself or to give as a gift... Read full review

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User Review  - evgibson - LibraryThing

I am probably prejudice as I am the husband of this Nationally Known Gourd Art Carver and Educator. However, this is one of the most easy to understand how to do type books currently available on ... Read full review

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Contents

Introduction to Gourds
6
Gourd Characteristics
9
Setting Up a Work Area
14
GourdCrafting Basics
16
Cleaning the Exterior of Dried Gourds
17
Cutting a Gourd
18
Cleaning the Gourd Interior
20
Design Tools and Techniques
21
Gourd Drum Necklace
59
Gourd Masks
64
Nested Vases and Bowls
70
Gourd Ristra
72
Gourds and Botanicals Wreath
76
Barrel Cactus Birdfeeder
80
Native Rattle
85
Dragonfly Potpourri or Candleholder
90

Advanced Tools and Techniques
24
FullSize Power Tools
25
Cutting Tools
26
Carving Tools
27
The Mechanics of Carving
31
Sanding and Grinding Tools
32
Burning Tools Pyrography
33
Final Finishing
35
Specialty Tools
36
GourdCrafting Materials
37
Finishing
43
Structural Additives
46
Southwestern Gourd Designs
49
Petroglyph Pottery
50
Gourd Bug Pins
56
Kiva Pottery
95
Sculptural Rainstick
99
Bird Effigy Pottery
103
Hopi Dragonfly Vessel
107
Medicine Wheel Basket
112
Ripples and Streams
117
Turtle Box
125
Lidded Bowl with Antier Handle
131
Fetish Bear Lidded Vessel
135
Inlaid Jewels
140
Faux Basketry Vessel
144
Emerging Visions A Gallery
151
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
156
INDEX
157
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