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Blog entry by Jordan posted 01-26-2012 11:05 PM 5895 reads 1 time favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My word, after seeing the fabulously carved rocking chair by Boris and the incredible projects being turned out by LJ’s, I felt kind of ashamed to post my measly gourd projects. However I’ve always found that LJ’s somewhere like information and various ideas so I am wanting to share updates on what I’ve been doing with the gourds.

The enclosed pictures are of a carved gourd that I am currently taking a mold from and rendering a wax casting prior to sending it to a bronze foundry.

My dilemma was getting to be that I just couldn’t keep pumping out originals when there were such a variety of people with different affordability levels requesting them. So the originals can now be sold for the highest price, the bronze castings for a bit less and resin castings for much less. That way I could also supply an antique looking vessel without paint or gilding.

It is much like carving wood however the thickness is not always uniform throughout the gourd so you have to be careful.

I will post the various finished renderings when they have been cast and or painted.


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#1 posted 01-26-2012 11:10 PM

Fabulous… can’t wait…to see the finished projects…in projects…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-26-2012 11:20 PM

Beautiful piece, Jordan and I think that casting them and making affordable reproductions will help others enjoy the beauty of your work. Great idea! I’m with degoose – I can’t wait to see them in projects! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 01-26-2012 11:31 PM

That is so cool.
Keep posting, Man.
And hey, it looks like a project to me.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 01-26-2012 11:31 PM

Fantastic work, excellent carving skills!

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#5 posted 01-26-2012 11:31 PM

You don’t have to be embarrassed about anything you carve. This is a beautiful piece and I’m sure your castings will be just as beautiful.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#6 posted 01-26-2012 11:34 PM

Don’t sweat it… Your work is definitely in the category of embarrassing the rest of us.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 01-26-2012 11:43 PM

Beautiful work, as always Jordan. Certainly nothing to be embarrassed about!

Years ago, I helped a friend start a “cold casting” business. We received one of a kind art work, created the rubber/silicon molds, poured cold cast porcelain replicas of the art work and then returned them to the artist for painting. My friend’s business cards read “Minutia is our Forte” mostly because he dealt with smaller objects and did not require a large quantity of castings from the original. We also did some lost wax casting for precious metals.

I hope your new venue puts your work into the homes of everyone who has admired your work.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 01-26-2012 11:50 PM

You should be embarassed …Anyone with your fantastic ability and talent has alot to be embarassed about.
I will be happy when my work gets even close to your talent level so I can be embarassed too!

I think it looks Fantastic Jordan..
Your out of your gourd if you think it is embarassing in any way.

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#9 posted 01-26-2012 11:52 PM

WudnHevn – I love the 2×4 unit box!

Aw you guys, thanks, just didn’t want to take away from the main objectivity of the LJ community, however I’ve made a lot of friends here and felt the need to communicate my latest goings on.


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#10 posted 01-26-2012 11:53 PM

puts my work to shame, you do OUTSTANDing work

-- Joe, Ga

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Joe Lyddon

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#12 posted 01-26-2012 11:58 PM


You do not have to be embarrassed about ANY of your projects!

They are ALL just wonderful and amazing!

Thank you & keep it up!

Now, ME, with all the super talent on LJ here, I hesitate to post some of my simple projects…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 01-27-2012 12:10 AM

Wish I could carve like that… actually wish I knew how to carve… Why be embarrassed … You obviously haven’t seen my projects… lol

-- Rome wasn't built in a day... but I wasn't on that job? ...

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#14 posted 01-27-2012 12:41 AM

I’d be embarrassed, too. It’s obviously a fake. No one can carve that well!
It’s just beautiful, Jordan!
I’ll be waiting to see the castings. Especially, the bronzes.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#15 posted 01-27-2012 12:43 AM

If you are ashamed, then I need to get rid of my tools and start sellings hamburgers. Your work is fantastic. I like the idea of the reproductions.

Good luck


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