First carving on a gourd

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Project by TJ65 posted 08-05-2017 09:14 AM 1097 views 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not quite wood, but definitely carving.
My first attempt at carving a gourd.
Surprisingly it was easy and fun to do. I had to get used to the fact that the walls of the gourd are only very thin. So i did put a couple of holes in it. Thankfully though i was able to cover them up with dark paint.

-- Theresa,

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#1 posted 08-05-2017 09:31 AM

Beautiful!! really like the carving, you did a wonderful job on this!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 08-05-2017 01:00 PM

Very nice

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#3 posted 08-05-2017 01:56 PM

This is such a beautiful carving. It’s so detailed and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 08-05-2017 02:10 PM

Amazing detail, beautiful work Theresa!

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#5 posted 08-05-2017 02:27 PM

Welcome back Theresa, we’ve missed you.
Beautiful work on the gourd. Have you seen Jordan’s?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 08-05-2017 02:45 PM

My WORD, Theresa – that is magnificent!!!!

What a re-entrance!!!

Is this for sale? Seriously.

Thanks so much for sharing this!


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#7 posted 08-05-2017 04:09 PM

BEAUTIFUL! And I mean very beautiful! I raised gourds like that one year. It was fun, easy and surprising how big the gourds grew. My plan was to paint or carve some, but not being a painter or a carver, that part of the plan didn’t get done! I did make a bird house out of one.

When you carve something like that, do you have a pattern or do you free hand it? pretty amazing.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#8 posted 08-05-2017 05:03 PM

Great detail work, well done.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 08-05-2017 05:33 PM


You have been spending your time wisely!

You are absolutely F A N T A S T I C !!
It looks like you’ve been carving gourds for years!!

Just B E A U T I F U L !!

I have wondered, seemed like I saw many gourd groups as a kid, where does one find gourds NOW?!

Thank you for sharing your New fantastic exploration into gourd carving!

Wood? Sure it’s wood… It’s “Gourd wood”... !! LOL (for sure)

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

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#10 posted 08-05-2017 05:54 PM

Excellent carving!



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#11 posted 08-05-2017 09:22 PM

Boy that’s some fabulous carving Theresa, just love the detail & skill gone into this piece :)

great to see you back @ LJ’s

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#12 posted 08-05-2017 09:29 PM


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#13 posted 08-05-2017 09:42 PM

Thanks guys.
As this gourd was the first, hopefully of many(as i managed to pick up a couple of box loads cheap) I did trace a leatherwork pattern onto it. Difficult as its certainly not a flat piece.
I have no idea where you can find and purchase gourds. Except I think Wellborn gourds in the U.S. I was fortunate to spot some in a local shop window they were using as display.
If I manage to do another just as nice i may sell them.
My energy levels these days is not great, so i can only manage a couple of hours a day. So projects seem to take forever. But at least I can still do them.
I tried doing a lace topped gourd but I wasn’t that impressed with the finished piece. But I learnt a lot on the way.
Yes I know Jordans work very well. He actually taught me to carve right here on Lumber Jocks. I don’t think I will ever reach Jordans level of carving. As they say practice practice practice.

-- Theresa,

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#14 posted 08-05-2017 10:56 PM

Looks great!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 08-05-2017 11:02 PM

If you search “gourds for sale” there are lots of places to buy online. Gourds are very easy to raise if you have space. I did it one year and it was awesome, the amount of gourds I got from a few seeds. Gourds are so interesting. Just use the internet. lots of info and so many different kinds. I think is could become a great hobby and very addictive.

Now another question, what did you use for carving? Oh my, you have my interest bubbling like it did several years ago when I decided I had to grow some gourds… I saved seeds from my gourds. Gourds are great for burners also. Like a media for the pyrographic people.

One more thing and I will shut up. Congratulations on Daily Top three!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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