Can I fool you vessel turners?

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Okay I’m caught and please don’t kick me off of Lumberjocks for showing this carved…uh…gourd.

Honestly, I have been so blown away by the wonderful turnings I have seen here and really wanted to get a lathe and suit up to learn turning – but alas, I’m kind of a lazy sort so I thought I’d try a gourd. It’s kind of like wood.

Sorry guys, I promise from now on to post wood pictures and Martin, if you want to remove this, I’ll understand.


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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 09:53 PM

Wow! Incredible work

Thanks Jordan


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#2 posted 12-19-2011 09:56 PM

Certainly the most elaborately carved gourd I’ve ever seen!

Such intricate and precise details on both the carving and coloring. The bottom part reminds me of stamped leather.

Excellent work Jordan!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 09:58 PM

That’s just ridiculous! (In a very good way.) :-)

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

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 09:59 PM

You never cease to amaze me Jordon! This is just beautifully done and fantastic!
Last time I looked, it seemed to me that wood was ” a fibrous material that grew from the ground” and a
gourd, to my way of thinking, is also ” a fibrous material that grows from the ground” , therefore…...close enough my friend, keep on carving those gourds!!!!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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Joe Lyddon

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 10:01 PM

What did you do… cover it with templates & Sand Blast it… switch to another template & sand blast some more… etc., etc., until you have all of them done?

Now, if you say you just did it with a Jack knife and Carved it, I will report you for something…
... like doing the impossible… or impersonating something… (???)

It sure is dressed cool… but, no tie… we’re Casual here… LOL

Beautiful piece!

I’d say carving a Gourd works as wood… it’s a gourd made by Nature out of Gourd wood. Yes!

Great… Excellent… Wonderful… you name it… JOB!

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

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 10:04 PM

If Martin removes this.. there will be a lot of LJs leaving too…
Fabulous carving…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 10:11 PM

Jordan: What a great carving. Is this thing totally dried. I hope that it doesn’t self destruct like some pumpkins that I’ve made.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Frankie Talarico Jr.

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 10:18 PM

I would say thats a type of wood, you worked it like wood… I seen non wood products here before. If this is what you call not wood, I guess I don’t know woodworking.

Awesome carving how long did that take?

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 10:19 PM

Fantastic! Amazing, as always! The stitching and everything are so realistic… really fools the eye.

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 10:23 PM

Thanks guys, you’ve given me a reason to stay a legitimate Lumberjock! It felt like wood. No Joe, no sandblasting done here although it probably would blast up nicely. No jack knife either, just my plain old Dremel.

It came to me completely dried, well except for a tiny bit of dampness inside which has dried and all is brittle and sealed.

I truly needed something to supplement my carving income as they can be made much cheaper as they are much less time consuming and I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Thank you once again for your wonderful support!!!!


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#11 posted 12-19-2011 10:25 PM

You’ve got my support. New species of wood – Wal-Gourd-ickory-eech.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#12 posted 12-19-2011 10:27 PM

well Jordan,,,,,,i think if there was someone who was going to amaze me with something i never thought would happen….....this is it….Ive never seen a gourd carved so beautiful before , you have blown me away with this piece, your work should be in the Smithsonian museum …....i don’t know how you created this, but no words will do it justice…just amazing..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#13 posted 12-19-2011 10:41 PM

Jordan, your carvings are so realistic. You have the nack for sure. My hats off to you sir! Gourd is a wood!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#14 posted 12-19-2011 10:59 PM

Your a master Jordon ,you always have such amazing work great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#15 posted 12-19-2011 11:06 PM

So sappy, I can hardly read it myself

Friends, it’s been 22 years since my brother bought me my first Dremel as therapy for early onset osteoarthritis.

I said “What in the heck am I gonna do with this?!!!”

15 Dremels later – and many supplied by the Dremel company, the rest is history. My brother knew I could never pass up a dare.”

The hands, well, not so great and the tips of a couple of fingers are now detached from the knuckle but nothing can keep me away from what I love to do most which is carve carve carve…well other than being with my family and visiting Lumberjocks. LOL!


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