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Project by Jordan posted 05-17-2012 03:25 PM 3551 views 4 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ah ha!!! I’ve finally tapped into the delicate balance between two passions – gourds and wood carvings. At first I was just adding a few tiny wood pieces to to enhance the gourds but it seems these days I’m more enhancing the wood with gourds!

I’ve always wanted to do less than full sized wood carvings but by themselves they seemed pointless and people really thought they should be much less in price despite my realization that sometimes the smaller pieces take longer.

So here I am, on the cusp of the Calgary Stampede and I have finally filled up my meager 10×10 booth with what I think is a lot of variety.

Enjoy friends.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com





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sras

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#1 posted 05-17-2012 03:34 PM

That is quite the collection! A real treat to see all those wonderful works of art. Good luck at the show!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 03:37 PM

I love those Jeans!

Really GREAT!

Well… it just wants ones hands around them! To cradle it… Very nice!

I’ll bet that SOLD to the first person that saw it! (or will see it!)

Really COOL…

You’re a real Master…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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majeagle1

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#3 posted 05-17-2012 03:40 PM

Wow Jordan, I am speechless!!
You have gone way over the top with this selection if I may say so….
Just fantastic, brilliant, beautiful etc. etc….. These should all be in a museum for display for all to enjoy.

You creativity, attention to detail and the ability to truly make both the gourd and wood look so much
like “soft leather” is unbelievable!!!

If you have an opportunity, I would love to see a couple of pics of your booth!!!
Thanks for sharing your fantastic talent !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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shipwright

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#4 posted 05-17-2012 03:40 PM

Hey Jordan,
You just have to stop telling us this stuff is carved wood and gourds. No one will believe it ;-)

As usual these are amazingly real looking and the variety of pieces is impressive.
I wish you well at the stampede but I’m sure these works of art will sell themselves.

BTW I like the picture of the artist at work the best.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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rowdy

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#5 posted 05-17-2012 03:44 PM

Just really, really nice and unique…..as usual. Hope you sell out early and have time to enter the bull riding competition! LOL!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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Jordan

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#6 posted 05-17-2012 03:46 PM

Joe, my wife likes the jeans one best too – I haven’t decided on a personal favorite yet but I’m not selling anymore until the Stampede as I was getting too low on inventory and having to borrow them all back, LOL

Paul, I can only hope they will all sell – it’s like a coming out party as very few have seen them, but luckily the newspaper comes tomorrow which will be a great lead up to the show.

Thank you Gene – it can be easy, it can be hard, all gourds have their own meaty personalities, just like wood. But it’s that darned outer shell that is just like arborite. Thank you sir.

Thank you as well Steve, you guys have supported each and every new thing I’ve tried, I hope I’m finally onto something.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 05-17-2012 03:48 PM

Howdy Jordon
It seems like every time I wonder what your up to you post your work. All of these carvings are super unique and of course top notch workmanship. Great work Buddy. Good luck at the Stampede .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Brit

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#8 posted 05-17-2012 03:49 PM

Simply breathtaking! Incredible craftsmanship Jordan. Good luck with the show.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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SPalm

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#9 posted 05-17-2012 03:50 PM

Hey Jordan.
Stunning work, just stunning. What a treat to witness. I just love showing everyone your stuff.

Nice bottom on those jeans.

Good luck at the stampede.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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grizzman

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#10 posted 05-17-2012 03:57 PM

so i guess you decided to come out of your outlaw cave huh…now we see what you have been doing in there….bringing us plenty of surprises we see. truly amazing, you seem to keep finding ways to push the envelope…and of coarse we love it…...looks like a sunny canadian day…..i sure could use a warm leather outfit to help me stay warm down here is the south, ...lol…....can i wrap a few gourds around me…

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

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Bearpie

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#11 posted 05-17-2012 04:00 PM

Wow, wow and wow! I’m sitting here shaking my head in amazement and wonder at the incredible works of art you have created! All of your masterpieces belong in a fine arts gallery! I, for one, am glad you are a Lumberjock or I would have never seen these wonderful pieces!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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HawkDriver

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 04:04 PM

Amazing work Jordan. crazy good.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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David Grimes

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 04:29 PM

Awesome. Thanks.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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Jordan

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#14 posted 05-17-2012 04:37 PM

Yes yes Jim, here I am. It’s taken awhile to dig out of this Alberta snow!!!!
I’m very appreciative that you guys like this work – you’d tell me the truth if you didn’t right? LOL.

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#15 posted 05-17-2012 05:03 PM

this is Smithsonian type work, wow.
M

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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