After we opened the new library addition in 2001 I took on my job as a Computer Trainer. As challenging and rewarding as that was it did not give me that creative outlet I needed. So I browsed the stacks in my favorite area the 745s and found a gourd book. I knew my sister had grown some gourds that year so after reading the book I asked her for some gourds to test on. What I had envisioned in my head seemed to work and I really liked the process. I was hooked! >>Show & Tell These two books
This is the first gourd I created and sold from the few gourds my sister gave me to experiment with.
So after my attempt at my first gourd I went searching on the Internet. I found the best gourd farm in the nation and ordered my first batch. You might ask why I went searching out of KS for gourds. I quickly found out there is a big difference in the gourds we grow here and the gourds grown in a warmer climate. A longer growing season makes a world of difference. The shells are thicker, the surface is less porous and much easier to burn on and takes the stains much better. > Show & Tell the difference in thickness > two tops
I love getting a box of moldy dirty gourds and washing and scrubbing to uncover the jewel beneath. So don’t throw those gourds away when they start to get moldy. That’s when they are just starting to get ready work away that out skin. So the moldier the easier they are to clean. > Show & Tell The three stages
I’ve tried growing gourds and I just don’t have the right place yet. And with our shorter growing season you’ll mostly be able to grow a good bird house gourd here in KS. >Show & TellHandout has some how-tos on growing.Biggest advice if you are going to grow them:Don’t’ pick too soon. Make sure the stem is brown. Don’t let them freeze.Don’t throw it away when it gets moldy. That moldis starting to eat the outer skin off and it will be much easier to clean. Let them dry slowly until you can hear seeds rattle when you pick up the gourd and shake it.Have patience they’ll be ready the next season for gourd art. Don’t get disappointed when your favorite one doesn’t make it. >Show & TellDinky Gourd I grew
Inspiration: This is my favorite gourd book and my favorite gourd artist.Dyan Mai Peterson. I get inspired every time I look through her book. I wish she’d write another one real soon. >Show & TellDyan’s Book
Inspired by Peterson’s gourd here only I chose a dragonfly motif instead of a horse and added some raffia beads to the top.
I’ve tried drawing fish for years. I think I’ve finally got it.
She’s also featured in this new book along with some Kansas Gourd Artists. I was inspired to try some gold leaf after looking at this book.
Gourds come in many shapes. >Show & TellThis chart is in your handout.
My favorite shapes <br />Canteen<br />Bottle<br />Kettle <br />
The History of the Gourd <br />One of the oldest cultivated crops to have spanned the entire globe in prehistoric times. <br />Grown and used mostly by cultures in temperate and tropical zones <br /> Today the gourd is still considered one of nature's greatest gifts to mankind. <br /> Before there was plastic there were gourds<br />
Thousands of Years <br /> Originally traced to African <br /> Mentioned in the Bible <br /> Found in Egyptian tombs. <br />An interesting ancient use of gourds <br />Gourd skins were used to replace missing parts of skulls back in the Neolithic times as part of primitive surgery. <br />
Japan<br />Sake Gourdby Yamaoka Tesshu (1836-1888) <br />When you drink sake,<br />You know, it feels in your heart<br />As if spring has come;<br />Even the clamor of money collectors<br />Sounds like the song of a nightingale.<br />
Project Library <br />Welcome to Project Library!<br />As everyone knows the library is the place to go when you are in need of information for homework, research papers, and experiments as well as the place to find information on how to build, fix, and maintain numerous things in your household or life. We know that you come to us for any number of endeavors and we have the circulation numbers to prove it! We often share our creations with each other here at the library, but we want to know what you’ve been working on. Share your projects with us and the library community by filling out the form below and we’ll post them here in the Project Library column. Don't forget to include some pictures! <br />