Gourds: Southwest Gourd Techniques & Projects from Simple to Sophisticated

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Gourds make the perfect three-dimensional canvas. With their varied sizes and shapes, they’re nature’s gift to the crafter, who can use a multitude of techniques to transform them into breathtaking pieces. Cut them, carve them, paint them, inlay them with stone, or embellish them with leather, fur, feathers, and botanicals: the magnificent possibilities are all featured in this splendid guide, which covers all the gourd crafting basics. Find out how to choose the right gourd (or grow your own); what safety procedures to follow; how to clean, cut, and smooth the gourd; and which tools and decorative materials to use. The projects range from a native rattle and butterfly birdhouse to ornamental treasure boxes and nested vases and bowls. A Selection of the Crafters Choice Book Club.

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Bonnie Gibson is a self-taught artist who has won numerous awards for her work in scale miniatures, woodcarving, scrimshaw, and other three-dimensional art forms. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and her work has been featured in books, including The Complete Book of Gourd Carving and Beyond the Basics: Gourd Art.

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Here's a gorgeous book to attract crafters looking for something unusual: turning hard-shell, ornamental gourds into pots, vessels, and jewelry inspired by the work of the Native peoples of the Southwest. With excellent photos, the preliminary chapters set out general techniques for selecting, cleaning, preparing, coloring, and sealing gourds. The rather daunting section about power tools may scare off a few crafters, but a look at the 20 projects that Gibson assembles is reassuring; many can be accomplished with a small handsaw and a few specialized scraping tools. Ample photos will help clarify the procedures. Even so, there's a lot of detail work involved, so crafters will need both skill and patience to re-create Gibson's sometimes intricate designs--or the creative imagination to adapt the techniques they learn from her to make designs of their own. Stephanie Zvirin
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