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helenchild
Decatur, GA

October 8, 2012
10:44 AM

Post #9299647

Getting some work done. Practicing some carving techniques I learned during classes with Bonnie Gibson at the Michigan Gourd Fest last month. It was a lot of fun. Lots more work to do before I can call it 'finished'.
I put a picture with and without the flash. It looks so different.

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lanakila
Holly Springs, NC
(Zone 7b)

October 10, 2012
1:30 PM

Post #9301676

Wow! Just wow!
Thuvia
Macon, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 10, 2012
1:38 PM

Post #9301687

That's really beautiful!

Will you be entering it or other of your work at the Georgia Gourd Society Gourdfest competition later this month?
helenchild
Decatur, GA

October 10, 2012
8:00 PM

Post #9302010

Thanks. I don't plan on entering anything. This really is my first real carving project. I have been fooling around with gourds for 15 years or so but never have had much time to devote to the hobby. But I am now recently retired... yeah.
Do you do any carving/painting/gourd art? How about some pictures?
I do hope to get to the festival though and get some thick shelled gourds. The ones I have grown haven't been very thick.
Helen
Thuvia
Macon, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 11, 2012
6:09 PM

Post #9302713

Helen Ė

On a whim, I went to the Gourdfest last Fall in Perry. Iíd never seen gourd art before and was blown away! I bought some gourds, looked at some books, and have done absolutely nothing. Iím a little intimidated Ė silly, isnít it? Iím bound and determined to start a project this weekend. Itíll be a while, I think, before I post any pictures!

You really should enter some of your work in the competition. Are you a member of the Georgia Gourd Society? Theyíve really been encouraging folks to enter their work. Looking back at my photos from last yearís carving categories (for example), there were very few entries in the Novice class Ė I think your gourd would do very well!

BTW, donít I recall reading that you were growing gourds this year? How did that work out?
helenchild
Decatur, GA

October 11, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9302814

Thuvia,
I may enter next year when I have some more work done (I hope anyway). But thanks for the encouragement. I offer you some... get busy. It just takes practice... don't get analysis paralysis... do you have a Dremel tool? Its fun.
I am going to try and get to the festival this year in Griffin. I want to see whats going on. It really is all new for me.
I didn't grow gourds this year. I have a bunch and plan to buy some good ones if available at the fest. But I may stick a few seeds in the ground next spring.
Take care and lets get busy carving!
Helen
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 12, 2012
8:50 AM

Post #9303110

You had a great teacher...and we are lucky to have her in Tucson!! Do you subscribe to Bonnies' Monthly newsletter? It's great and informative. Keep up the good work. Jo
Thuvia
Macon, GA
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
11:39 AM

Post #9304015

Helen -

Did you use a Dremel for the carving?

After reading Jo's post, I went looking for Bonnie Gibson's site - my, her work is impressive! It looks as though there is quite a strong community of gourd crafters in Arizona - you are fortunate, Jo!
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
4:32 PM

Post #9304194

We have a wonderful Gourd Fair the first week end in Feb each year. Bonnie is always there selling here wares. Jo
helenchild
Decatur, GA

October 13, 2012
7:29 PM

Post #9304365

I have a Dremel but like my Proxxon better.
I would love to get to AZ for the Gourd Fair but it would be a long trip.
roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

October 13, 2012
9:37 PM

Post #9304441

You are welcome to stay in my home. I am expecting Grannylois on the 24th. I can't wait to see her again. Jo
helenchild
Decatur, GA

October 14, 2012
4:51 AM

Post #9304552

Thanks Jo, that is very generous.
Helen
helenchild
Decatur, GA

February 1, 2013
12:29 PM

Post #9405034

An updated picture. I painted this several time but wasn't happy with the results so I sanded the paint off and reapplied it. I am happy enough with these results and now consider it finished!!!

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roadrunner
Hereford, AZ
(Zone 8a)

February 2, 2013
6:15 PM

Post #9406430

Well I just think it's lovely. I really like Dogwoods anyhow. Jo
helenchild
Decatur, GA

February 3, 2013
10:28 AM

Post #9406988

Thanks Jo. I love Dogwoods too.
Syrumani
Whitsett, NC
(Zone 8a)

February 18, 2013
7:47 AM

Post #9422954

A little late, but that is beautiful!
helenchild
Decatur, GA

February 18, 2013
8:39 PM

Post #9423839

Thanks Syrumani.

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