This is from another gourd project but I wanted to share
how I cut a gourd as I opted not to get any fancy tools.
I use a push pin and follow the gourd round. Once I have
pin holes all around it, I cut the top off. It is very easy this
Then I clean out the inside and sand the edges.
I save all the seeds and even a year or two later
they always grow. From this gourd I got 252 seeds!
My base coat was yellow and I use low cost acrylic paints.
Here is the finished bowl, view 1.
My inspiration is the Talavera dishes that I have.
There is a small store in Tularosa, NM, and one in
El Paso, TX where I find these dishes very inexpensive.
I love the bold, bright colors so I decided why not
paint a gourd in a similar style!
Here are a few other gourd projects I have made:
The heads are from the tops of the gourd that was left over
when I cut the bowl shapes out. I am a thrifty person and knew
I was going to use them. I ended up making Farmer and his
Here is another gourd bowl. I let the shape determine the
mouth of the bowl and I really like this piece a lot!