The possibilities in creating gourd art are endless and I enjoy exploring new techniques and revealing ideas. Much of my inspiration comes from the natural world, which fits well with this organic type of art. Carving is done through a variety of techniques which are equally challenging and rewarding. Pieces that are open to any degree are sanded and finished inside and all edges are hand-filed or sanded.
I use a variety of stains and dyes and often incorporate the natural coloration of the pieces. Various finishes bring out the natural patterns and colors and add protection. Gourd art that is not exposed to moisture or excessive sunlight can last indefinitely.
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