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Making Gourd Bowls with the Fairy Gourdmother

By Sammie Crawford
64 pages, 127 color photos
Price: $16.99

Book Description:

Create bowls for holding candy, knick-knacks, or just to add a bit of color to any room. This new gourd craft book from Sammie Crawford, the Fairy Gourdmother®, is complete with patterns, color palettes, supply lists, and tips for preparing the gourd. With step-by-step directions for each project, create eight bowls decorated in brilliant colors. From a ghastly witch to laughing clowns, Christmas balls to Easter eggs, and hearts to seashells, these bowls will be a great addition to your everyday décor or holiday decorations. Ideal for the aspiring gourd crafter, this how-to book has nearly 140 images and patterns. A gallery of other Crawford bowls will inspire your own creative ideas.


Gourd Fun for Everyone

By Sammie Crawford
128 pages, 239 color photos
Price: $22.99

Book Description:

Discover a world of enchantment and creative possibilities with Sammie Crawford, the Fairy Gourdmother.™ Her painting and decorating techniques, patterns, and practical instruction will have you creating masterpieces. Gourds are everywhere: in gardens, at the grocery or farmer's market, and online. Whether you create a Christmas character, a frog prince, a snowman, a mermaid, a lighthouse, or a bow-legged cowboy, you'll be smiling from start to finish. Eight step-by-step projects are shown to get you started, and there are lots of other examples to inspire your own ideas of what a gourd can be.


Time for Gourds: 8 Clock Projects

By Sammie Crawford
80 pages, 199 color photos, 14 patterns
Price: $16.99

Book Description:

If you've got the time, then this new gourd craft book is perfect for you. These clock projects will make ideal accessories to your décor or gifts for family members and friends. Sammie Crawford, the Fairy Gourdmother®, provides patterns, color palettes, supply lists, and tips for preparing the gourd. Following her step-by-step directions for each project, illustrated with 199 color images, create eight clocks, decorated in brilliant colors. Themes include cats, zebras, the seashore, Christmas, and many more. Crawford's latest how-to book is perfect for gourd crafters and woodworkers of all levels. A gallery of completed clocks will inspire your own creative ideas.


New and Different Materials for Weaving and Coiling

By Marianne Barnes
208 pages, 358 color photos
Price: $29.99

Book Description:

An ever-widening range of materials is being used by today's crafters to weave and coil baskets and to decorate gourds. Over 350 color images display the raw materials, techniques for their use, and final works of art created with them. Along with traditional materials such as reeds, white oak, ash, vines, plants, grasses, and bark, kudzu, grapevines, iris, sweetgrass, paper and wire provide new possibilities. Information is included on where to find natural materials, and how to collect and prepare them for weaving. Exciting uses for alternative materials are also explored, including wire, mesh, and recycled materials. Tutorials and projects from well-known weavers and gourd artists, along with an extensive list of resources, make this book a must have for weavers, crafters, and anyone with a passion for handcrafted fiber art.


Creating Bottles with Gourds and Fiber

By Jim Widess
96 pages, 350 color images
Price: $19.99

Book Description:

Gourd and fiber containers have been essential for making human migration and commerce possible for thousands of years. This new DIY book takes a step back in time to show how different forms of fiber have been used to tie a loop around the neck or waist of a gourd or to weave an intricate basket structure to hold the handle. With more than 350 color images and step-by-step instructions, seven projects are based on water containers from around the world: a palm wine bottle from Cameroon, a canoe bottle from Borneo, a saki flask and a spiral woven bottle from Japan, a bule from Mexico, an intricately woven bottle from Indonesia, and a netted Hawaiian water bottle. These projects show the universality of the gourd in the human settlement of the earth, and make great projects for advanced gourd artists.


Making Gourd Musical Instruments: Over 60 String, Wind & Percussion Instruments & How to Play Them

By Ginger Summit & Jim Widess
144 pages
Price: $14.95

Book Description:

“Historically, ethnic groups in many countries have used a great number of musical instruments made from gourds. In North America these instruments are used mainly by percussionists. Most of the step-by-step projects in this book by gourd artists Summit and Widess (The Complete Book of Gourd Craft) are for percussion or stringed instruments such as the Latin American guiro (gourd scraper) or the spike fiddle. There are also a few from the wind family, such as the fipple flute. These are legitimate musical instruments made from traditional materials, and they are fully playable as well as being beautifully crafted. Highly recommended for general crafts as well as ethnomusicology collections.”
—Library Journal

“The authors introduce readers to make-it-yourself musical instruments. There is an amazing wealth of information here, covering not only how-to's and history but also extending into the social sciences and even science. We learn that pigeon flutes (crafted gourds attached to the birds' tails) were first mentioned about A.D. 1041 A.D. and that drummers are highly respected in India. Actual instructions on gourd transformations into spike fiddles, water drums, and even xylophones are included, along with a few photographs. But all the erudition tends to drown out the craft aspect, since instructions are sandwiched within the narrative text, and photographs are less than optimal. Nonetheless, a book that patient crafters will appreciate.”
—Barbara Jacobs


Gourd Pyrography

By Jim Widess
144 pages
Price: $14.95

Book Description:

“Gourd pyrography is a fancy phrase for the folk art of using heat to carve and scorch gourds. These beautiful objects are found in Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, China, Peru, Mexico, New Guinea, and the South Pacific. Early methods, involving fire and burning coals, have been superseded by modern tools and solid-state wood-burning systems. Here, four artists walk us through several projects using basic techniques, applying butterfly, floral, and geometric designs to pear-shaped gourds. Another project features a frog among blades of grass, surrounded by a salamander border. With pyrography pen charts, a list of supply sources, and a stunning gallery of works by 50 artists, this work-the author's third on gourd craft-is recommended for large art instruction and craft collections.”
—Library Journal

“So inspiring that it will have you wishing you had sown seeds for gourds last spring.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer


How to Make Hawaiian Musical Instruments

By Jim Widess
80 pages
Price: $19.95

Book Description:
Hawaii has a rich musical heritage that is carried on in the rhythmic beat if the ipu and resonant pounding of pahu drums at hula performances throughout the islands. While many of the musical instruments that accompany hula today can be traced back to early Polynesian roots, others - including the ipu heke (gourd drum), ipu hiokiokio (gourd nose flute) and the uliuli rattle - are considered to be uniquely Hawaiian. In the past, the only written information available on making Hawaiian musical instruments lay in the dusty notes of the early anthropologists. Now, for the first time, the manufacturing processes of eighteen traditional Hawaiian musical instruments are documented with carefully researched instructions, step-by-step photographs in an easy-to-follow craft guide.

Basic Wood Burning

By Sue Waters
64 pages, 250 color photos, patterns
Price: $12.95

Book Description:
For anyone who has ever been interested in trying their hand at the art of wood burning, this book is a delight. Accomplished artist Sue Waters guides the beginner through six beautiful wood burning projects. All of the tools, techniques and patterns necessary to create these works of art are provided within. Trouble-shooting tips help the novice avoid common mistakes from the outset. Color photographs and basic, straight-forward descriptions detail every step along the way. By the time these projects are finished, you will have mastered lettering techniques, created floral displays, mountain and lake-side scenes, and even rendered your first elk on wood. When you close the last page you will be left with the satisfaction only tangible evidence of your new-found skills may provide. You will also have the confidence and skill necessary to explore new creative possibilities on your own. Even the artist familiar with basic wood burning techniques will find new and useful information within these colorful pages.

Building Gourd Birdhouses with the Fairy Gourdmother

By Sammie Crawford
96 pages, 140 color photos
Price: $24.99

Book Description:
Offer your feathered neighbors a handcrafted home. This detailed project book for making and decorating gourd birdhouses and feeders is complete with patterns, color palettes, supply lists, and step-by-step directions for each project. The Fairy Gourdmother® walks you through creating ten birdhouses and feeders decorated in brilliant colors. From a charming hacienda birdhouse to a wall-mounted house in the shape of a wide-brimmed hat to a delightfully sarcastic hanging cat's head birdhouse, birds will flock to nest in your creative backyard subdivisions. Ideal for the aspiring gourd crafter, this how-to book has nearly 140 images and patterns with helpful painting, assembly, and gourd selection tips.

Gourds + Fiber: Embellishing Gourds with Basketry, Weaving, Stitching, Macrame & More

By Ginger Summit & Jim Widess
144 Pages
Price: $19.95

Book Description:
Two of the world's leading experts combine gourd decorating and fiber arts for a fresh, up-to-date take on a centuries-old craft. Ginger Summit and Jim Widess will inspire gourd aficionados with a wide range of techniques, from coiling and plaiting to stitching and lacing. Over thirty fabulous projects use materials such as pine needles, silk cord, leather, reed, felt, and beads.

Creating Gourd Birds with the Fairy Gourdmother

By Sammie Crawford
96 Pages, 220+ color photos
Price: $24.99

Book Description:
The Fairy Gourdmother® returns with another brilliant step-by-step guide to crafting with gourds, and this time it's for the birds! Follow along as she walks you through building and decorating twelve feathered friends, from the austere Edgar Allen Crow to a super cute pop-up birdie toy. You will learn practical assembly skills and excellent painting techniques so you can adorn your creations with life-like details. Each project comes complete with a detailed supply list, color palette, step-by-step instructions with photos, and a pattern. In addition, the guide offers resources and helpful tips. Ideal for gourders of all ages, this latest how-to is sure to help your gourding skills take flight.

Making More Gourd Ornaments

By C. Angela Mohr
64 Pages, 203 color images
Price: $19.99

Book Description:
Learn techniques for making holiday ornaments out of fruit gourds. Make a Santa head from a banana gourd, a snow couple from mini-bottleneck gourds, and shiny ornaments from egg gourds. Eight projects show how to make your holiday gourd come alive with a little paint, beads, ribbon, a rubber stamp, and other handy household items. With 203 color images and step-by-step directions, both the beginner and advanced gourd artist will have fun decorating this holiday season. Features a gallery of completed projects that will inspire new innovations of your own.

Antler Art for Baskets and Gourds

By Betsey Sloan
64 Pages, 169 color images
Price: $19.99

Book Description:
Enhance your gourd vessel or basket with antlers. Containing 169 color images and step-by-step instructions, learn how to drill, frame, and attach antlers to a traditional weave basket, gourd bowl, floor vases, and even masks. Twenty projects — both baskets and gourds — are featured for the beginner and advanced crafter. A gallery provides inspiration for your own creations.

Apples to Apples: Basic Techniques for Decorating Gourds

By C. Angela Mohr
64 Pages, 178 color images
Price: $19.99

Book Description:
The shape of an Apple Gourd makes it perfect to decorate for beginning artists. Ten projects include a 'Be My Valentine' gourd, fish and rooster adorned gourds, a gourd decorated with gift wrapper, and a 'Thinking of You' gourd with well-wishes written on it. There are many techniques presented. Through 178 color images and step-by-step directions you can use color, paper, common art supplies, and special effects as decorations. A gallery of finished projects will inspire your own creations.

Weaving on Gourds

By Marianne Barnes
112 Pages, 200 color images & 3 b/w patterns
Price: $19.99

Book Description:
Combine basket weaving and gourd art in this new DIY. With 200 color images and step-by-step directions, five projects are presented for both the beginner and advanced weaver: Twine and Triple Twine Gourd, Twill Woven Gourd, and a Gourd Basket with Four Rod Wale. Chapters cover preparing the gourd, weaving techniques, strengthening the rim, and adding embellishments to your finished woven gourd. Six contributing artists provide tips, and a gallery of completed works offers inspiration for creating your own designs.

Gourd Fun for Everyone

By Sammie Crawford
128 Pages, 239 color photos
Price: $22.99

Book Description:
Discover a world of enchantment and creative possibilities with Sammie Crawford, the Fairy Gourdmother.™ Her painting and decorating techniques, patterns, and practical instruction will have you creating masterpieces. Gourds are everywhere: in gardens, at the grocery or farmer's market, and online. Whether you create a Christmas character, a frog prince, a snowman, a mermaid, a lighthouse, or a bow-legged cowboy, you'll be smiling from start to finish. Eight step-by-step projects are shown to get you started, and there are lots of other examples to inspire your own ideas of what a gourd can be.

Holiday Fun

By Sammie Crawford
Price: $14.99

Book Description:
Create your own Christmas ornaments and decorations with these techniques for painting gourds. Learn step-by-step to do-it-yourself with tips for selecting the right gourd to paint and the right paint and brush to use. 138 color photographs for 11 projects show ornaments, including a Lifesaver Tree, a Nutcracker King, and a Peppermint Santa. The gallery of completed projects will inspire your own ideas for holiday decorating.

Chip-Carving Gourds: Advanced Techniques

By Marilyn Rehm
Price: $14.99

Book Description:
See what a gourd and a chisel can make and learn that chip-carving has never been so easy. The advanced techniques demonstrated builds on the skills learned in the author's first book, A Guide to Chip-Carving Gourds. Step-by-step guide, with 229 color photographs, demonstrates the many ways to decorate a gourd with only the simplest of tools -- no electric cords, no noise, no dust. 10 Projects feature bowls, birdhouses, jewelry, and ornaments. A gallery of color photographs provides ideas for your own creations. This is a relaxing handcraft that any beginner or seasoned gourd crafter can learn and enjoy.

InLace Techniques

By Betsey Sloan
Price: $12.99

Book Description:
This is the first comprehensive book written on the uses of InLace resin inlay for gourd artists and wood turners. Chapters present carving techniques in gourds, mixing resin, insetting, sanding, and polishing. Step-by-step directions that can be applied to any gourd and five projects from contributing artists are include, as well as three original designs for the crafter's use. The most common challenges working with resin inlay are addressed and ten gourd artisans and a wood turner share their experiences with this decorative inlay material. An extensive gallery of gourd and wood turned art will inspire readers to add personal touches to their projects. A resource list guides readers to suggested supplies.

Wild Women of Gourdonia

By Stu Fabe & Marla Helton
Price: $15.00

Book Description:
“Wild Women of Gourdonia”, a 42-page hardcover book, comes from the fertile imaginations of Stu Fabe and Marla Helton. This collection of whimsical stories will make you smile, and their simple messages about celebrating each other and respecting the land remind us of what is truly important in life.

A Guide to Chip-Carving Gourds

By Marilyn Rehm
Price: $14.99

Book Description:
Love working with gourds, but hate all the dust? This new book offers an alternative technique. Step-by-step instructions, along with 176 color photographs, show how to chip and chisel a gourd into a decorative piece for the house or outside. Best of all, only basic, simple tools are needed; no electric cords, no noise, no dust. Create a stunning array of bowls, birdhouses, and ornaments. A gallery of 16 color photographs provides ideas for your own creations. Chip-carving on Gourds is a gentle, relaxing handcraft that any beginner or seasoned gourd crafter can learn and enjoy.

Decorating Gourds: Carving, Burning, Painting, and More

By Sue Waters
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
Discover the wonderful art of gourd carving and produce gourd-geous results in a minimal time! Gourds grow in all shapes and sizes, and no two are alike. This book shows you how to prepare a gourd for decoration, and then lets your creativity soar! Step-by-step photos and text demonstrate several techniques you could use, including carving, woodburning, painting, staining, stenciling, and pine needle weaving. The projects covered here include vessels, a hanging potpourri, and an adorable Santa Claus. Patterns are included to get you started, and a color photo gallery displays finished projects.

Gourd Crafts: 6 Projects & Patterns

By Ro Shillingford
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
Learn all the steps necessary, from the ground up you might say, to create wonderful art with gourds. Over 220 clear color photos and concise text explain how to create gourd bird houses, bowls, apple boxes, whimsy-bird vases, ewers, and scarecrow roly-polys. The informative text also provides essential information on growing, curing, and cleaning gourds of different types. Cutting and cleaning techniques, the proper use of glues and wood fillers, and how to transfer pattern drawings to gourds are also covered. Decorating gourds is addressed in detail, including coloring, burning, decorative carving, and finishing techniques. Pattern drawings and a resources guide listing the names and addresses of useful suppliers are supplied. This is the perfect guide for all who pursue this entertaining and rewarding craft.

Coiled Designs for Gourd Art

By Catherine Devine
Price: $14.99

Book Description:
Coiling is a basketry technique used as decoration in gourd art. Step-by-step coiling techniques, as well as pattern designs, help gourd enthusiasts use coiled waxed linen and colored thread to enhance their work. 196 color photos show how to trim a gourd bowl or vase and use the coiled threads to add color to your favorite gourds. A special chart will help crafters design their own coiling patterns. Beginners and advanced workers with gourds will be inspired by this book.


Gourd Puppets and Dolls: A Do-It-Yourself for Crafters

By Angela Mohr
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
These projects join two age-old skills: gourding and sewing. With simple techniques, you can combine gourds with a cloth body to make dolls or puppets to enjoy or give as gifts.
In this Do-It-Yourself guide, you'll learn how to make:
- a gourd ragdoll
- reversible dolls
- marionettes
- even bobble gourdheads!
- And much, much more


Making Gourd Headpieces: Decorating and Creating Headgear for Every Occasion

By Angela Mohr
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
Angela Mohr uses scraps and misshapen runts of gourds to make fun things to wear on your head.
With simple tools and supplies already in the house or from a local craft shop, you can make tiaras, barrettes, seasonal headbands, and hatpins and also use gourds to decorate your hats and bonnets.
In fact, with a gourd thinking cap, like the one shown in this book, you can create your own projects! Mohr provides easy step-by-step demonstration of how to make and decorate a variety of headpieces.


Making Gourd Ornaments

By Angela Mohr
Price: $12.95

Book Description:
162 clear color photos and lively instructions teach readers to create imaginative and colorful
Christmas ornaments made from hard-shelled, miniature gourds. The designs include birdhouses, snowmen,
angels, tree balls, double tree balls, tree toppers, and wall hangings. Step-by-step instructions
proceed from initial gourd cleaning to final painting, wood burning, and the installation of hangers.
Simple tools are required to complete the projects. Advice for growing gourds and a gallery of finished
ornaments are provided to fire the reader's imagination to create beautiful handcrafted objects.


Gourd Art Basics: The Complete Guide to Cleaning, Preparation and Repair

By Angela Mohr
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
In this new gourd book, author Angela Mohr demonstrates how to select and prepare gourds from the
garden and demonstrates basic techniques for cleaning, shaping, and fixing gourds, which then can be
decorated for everyday use, such as bowls and vases.
This do-it-yourself how-to is perfect for any beginning gourd artisan to learn the finer points of a
gourd, fix their common flaws and put the gourds to good use as accessories around the house.


The Works of Robert Rivera

By Robert Rivera
Price: $80

“Arguably the finest gourd painter in the country.”

“A combination of Spanish, Indian and French heritage informs Robert’s designs. From decorative animal images to festively feathered kachina masks, he draws inspiration from many cultures to create his unique vessels which make the leap from craft to fine art. His favorite designs are classic Acoma, Zuni, Hopi and Mimbres, patterns that reflect the timeless character of the different cultures. He does not copy the designs, preferring to personally interpret them, but so deeply connected is Robert to the artistry that went before, that some years back, while attending an exhibition at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, he was startled to come across a piece of prehistoric pottery, twelve hundred years old, with the exact same design of a gourd that he had painted.”
-- http://www.trailofpaintedponies.com/profile/rivera.html


The Complete Book of Gourd Craft

By Ginger Summit & Jim Widess
144 Pages
Price: $18.95

22 Projects
55 Decorative Techniques
300 Inspirational Designs

From Library Journal:
Gourds have been used for centuries as containers and decorative objects. Hardshell gourds with brightly painted faces and figures recently have become popular items at craft sales. This book covers growing, harvesting, and curing as well as crafting and finishing. Gourd crafters must work with the natural shape of the gourd, which cannot be reshaped once it has dried, but it can be cut, incised, painted, and embellished. The projects, presented by experienced gourd crafters, are artistic and imaginative and cover all techniques of dealing with gourds.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description:
“This book covers growing, harvesting, and curing as well as crafting and finishing....The projects, are artistic and imaginative and cover all techniques of dealing with gourds.”
—Library Journal.

“Lots of inspiring gourd crafting techniques and ideas—I highly recommend The Complete Book of Gourd Craft...its 300 color photos... depict many...amazing things you can create...plenty of detailed information.”
—Organic Gardening.


Making Gourd Dolls & Spirit Figures

By Ginger Summit & Jim Widess
224 Pages
Price: $24.95

Book Description:
Dolls that dance, dolls that protect, dolls that charm: these beautiful gourd dolls do that and more. Ginger Summit and Jim Widess—authors of The Complete Book of Gourd Crafting and Making Gourd Musical Instruments—pay tribute to an ancient craft in a volume both inspirational and instructional. It’s packed with images of dolls from different cultures and eras, filled with testimonials from the most creative artists working today, and brimming with advice and irresistible projects. Summit and Widess explain how to choose a gourd, mold one as it’s growing, clean it properly and safely, pyrograph and sculpt faces, create movable joints, and make such creatures as a simple, limbless Stump Doll; beaded Zulu doll; endearing Hobgoblin; and stacked Mother and Daughter dolls.


Gourds in Your Garden: A Guidebook for the Home Gardener

By Ginger Summit
128 Pages
Price: $18.95

Book Description:
Book Description Whether you're a seasoned gardener enchanted with their lush vines and unusually shaped fruit or a crafter in search of the perfect gourd for a specific project, this easy-to-use primer takes the mystery out of growing gourds. Largely ignored by most gardening books, gourd plants require specific attention to produce healthy vines and satisfactory fruit. Learn how to:

* Identify popular gourd shapes
* Plan and cultivate your garden
* Grow, train, and harvest a bountiful crop
* Control pests and disease with natural remedies
* Prepare your gourds for use-in recipes and art projects.

Lists of suppliers, a growing calendar, and space for notes on your own garden conditions make this the complete gourd sourcebook. A delight to read as well as a lasting reference, this long overdue guide to the adventures of growing one of Nature's greatest gifts is an essential addition to any gardener's library.

About the Author:
In 1990 I became intrigued with the idea of decorating gourds. However, in pursuing this interest, I became quite frustrated trying to find instructional books - they were few and far between.

What began as a craft interest quickly became a passion as I discovered unusual uses of gourds in marketplaces and museums around the world. Extensive contacts with craftspeople and artists in this country revealed a vital interest in gourds as a new medium for expression.

As a retired teacher, I wanted to share this new found knowledge with others hoping to provide the long needed resources, by writing books and articles on gourds.


Gourd Crafts: 20 Great Projects to Dye, Paint, Carve, Bead, and Woodburn in a Weekend

By Ginger Summit
80 Pages
Price: $14.95

Book Description:
The many virtues of the humble gourd have been recognized for centuries. Used throughout the ages as storage vessels, dishes, utensils, musical instruments, and decorative items, gourds are a favorite craft material nowadays, affording an ideal surface for painting, carving, wood burning, cutting, and otherwise embellishing. Ginger Summit's excellent directions, supplemented with clear, step-by-step photos, demonstrate all these techniques, in which you learn to transform various gourd shapes into masks, candleholders, bracelets, numerous containers, and many other items. The designs complement the medium perfectly and make for relatively simple projects. A resource page lists suppliers and contact information for tools and the dried gourds themselves.
--Amy Handy