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This awesome "apple gourd" is too beautifully shaped to cut!! After cleaning the humble looking gourd, I studied it for quite a while. Then it hit me: "The only thing it's missing is it's blossom!" That's when the wood burner began warming up and the blossom "bloomed", shall we say. A very thin coat of dye was added to warm up the color ever so slightly.Then I polished it with two coats of hand rubbed wax for just enough shine, but not too much.
Hey, did you know that the apple blossom is the state flower for Michigan? (That's were this gourd was grown.)
This piece will add some natural beauty to any home. I can imagine it with silk or real apple blossoms around it on a table runner looking very inviting. Maybe a special corner of your kitchen counter? This one has great possibilities and would make a very nice gift, too.

DIMENSIONS: 7" Tall, 8" tall with stem
7" across the widest part

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF PROCESS

Each of these gourds is grown from seed and nourished by the sun and earth. They must be dried for about one year before they are ready for their “make-over”. After much thought and consideration on size, shape, etc., I scrub the outside of the gourd, cut it open and remove the seed stuffing’s inside. Many of the gourds have markings or mottling, some an occasional scar from their early life on the ground. I believe those characteristics are some of the most beautiful parts of a gourd and most of my finished products still show those characteristics.
Depending on the decided project, I may use acrylic paint or hand blended gourd inks. I often use pyrography (woodburning) to make my designs. I also will carve details and use a mini saw to cut out parts of the gourd. All finished projects have my initials and a protective coating of hand rubbed wax or polyurethane.
It is with great passion and joy that I make these items. I hope you will experience that, too.

Decorated Dried Gourd, Apple Blossom on Apple Gourd

Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: cleaning tools, wood burner, woodburner, gourd, hand rubbed wax, hand blended ink
  • Feedback: 3 reviews
  • Only ships to United States from Michigan, United States.
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