MesquiteGourds

Mesquite Gourds

Arizona, United States · 96 Sales

MesquiteGourds

Mesquite Gourds

Arizona, United States 96 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(58)
Shop owner

Nora Graf

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Announcement   It’s mid-summer and it has been hot with little rain. I’m watering the garden more than usual. There has been the promise of rain several times but not much has come of it. Oh well, as fast as time seems to go these days for me, it will soon be January and I’ll be complaining about the cold. In spite of the heat I am still working full time on my gourds. Have done a few new designs and they sold the first time I put them out at one of my shows. They will show up soon on Etsy though. I am working like crazy to catch up. I have several more shows before the end of the year so things will come and go quickly.

If you see something you like but it disappears from the list please contact me and I would be glad to make something for you. I do custom work but will need anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks to complete it most times. If it is particularly challenging it can take longer. While I repeat designs each gourd is somewhat individual as the size and shape of gourds vary a lot and each design changes a bit to fit the gourd. Thank you for looking, and remember that your purchase also supports a family-owned and run gourd farm in central Arizona's Gila River Valley!

The versatility of gourds makes them one of my favorite natural materials. They can be painted, dyed, carved and woodburned, and I love trying new techniques so each one of my pieces is unique! I grow a few of my own gourds and strive to use locally obtained natural materials that reflect respect for the environment while adding to the artistry of the completed work. Gourds have been grown for centuries in many parts of the world. They continue to be an important component of the culture as a food and for utilitarian and art purposes. A gift of Nature to the Ancients and to us, gourds are still a lovely gift for all occasions!

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Last updated on Jul 27, 2016

It’s mid-summer and it has been hot with little rain. I’m watering the garden more than usual. There has been the promise of rain several times but not much has come of it. Oh well, as fast as time seems to go these days for me, it will soon be January and I’ll be complaining about the cold. In spite of the heat I am still working full time on my gourds. Have done a few new designs and they sold the first time I put them out at one of my shows. They will show up soon on Etsy though. I am working like crazy to catch up. I have several more shows before the end of the year so things will come and go quickly.

If you see something you like but it disappears from the list please contact me and I would be glad to make something for you. I do custom work but will need anywhere from 2 - 4 weeks to complete it most times. If it is particularly challenging it can take longer. While I repeat designs each gourd is somewhat individual as the size and shape of gourds vary a lot and each design changes a bit to fit the gourd. Thank you for looking, and remember that your purchase also supports a family-owned and run gourd farm in central Arizona's Gila River Valley!

The versatility of gourds makes them one of my favorite natural materials. They can be painted, dyed, carved and woodburned, and I love trying new techniques so each one of my pieces is unique! I grow a few of my own gourds and strive to use locally obtained natural materials that reflect respect for the environment while adding to the artistry of the completed work. Gourds have been grown for centuries in many parts of the world. They continue to be an important component of the culture as a food and for utilitarian and art purposes. A gift of Nature to the Ancients and to us, gourds are still a lovely gift for all occasions!

Nora Graf

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Nora Graf

Celestial Starset Gourd Bowl (1535)
US$70.00
Arizona Autumn Leaves Gourd Bowl (1531)
US$85.00
Arizona Cactus Clan Gourd Ornaments (2 pieces)
US$29.00
Golden Moonscape Summer Sun Gourd Bowl (1522)
US$50.00
Turquoise Water Summer Rains Gourd Bowl (1513)
US$85.00
Raven Reveille Gourd Vase (1515) bird crows
US$125.00
Gila Monsters Magic Gourd Bowl (1511) Lizards
US$75.00
Blue Bunnies Bounce Gourd Bowl (1470) rabbit
US$75.00
Mimbres Mountaintop Animals Gourd Bowl (1275)
US$65.00
Arizona Gold Gourd Bowl (1456)
US$70.00
Red Raven Midnight Gourd Bowl (1319)
US$95.00
Ponderosa Pine Cones Gourd Bowl (1429)
US$75.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(58)
Harlie Felton

Harlie Felton on Jun 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Seller was great to work with and the item shipped and arrived really quickly. The gourd is beautiful, and exactly like it was pictured on the listing. I would definitely recommend this shop to a friend and would also shop here again. :)

esloboda1

esloboda1 on Apr 5, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

BEAUTIFUL VASE & DONE WITH GREAT CARE! THANK YOU, EARL

lindaswed

lindaswed on Feb 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

another beautiful work of art to add to my collection of your gourds!

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About

Life leads to unexpected places!

It's been about 15 years since I started working with gourd art. It began as a small hobby and then, with gourd bowls in every room of my home, I began to sell them! As sales grew I looked for outlets outside of the small shows in my central Arizona area. Then I discovered Etsy! I soon decided to grow from part time hobbyist to full time artist. Today my small house in Camp Verde, Arizona, is still filled with gourds, but now they travel to all parts of the US and Canada! My studio space is my living room and front porch with added support in the spare bedroom, dining room and back porch. It's a tiny house, but with wonderful scenic views. The front porch on the east serves as storage for the raw gourds and is where I do the dusty work like carving, sawing, sanding and cleaning the insides of the gourds. The materials I use are chosen with an eye to using local sources and natural materials. I try to make sure dyes are colorfast and select plant material that will stay intact for years. You will note a definite Arizona slant to many of my pieces. My gourds are grown in my large backyard garden or sourced from Wuertz Farms, a small family owned and run farm in Coolidge, AZ. They sponsor a HUGE gourd art show each February, and in 2015 I was honored to receive 1st and 2nd place in the Advanced Category at the show.

My sister-in-law helps me manage my Etsy store, posting the pictures, writing the descriptions. and making sure everything is working. I'm not sure I'd manage it as well on my own. . . I'd rather be working on gourd art!

A big priority for me is to send my customers their order as quickly as possible. I know how much I dislike waiting overlong for ordered items, so I usually get the packages in the mail on the day of order or the following day. To save on shipping costs for my buyers I use US Parcel Post, and have found that most orders will arrive in 7 days or less.

I've spent my entire life living in the west and its landscapes and history have been an inspiration for my works. You'll note that my gourd art can be wildly different, because I like variety in my art pieces and my life. Variety adds spice and creating new and different pieces is definitely my style!

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  • Nora Graf

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    It began with a garden growing heirloom gourd seeds and then taking a crafting class years ago. I'm very experienced in many gourd genres and was honored with 1st and 2nd place in the Advanced category at the 2015 Wuertz Farm Gourd Show in AZ.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 12, 2016
Welcome to Mesquite Gourds and my unique Gourd Art! Most of my gourds come from a farm in Arizona but I grow a few most years and sometimes find local sources. I strive to use locally obtained natural materials in my Gourd Art work, and you will note that Mesquite Gourds reflect the special flavor of my region. Every gourd bowl or vase is unique, and I try to make sure the photos are an accurate representation of the piece. It is not always easy to measure a gourd and the natural material embellishments exactly, but you will get a good feel for its size. Whether for a special gift or for your own enjoyment, I think you will find my work to be reflective of natural environmental elements that begin with the gourd's own organic structure and shape. It is my hope that you enjoy visiting the Mesquite Gourds site, and will revisit often to see my newest work!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Payment by Paypal or credit card. Order will be canceled if payment is not received within 3 days.
Shipping
Shipping will be by USPS unless a special request is made. USPS postage in the US is around $10 to $16 unless it is an over-sized gourd. (Due to the size of the box required and not the weight.) Gourds are very light but require large boxes to allow for safe shipping and packing material. I try to get you the best price for shipping that will get it to you as quickly as possible. The following services are available if requested BEFORE the payment is made: Overseas shipping, Insurance, UPS or USPS Priority Mail.
Refunds and Exchanges
Returns cannot be accepted. Each item is very individual and the photographs may be slightly different than the actual object. I try to make sure the photos accurately reflect the piece fairly and if you have questions before purchase, feel free to contact me. If the item is damaged in shipping, please email a photo of the damaged item within 48 hours of receiving the package. I will refund the cost of the item but not the shipping costs. I am not responsible for any additional shipping charges if the item is returned by the shipper for any reason. Please make sure your address is accurate in all details. Please get in touch as quickly as possible if there is a problem. The sooner I know, the sooner the issue can be resolved. I strive to make my service of the same high calibre as the quality of my gourds.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders on request. The Alchemy section further outlines this.

Gourds can be surprisingly tough but embellishments and weavings can be fragile. I craft carefully to make sure everything is attached securely. The dyes and paints I use are colorfast but it is still best to keep the gourd out of the sun to protect the colors and finishes. Over time sunlight is not your artwork's friend!

The gourds are not water proof nor food safe. Food safe finishes are only available on request. As with any fine art piece, simple care and caution will give you a lifetime of enjoyment.

Email questions are always welcomed!: zqmesquite2 [!at] hotmail.com