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Complete Book of Gourd Craft
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Publisher:  Lark Books ISBN-10:  1887374558 Type: 


Copyright:  1996 ISBN-13:  9781887374552

The most complete guide to growing, harvesting, preparing and crafting gourds. Gourds are receptive to all art media including painting, wood burning, carving and weaving.

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"Gourds have been used for centuries as containers and decorative objects. Hardshell gourds with brightly painted faces and figures recently have become poplular 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." Library Journal, October 15, 1996

Organic Gardening
"For more details - and lots of inspiring gourd crafting techniques and ideas, I highly recommend "The Complete Book of Gourd Craft. It's 300 color photos...depict many of the amazing things you can create with gourds. It also contains plenty of detailed information on waxes, stains, dyes, paints, airbrushing, carving, woodburning, decoupaging and lots more." Organic Gardening, November/December, 1997

Las Cruces Sun News
"The Complete Book of Gourd Craft" is packed with inspiring ideas and helpful instructions for several kinds of gourd arts and crafts....[It] is the reviewer's pick of the season. It's a fun and fascinating book for artists, gardeners, history buffs and art aficionados of all persuasions. It's packed with color and black and white photos, enticing instructions for attractive projects designed for a variety of skill levels and interesting facts about the history of gourds and their 'role in world culture.'" Las Cruces Sun News

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