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North Carolina Gourd Society


North Carolina Gourd Society

Website: http://www.ncgourdsociety.org
Members: 34
Latest Activity: Aug 15, 2014

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Taking Gourds to Events in NC 5 Replies

Putting final touches on some gourd instruments and display art for two upcoming festivals in the Sandhills of NC: The Buggy Festival in CarthageSaturday, May 7th…Continue

Started by Dan DeBruler. Last reply by Dan DeBruler May 2, 2011.

nc gourd member 5 Replies

I am a member of the nc gourd soc. I would like to be on this site

Started by Naomi Jean Foust. Last reply by Naomi Jean Foust Nov 8, 2010.

A Great Success 2 Replies

Well the North Carolina Show was a great success.  We were in the smaller venue at the State Fairgrounds and I think it was a very wise decision because it was "size appropriate" (in other words we…Continue

Started by Shelly Nowik. Last reply by Catherine Devine Sep 15, 2010.

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Comment by Mary Ann Rood on May 28, 2014 at 12:45pm

NC GOURD SOCIETY SUMMER MEETING is at a new location with a great craft program.

The date is June 14, 2014, and the program starts at 2 p.m. Kate Mahony will demonstrate and teach use of saws.

The location is the Friendly City Civitan Clubhouse, 2510 Glendale Road, not far from Northgate Mall in Durham, NC. It is on the southwest corner of Northgate Park. From 15-I85, take Exit 176 B Duke Street (501 north).  Take a right on the third street, Leon, which becomes Glendale Road. The clubhouse is on the left. If you get to the traffic circle, you’ve gone too far.

The program from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. is by Kate Mahony: “I’m going to bring my MicroLux saws and things for people to see/play with.” If you want to try cutting, bring a gourd.

            Executive meeting is before the general meeting at 12:30 p.m.

            More detail will be at www.ncgourdsociety.org soon.

Comment by Sonja Wainwright on March 3, 2014 at 6:54am

does anyone know of someone willing to help me learn gourd carving with a dremel or other carving tool?  I am willing to pay for some lessons and on the instructors time frame?  I am dying to learn to carve and woodburn and  have it look good.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!

Comment by Christine Pace on October 15, 2013 at 4:59pm

Hi Sheri - Now that the Holiday season is almost here many will be doing shows with their gourd art, however you should have a 'Patch that meets monthly somewhere near you?  I live in the Western NC mountains(Cedar Mountain)so attend the South Carolina gourd patch "Palmetto Gourd patch" that meets the 2ND Sat. of each month, in Lyman, SC, near Greer.  You could start planning on attending some very good gatherings with classes on just what you're interested in NEXT YEAR!: The Savannah show is the 3RD week in March(contact Charlotte Durrance), and the one-day Ghost Creek Gourd Fest is held the end of April in Laurens, SC at the Ghost Creek Gourd Farm(www.ghostcreekgourds.com) .  The first week in June is the very popular 4-day Cherokee Gourd Gathering in Cherokee, NC(www.gourdgathering.net) and finally there is a 2-day "Mountain Gourd Gathering" the 3RD week in August each year, right here in Cedar Mountain NC!  I'm the host and Marianne Barnes(Greenville SC) is co-host/web master.  See: http://mountaingourdgathering.weebly.com


Comment by Sheri Breitenbach on October 15, 2013 at 1:38pm

So angry at myself that I got interested in gourds the week AFTER the festival!  Are there any upcoming classes offered in NC on woodburning and carving gourds?  Thanks.

Sheri from Cary

Comment by Mary Ann Rood on August 31, 2012 at 7:32am

71st annual N.C. Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival will be on Sept. 8-9 at the Holshouser Building (aka, Village of Yesteryear) at the State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. Learn about growing, cleaning, crafting gourds. Competition for gourd growers and crafters; sales of dry gourds, gourd crafting supplies, books and gourd art; auction. Gourd crafting table for children, classes for adults on painting, Faux horsehair pottery on gourd, pine needle coiling and decoupage on gourd, shakeree, jewelry from scraps, leaf bowl, Miriam Joy wax applique, zentangle, miniature gourd head dollies, alcohol ink ornaments, woodburning and rawhide rim. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission $2 adults, free for younger than 16, AGS members, workshop students. www.ncgourdsociety.org or call (910) 639-4577.

Comment by Shawn Newton on July 5, 2012 at 7:46am

Does anyone know what a good source for springs and heads for thunder/spring drums?

Comment by Sharon Carl on June 16, 2012 at 2:54pm

does any one sell or know where you can buy gourds near Seagrove NC? Sharon

Comment by Mary Ann Rood on September 7, 2011 at 8:08am
I just posted a picture on my (Mary Ann Rood page here) of Her Royal Gourdness, Princess of Platinum in her special 70th Festival outfit. She's SO excited to be making her debut Saturday. Surely her blue blood will earn a blue ribbon!  Come meet her (and other gourd heads) at the 70th annual NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival Sept. 10-11 (Details at www.ncgourdsociety.org)
Comment by Mary Ann Rood on August 10, 2011 at 8:19am

Dan in Ethiopia--Do a display (and a talk) of the gourds you bring back and pictures at the 2012 NC Gourd Festival.There's a gourd snuff box that most often originates in east and southern Africa. I'd describe the decoration as embroidery with copper and sometimes silver wire. Here are some: http://www.jacarandatribal.com/productdetails.php?productId=471&...

Mary Ann


Comment by Robyn Goode on August 9, 2011 at 7:22pm

You have a good time and get back safe.  Maybe next year


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