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Barbara Van Vleck
  • Lees Summit, MO
  • United States
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Art show at the Prizery in South Boston Virginia

"Very pretty presentation.  Nice shelves and lovely artwork."
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Teri Labrosse's photo
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Gourd weave w-rope

"So many great ideas.  It all works together wonderfully."
Jun 12
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Gourd woven blue

"Beautiful.  Great colors, coiling, lovely beading and shell. "
Jun 12
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Leslie Hargrove's photo
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2016 OC Fair Blue Ribbon & Judges Award Winner!

"Wow, congratulations!  Beautiful!"
May 20
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Peggy Dahlvang's photo
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Peggy's glass flowers 2016

"Glad to learn how you inlaid the glass, thanks.  Great choice of colors.  Really beautiful work."
May 5
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Kathe Stark's photo
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"Really nice contrasting textures and colors."
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Kathe Stark's photo
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"Ooooouuu, love the colors and great design!  Gorgeous."
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Kathe Stark's photo
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I Hate Sanding

"Looks strong and delicate at the same time.  Funny title!"
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Jennifer Therrien's photo
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make a wish

"Very pretty!"
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Jennifer Therrien's photo
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my gourdious garden

"Inspiring!  Very pretty!"
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Madonna Watermon's photo
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rose vase

" Congratulations on getting Best in Class, plus Best in Show at Missouri's Show Me Gourds Society festival in Springfield !!!  "
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Madonna Watermon's photo
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swirl vase

"Stunning!  Perfect! "
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Peggy Dahlvang's photo
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Peggy's glass flowers 2016

"Cool idea!  Love the colors.  Did you smooth the edges of the broken glass?"
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Peggy Dahlvang's photo
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Barbara Van Vleck commented on Lisa Baurmeister's photo
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BeachPicnicBasket

"Lovely design for this basket with pine needle coiling, textures and colors."
Apr 24
Barbara Van Vleck commented on Kliment Buloski's photo
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Pythagoras tree - table lamp

"Very beautiful, and very intelligent!"
Apr 8

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At 2:51pm on April 3, 2017, Patricia Clason said…

Thanks for the encouragement

At 10:46am on January 5, 2014, Connie Fox said…
Barbara, thanks for you kind comment on my octopus. Connie
At 5:41am on June 27, 2012, Phyllis Sickles said…

Bonnie and I have taught a couple of advanced carving classes together here in Tucson.  I enjoyed it but teaching is just not what I want to do.  I prefer to just work on gourds.  I spent 32 years teaching and just want to do my own thing now.

I hope I was able to help you with the burs.  Bonnie has a nice selection of burs and they would be the ones that she uses to carve.  Also, her prices are very reasonable.

Good luck.

Phyllis 

At 7:30pm on June 26, 2012, Phyllis Sickles said…

Hi Barbara,

I use a variety of burs starting with inverted cone that is structured tooth like a Typhoon (brand name) bur.  I use one that looks like a football too.  After the heavy carving is out of the way, I switch to carbide burs, stump burs etc. to shape and begin the smoothing.  The smoothing is done with diamond burs and lots and lots of hand sanding.  The detail work is done with dental burs in my Shofu. 

If you ever get a chance to take a carving class from Bonnie G., do so.  She is an excellent teacher and great carver.  Now that's a lady that gets her work smooth.  She brought 4 pieces to the gourd meeting last evening and I was just amazed.  She has the patience to sand forever and I don't.  Sometimes it doesn't matter but other times I should have done more sanding.

At 7:37pm on February 6, 2012, Denise Blank said…
Hi Barbara! Glad you like my heron..I grow bamboo and I used that for the beak and the legs, also as the stems for the foliage which is artificial leaves and floral moss. I am donating him to my archery club for a raffle benefit and hope he finds a good home, I really enjoyed working on him!
At 5:32pm on January 3, 2012, Christine Pace said…

Yes Barbara ....... it does look like this where I live!  I live in Trasyvlavia county, which has over 250 waterfalls!  And I'm right outside the DuPont State Forest and only 14 miles from Pisgah National Forest!

I simply love the way you keep so much of the gourd showing through your paintings ...... and your paintings themselves.  Welcome to this site!

At 10:04pm on December 16, 2011, Darlene Propp said…

Welcome,  Barbara. We’re glad you’re here. There are many  activities and discussions in which you may want to participate.  Look around and join in.  Add some  photos of your own. And have fun!  The  GAE rules are located on the right side of the main page.   Darlene

 
 
 

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