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Beth Caveny
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  • Kings Mountain, NC
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Beth Caveny replied to Cheryl Trotter's discussion Polished and carved gourd question
"A spray lacquer such as Deft Clear Wood Finish is also good.  For the natural look, use the satin finish instead of the gloss."
Apr 17, 2012
Steven Juhlin commented on Beth Caveny's photo

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"Very beautiful!  I like the contrasting color lining inside - nice choice!"
Dec 19, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Barbara Becker Wolters's photo

Crossroads #2

"Very impressive piece.  I love the lighter tangles combined with the dark blue "background" pieces."
Jun 6, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Heather Kinkade's photo

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"Beautiful combination of techniques and ideas that all fit together wonderfully on this gourd.  I'm in awe of your talent!"
Jun 6, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Heather Kinkade's photo

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"Wow!  Thanks for including a picture of the other side, also.  This is a wonderful piece."
Jun 6, 2011
Beth Caveny received a gift from Hellen Martin
May 3, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Beth Caveny's photo

Woodlands Majesty

"Thank you, Ivana.  I love all of your lamps."
Apr 26, 2011
Ivana Ćelić commented on Beth Caveny's photo

Woodlands Majesty

"Excellent pyrography!"
Apr 26, 2011
Ivana Ćelić left a comment for Beth Caveny
"Thank you Beth :)"
Apr 26, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Janice Hill's photo

a la Hellen Martin

"Wow!  Wonderful!  I bought Hellen's book, but my pieces don't look anywhere near as nice as yours.  (Wish I could afford to travel to all these neat places to take some of the great classes I read about.  Of…"
Apr 24, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Leslie Hassett's photo


"All the experimenting paid off - you ended up with a very unique and attractive gourd."
Apr 24, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Sandra Gaile's photo

Callie, portrait of my Cat, on backside

"Nice tribute to your cats. I like your feline theme."
Apr 24, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Linda Barrett's photo


"Beautiful job on the ship.  I'd love to see what the entire lamp looks like.  That's a great creative twist to a gourd lamp."
Apr 24, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Sue Chaffee Sizemore's photo

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"Beautiful work!  Thanks for showing all sides of this complex piece."
Apr 24, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Beth Caveny's photo

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"Thanks, Christine.  Your lamps are amazing with your colored paper in the cutouts and the neat designs.  I have an LED bulb in this one.  They stay very cool, so I don't have to worry about heat at all."
Mar 11, 2011
Beth Caveny commented on Beth Caveny's photo

Gourd photos 001

"Thanks for your nice comments and for taking the time to look at my gourds, Christine."
Mar 11, 2011

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At 4:10am on May 03, 2011, Hellen Martin gave Beth Caveny a gift
WOW Beth, you have a birthday tomorrow. Hope it's a great day for you.
At 12:34am on April 26, 2011, Ivana Ćelić said…
Thank you Beth :)
At 12:05pm on August 31, 2010, Linda Kincaid said…
Hi Beth, Your gourds are so nice. I love the pink flowers-and the carving looks good to me. Look at my page and see the one I did. It was my first one like that too. I loved the carving but had a terrible time deciding on how to color it. I ended up with acrylics and am reasonably pleased.
I'm in the Capital City Patch in Columbia and am trying to get more involved in things, maybe we will run into each other sometime. Linda
At 6:14am on August 16, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
The trick Beth is to just try things. There are a lot of gourds that I do because I want to see if I can. It's the challange that gets my blood flowing. :) If it doesn't work out, I'm not out much money, just some time. Hopefully on the failures, I learn a lot.
At 1:27pm on August 15, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
Hi Beth, I just got back from vacation and saw your comments about my red tailed hawk. I did undercut it and narrowed the tail before placing it in the opening. I then used Apoxie sculpt on the inside to make it stronger and to smooth the inside. It was a fun piece to do.
At 11:59am on June 29, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
Beth, I use a tripod and have no problems with it. You might look to see if you can attach a cable to your camera so that you don't even have to touch it.
At 10:55am on June 28, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
I am surprised how easy it is to take good photos. Bonnie had made a frame out of PVC pipe for a demo and then sold it to me. I put white sheet like material around the sides and top. I went to the fabric store and bought a piece of dull white vynal that I draped on the inside of the box frame. I get no glare from it and I don't have to worry about it creasing or ripping like paper or cardboard might. My camera is a little cheap digital and I use regular light bulbs in trouble lights. I clipped four onto the outside of the frame so they shine on the white cloth. Just don't get your bulbs too close and set your material on fire. :)
At 6:03pm on June 27, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
Beth, that is a pretty old tutorial and I have adjusted my burs some. I use the rough Kutzalls and then refine the work with a finer Kutzall like bur. I also use a small teardrop stump bur because it doesn't take off a lot of gourd and that gives me more control to shape muscles, eye sockets etc. I guess the most important thing to tell someone learning to carve is to hold the carving tool like you would a tennis racket and not like a pencil. Then use your thumb to help guide and control your carving. If you do that, you are a step ahead of a lot of gourd carvers.
At 4:50am on June 27, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
Hi Beth, I use a variety of burs. They are mostly structured tooth burs such as Kutzall. They are expensive but Bonnie sells some that are a little cheaper and do a good job. The structured tooth bur allows me to get off the unwanted gourd quicker so I can get to the fun part. I also use a tool called a Shofu. It is similar to the Turbo carver but better quality (more expensive too). I use this for detail. Turbo carver is a good tool if you are not carving every gourd you touch. It's made of plastic and I just plumb wore it out. :)
At 6:35pm on June 26, 2010, Phyllis Sickles said…
Hi Beth, Recently, I have been using a matt Krylon protective coat, but this time I sprayed the bear gourd with satin Krylon. I did that because I used Treasure Crystal Cote, which is high gloss, to coat the eyes and the blackberries. I was afraid there would be too much contrast if I used the matt. Treasure Crystal Cote has a thickness similar to fingernail polish but won't yellow over time.

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