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I saw a huge box of canteen gourds for sale at an estate sale along time ago I had no idea what they were I just knew I wanted them. I didn't buy them at the time but a few years later I decided to try to grow them. I had no clue of what I was doing and only a few of my Gourds made it and then raccoons ran off with them except for two that I have partials of I've always kept them to let me know where I started from. now I have a lot of Gourds, but I've never made anything with them yet, except I've tried to make a couple of spoons out of some thin ones that I had. Last year the raccoons kept digging up our gourds so we didn't get the ones that we wanted I was trying to grow loofah gourds and apple gourds we only got a few canteen gourds a couple of caveman gourds is what I call them and the birdhouse Gourd, maybe a few Chinese bottle gourds. I have bags and bags of them but I really don't know what to do with them. I've cleaned a bunch of them and I've learned a lot. I learned how to pollinate them myself. We call it making babies. It's fun. We tie a little bread ties around the ones that we pollinate ourselves to watch them grow and that way we know those are the ones that we grew ourselves. We've learned about this moth that goes around and pollinates the gourds. He has chased us out of the gourds before. I see all these beautiful gourds decorated I think it intimidates me and I've never been able to figure out what to make yet so I keep growing them because they're fun and easy I'm going to try to make those loofah gourds and Apple gourds this year. What I want to make is a piggy bank out of the canteen Gourd. I saw a lady selling them at Pikes market in Seattle Washington. I couldn't afford to buy it, but I sure loved it and I've never forgotten it. So I guess along the way I decided to try to make one myself. It has taken me all these years to learn what I'm doing right to get a canteen gourd to grow and now I just need to put on some legs and ears and maybe a nose and maybe a squiggly tail. She had stained hers, but not pink. I saw a small local art show of some gourds I was fascinated with all the ways you can decorate a gourd. I am more of a painter, but I will always be fascinated by the gourds. I just like touching them and cleaning them and seeing all the designs that are in them. They are just naturally beautiful to me
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