"I just happen to catch Vickie's reply to you. The gentleman in Canada is John Straker. Yes, he is awesome and way over my head. John does his tooling by power carving and was an award winning carver way before he got…"
"The gourds I saw for the KACC Show looked amazing. I'm disappointed that I won't be joining all of you for the reception. Have a glass of wine for me. Celebrate the beautiful results of all your hard work."
"I'll have to see if I brought any gourd pieces with me that are large enough. Not sure I have any black paint, but can always pick that up while out shopping. We left a lot of things at home this trip since I wasn't working on any projects…"
"Melissa, thanks for offering to do a square for the TGS raffle quilt! ASAP on them as we are trying to get it together. If you are going to KACC Saturday, I could get it then. Needs to be 4X4 square withOUT holes in the corners but…"
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The roundness of a gourds creates a challenge. Also, being able to carve, woodburn, paint, stain, coil, etc. gives me limitless options to express my art. I LOVE GOURDS!
Well, Hellen, I never did that stunt but ones just as bad. I once had a nice tall thick appearing gourd that I had everything drawn before I ever cut it open. Yes, you guessed it. The gourd was thin. Fortunately, it was a Wuerz gourd and was extremely hard so the carving worked okay. Sometimes I just don't think.
Now you need to tell me what you did wrong. I'm sure I'll say that I have done the same thing some time along the line.
My swamp cooler is called an Ultra Cooler. I got it at Lowes and don't remember what I paid. It puts out nice cool air and I think it's good for 1-3 people. Of course, I'm using mine outside. In the garage you might get better results. Bonnie has a larger one that would probably keep more people cool. I think she got it at Home Depot. She rigged hers with a piece of tubing that ran to large bucket so that she doesn't have to fill it as often. She just sets the bucket on top of the unit and it works like a charm. Mine holds enough water for a morning of carving, about 4 hours. It definitely is a good investment if you want to work in the summer months. Our temps. are now hovering around 100 and that's just too hot even with a swamp cooler in the afternoon. I usually work outside in the morning and then inside in the afternoon.
I know what you mean about the heat. It is 84 at 10:22 PM. I imagine it reached 100 today. I felt the pool water and it is warm enough to go swimming finally. You would think with the high temps. that cooler pool water would be better. But the lack of moisture makes it just to chilly unless the water is warmer. I bought myself a portable swamp cooler for my outside work area. It works great. I don't know if you have a lot of humidity or not. If so, a swamp cooler won't work for you.
I'm glad you sold a piece at the gallery. I know it has been tough for the galleries but I just don't miss doing that at all.
I know carving is addictive!!! I don't want to do any other form of gourd work other than my colored pencils. I can't just paint a gourd. I have this need to carver first. Is that weird or what? I have tried embellishments but am never pleased with the gourds. I have done pine needle work and like that.
The only problem with having a retreat is the amount of work involved. Bonnie and I did a couple of advance carving classes a few years ago here at my place. I have a three car garage so we could work inside. Any that wanted to stay after the class for Chinese takeout did. We spent the rest of the evening eating and sitting on the patio. That would have been just fine but then we had a second day of the class. Ugh! The money was great but teaching is just not my cup of tea. I just want to create on my own and once in awhile get together with a couple of buddies and work on gourds. The nice thing about getting together is that we usually do something quiet so we can visit. This also means that I try different things. Most of the time what we try doesn't stick but you never know. Some time I might find something else I enjoy as much.
I did not look for a new gallery yet and may not. I have been working on a few canteen gourds with Native American themes. I have nothing finished but thought I could paint once it gets too hot to be outside working. I mainly want to have enough gourds for the booth at Wuertz. I've also been busy in the yard. We had it professionally landscaped last summer and I have been maintaining it as well as adding more plants in the flower beds. Everything is low water like penstenom, Angelita daisies etc. The yard is like an oasis and I just love it.
This hasn't been a good time health wise though. I never had a big problem with allergies until I moved here. They seem especially bad this year and the medicine just makes me tired and sleepy. At least it keeps me from rubbing my eyes so much. I also had a stiff neck and was going to physical therapy. I got one of those Stabowlizers that Bonnie mentioned. It is for putting a bowl (hence the spelling) in when mixing something. I fastened it to a piece of plywood and placed my gourd in it when carving. It's like having a third hand. The gourd grips the rubbery surface nicely. I just have to wipe the gourd dust off every once in a while. I'm not looking completely straight out but much better than carving on my lap like I did before. I'll just have to take breaks and do the neck exercises every once in a while. I definitely don't want to give up carving! I haven't painted yet so I'll just have to see how to adjust that too.
I imagine you will have no problem with carving. Anyone that can paint and do the beautiful work that you do as well as see where the shadows go etc. should have no problem carving. It will just take some practice. I use structured tooth burs to begin heavy carving. It gets the unwanted parts off quickly.
Hi Hellen! You must think I am horrible! I just found the gift you left for me nearly a year ago! LOL Sorry for the delay but want you to know it has been appreciated. Been one of the longest years in my life. My cancer is in remission right now and I sure hope it stays there. I am back painting and loving it. Been working on Halloween/fall all winter. My friend and I do about 4 large shows in the fall, so I have been working on that. Have winter/Christmas to do. I do a lot of ornaments which Darla can tell you! LOL Haven't worked on any wildlife in over a year! Thanks again. And I am glad to see you are painting again.