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Straw bale raised bed for gourds?
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Has anybody tried the straw bale method of planting for gourds.  They say you can get some straw bales stack a single layer and put some compost and manure on top in the fall and then by spring it is…Continue

Tags: gardening, bale, Straw, beds, Raised

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark McRoberts Sep 10, 2011.

How do I sort the pictures by artist?
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I would love to sort the photo files by artist.  I"m looking to see all of her gourds in one group.  Is that possible?  Oddly enough I went through every page and I continue to track all the new…Continue

Tags: artist, by, sort

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mark McRoberts Aug 18, 2011.

Please suggest plant based flower stems and other parts
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Please suggest a plant stem that I could harvest that would be woody enough to use as a stem and pestil for a Calli Lily.  I would hope that I could find it along the road ditch or could buy them at…Continue

Tags: shaped, stem, flower

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bonnie Adams Aug 14, 2011.

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Negative Space

"cool idea."
Feb 21, 2015
Mark McRoberts commented on Suzanne Pease's photo
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Two from Four

"Very nice."
Feb 21, 2015
Mark McRoberts commented on randy storm's photo
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IMG_7129

"I love it."
Feb 21, 2015
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PB100889

"I love the simplicity of the design."
Jan 5, 2015
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GASwanson-January'15 Challenge

"What is the stone, or vegetation that is the medallion in the middle of the coiling?  It is very interesting.  It looks like a bulb of garlic that has been sliced in half."
Jan 5, 2015
Mark McRoberts commented on Ann Himelstieb's photo
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Sunflower 1

"Cool, this is great carving.  Your work is so clean.  I love your design."
Jan 5, 2015
Mark McRoberts commented on Gabriella DeLawey's photo
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SunsetTreeGourdPlaque-1

"Oh wow.  This is great quite unexpected.  I have never seen anything like it but I love it.  The concept is one that is adaptable to a lot of mistakes that could be saved by this technique."
Dec 30, 2014
Mark McRoberts commented on Jennifer Hershman's photo
Dec 10, 2014
Robert Horton left a comment for Mark McRoberts
" Thank you Mark for your comment"
May 1, 2014
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evil eyes

"The mount and mask is amazing.  I really like your work."
May 1, 2014
Mark McRoberts commented on Ginna BB Gordon's photo
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GB Beads & Threads Gourd Bowl

"I really like this gourd.  The peyote stitch bead is a technique that I have not been exposed to.  Can you let me in on where you got your instruction or ideas."
Apr 13, 2014
Mark McRoberts commented on lynda beth smith's photo
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LS1

"I really like the art.  But I like the effect that the flat black has on the piece! Very well done!"
Nov 10, 2013
Mark McRoberts commented on Ron Poole's photo
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petroglyph gourd

"Lots of different techniques and they are all done well!  Great work!"
Oct 28, 2013
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Oct 28, 2013
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Gecko Gourd

"wow, this is amazing work.  Well done!"
Oct 28, 2013
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Knot Gourd

"Cool!"
Oct 28, 2013

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I am interested in hand crafts and I was looking for something I could do that would bridge my love of gardening and crafts and art. I believe that Gourd art is the answer to my quest. I'm very new to this.

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At 8:09pm on May 1, 2014, Robert Horton said…

 Thank you Mark for your comment

At 5:19am on April 30, 2013, Bill Decker said…

Hi Mark, hope all is well at your house, we missed you at the festival last weekend. Hope you will be able to attend the next patch meeting in June.

At 10:24am on January 9, 2013, Lynn Horine said…

Hi Mark, thank you for all the comments.  And pig's can learn to fly!!  The trick to making the coils balance is to add one walnut slice at a time per coil.  Make a two plain coils to start, then add coil with one walnut slice.  One the next coil add a walnut slice before the walnut slice on previous coil.  Wish I could draw on here it would make it so much simpler to explain.  But it is super simple once you get the hang of it.  When you master simple coil you can add a reverse (go to left with walnut slice) in the middle of the coiling!!  Good luck and hang in there!

At 8:39am on October 15, 2012, Bill Decker said…

Hi Mark, wanted to thank you for the wonderful comment on my powder horn,  I am truely humbled by it.  Bill

At 9:05pm on September 25, 2012, Aleada Siragusa said…

Hi Mark I like the doodling on this gourd. I enjoy doodling also and think doodles will be fun to play with on the gourds. Aleada

At 6:42am on April 21, 2012, Connie Fox said…

Thank you Mark!  Your little zentangle gourd is so cute!

At 2:58am on March 6, 2012, Neola Caveny said…

Aloha Mark-

Mahalo (thank you).  I got the idea for the legs from one of Bonnie Gibson's printed projects "Asian Suspended Urn" (might be available as a video tutorial on her site - not sure).  I initially used chopsticks, as in the handout, and then started using pieces of bamboo, which I have a lot of here in the jungle.  The technique involves vertical cutting grooves in the gourd to fit the contours of the leg (easier with a chopstick than bamboo, which varies in thickness), then gluing with a combination of SuperGlue and wood glue.  Takes a little practice to get all the legs the right length and make the gourd sit straight. I've used the technique quite a few times on gourds with rounded bottoms.

At 12:25am on March 1, 2012, Tamsen Fox said…

Did you ever find a tutorial on the burl technique?

At 6:11am on December 24, 2011, Linda Kincaid said…

Mark, I made a template of several sizes of circles and started putting them on near each other. I came to a flaw on the gourd and decided to cover it and that meant overlapping some circles. Next thing I knew I was overlapping as many as I could.  Then I decided I had to paint the background to make the circles stand out. Then thought I needed a stand of some sort and played with several ideas for weeks till I came up with the final one. I had circles left over so I innerlocked 3 of them for another add on. It was fun to do.

At 6:02pm on September 8, 2011, jane weller said…

 Mark, I have an optima burner but I think any type of variable burner would be OK. My favorite tip is a rounded heel skew. It burns fine lines and the side of it can be used for shading. If you get to a gourd show maybe you could try out different burners. Google the internet for a comparison of variable temp woodburners. Most craft stores carry barette clips you can buy. Even walmart might have them if they have a good craft dept.

 

http://www.nedraspyrography.com/Pyrography-Woodburning-T ools-Reviews-Comparisons.htm

 

 
 
 

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