Nature at it’s best…..

Basket gourds are amazing.  They grow very easily and their size varies with growing conditions and time grown.  When they reach the size you prefer, you can pick them and start their drying time.  I just let mine go through out the summer and harvested when the plant decided it was through with the onslaught of fall.  Just as other gourds need to dry for quite a long time, so do the basket gourds.

basketgourd While the gourd had been growing, I set it upright on it’s bottom so it would grow with a flat bottom.  I couldn’t tell you if this made a difference, but for me the ones that I neglected to sit upright tend to rock and not sit flat.  So, just maybe my there was some value to my methodology.   Call me a chicken, I was so intimidated by this gourd!  I was only going to get ONE chance, if I cut it wrong it would be ruined.  So there it sat while I got up the proverbial balls to get started.

My dremel tool has only really had contact with ceramics all these years.  The dremel is supposed to cut through many surfaces, so here it goes!  Biting the bullet, I took a pencil and traced on the side of the basket where I wanted the openings to be.  With a fresh battery in the dremel I went to work……..

basketgourdcutout

It cut like butter, seriously!  I have quite a bit on sanding to finish up inside the gourd and on the openings I cut now.  I also need to decide how I am going to finish it.  Hmmmmm…….  It took me forever to cut it, this is going to be tough…… Cyn

 

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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