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.
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……..
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