Gourd art

DEFINITIONS: Gourd art involves creating works of art using Lagenaria spp. hard-shell gourds as an art medium. Gourd surfaces may be carved, painted, sanded, burned, dyed, and polished. Typically, a harvested gourd is left to dry over a period of months before the woody surface is suitable for decorating.  Gourd crafting and painting has evolved from early hand carvings to the modern day use, by some, of electric wood burners and high-speed pen-shaped rotary tools that can be used to inscribe almost any design.  A wide variety of gourd shapes and sizes yields an array of art/craft pieces, including: ornaments, bowls, sculpture, vases, lamps, and wall art such as masks.           

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