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The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
Tutorial: Setting The Mood With A Beaded Gourd Lamp
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
The schedule is up with dates running through to October. The themes are exciting and the classes are filling up fast.
When Booking A Workshop...
Keep in mind that if you book 2 workshops on the same day you will receive 10% off!
Bring A Friend Special
From March 1 - May 31 Bring a friend and receive one workshop at 1/2 price.
Group Workshop Special
Get a group of 5 or more friends together and get the fifth workshop for free!
Our Preferred Way of Shipping
Great news! We will now be using FedEx which means that shipping out west will be much more economical.
We will also be able to offer reduced rates within Ontario...so fantastic when shipping large gourds!
"Gourds are a natural fit for me. They are an endless source of inspiration and are a wonderful medium to work with. They have the potential to be singular and individual, sometimes funny or sad and always beautiful."
"I love carving and wood-burning gourds. I use a Razortip burner starting with three fixed tip pens. With time I have collected eight more. The initial three were all I used for a long time and were all I really needed."
"I spent six years living on Gabriola Island (off Nanaimo on Vancouver Island) and it was there where I opened my glass studio and worked in the Artist's Gallery Tour. Gabriola has a well-established and eclectic art community."
"In describing my years on Gabriola I have to say: It's not only home to possibly the highest concentration of artists in Canada, but it's also home to artists in almost every discipline: painting, pottery, jewelry, woodcarving, stained glass and music. Not to mention writers in every genre from mystery and science fiction to children's books and nonfiction."
"There was even one instrument maker who specialized in violin bows for the Royal Family of Denmark. Talk about a creative hive. It was definitely a rich existence and a great learning experience for me."
"There are things in this life that fill me with joy and a feeling of fulfillment...things that make me sing inside. A long empty stretch of road filled with details that make it not seem empty. Everywhere I look there is inspiration."
"I do get frustrated at times with the fact at how long it takes me to get things right. I am self-taught and can spend hours trying for an expression or correct angle. This, my friends, is my challenge!"
Words of Advice For New Artists
"Keep doing new things. Each will teach you something. If you are lucky enough to attend workshops do but if that is not an option, teach yourself through books, the Internet or by joining gourd groups via the Internet."
"In a nutshell find the art you love. Experiment with different mediums; you will find the one that talks to you. Be patient. Relax...let what is inside you express itself."
Tutorial: Beaded Lamp
Basic tools required:
1.) A clean gourd of your choice. For this tutorial a Martin gourd was used.
2.) 19/64 wood drill bit. (for 8 mm beads)
3.) 7/32 wood drill bit. (for 6 mm beads)
4.) Bead colours of your choice (in 6 mm and 8 mm sizes)
5.) Snap on light fixture.
6.) Memory inks.
In Turkey gourd lamps are popular...make your own to see just how beautiful they can be!
Out Of The Mailbag
Hello, I purchased some seeds last year and the plants grew huge but yielded few gourds. Hoping for a better yield this season. Joseph W.
Hi Joseph, Thank you for your order and email. It is frustrating to have huge plants but few gourds but rest assured, this apparent problem can be fixed with ease with two steps.
While growing, if left unchecked, vines can reach incredible lengths. To encourage gourd development, once the main vine has reached around 10 feet, cut the end off of it. This will encourage the lateral or side vines to grow. It is on the side vines where the female flowers are and where the gourds will grow.
In order to get gourds those female flowers have to be pollinated. Help Mother Nature along - go out in the evening with a paint brush and do some hand pollinating. Dab one male flower and then a female flower and before you know it you will have lots of gourd action happening.
Tip: The female flowers have little gourds underneath them; the male flowers do not. Some nights there will be lots of females, other nights not so many.
For more information go into our website and click on Past Newsletters. Issues 28 thru 31 has lots of growing information. I hope this will help for a more bountiful crop this year. Carolyn
In A Dog's Life
Last week a fight broke out at our local dog park. In the group were large and small dogs and some could have been seriously hurt. The worst part was that it could have easily been prevented if the dog owners themselves had some training.
The # 1 rule at a dog park is to keep moving. Don't stand around just inside the gate and talk while your dogs mill around in a tight little group. Walk in a large, slow circle, let your dog explore and socialize; they will love it and so will you!
Here are a few other tips to ensure that you and your pooch have safe, healthy walk.
1.) Watch your dog. The mood of a dog can change from fun to nasty in a split second. Watch your dog at all times and watch the other dogs he plays with. If you detect trouble be quick to move your dog out of the situation.
2.) Reinforce good behavior in your dog. Don't let your dog jump up on people. Many people are nervous around groups of dogs or large dogs.
Don't let your dog mount other dogs. It is not polite so go and pull him off and teach him that it is not allowed.
3.) Pick up after your dog. There is nothing worst than seeing large piles of dog poo at the park or anywhere else for that matter. Clean up after your dog... carry extra bags for other owners who have forgotten theirs or who need a reminder.
Remember there are people out there who do not agree with dog parks or off-leash areas. Every time a law/by-law is broken it gives them reason to complain. If enough people complain the laws will change. Always be considerate and courteous with other people and their pets.
4.) If your dog is aggressive stay home! Nothing can clear out a dog park faster than an aggressive animal. If you do come to the dog park make sure to keep your animal on a strong leash. Everyone (including the other dogs) will appreciate it.