Volume 5, Number 55
In this issue
Dorcas Schauberger: Necessity Fueled A Lifetime Of Artistic Creativity
Notes From The Gourd Patch: Setting Those Gourds Straight!
Tutorial: Water Proofing Planters Using Mas Epoxie
The Lone Gourd by Sherry Davidson
Reader's Corner & Gourd Sightings
Catching Up At Northern Dipper
10% off all dried gourds
Farm visits only. For more info click here.
Northern Dipper will be at the following venues. Please stop by & say hello.
The 31st Annual Quilt & Craft Show
Dates: August 8th & 9th.
Where: Cannington Historical Museum
For info (including map) click here.
Marshville Heritage Festival
Dates: Sept 5th, 6th & 7th.
New Products Five New Colours in the
Adirondack Alcohol Inks
The vividly coloured Adirondack inks are acid-free, fast dying and will produce beautiful batik and hand dyed effects. In addition to gourds they can be used on many different surfaces.
For more info about the inks click here.
For tips on using these inks click here. Once in click on Issue 37.
Gives gourds a dimensional finish. Look
for some how-to tips in next month's newsletter.
For more about embossing powders
Dorcas rode a motorcycle for 20
years but was hit a few years ago
which ended her riding days. Her sons then bought her a computer (to keep
her off the road) which she enjoys
very much. Her attitude is that
sometimes something good can come
from a bad experience!
This relief carving was done
with a fallen log Dorcas found on one of
her hikes. Dorcas prefers the old weathered look so therefore adds as
little colour as possible to her work.
This wise owl will provide a cosy home
for a family of birds. Dorcas has no
formal training in painting and states
that sometimes she struggles until
she feels comfortable with the results.
ADVICE TO NEW GOURDERS
"Join a club. You will learn lots by
listening to others. Do not hesitate to experiment and do your own thing.
Take advantage of all the different mediums and textures to add to your
work. I am still exploring with every
new project I start."
"Most of my ideas are based on what
I see in books and on the Internet. Then
I add my own personal touches, sort of put my own spin on things..."
This perky piper began its life as a maranka gourd.
A fruit bowl embellished with philodenium leaves.
"I used to enter wood show competitions and have won several ribbons but because of all the different mediums I
work with now (gourds, yams, fungus, slate shingles, cypress knees, leather, hockey pucks and golf balls) no
categories exist for me to enter."
"Yes I carve hockey pucks. One year instead of giving out cups to the local
junior hockey team, they received pucks with their portraits carved into them. I
am happy to report they were thrilled."
This birdhouse is great with the two tabbies keeping watch at the door!
Notes From The Gourd Patch
August will feel like a bit of a holiday
after the past month of nightly pollination
in the gourd garden. There are still tasks to be accomplished but in the northern climates, even though you will still be getting flowers, you can stop the pollination as there is not enough time
left for those gourds to mature.
1.) By the end of August the mini
gourds will appear to be dry. Do not harvest these gourds until the vines
are dead. This is usually October,
after the first hard frost.
2.) Go through your gourd patch and
turn the ground grown gourds upright. Look under the leaves as there will
be some hidden from view. Turning
is important for if they are left on their sides they will end up with a flat spot
where you do not want them.
3.) Trellissed gourds may need additional support due to their weight. Pantihose work well for this job. Place the gourd
in the bum section and tie the legs to
4.) Cucumber beetles have subsided
by now but still keep your eye out for
that dusty gray powdery mildew.
Keep your gourd garden clean from
debris. It is amazing the problems you
can avoid with this simple task.
And lastly, do not, under any circumstances, harvest your gourds.
They may look big, but are still growing! They are not mature.
Good luck, your job will soon be over
and it will be up to Mother Nature to
dry those gourds over the winter.
Marlene Leeson, artist and self-employed business woman from Plevna, Ontario, dropped us a line in the mail. It simply stated "Getting a bit more creative with
the gourds. Enjoy, M."
Gourd Chickens by Marlene Leeson
Marlene is a fabulous artist and we featured her in Issue 33 of Gourd Fever. To learn more about Marlene and her art click here. Once in, click on Issue 33.
Marlene's interpretation of an emerging dragon
Nice to hear from you Marlene. Maybe
we'll see you this summer. If not stay in touch. We always love receiving mail from you. Carolyn
We received this letter and photos from Gail who wrote:
Hello Northern Dipper,
Here is what I made with the gourds I
got from you. I am quite pleased although I am not sure how it would compare. I am wondering if I should coat the
inside. It was fun to do for sure.
Thanks again - I might have to order more gourds in the future and will keep your email on file. Gail
What is an ipu heke?
The ipu heke is a traditional Hawaiian
drum which is used in hula. The ipu
heke provides the rhythm for the
chant and the dancers.
This instrument is played by stamping
it on the ground or by slapping it with the palm of the hand or the fingers.
There are two types of ipu. One is the
ipu heke, a large instrument which uses two gourds in its construction. The
other is the ipu heke 'ole which uses
one large bottle gourd.
To learn about this ancient Hawaiian drum click here.
To learn the basics in playing the
Thank you for sending in the photos and letter. It is always exciting for us to see how the gourds we sell end up.
I am not certain whether coating the inside will make a big difference in the sound. I'll have to make a couple - one coated and one not to see. I know they sound fantastic uncoated so maybe when we coat we are just creating work for ourselves. And we don't want that!
If you wish to pursue gourd instrument making there is a book called Making
Gourd Instruments by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess. It is full of excellent photographs and instructions on how to make percussion, string and wind instruments. It is a must for anyone who drums, strums or blows.
For your convenience here is a link.
Keep in touch and once again thank you for sending in the photos of your Hawaiian drum. Many regards Gail,
The Lone Gourd by Sherry Davidson
This is the 6th in a series of letters by Sherry Davidson. This letter was dated January 4, 2009
I was up north this weekend and the lone gourd is covered with snow. He is on top of the hill (believe it or not it is the septic tank - must be getting great nutrients)...should I try to unbury his lordship or leave well enough alone. Think I'll leave him under his thick insulating blanket. I'll will be back next weekend to check up on him. Happy New Year!
For those of you that like Westerns
The Magnificent Seven is a classic. It is
the story about seven gunslingers
who are hired to protect a Mexican
village. Big name actors including Yul Brynner, Steve McQueen, Charles Bronson and Eli Wallach.
This movie is filled with gourds...bowls, water jugs, musical rattles, serving
dishes - I've never seen so many gourd sightings in one film!
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