Volume 7, Number 73
In this issue
Patrick Loafman: Creativity Has No Limits In This Artist's World
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
Tutorial: Gourd Birdhouses by Carolyn Cooper
The Art of Growing Gourds: Seed Germination
Out Of The Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & More
The Bulletin Board
As many of you know, in addition to being a co-owner of Northern Dipper, Linda Bond is a full-time medic.
Following is a letter from Linda asking for your help in her fund raising efforts for Cops For Cancer. Your money will be going to a cause that affects thousands of people every year.
As a cancer survivor I personally thank Linda and others like her who really make a difference in the screening, treatment and research of this terrible disease. PG
On April 30th, at the Vaughan Mills Mall, I, along with other emergency personal, will be shaving our heads in support of Cops For Cancer. Bruce, my partner of 14 years and a good friend for 23 years, as well as Ann, whom I worked with for 12 years, both lost their courageous battles to cancer late last year. They are both greatly missed.
Please dig deep into your pockets and sponser me in this years Cops For Cancer fund raiser. I thank you in advance for helping me and all those whose lives have been touched by this disease.
Sincerely, Linda Bond
To donate click here:
(Once in click on Make A Donation and then Search For A Participant. Type in Linda Bond. It is that easy!)
A box of 5 gourds perfect for making birdhouses for $28.00 plus shipping. These gourds range around 7 inches in diameter.
Included will be a hole drilled in the top for hanging, drainage holes in the bottom and a standard 1 1/4" entrance hole.
If you prefer to do the drilling let us know and we will ship them whole. All shipping of this special will take place the last week of April. To order click:
"Gourds are fascinating because of the large variety of shapes and sizes. The natural mottled colour is very pretty in itself."
The design was inspired by the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona.
"Everything inspires me."
"I've been motivated by the liquid and transparent nature of watercolour and try to mimic that look with dyes."
This turtle sits among on carved background.
This striking mask was carved with a dremel.
Advice To New Artists
"Nothing is a substitute for practice. I look at photos of the first gourds I did and think of how crude and sloppy they looked. The more you work it the better you get."
Gourd Mandolin woodburned with creatures found on a rich forest floor.
"I am completely self-taught. I have learned a lot from books and from experimentation and mistakes. My overall favorite technique is pyrography and I have been pushing myself the past year to make my wildlife pyrography more realistic and with more depth."
"To create depth you need to build up the shading slowly, burning a light layer and then darkening it with multiple layers. You need to have contrast: black and white areas. If everything is light brown the image will come across as flat and lifeless."
A warbler in a tree.
"About classes I have been thinking about teaching banjo making but have not gotten around to organizing it. I have been busy though. I just finished making a kora and
am learning how to play it.
The kora is a 21-23 string
(mine has 23) African harp frequently tuned to a C scale."
Pyrography on paper.
This is Cedar, a blue-gray Chartreux, who adopted Patrick.
"I occasionally sell at a local gallery and a few stores, but for the most part sell at craft fairs and some from my web pages."
"I went to my first show at Moses Lake last summer where my gourd mandolin won a second place"
Purple Martin Houses
-Saw or hole cutter
-1/4 inch drill bit
-Leather lace or shoe string
-Decorating material (optional)
1.) Prepare the outside of the gourd to your liking. We are using a gourd right from the field for this tutorial.
Note: Studies have shown that birds are attracted to the natural gourd colour as opposed to brightly painted houses.
2.) Using a 1/4" drill bit drill a hole through the top of the gourd. This is for the hanger.
3.) Drill three or four holes in the bottom of the gourd. These holes are the drainage holes.
4.) Next, using the saw or hole cutter, cut the entrance hole. I generally make mine 1 1/8" to 1 1/4". This seems to cover a large variety of songbirds.
When you cut your entrance holes, don't make them too high or too low. You don't want the babies or eggs to roll out and you don't want rain to get in on wet days.
5.) Clean the inside of the gourd of its seeds and dried pulp. Your house is ready to hang.
Birdhouse Entry Hole Guide
Small Birds - 1 1/2 inch
(Bluebirds, Violet-green Swallows, Flycatchers, Hairy woodpeckers & Wrens)
Medium Sized Birds - 2 inches
(House Sparrows, Red-Headed Woodpeckers & Purple Martins)
To learn more click here:
(Don't forget our April Special - 5 "birdhouse" gourds for $28.00 plus shipping!)
The Art Of Growing Gourds
There is nothing quite as impressive as growing gourds in your garden.
1.) Gourds grow on a vigorous vine and have large leaves and white night blooming flowers.
2.) The vines have strong tendrils & are natural climbers.
3.) The male flowers grow on the main vine and the females on the laterals or side vines.
4.) Gourds are split into 3 groups:
- Bottles which include Chinese, Indonesian and the Mini Bottle.
- Dipper gourds: Both short and long handled dippers, snake and maranka gourds.
- Basket types: Cannonball, tobacco box, kettle, canteen and bushels.
Clipping the shoulders.
Ornamental gourds are small and have colours ranging from creamy whites to yellow, green and orange. Their texture can be smooth, bumpy, warty and grooved. Ornamentals have day-blooming flowers.
Ornamentals are small, usually 1" to 6". People use them as centre pieces at Thanksgiving.
Dana and Antonella took a trip to Florida and visited Disney's 'Living with the Land', which is part of the Epcot theme in the Disney World Resort at
Lake Buena Vista, Fl.
The gourd sighting was luffa, hanging from the rafters. It is surprising some of the places gourds are sighted!
Thank you Dana and Antonella for sending this in. You two have sharp eyes when it comes to gourd sightings!
To learn more about the Living With The Land click here:
Victoria, BC, V8R 2Z7
PO Box 1145
5376 County Rd 56
L0L 1L0, Canada