Volume 7, Number 78
In this issue
Grant Feltham: The Accidental Artist!
The Bulletin Board: News From Northern Dipper
The Art of Growing Gourds
Out of the Mailbag, Gourd Sightings & Trivia
The Bulletin Board
Kempenfest was a very busy show in Barrie, Ontario. It was hot and people turned out by thousands.
A broad product line and the friendliness that Carolyn and Linda are known for resulted in a very successful show for Northern Dipper.
Marshville Heritage Festival
When: Sept 3, 4 & 5th, 2011
43049 Wills Road RR # 1
This festival has been around since 1989 and is recognized as one of the premiere shows
The original concept was to recreate the pat circa of 1850 - 1900 through the sale of handmade arts and crafts. People will be dressed in
period costumes along with restored heritage buildings, displays, demos, food and entertainment.
The Marshville Heritage Festival is a real family outing with more than 130 artisans and with lots to see and do! Northern Dipper can be found in Booth A22.
To learn more about this event click here:
"If I am ever to be classified as and referred to as an artist, I should be called an 'accidental artist.' It all started with that one accidental viewing of a gourd and the slow development of interest grew."
"Since my return to Canada, I had been mostly employed in manufacturing at the plant floor level where my employer utilized my extensive inventory control, purchasing and cost control background. Now that I am retired I get to just play!"
"I have grown my own gourds in the past and may do so again. At this point I have no idea what is going to happen down that road."
"Regarding the gourds themselves; I suspect I'll be fiddling with them until either my eyes or something goes or I turn into worm food."
Advice For New Artists
"When I am starting a gourd I first sit it someplace where I can see it. As I pass it I think about what I want to do with it and how I want it to look. This may take several weeks. It's not exactly a scientific approach but it works for me."
"One of the main things I've discovered about gourds is to kick back and enjoy it. If you mess up, so what. Either fix it or do something else with it."
"My advice - Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy - do not turn it into a stressful situation."
"I personally don't do much painting on gourds but if I do, I usually sketch out the design first. Sometimes what I visualize doesn't translate; meaning it just doesn't work out. I just say to myself
'You really messed this one
up fella ! ' and move on"
The Art of Growing Gourds
Minis dry much faster than the hardshell gourds.
Gourds will dry in an excellent manner when left outside in chicken wire baskets.
These huge gourds were dryed in an unheated barn. Notice that space was left between them. They were also turned periodically throughout the winter.
There is always lots to discover in a gourd garden.
Another hidden gem
Gourd plants can be a real addition to any garden.
Jeff Menzies is a talented musician and banjo maker and has the reputation of being an expert in his field.
Check out his website at:
A banjo made from a bottle gourd.
Jeff's journey into banjo music and building began with a yearning to learn more about the instrument and its history.
To hear Jeff's music click here:
Gareth's Gourd Seedlings
This greenhouse seedling took off in August!
The outdoor seedling in the pot is not thriving. It was attacked by aphids and although it appears healthy it is not growing much.
I am a huge fan of your newsletters and was wondering if there was a way to receive past editions? How far back might they be available?
Best regards, Barbara
Thank you for the kind words. To find all the previous issues just go to our website at
On the left hand sidebar at the bottom it has 'Gourd Fever Back Issues.' Click on it, grab a cup of coffee, put your feet up and enjoy. Carolyn
It's A Dogs Life
When the cat's away, this wet dog will play...Sometimes when we get home the bedding will be in a little ball in the middle of the bed. Mickey makes that squeaky toy come alive!
This is Toronto singer -songwriter Royal Wood.
The song: Juliet
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