Workshop Schedule

Whether painted, dyed, woodburned or carved, gourds can be transformed into works of art. In response to the increasing interest in gourds and gourd art, we're excited to offer a creative assortment of gourd crafting workshops to help you discover this wonderful pursuit.

All classes are held on our gourd farm just outside the quaint little town of Cookstown. Surrounded by lush gardens and the beautiful gourd patch, this is the perfect place for a day of learning and creativity.

Our instructors have many years of gourd crafting and teaching experience and represent some of the best gourd artists in Canada. Each is an expert in their field.

All classes, unless otherwise noted, are 6 hours in length with a half hour lunch break. A convenient starting time of 10 a.m. for all our classes makes for a leisurely drive from many parts of Ontario and the United States. All the following classes are rated for beginners.

Register below, or call (705) 435-3307. Note: We reserve the right to cancel workshops. In this event a full refund will be given. Customers may cancel up to 10 days before workshop for a full refund. After that, a 25% service charge will be applied and the balanced refunded. No refund will be given if cancellation is within 3 days of workshop date.

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Workshop checklist *Shapes of gourds may vary.

Saturday, April 26, 2014 Rimming with Suede
Sunday, April 27, 2014 Shekeree ( Beaded Gourd Rattle )
Saturday, May 3, 2014/Sunday, May 25, 2014 Mosiac Bowl
Sunday, May 4, 2014 Just Plain Fun
Saturday, May 10, 2014 Iridescent Texture Vase
Saturday, May 24, 2014 Drum Making
Saturday, May 31, 2014 Thunder Drum Gourd


Saturday, April 26, 2014
Rimming with Suede
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Students will learn the basics of cleaning and preparing a gourd for crafting. A variety of colored suede will be available for students to pick for rimming as well as different colors of ink for dying the bowl. Spacing and drilling of holes will also be taught. A N95 disposeable face mask is a must. This can be picked up for a couple of dollars at Canadian Tire. The stippling of the eagle is not included but is available as a separate workshop. Workshop runs from 10 - 3.

Experience level: beginner to advance
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Sunday, April 27, 2014
Shekeree ( Beaded Gourd Rattle )
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Students will learn how to hollow out a gourd and cover the outside with a net of beads. Different colors of material will be available. A N95 dust mask is a must. This can be picked up for a couple of dollars from Canadian Tire. Workshop runs from 10 - 2.

Experience level:
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014/Sunday, May 25, 2014
Mosiac Bowl
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Students will learn how to design and obtain this beautiful mosiac effect by the use of alcohol inks and a texture effect. Workshop runs from 10 - 3.

Experience level: Beginner
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Sunday, May 4, 2014
Just Plain Fun
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This visual two tone textured gourd is just plain fun to do!! An unexpected something helps create the crazy designs and no two projects will be the same. After the gourds have been colored designed, a simple rimming technique will finish the top. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. Spray paints and aresols will be used in this workshop.

Experience level: Beginner
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Iridescent Texture Vase
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Learn how to achieve this lustrous iridescent sheen by combining texture and a myraid of mica colors. Students will learn how to apply and drape texture material to create their own design. Mica powders will then be applied to make a brilliant rainbow like sheen. Workshop runs from 10 - 3.

Experience level: Beginner
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014
Drum Making
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Making gourd drums dates back thousands of years. This workshop will combine cutting and cleaning a gourd, finishing the outside and attaching a skin using a lacing technique. A N95 dust mask is needed. This can be purchased at Canadian Tire for a couple of dollars. Workshop from 10 - 4:00

Experience level: Beginner
Tools required: dust mask is a MUST!!!

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $20.

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
Thunder Drum Gourd
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Ready to create the beautiful sound of thunder using a thunder drum!! Join us for the day and create one using the combination of a gourd, skin, and spring to give you the realistic sound of thunder. Extra kits will also be available to purchase. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. Bring your gourd saws, a few are available to borrow.

Experience level:
Tools required: Dust mask is a must!!! Bring your own gourds saws.

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $20.

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