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, June 6, 2015 Thunder Drum Gourd
Sunday, June 7, 2015 Butterfly Vase
Saturday, June 13, 2015 Textured Finishes
Saturday, June 20, 2015 Introduction to Power Carving
Saturday, June 27, 2015 Funky Birds!!
Saturday, July 4, 2015/Saturday, May 30, 2015 Cottage Luminaire


Saturday, June 6, 2015
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. A N95 face mask is a must. These can be purchased for a few dollars at Home Hardware and Home Depot.

Experience level: Beginner to advanced
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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Sunday, June 7, 2015
Butterfly Vase
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This beautiful gourd vase combines a couple of different techniques. The top half of the gourd is left natural with a butterfly design coloured using Memory Inks. The lower half of the gourd will be painted with students choice of colour.Workshop runs from 10 - 3. Prices do not include taxes.

Experience level: beginners to advance
Tools required: None

Workshop fee:$35.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $20.

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Saturday, June 13, 2015
Textured Finishes
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This is a two day workshop and at the end students will take home three finished gourds. The first day will be spent design cutting the gourd and applying different mediums for different textures. The second day will be spent adding the final colour finishes. A mask is requried. I do have a few saws to lend if needed. Worskhop is 10 - 3 both Saturday and Sunday.

Experience level: Beginners to advance
Tools required: N95 face mask is a must

Workshop fee:$40.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $60.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
Introduction to Power Carving
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

Are you a gourder who has the power carving tools, bits and burs but have no idea what they are used for? Have you seen amazing carved gourds and just don't know where to start? If yes, then this intro to carving with power tools is for you. Burs and bits are NOT available to borrow but we do have them here for purchase. A mask with a rating of N95 is a must. This can be purchased for a few dollars at Home Hardware or Home Depot. Ear plugs are HIGHLY recommended. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. Gourds will vary in shape and sizes.

Experience level: Beginner
Tools required: Dremel, proxoxn carver, burs and bits, ear plugs, face mask

Workshop fee:$35.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $15.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015
Funky Birds!!
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

This workshop is just plain fun and whimsical! Each student will go home with thier own gourd bird. Students will first choose their metal bird frames. From there it is a trip to the gourd bins to choose that perfect gourd body! Oh so many gourds to choose from!! After washing and prepping the perfect gourd, students will have a rainbow of colours to choose from to paint and finish their birds. Bird frames will all differ as they are hand made. Workshop runs from 10 - 3. N95 dust masks are mandatory and can be picked up at Home Hardware or Home Depot for a few dollars. Your own artist paint brushes are also suggested.

Experience level: Beginner to advanced
Tools required: N95 dust mask, paint brushes

Workshop fee:$20.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $50.

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Saturday, July 4, 2015/Saturday, May 30, 2015
Cottage Luminaire
Instructor(s): Carolyn Cooper

In this creative worshop students are able to release their own creative energy in designing a cottage luminaire. Using apoxie sculpt and paints a simple gourd will be transformed into a working luminaire. Paint brushes are available but feel free to bring your own. I have some saws to lend but please bring your own dust mask. Price of workshops does not include tax. Light fixture is included in supplies.

Experience level: beginners to advanced
Tools required: paint brushes, dust mask, gourd saw

Workshop fee:$30.
Materials fee (payable on morning of class): $30.

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