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Re: Gourds

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Louise Lutton (lutton.us)
Wed, 29 Aug 1956 07:15:15 +0000


Ann, thanks for the gourd info. I have a bag of dried gourds (with blackish
mold!) in my back room (for about 5 years). Will check out these
suggestions. Where did you get the gourd seeds?
Louise

A great reference book on gourd art work is THE COMPLETE BOOK OF GOURD
CRAFT by Ginger Summit and Jim Widess - ISBN 0-937274-99-2. It covers
the history and culture of gourds, gourd identifications(there are many
varieties), curing, cleaning, cutting, finishes, processes, carving,
weaving, adding colors, and other techniques. I have done gourd projects
with kids from kindergarten through high school and approach through
DBAE. Lots of history to gourds. Gourds are believed to have spanned the
entire globe in prehistoric times and were used by every known culture
in the temperate and tropical zones. Gourd seeds and fragments have
been discovered in Peru and Mexico dating from 10,000 BC and in Florida
dating from 11,000 BC. There is evidence that gourds were used for
containers before baskets and pottery. I have been given gourds in the
past and now grow as many as possible. The snake gourds I have on a
arbor trellis have grown over 12" in the past week. Those trellised
grow straight; those I have growing on the ground are contorted. Also
grow penguin, bird house, bottle, long and short handled dippers and
canteen types. Gourds should grow quite successfully in Florida since
they love heat. Need to keep them fertilized and watered though. ann in
nc

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