About Me


Hi, and welcome to my page. I am a 59 year old child at heart with 3 children, 1 stepdaughter, 13 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and numerous pets. I discovered gourds a few years ago and found they were the perfect artist’s surface. Over the years I’ve experimented with many media and especially enjoy woodburning, carving and painting gourds.

Every gourd shape, each technique, all types of embellishments inspire me to new artistic endeavors. While I am still in the process of finding my own distinctive style of gourd art, I am having a great time learning from other artists and trying new ideas.

I am the regional coordinator Jason Hope for the San Bernardino County Patch of the California Gourd Society. I also hold memberships in the American Gourd Society, Canadian Gourd Society, Society of Decorative Painters, Memory Box Artists, Gypsy Tolers, and am a published author.

I have had the honor of being a contributing artist to the Gourd Patch Quilt Project, the Gourd Patch Wall Hanging, the Canadian Gourd Society Wall Hanging, and Gourd Calendar 2004 published by Margie Malone. My biggest thrill in 2003 was taking part in the artwork on the California Traveling Gourd, in collaboration with another San Bernardino Patch member, Chris Souza.

DIY Gourd Art: Filigree, Dyeing, and Knotting

As well, I am an avid gardener and a large portion of my garden is now happily taken over by gourd vines.

I am active in my church choir and teach in Vacation Bible School.

So now you know a bit about me, personally. Please view my albums and visit the links to see more gourds, gourds, gourds.

Tips and Tricks


Through the years I’ve been gourding, I’ve learned some great things that make it easier or more fun. I want to share some of those ideas here.

Handling and cleaning gourds
THE most important thing to remember is to work safely. That means using protective gear when necessary. Gourds have a mold on the outside and fibers inside that are harmful when breathed. The mold can be removed from the outside using a copper scrubby and warm water with a little bleach added. Rinse well and dry outside. Wipe down periodically if you see more mold appearing as the gourd dries.

Creating a Gourd Vase with Flowers and Fancy-Cut Rim

Cutting gourds open and cleaning the inside

Gourds can be cut open with a variety of tools, knives and saws. By far the easiest I’ve found is a mini jig saw. ALWAYS wear a respirator when cutting or sanding a gourd. If you can taste the bitterness of the gourd when you’re working on it, that stuff is getting into your lungs and can cause serious respiratory problems.

The easiest way I’ve found to clean the inside of the gourd is to soak it for a few hours in warm water. The insides just scrape out easily with a spoon or scraping tool. There are various tools available to clean the gourds dry, including hand scrapers, wire brushes or plastic whips that insert into a drill, sanding blocks and all grits of sandpaper. I’ve found that a bit of belt sandpaper rolled into a tube is very effective for smoothing the edges of a bowl. Riffler files and small hobby files are also great for getting into tight or odd-shaped holes.

While I have used my mini jig saw to cut out some pretty delicate designs on here’s a tip that I learned when I needed to cut around very small deer antlers and was afraid of cutting it off the piece. I woodburned around it! I set my burner up to about medium and used a sharp skew to cut
away the gourd around the antlers. One word of caution, however: have a damp cloth handy in case of little sparks which might ignite the gourd. I had much more control with the burner than I did with the saw and the end result was just what I wanted. This worked well because I had painted the inside of the gourd black to begin with, so the burned edges only enhanced the cutout deer.