Come Make Something Beautiful!
Gourd Globe Light
Transform an ordinary cannonball gourd into a sweet glowing light! You can make any design you choose, or copy one of mine. With the LED bulb (provided), your design will shine beautifully on nearby surfaces. Glass beads can be inserted into some of the holes for a little accent color. The finished light is about 4-6″ across. This class involves drilling lots and lots of little holes! It's a noisy, dusty, fun project, not suitable for people under age 14, or those who would have difficulty with repetitive motion. The project takes about 4 hours. $60, includes all materials and hardware.
Quick and easy and fun! You start with a gourd already cleaned and attached to a night light switch... all that's missing is the holes. That's where you come in. The tricky part is coming up with a design... but you can do it! It takes approximately an hour. This project is available whenever Gourdlandia is open. $30
Make a hanging pendant lamp for your home! Starting with a 5-6 inch round gourd, we'll stain and wax, layout a simple mandala-type design, and then start drilling. This workshop is similar to the ever-popular "globe light" project. Noisy, dusty, and very fun! Not suitable for young people or those who would have difficulty with repetitive motion. The project takes about 5 hours. $65, includes hardware, LED bulb, and everything else!
Curlicue Keepsake Box
We'll start with a nice thick gourd, and give it a stain and wax finish. We'll practice carving curves and swirls on scraps, and then carve the spiral design into our gourds. I'll saw along the lid line, and then you can clean the gourd innards out, and make the insides smooth. Add a knob, and voilà! A sweet box to keep something fine in. $50, includes all materials.
Gourd Bowl with Pine Needle Rim
This elegant bowl is a classic! Starting with a raw gourd, participants will stain and wax, use hand or power saws to open it, scrape the "gourd guts", and drill holes for the rim. The last step is to sew the pine needles in place. Takes 3-4 hours. Fun and satisfying! $45, includes all materials.
A great class for learning gourd-crafting basics! Start with a Martin House gourd, stain and wax, saw and scrape, rasp and shape. Use a burner and/or carving bur to embellish with a design, if desired. Participants will leave with a beautiful functional finished basket! $40
All You Can Learn
For the budding gourd artist: I'll teach you as much as I can for as long as you're willing! This is your time; focus on whatever you like! Try carving, sawing, finishing, pyrography, or a little bit of everything. Experiment with different rotary tools, find out about sources for supplies and tools... I want to share what I've learned! $15/hour. Contact me to set up a time.
I teach classes because I enjoy working with gourds so much! I hope you will too. Unless otherwise specified, classes take place at Gourdlandia, 77 Rachel Carson Way in Ithaca.
Materials are included in the fee. Please bring an apron or clothes that you don’t mind getting stained. I have extra dust masks, and eye protection, but please bring your own if you have them.
Most classes involve power tools and hot or sharp equipment, and are geared towards adults. Please contact me before registering a young person.
If you have to cancel more than 24 hours before the class, I’ll be glad to issue a refund.
I'm very happy to teach private classes! In fact, that's how it works best these days. Get a group together, or come by yourself, and I'll make something with you! See the list of classes below... $5 discount per person for a group of 6 or more.
Bring your buddies & some snacks. It's a party!