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  •  I've been working on (11+ / 0-)

    gourds, slowly mastering the woodburning tool. I've a good stash of gourds I've grown and dried over the past few years that I'm making into bowls. It's an interesting project but it all has to be done outside since the gourds produce toxic dust until they're sealed and that's the last step. When I started investigating on the 'net every site I went to had a caution about working with gourds so i figured it must be serious.

    When you're swerving on life's highway you're running someone off the road - Robert Earl Keen

    by Wordsinthewind on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 04:17:50 PM PDT

    •  Would love to see pictures ;-) (5+ / 0-)

      What do you seal the gourds with?
      Are these otherwise edible gourds?

      Yeah, I always have questions ;-)

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 05:56:59 PM PDT

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      •  I use clear shoe polish (6+ / 0-)

        and buff them like crazy with soft cotton rags. These are not edible at any stage. I let them dry on the vines until the first hard frost then I hang them in the rafters of the garage until late spring. By that time they've dried and acquired some really interesting mold which also dries up and gets washed off leaving the patterns on the gourds. I haven't figured out how to post pictures yet but I have been taking them. The most elaborate one I've made I took pictures at several stages to show how they're done. When it was finished I gave it to my friend because I knew she would like it.

        When you're swerving on life's highway you're running someone off the road - Robert Earl Keen

        by Wordsinthewind on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 06:04:47 PM PDT

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        •  That's a relief ;-) (5+ / 0-)

          Was wondering about the toxic fumes if they were edible.....

          So you are using gourds as your final base, and not just practicing using the woodworking tools on them before moving on to wood, right? Just want to make sire I'm getting this ;-)

          Posting pictures is fairly easy ~ several people have posted how to guides. I haven't bookmarked any, but I know they are out there ;-)

          The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

          by mayim on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 06:17:39 PM PDT

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          •  right final product (4+ / 0-)
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            the dried gourds are like really thin wood with rounded surfaces. I have really gotten into the dremel tool for carving them, it's such a fun tool to use and it leaves a nice smooth surface. The wood burning part is harder but I persist. I am so hard of learning when it comes to anything on the computer that I never want to do it, rather be outside doing just about anything else.

            When you're swerving on life's highway you're running someone off the road - Robert Earl Keen

            by Wordsinthewind on Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 06:42:40 PM PDT

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