Friday, June 24, 2016

I've been playing with the alcohol inks again!

But before I get into that, I'd like to remind or enlighten people who work with gourds about some safety things you need to adhere to if you are working with gourds.

If you don't follow these few simple steps you could very well end up in the hospital at some point unable to breathe and very sick.

Whenever you are cutting or carving on a gourd and even when you are wood burning on a gourd you need to wear a respirator. If you're not willing to do that then you need to know you're playing russian roulette with your lungs and health. If at all possible you need to do your gourd cutting and carving outdoors, unless you have an industrial dust collector like wood turners use. You may not have a problem for years and then suddenly you're having a hard time breathing and have flu like symptoms. You've waited too long and should seek medical attention before you end up in the hospital and on oxygen for who knows how long.

Whenever you wood burn you don't necessarily have to do it outside but you should at least open a window and use a fan on low to blow the fumes away from your face. Different companies sell small smoke/fume removers that even set on the table.

If you have long hair make sure that you have it pulled away from your face. The last thing you want is your hair wound around a carver or drill and pulled out of your head!

Also, you don't want to wear rubber gloves while using a drill or carver for the same reason.

You actually want to keep all of the gourd dust off of you and your body as much as possible while you're working and take a shower and wash your hair when your through so that the gourd dust that's in your hair doesn't end up on your pillowcase which you just then breathe in. I have seen people wear shower caps and long sleeved smocks etc. while working on gourds. Then all you need to clean is whatever has been exposed to the dust.

These are just a few safety tips but ones well worth telling everyone about.

Whenever you are working with your tools, please read the safety instructions that come with them and following those instructions.

Now head on over and see the latest gourd bowl that I made with alcohol inks and a woven rim.
Tiny Tool Time Blog


Friday, June 10, 2016

Another Gourd Project

Hey Hey! Here's a new gourd project that I just completed. You can head over to   to check out the complete tutorial! For finding just the right Tiny Tool for your workshop, go on over to:


Saturday, May 28, 2016

Playing with Alcohol Inks on a gourd

These days playing with alcohol inks has become a rage. People use it on Yupo paper, dominoes, tiles and GOURDS! Go on over to Tiny Tool Time Blog to see what I did with a rather rough looking cannonball gourd.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

A Beautiful Dreamcatcher

Today I have a new post up over on the that shows the steps in making a dreamcatcher. Go on over and check it out!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Blooms!

Today I posted a little tutorial over on the Tiny Tool Time Blog on how to make some pretty Spring flowers from small gourds. Please hop on over there to get your dose of gourd!

And leave me a little love.


Friday, April 8, 2016

A Card Holder made from an Apple Gourd

If you read this within the first couple of days of my posting this, then I will be at the Missouri Gourd Festival in Springfield, MO. While getting ready for this wonderful festival, I thought it might be fun to make a special piece to put my business cards in, as I have a booth and sell some supplies.

Items needed for this project: 

An Apple Gourd
A simple card holder
Apple Red Paint
Jacaranda Pod
Spray Sealer

I started out this project by first drawing a line around the card holder onto the top of the gourd and then cutting out the shape, using the Proxxon Jig Saw STS 12/E.
Here's what the gourd looked like after the gourd was opened. See all the gourd pulp inside?
The card holder sitting beside the gourd is the one that was used. Then I took the Proxxon Belt Sander BS/E and sanded all of the edges smooth. I was also trying out the fit if you will of the card holder as I worked. The hole looked so smooth and really fit the card holder well.

Once all was sanded smooth and the card holder fit, I painted the gourd, glued on the jacaranda pod, sealed the gourd with a good sealer and inserted the holder and glued it in. This is the final result.

This really is a nice piece and looks just like a big 'ole apple holding some business cards!! I know I'm going to get a lot of comments on this one from the people going through my booth. What do you think? Do you have any questions about the tools that I've been using? Just ask and if I don't know I'm sure Proxxon Will!


Friday, March 25, 2016

A Name Tag from a Gourd Scrap!

This has been a rather busy week for me and the reason being that I have a Gourd Festival to go to in just a few weeks and I must prepare for it. One of the things that the Gourd Society would like for everyone to do is wear a name tag made out of a piece of gourd. You can decorate it in anyway that you choose but they would like the base to be a gourd piece. Sooo, I've had a tag that I made the first year that I participated in the show but had said that I was going to make a new one for this year. If you will go over to Tiny Tool Time Blog you can see the instructions for the new name tag that I made and the neat tools I used to do it with!