Basic Power Carving Class

Sunday, November 9th  9:30 - 4  $60

This class is perfect for those who want to learn how to get more out of a Dremel tool or other brand of rotary carver. In this class, you'll learn about using your power tool more effectively, and all about different types of burs and what they do.  You'll learn techniques and will carve sand ripples, basic relief carving, and carving for inlay.  Carving safety and types of equipment will be discussed.  

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a gourd suitable for carving and your basic tool box. A mini jig saw may be helpful but is not necessary.   Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class. 

You will receive some inlay items to use on your project.

Suitable carving burs, tools and other supplies will be available for purchase at class.
 
Upcoming Class Offerings
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Gourd carving classes are taught at my home in Tucson, Arizona. Note: Dates for Tucson classes are shown in green. Classes taught in other locations are in other colors. Send me an email to sign up for classes: bonnie@arizonagourds.com (*Information shown is for my Tucson classes.  Class cost, duration, time and other details may vary when they are taught at other locations.)  Please note refund policy at the bottom of page.

Closed Coiling Class
Not Currently scheduled
This class will introduce you to closed coiling techniques, including how to prepare your gourd for weaving, starting and ending techniques, basic wrapping techniques, adding additional colors and threads, and figure 8 wrapping.
*Click here for complete details on the closed coiling class
River Bed Gourd
Not Currently Scheduled

Learn how to recess an area to create a flowing "river bed".  Add decorative bubble holes and small pebbles to complete the effect. (You'll also have the opportunity to use crushed glass if you prefer instead of pebbles).  You'll finish up with an application of color and patina paints and oxidizers to accent the finished project.

Students should bring a dremel, Foredom or other similar rotary tool and any burs you have on hand.  Bring a small gourd (cannonballs and small canteens work great) and a good quality dust mask or purchase one at class. 

Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.



In this class you'll learn how to design and carve a section of "filigree" into the gourd surface and will have the option of adding design elements such as butterflies, dragonflies, etc.  You'll try different carving methods and burs and should complete at least one section in class.  Take advantage of learning from a master; I'll provide you with plenty of tips and tricks that will make the technique much easier and the finished project look good!

Students should bring a gourd that is reasonably thick for carving.  The gourd should be cut open, cleaned and painted inside (if desired) ahead of time.  Bring a Dremel or other similar rotary tool, and any burs you have on hand.  Bring a good quality dust mask.  Riffler files and sanding sticks are helpful but not necessary.  (Burs, hand tools, and dust masks will also be available for purchase if needed.)

Filigree Carving 
Not Currently Scheduled



Carving with Cutouts 
Not currently Scheduled

This workshop is primarily designed for those that have taken a carving class in the past and/or feel comfortable with their power carving tools and the basic techniques, however beginners are welcome too..  You'll learn about designing, dimensional 3-D carving, and carving with cutouts.

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a thick gourd suitable for carving and your basic tool box. A mini jig saw is helpful but is not absolutely necessary.  We will have some tools available for shared use. Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class.   More details will be provided to all registrants.
Fused Glass
Not Currently Scheduled

In this class, you will receive two completed pieces of fused dichroic glass to use for inlay or wire wrapping.  If you'd like to inlay your piece of glass, please bring a cleaned gourd and you will learn how to carve an opening to inset the glass.  You also have the option of using your glass for a piece of wire wrapped jewelry. Instruction on this technique and basic materials will be provided.   Additional completed glass cabs will be available for purchase if you want extras.  You will also create two small pieces of fused dichroic glass from provided materials.  These pieces will be fired in a kiln at the conclusion of class, and will be returned to you at the next Tucson patch meeting or can be mailed to you if you are from out of town. 

What to bring:
A cleaned gourd and a dremel tool if you want to inlay your glass.
Wirecutters, jewelry or needlenosed pliers for wirewrapping if you have them.  A basic tool kit with xacto knife, pencil, sharpie marker, etc.  People in the Thursday session should bring a sack lunch.

Note: Even when a class is full, spaces often open up -  please email me if you want to be on a Tucson class waiting list.  (For other locations, please contact the sponsoring organization.)
Read the important small print…

Class fees should be paid as soon as possible after registration.  Your space in class is NOT confirmed until your payment has been received.  Your class must be paid for at least two weeks in advance or your space will be released to others.

Although most of these classes have very low minimum enrollments, I will only run those classes that meet their paid student minimum by one week prior to the start date.   If I cancel the class due to low enrollment or for any other reason, you will get a full refund.

If you cancel your class 2 weeks or more before the start date, you will get a full refund.

Classes that are cancelled 1-2 weeks before the start date will receive 1/2 credit in a future class or a 1/2 cash refund.  If I am able to fill your slot with another student, you will receive a full refund or credit in a future class.

There will be no refund/credit on classes that you cancel within one week of the start date.  (However, you may find your own replacement to cover your space if you wish.)

 
Basic Mask Making
Not currently scheduled

Learn about some basic mask making techniques and create your own masterpiece.  You will be supplied with a kit containing all the basic materials you'll need, including a half gourd, feathers and more.  (You are welcome to bring and use your own special feathers, beads or other accessories if you wish.)  I will provide different types of acrylic paints and stains, but you may bring dyes or inks if you would rather use those instead.

What to bring:
A basic tool kit with xacto knife, pencil,  paintbrush, dremel, etc.  (Whatever basic tools you like to use at home.) A mini saw may be helpful but is not necessary.  Bring a woodburner if you want to use one, and a sack lunch.

Faux Basketry
Not Currently Scheduled

Learn to design and layout a gourd to use this technique effectively.  Carving, woodburning and minimal use of paint will be used to create areas that will appear to be inlaid sections of coiled basketry.  Students will learn the basketry technique only.  Other decorative applications can be added as desired after class is over.   Students should bring a dremel, Foredom or other similar rotary tool and any burs you have on hand.  Bring a good quality dust mask, a woodburner and  please bring a cleaned gourd that is suitable for carving.  Paint will be provided.

  Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.

Basic Drum Making
Not currently scheduled


In this class you'll learn how to make a basic drum.  You will have some choices as to style of drum and types of lacing and materials.
Students should bring a gourd that is reasonably sturdy.  The gourd should not flex easily when squeezed.  Shape is not crucial, but it may determine the style of drum you will make.  You will be provided with the proper size drum head, lacing and metal ring.   Acrylic paints and sprays will be available, if you prefer to use inks or dyes you may bring your own.  Bring a mini saw if you have one.
Buffalo Robe Gourd
Not Currently Scheduled
Create a Plains Indian style "Buffalo Robe" gourd that is embellished with inlaid or surface applied (your choice)  beaded rosettes and faux beading.  You will use a variety of painting techniques to create a distressed leather-like surface.  Typical plains pictographs may be added if you wish. 
Beaded rosettes and paints will be supplied. You may bring your own brushes or fine point markers if you wish to use those.
Bring a rotary tool and any burs you have on hand plus a good quality dust mask.  Bring a woodburner if you have one. 
Bring a small gourd, cannonballs work well for this project.
Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.



Peacock Feather Gourd
Phoenix Class -   Sunday, October 26  1 pm - 5 pm   $65
Class is Full

Inlay a piece of dichroic glass (provided) and create a striking peacock feather design on your gourd.  You'll use carving, woodburning, gold leafing and painting techniques to create a eye-catching peacock feather on your prepared gourd.  Please bring a gourd that has been cleaned and prepared.  The irridescent effects will be most striking if you dye or ink your gourd with a dark color before class.  Cannonballs and small vase shaped gourds are good choices.

One piece of glass, gold leafing and paints will be supplied. You may bring your own brushes if you wish.   Bring a rotary tool and any burs you have on hand, a good quality dust mask, and a woodburner with a skew or similar tip for burning lines.
Matched sets of glass and other supplies will be available for purchase.
UFO Gourds (Unfinished Objects)  
Not Currently Scheduled
This is not your typical class!  Instead, this is a chance to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere and to finish gourd projects that you have started during earlier workshop classes, and just need a bit of help or inspiration to carry you through to the end.  I will work one on one with everyone to make sure they get just the help or ideas they need to "get over the hump" and finish those projects that just need a bit more time and attention.  *Note - this session is intended to help you finish partially done, already started projects.  There won't be time to teach you brand new techniques you've never tried before.

Bring whatever project(s) you want to work on and any special tools you require. 

"Raku" with Critters
Not Currently Scheduled
Here is something a bit different - and it's suitable for beginning to experienced gourders.  Learn how to make a faux - raku style gourd (with or without carved accents depending on your skill and interests) and finish it off with a decorative twig and a flying critter such as a bee, butterfly or dragonfly. 

If you have one, bring your dremel tool and carving burs to add a carved accent.  I will provide faux painting supplies, twigs and critters.  Wear old clothes. and bring gloves if you don't like to get paint on your hands. 
3-D Feather Carving

Not Currently Scheduled

Learn basic dimensional carving techniques.  The concepts of visualizing high-relief dimensional carving will be discussed, and additional techniques such as undercutting, rounding and specialized carving will enable you to create a feather that is dramatic and realistic in appearance.    You may use either carving burs or woodburning to add the feather barbs, and painting methods will be discussed.  (Students will learn feather carving only.  Other decorative applications show in the photo may be added as desired after class is over.)

Students should bring a Dremel, Foredom or other similar rotary tool and any burs you have on hand.  Bring a good quality dust mask, a woodburner with a pointed or skew tip, and please bring a cleaned gourd that is suitable for carving (at least 1/4" thick is preferable).
Carving burs and dust masks will be available for purchase if desired.
"Pottery Shards" Gourd

Not currently scheduled
Inspired by Southwest Native Pottery, this class has a mix of carving and painting techniques.  First, you'll carve your gourd to create the appearance of 3-D overlaid shards of pottery, and then use a variety of painting techniques to complete the illusion. 

To save time in class, please bring a gourd suitable for carving that has been cut and cleaned ahead of time. Almost any gourd shape is OK, but you will get more of a dimensional effect if the gourd isn't too thin.

Bring a rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any carving burs you  may have on hand.   Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class.  I will supply a few small turquoise cabochons as well as paints.  I have paint brushes and painting sponges for class use, but I recommend that you bring  your own good liner brush.  My brushes have been used by many students and are not great for fine detail painting.     Wear old clothes. and bring gloves if you don't like to get paint on your hands.


Petroglyphs and Ripples
Not Currently Scheduled

In this class you will learn the basics of using a power rotary tool to carve on gourds.  Students will carve "sand ripples" and then learn decorative sponge painting techniques with Petroglyph designs to complete the gourd.  Demonstrations of additional techniques such as heishi inlay and gold leafing will be presented. 

Students should bring a dremel, Foredom or other similar rotary tool and any burs you have on hand.  Bring a good quality dust mask or purchase one at class.  You may also bring your own paint brushes, sponges or paints if desired.

Students will be supplied an oil candle insert, heishi and painting materials. Gold leafing will be discussed but you will be responsible for providing your own if you wish to use it on your gourd. Bring a small gourd (at least 4" tall) that sits reasonably well and will be solid enough for carving.  Cannonballs, small pears or other rounded gourds with no neck are best.

Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.
Added Lids
Not currently scheduled
Learn to create and properly fit a lid made from a gourd scrap and wood pieces.   Students will learn the lid making technique only.  Other decorative applications can be added as desired after class.

Tool use will be taught, and ideas for creating decorative handles will be covered.  Students should bring an cleaned, UNCUT gourd.  The best gourds for this class are canteens, cannonballs, or other rounded gourds.  (Gourds with necks are much more difficult to use and should be avoided.) Bring scrap cut off tops that can be used for the lid - if possible, bring a variety of sizes and shapes so you will be able to choose the best one. .Wood parts will be provided.

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and a full sized power drill if you have one.  You will also have a chance to use other full sized saws and sanders.

  Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.

"Leather Tooled" Gourd
Not Currently Scheduled
Make a gourd with a traditional leather tooled look.  You will carve and woodburn a typical leather carving design - as an option you may choose to leave the gourd natural, or you may want to darken either the gourd or the carved background.  Carve a "rope" border or try some patina paints.  You will receive one silver plated concho as an accent piece; you may purchase more at a minimal cost if you wish to carry the pattern around the gourd. 

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a cut open and cleaned gourd suitable for carving and your basic tool box. Bring a woodburner if you have one; I have a few for shared class use.   Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class. 

Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.
 
"Water & Wind":
Carving patterns inspired by Southwestern Pueblos

Not currently scheduled

Use carving techniques and some wood burning to decorate a gourd with interesting
southwestern patterns. You will learn how to carve a dimensional “rain cloud” pattern,
and how to combine it with other effects such as carved basketry, Katsina Butterfly
maiden designs, or sand ripples. We’ll discuss “designing in the round”. Everyone will
have the flexibility to design their gourd around some of these techniques so that each
finished carving will be unique. Please note that this is a techniques class and you will
not finish the gourd during class time.

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any carving burs you have on hand.
Appropriate burs will be available for purchase.  A cut and cleaned gourd suitable for carving, and a dust mask (or purchase one in class.) 
Air Dry Clay Workshop
Not currently scheduled

Here's your chance to learn about different types of clay, and to sculpt with two of the more popular types.  You will be provided with two different types of clay and will learn lots of tips and tricks for using them effectively. We will work on two different projects; I recommend that you bring two small gourds. The photos shown here are examples of the finished projects, please note that you will do the clay sculpting only.  (The painting or decorating may be completed at home after the clay has completely hardened.) 

Bring two cleaned gourds. Do NOT color or finish the exterior. One gourd should be cut open and cleaned on the inside, the second SMALL gourd for the doll (small ornamental bottles, pear or club gourds up to 6" tall)  should be left whole.   If you have small clay tools, please bring them, but I will also have tools for shared use.  Please bring a hobby knife, an old wire coathanger, and a pair of heavy wire cutters and/or pliers.  If you want to wear gloves, please bring your own.  (The clays are water cleanup and are not that hard on your hands.)



NEW!  Mask/Rattle Workshop

Not currently Scheduled
It's a functional rattle - but it's also a mask you can hang on the wall!  Learn construction techniques for making these southwestern style rattles, then add your own touches to make the rattle into a decorative art piece.

You will be provided with a rattle handle and a some embellishments. Extra embellishments such as turquoise will be available for purchase if desired.  (You may also bring  special embellishments of your choice to make your finished project unique.) Basic water based dyes and paints will be available for shared class use; if you have special dyes, inks or products you prefer, please bring your own.

For the Tolleson session: Bring a cleaned 5" canteen gourd, or purchase one at class for $5.

Suggested tools:  Bring a rotary tool and burs if you want to add carved designs.  Or, bring a woodburner - your method of decoration is up to you.  We will use a cordless drill with a 5/8", 1/2" and 1/4"  drill bits - I have some for shared use if you don't have these.

We will take a short lunch break
Coiling with Feathers Workshop
Not Currently Scheduled
Here's a fun class to get you back into the swing of things after the mad rush of the holiday season.  This class will be taught indoors if weather is cold or uncooperative.

In this class, you'll learn how to combine coil weaving with the addition of small feathers for a fun effect. You'll learn the basic coiling technique and how to prepare individual feathers for weaving. Most of the instruction will take place in the morning, and the rest of the day you'll work on your project and enjoy the time visiting with your fellow weavers.  We will take a short lunch break - so bring a sack lunch. 

Bring a gourd bowl that is cleaned and finished inside and out ,and is ready for coiling.  The opening of the gourd bowl should be approximately between 5-8" in diameter.  (We will drill the small holes to attach the weaving in class.)   Also bring a spool of waxed linen (any color, your choice - I also have a limited amount available for purchase if needed).  I will provide the inner core material, tapestry needle and feathers for each student.

Doodles and Glass

Not Currently Scheduled

Learn to inlay crushed glass as a decorative effect, and combine it with woodburned (or drawn) doodles in a fun composition. 

Students should bring a cleaned gourd.  Any thickness, shape or size is fine - and perhaps you'd like to experiment and use this technique to embellish a mask or spirit doll!  Choose from a variety of design ideas. 

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and a woodburner. .  I will supply the crushed glass in a variety of colors and some basic dyes/coloring products.   We will take a lunch break.



Inlace Inlay
Phoenix Class October 26  9am - Noon
Class is Full
In this class, you'll learn about using different resin inlays to decorate gourds, including making a sample stick to take home.  Learn to carve and prepare a gourd, and then add the inlay material. We  will also work on a gourd shard that has been previously embedded with cured resin inlay and is ready to grind and turn into jewelry or other small object.

All inlay materials will be provided, but you will need to bring a gourd, a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) with carving burs and a drum sander.  Small power sanders are also helpful.  Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class.  (A vapor rated respirator is recommended for those who can't tolerate strong smells.)

Bring a sack lunch - we'll take a break during this class.

Suitable carving burs and other supplies will be available for purchase.

Rock Art with Gourd Pottery
Not currently scheduled

In this class, you'll make a rock art wallhanging complete with a piece of ancient gourd "pottery".  Your wallhanging can be up to approximately 2 ft x 3 ft; you choose the size and shape! 

The instructor will supply the rock art base material, adhesives, and paints.  Bring a cleaned gourd - you choose the shape and size.  (A broken or cracked gourd is perfect for this project, and you'll only need one half of the gourd.  Gourds that are 5-6"  work well.)

Please wear old clothes - this can be messy.  If you have them, bring a propane or butane torch, and a soldering iron or soldering iron style woodburner.  An old kitchen knife, a Pitt Pen and old beat up paint brushes both large and small are also suggested.  The instructor will have some of these items for shared use.

Bring a sack lunch.  Because this is the first time for this class, it's hard to determine exactly how long your project will take - but you should finish it in class. 
*I will have butane torches and Pitt pens available for purchase.


Ocean Drum
Not Currently offered

Hear the soothing sounds of ocean waves lapping on the shore when you play this drum!  In this class, you'll prepare and decorate your gourd shell with ocean related designs, and add a goatskin rawhide drum skin and rim. All supplies are included in the cost of the class including a prepared gourd.   Note: The photo is just a sample - everyone's finished piece will be unique!

Provided supplies include a skin, decorative trims and tacks, sound effects material, and paints/dyes to create your drum. Bring a a pair of scissors and (bring if you have): wood burner, staple gun and/or small hammer. You are welcome to bring small shells or other items for embellishment purposes.

Class paint brushes will be available for shared use, but you may prefer to bring your own.    Bring a brown bag lunch.

Native Treasures
Not Currently Scheduled

This is an example of what you will be able to make during our class.  Your design will vary.  You will learn how to carve and paint faux precious stone jewelry effects, and faux textured metal effects.  Inlaid heishi and stones and inlaid wire effects will be shown - but are optional.  We will carve in the morning and paint in the afternoon - bring a sack lunch and we'll take a break between the two techniques.

Students should bring a gourd cleaned inside and out.  Any shape is fine - but bring one that is at least 1/4" thick after cleaning.  Avoid gourds that are really large, as you will not have time to finish a large piece.  Something that is 8" or less in diameter is preferred.

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and a woodburner. .  I will supply acrylic paints in a variety of colors and some basic dyes/coloring/finishing products.  I will also have paint brushes availble for class use, but you may wish to bring your own.  (Class brushes aren't always cared for as well as what you use at home!)
Inlaid Cactus Fiber 
No longer offered - see note below
In this class you'll not only create a gourd with inlaid dried cactus fiber, you'll also learn about gathering and processing your own materials for future projects. (Prepared fiber for this class is included.)  You'll also have the chance to experiment with woodworking alcohol dyes or ink dyes. 

Students should bring a cleaned gourd.  Any shape is fine - but please don't bring anything larger than about 8" in diameter.  The gourd doesn't have to be super thick - but should be at least 1/4" or so after cleaning.

Bring a dust mask, rotary tool, and any carving burs you have on hand. A wood burner is helpful but not mandatory. Please bring any sanding or smoothing tools such as riffler files, diamond burs, etc., if you have them. The instructor will have some for shared use as well as tools and burs available for purchase.  Paints and dyes will be provided. Disposable gloves and old clothes are strongly recommended!  Also, please bring a pair of scissors, an old towel and sack lunch.  If you have an old plastic bucket with handle, please bring it - it's not mandatory but helpful.
*Note:  I am no longer teaching this class, due to the labor involved in gathering and processing the raw material.  I've written a project packet that includes info on gathering and processing your own cactus fiber as well as doing the actual inlay.  It's on the project packets page.
Cholla Cactus Carving
Not currently scheduled

Learn how to carve a gourd to resemble a Cholla cactus skeleton!  Along the way, you'll experiment with an innovative "rotary chisel" bur to create different and interesting textures.  (This bur is required and will be available from the instructor at class. Cost is $23.) This is a technique class. All students will work at their own speed. Painting and added embellishments such as handles and clay will be discussed by the instructor, but are not part of this class.

Students should bring a gourd cleaned inside and out.  Any shape is fine - but bring one that is at least 1/4" thick after cleaning.  Avoid gourds that are really large, as you will not have time to finish a large piece.  Something that is 6" or less in diameter is preferred.

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and any small hand tools such as files or sanding items you may have on hand. Bring an xacto knife and a pencil.



Fancy Filigree
Not Currently Scheduled

Take your filigree carving to a new level!  In this class, you'll learn how to lay out and execute some new and innovative filigree type designs. Emphasis is placed on developing skills to enable you to create new and more advanced designs in your future projects.  You'll learn some tips and techniques to give your carving a more finished and professional appearance.

Students should bring a gourd cleaned inside and out.  Any shape is fine - but bring one that is at least 1/4" thick after cleaning.  Avoid gourds that are really large, as you will not have time to finish a large piece. 

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and any small hand tools such as files or sanding items you may have on hand. Bring an xacto knife with a NEW SHARP BLADE and a pencil.



NEW ~ Added Handles & Textured Patina Finishes
Not Currently Scheduled

This combo class will show you how to securely attach handles that are functional as well as decorative.  (You may also use the same technique to add an extra gourd neck and give your gourd an interesting pottery shape.)  Next, the gourd will be textured with a variety of materials, and coated with a real metal patina finish.

Students should bring a gourd cleaned inside and out.  Any shape is fine, but avoid gourds that are really large. One that is 6-8" or less in diameter is preferred.

Bring a good quality dust mask, a dremel tool and burs, and and a 1/2 - 1" paintbrush. If you own a heat gun, please bring it.  Other materials will be supplied in class.
Examples of handles, added necks and patina finish - your gourd will be unique!
NEW ~ Steampunk Style
Not currently scheduled
"Steampunk" is a sort of a cross between fantasy/science fiction meeting Jules Verne turn of the century technology, and often uses machine or watch parts.

This class will give you a chance to do something really outside of your normal gourd art, and you will get to play with gears, keys, and other cool metal stuff!  The gourds shown here are just samples.  I will provide the metal parts plus all kinds of different supplies to embellish your project in your own creative way.

Please bring your own SMALL (cannonball size is good) cleaned gourd.  You may cut it ahead of time (if you are not sure of how you want to proceed, we can cut it at class.)

Bring a dremel tool and small drill bits, a wooodburner (optional)  and any special items you might want to use on your own project in addition to those supplied.  (Items like old watches, metal doo-dads, broken jewelry parts, etc.  A small hammer and screwdriver may be helpful, but I will have some of these for class use.   Some dyes, texture mediums, paints, brushes, etc. will be available for your use.  You may also bring your own dyes, paints, brushes or applicators if you prefer..



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NEW ~  War Shirt
Offered in Phoenix, AZ.  Saturday, October 25th $65
Offered in Sun Lakes, AZ.  Friday, October 24th $65
Please contact me to register

While the class is called "War Shirt", you will also have the option of creating a Native dress if you prefer.  You'll learn to create a sueded texture on your gourd and to add faux beading that looks real enough to fool most people!  Various embellishments will be added to create the illusion of Native style leather clothing.  (Little or no carving in this class, so you'll have a chance to enjoy visiting with your classmates!)

Paints and embellishments of your choice will be provided; you can choose from items such as claws, elk teeth, horsehair, and more.

Bring a gourd, a woodburner and your basic tool box.  You may be drilling some holes or possibly insetting some embellishments, so a dremel may also be handy but is optional for this class.  Preferably, the gourd should be taller than it is wide, but we can work with whatever you bring.  Please bring one that is not really small, larger gourds work well for this project.

We will take a lunch break, so please bring a sack lunch.
Spiral Patterns
Friday, October 31st   9 - 4  $75   Full
Saturday, November  1st   9 - 4  $75  Full
Please email me to be placed on the wait list.

This class is a combination techniques/project class, in that you should be able to finish your gourd depending on how complicated you choose to make it.  You will be provided with a center stone or concho, and will decide on what decorative spirals you want to wrap around it on the gourd.  You'll have a choice of a variety of carved and woodburned patterns to choose from, as well as some different finishing techniques you can choose from. The photos are just examles, everyone will make something unique.

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a woodburner,  and bing a gourd that is not huge.  Something in the 5-7" range is probably best if you want to finish your piece in class.  Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class.  Finishing supplies will be available for class use, but you are welcome to bring your own inks/dyes/brushes, etc. if you prefer to use your own.

Bring a sack lunch.
Suitable carving burs, tools and other supplies will be available for purchase at class.
 
Pueblo Ladies
Sunday, November  2nd  9 - 4   $75
Class is full - please email me to be placed on the wait list.
This gourd can be as simple or as complicated as you wish - but we will focus on carving and burning at least one pueblo lady and her stylized pueblo village behind her.  Other details such as ripples, added gourd pottery are an option; you can be creative so that your gourd will be unique. How much you add depends on your own taste, talents and time!   You will be provided with cabochons to decorate up to 3 ladies, and one gourd pot. 

Bring a power rotary tool (Dremel or other brand) and any accessories you have on hand. Bring a woodburner,  and bing a gourd that is not huge.  Something in the 5-7" range is probably best if you want to finish your piece in class.  Bring a dust mask or purchase one at class.  Finishing supplies will be available for class use, but you are welcome to bring your own inks/dyes/brushes, etc. if you prefer to use your own.

Bring a sack lunch.
Suitable carving burs, tools and other supplies will be available for purchase at class.
 
NEW -  Classes in Temecula, California - June 5, 6, 7, 2015
Three days of classes will be held at a private 3 acre rancho, and lodging onsite is available if desired.  Located just a short drive from the Welburn Gourd farm.  For more details, please visit this web link:  http://arizonagourds.com/TemeculaClasses.html
Classes are now full.  Please email me to be placed on the wait list. bonnie@arizonagourds.com