Gourd Pyrography

Gourd Pyrography

by Jim Widess
     
 

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Etched and painted with fire and heat, pyrographed gourds have existed for generations—and now modern tools and solid state woodburning systems have made doing fine detail work simpler than ever. Every amply illustrated page and project teaches and inspires, as a parade of fine artists discuss their tools, reveal their techniques, and above all go through each…  See more details below

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Etched and painted with fire and heat, pyrographed gourds have existed for generations—and now modern tools and solid state woodburning systems have made doing fine detail work simpler than ever. Every amply illustrated page and project teaches and inspires, as a parade of fine artists discuss their tools, reveal their techniques, and above all go through each step of the process. They explain how to pick and prepare a suitable gourd; form delicate lines, spirals, and curves; and work through intricate designs. Among the awe-inspiring projects: a pyrographed Frog gourd, basket, and several pieces of jewelry.

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“So inspiring that it will have you wishing you had sown seeds for gourds last spring.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer
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Gourd pyrography is a fancy phrase for the folk art of using heat to carve and scorch gourds. These beautiful objects are found in Nigeria, Kenya, Mali, Ghana, Senegal, China, Peru, Mexico, New Guinea, and the South Pacific. Early methods, involving fire and burning coals, have been superseded by modern tools and solid-state wood-burning systems. Here, four artists walk us through several projects using basic techniques, applying butterfly, floral, and geometric designs to pear-shaped gourds. Another project features a frog among blades of grass, surrounded by a salamander border. With pyrography pen charts, a list of supply sources, and a stunning gallery of works by 50 artists, this work-the author's third on gourd craft-is recommended for large art instruction and craft collections.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402745027
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
02/01/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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About the Author
Jim Widess has owned The Caning Shop in Berkeley, California, since 1970.  He is co-author of The Caner's Handbook, The Complete Book of Gourd Craft, and Making Gourd Musical Instruments.

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